2017-CICS Track

By Nick Garrod, IBM, UK and Carsten Andersen, Bankdata, Danmark

Nick Garrod works in the Market Enablement for zSystems and spent many years supporting the CICS products in a variety of business and marketing roles.  He has been a member of the GSE Nordics steering committee for more than 10 years, and been a contributor to IBM Redbooks, IBM Systems journal, Enterprise Tech journal and Destination z.

A little about Carsten
I have been in the business for more than 35 years, working for Bankdata as a System Architect.
I am part of team who handle the host frame-work in Bankdata and Jyske Bank.
I am a specialist in PD Tools on eclipse with various plugins, the main focus on plugins like MQ, Fault Analyzer, FileManager and Debug Tool
I am the Steering Committee member of Guide Share Europe Nordic Region, and Chairman of CICS Development. 
I am a Member of RDZ user group Europe and Member of ITSO (International Technical Support Organization) Redbooks.

By David Nice, IBM UK

IBM has a number of offerings available for application developers and system programmers on z/OS that is based around the Eclipse tooling framework.  The IBM Explorer for z/OS Aqua product pulls these together in a single release train that ensures compatibility of a suite of 13 different products, allowing them to be installed side by side in the same Eclipse shell.  This provides integration opportunities that range from basic file editing and JES or TSO access, through to CICS application development and problem determination.  This talk will cover the background to the IBM Explorer for Aqua release train and the problem it solves for customers, as well as show the value of the integrated release train with demos of the capabilities that can be done with the suite of tooling running side by side to perform z/OS application development and system management

Dave Nice is a developer in the CICS Explorer team. Before joining CICS he worked in IBM's Java runtime team on a variety of projects including diagnostic tooling and release engineering. Dave has contributed to the Redpapers "Managing Enterprise-wide Deployment of IBM Explorer for z/OS or CICS Explorer", and "Modernize Your Application Infrastructure with IBM CICS Tools V5.1".

By Nick Garrod, IBM, UK and Ian J Mitchell, IBM, UK

Come and hear the latest from the CICS family with updates on the three main area that CICS capability has been focussed on; Serviceagility with advances in Java and Liberty support,  Operational efficiency with autoinstall options and improved performance and cloud with DevOps utilizing new async API technology, microservices and provisioning toolkits.  A roadmap for your CICS track will be laidout fo ryou to follow along with an introduction to your CICS specialist attending the Conference for you to seek out and talk to.     

Nick Garrod works in the Market Enablement for zSystems and spent many years supporting the CICS products in a variety of business and marketing roles.  He has been a member of the GSE Nordics steering committee for more than 10 years, and been a contributor to IBM Redbooks, IBM Systems journal, Enterprise Tech journal and Destination z.

Ian J Mitchell is an IBM Distinguished Engineer with responsibility for Transactional Middleware and Blockchain. He has many years of mainframe experience having been responsible for the technical architecture of the CICS Product Portfolio. He has 28 years experience as a technical leader in IBM Hursley and has been in the forefront of creating and introducing many of CICS' important innovations including Workload Management, Sysplex Support, Business Transaction Services, Java, Web Services, Event Processing and the CICS Explorer. In this role Ian has worked with many of the technical leaders across all the mainframe technology components. Ian also has close relationships with many of IBM's largest customers running critical systems using CICS and the mainframe. Since 2015 he has also been leading the architecture for Blockchain on Z Systems. 

By Ian Burnett, IBM, UK

The What You Need To Know (WYNTK) series of lectures are the definitive technical overviews of specific capability areas in CICS TS V5.     This session will introduce Liberty running under CICS TS: what is Liberty; core technologies you need to understand; how to get up and running from both a system administrator and application developer perspective. We will cover 3 key usage scenarios - A) creating a presentation logic application B) creating an integration logic application, C) creating a business logic application, all running within CICS TS.

Ian Burnett has led the CICS TS for z/OS performance team since 2009, and has been involved with the performance testing of several releases of CICS TS during that time.
In previous roles, Ian has been a developer on the CICSPlex System Manager and WebSphere MQ products, as well as testing the transaction and messaging components of WebSphere Application Server on both mainframe and distributed platforms.

By Chris Poole, IBM UK

Learn how the CICS Asynchronous API can help you reduce your application's response time. Available in the CICS TS 5.4 Open Beta, the Asynchronous API commands can help your applications become more robust, and allow you to make better use of your time. Allow CICS to simplify your asynchronous processing mechanisms and break away from polling code to get better results with a first-class API. Reduce the risk of unpredictable external services by calling multiple services and consume the responses as soon as they arrive. Attend this session to see example use cases and scenarios, and understand how the Asynchronous API can benefit your applications.

Dr. Chris Poole is an IBM Master Inventor in the CICS Development team, working on blockchain, CICS microservices and DevOps technologies, and asynchronous APIs. Prior to joining the CICS team, he developed IBM API Connect, and software to administer DataPower appliances.

By Anthony Papageorgiou, IBM, UK

We are living through an API revolution. APIs are beginning to change the way that we provide and consume business services across almost every industry. This brings both risks and opportunities as traditional business models are disrupted by the shift to focus on a new type customer… the developer. Fortunately if your business runs on z Systems you are well placed to take advantage of this change. Come along to this session to learn:
- Why your business should care about APIs and what makes a good one.
- How you have a part to play to help your business evolve.
- What you need to do technically to enable your business to make the transition.

Anthony Papageorgiou is a Software Engineer working at IBM Hursley UK.
Before he joined IBM in 2007 he worked for Mintel International Group Ltd as a Web Developer. Anthony holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Warwick.
His areas of expertise include Event Processing, Mobile, Cloud and API Technologies. During his time at IBM he has performed a number of roles across Development, Architecture, Strategy and Management in the CICS organisation and is currently working as the delivery manager for zOS Connect EE.

By Isabel Arnold, IBM, DE

API – Alien Peculiar Individuals? They are out there!
You have probably heard about those APIs that everyone’s talking about. They have landed on this planet and lead to a lot of disruption. But have you ever seen one? In real life?
This presentation will show you some APIs that you can make contact with today, from Facebook to Banking.

Isabel Arnold has been working as CICS Technical Sales Specialist since 2004.
She started working in the field of Information Technology in 2001 and holds a German Diploma from University of Corporate Education Stuttgart.
Her areas of expertise include CICS with focus on integration and modernization as well as modern application development for System z.

In her role she worked on three ITSO Redbooks and has been presenting at conferences like System z or WebSphere Technical Conference.
Isabel teaches System z Software basics at German universities, is IBM representative for the German CICS user group and
leads a team of CICS TechSales specialists across Europe.

By Chris Poole, IBM UK

This session will provide an introduction to microservices and their driver from a general IT point of view. We will explore 'What they are', 'how they're different to SOA', and 'why z Systems' generally, and more specifically CICS.  Are Microservices a really good fit. This will develop into an introduction to container technology (including generally available tooling such as Docker), followed by a demo of the NEW z/OS Provisioning Toolkit.

Dr. Chris Poole is an IBM Master Inventor in the CICS Development team, working on blockchain, CICS microservices and DevOps technologies, and asynchronous APIs. Prior to joining the CICS team, he developed IBM API Connect, and software to administer DataPower appliances.

By Ian Burnett, IBM, UK

What are zIIPs? How do these specialty engines work with CICS? Can I really use zIIPs to reduce my CPU usage? How do I design and code my CICS Java application to optimize zIIP usage? With more and more Java applications being deployed into z/OS, many of them in CICS, businesses can exploit IBM z Systems Integrated Information Processors, or zIIPs to lower costs. In this session, we will dispel some of the myths around zIIPs, and show how they can benefit your CICS Java workloads and lower monthly software licence charges.

Ian Burnett has led the CICS TS for z/OS performance team since 2009, and has been involved with the performance testing of several releases of CICS TS during that time.
In previous roles, Ian has been a developer on the CICSPlex System Manager and WebSphere MQ products, as well as testing the transaction and messaging components of WebSphere Application Server on both mainframe and distributed platforms.

By Chris Poole, IBM UK

Extending on the introduction of CICS and Microservices in a DevOps world session, this session provides a brief overview of microservices (for those who missed the first session), followed by several more in-depth demos of CICS Provisioning Toolkit, as would typically be seen  in different illustrated  scenarios.

Dr. Chris Poole is an IBM Master Inventor in the CICS Development team, working on blockchain, CICS microservices and DevOps technologies, and asynchronous APIs. Prior to joining the CICS team, he developed IBM API Connect, and software to administer DataPower appliances.

By Ian Burnett, IBM, UK

This session provides a list of APARs, PTFs and possible problem areas of which a system programmer has to be aware to avoid problems in their on-line systems. In addition, other useful information is provided regarding any situations that may be involved in installing CICS TS V5 with IBM and vendor software.

Ian Burnett has led the CICS TS for z/OS performance team since 2009, and has been involved with the performance testing of several releases of CICS TS during that time.
In previous roles, Ian has been a developer on the CICSPlex System Manager and WebSphere MQ products, as well as testing the transaction and messaging components of WebSphere Application Server on both mainframe and distributed platforms.