2017-General Interest Track

By Svenn-Aage Sønderskov, BEC, Denmark and Marianne Heltborg, DK, IBM

Svenn-Aage Sønderskov is a Systems Programmer and IT Architect at BEC with over 40 years of experience, where many of the years has been providing infrastructure for both developers and production staff, among which are a lot of homegrown tooling that exploits the infrastructure in ISPF and TSO.

Svenn-Aage is currently working with implementation of RDz along with the implementation of PD Tools at BEC.

Marianne Menå Heltborg is a Nordic Technical Sales Specialist for different product areas running on the mainframe.
She started as a CICS Systems Programmer in IBM in 1986 and has had many different roles since, but always around CICS, Application Servers and Middleware running on the z System.
Focus areas: CICS, CICS Tools, PD Tools and z/OS Connect.
She has been co-author on two ITSO Redbooks and presents conferences like Large Systems Update. Marianne teaches CICS, WAS and Development at z Systems classes at Danmarks Tekniske Universitet.
She has been part of the GSE Nordics steering committee for 10 years.

By Ian J Mitchell, IBM, UK

A year is a long time in the blockchain world. In this session Ian Mitchell will briefly recap on why blockchain applications will transform business networks, take a deep dive into the Fabric v1.0 architecture built on the experience gained from real customer blockchain projects in 2016, and introduce Fabric-Composer as an application development accelerator.

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 Hélène Lyon , IBM, FR

Learn from IBM about innovative solutions allowing the z Systems to stay relevant for modern business needs around cognitive solutions. The intent is clearly to offer customers modernization paths to support growing needs for analytical services.

Hélène is recognized worldwide as a technical leader for mainframe solutions, especially around platform modernization, analytics and IMS. She is passionate about the value that z Systems provides to its clients, to the IBM business, and to the world in general. Her role as an IBM technical executive is to lead European mainframe customers through digital transformation; allowing in-transaction analytics while protecting quality of services for their core business; allowing mobile unpredictable demand to get consistent sub-second response time; and allowing optimization of IT Services delivery with scalability & availability needed by business.

By Gerald Pfeiffer, Compuware, Germany

 The production of high-quality, rigorously tested applications that enable a competitive edge should be the norm. But in reality, this often cumbersome process is fraught with complications. In the end, budget and delivery expectations are unmet, fewer quality applications are put into production and those that are implemented may not have undergone the right testing — resulting in poor quality and performance.

It goes without saying that there are a number of factors that influence whether testing cycles will be successful. The process requires knowledgeable and skilled teams to implement the testing, adherence to best practices to ensure consistency, and to automate and optimize the process. Yet a critical — but often overlooked — component of application testing is the use of efficient, effective and secure test data. The impact of using too much data, the wrong data or data that is not protected can have costly consequences for a business.

Gerald Pfeiffer Started in IT in 1984 as an Application Developer, became later a Project Leader and a Sys-tem Analyst in several companies.
In 1997 Gerald moved to the ISV part of the business to Compuware in several roles as Pre-Sales,  head of Pre-Sales,  head of Pre-Sales Enterprise Systems as well as responsibility for presales, post-sales, con-sultants and sales engineering as a Manager Solution Delivery during my 5 year interruption at Trilog.
In several projects at client sites Gerald worked in Data Optimization projects, Data Privacy Projects and I also took care of managing application performance management projects.

By Gary Mazo, IBM, US

Various software metrics have been used over the years to glean insight in maintenance and development of large scale software.
But what do all these metrics mean, and more importantly, how do we use them to continuously improve quality? What are the best approaches to picking the most important metrics out of ones that are available? This session will explore possible answers to these questions as well as engage audience in discussion on what is used (or not) in their environments or what they would like to see used as metrics and software development improvements based on them.

Gary Mazo is a Senior Software Engineer with IBM z Systems Software. Gary has been in software development for over two decades, ranging from Math education software, to vector compilers, to creating architecture and tools for Web Services, and cloud-based tools for Mainframe software.  Currently Gary is in charge of integrating and creating tools in the IBM Application Discovery and Delivery suite of products.  He holds 7 software  patents and has authored articles and blogs on topics of software development and Enterprise modernization

By Michael Erichsen , Xact Consulting, Denmark

Stability and reliability have always been the hallmarks of the mainframe. We have been testing our applications thoroughly for decades. But the requirements for test are changing in these years.

To fulfil the promise of DevOps and to reduce the time used to provide new solutions, we need to be able to test faster, more automated, and more completely. And we often need to use test virtualization.

This presentation will discuss the scope and functionality of four recent test tools, which are Rational Integrated Test Workbench from IBM (“Greenhat”), the z/OS Automated Unit Testing Framework (zUnit) within IBM Developer for z (IDz), Topaz from Compuware, and XaTester from Xact.

It will also discuss the role of z Systems Development and Test Environment (zD&T) to speed up testing.

Michael Erichsen is an Enterprise Modernization Specialist at Xact Consulting in Copenhagen, Denmark. Besides acting as solution architect, systems programmer, storage manager, and operations staff for zD&T instances in-house and with customers he currently concentrates on IDz and on maintaining the host component of the XaTester unit test tool.

By Tom Juhl, CA, Denmark

It is a public secret that there will always be an associated cost when activating real-time monitoring of performance. Yet there are many different factors that may influence the size of such overhead. While all the available Monitoring Tools on the market share the issue of occurring overhead, the good news is that you can often influence the resulting overhead in various ways in the individual solutions.

In this session, we will use the CA SYSVIEW Performance Monitor as an example to understand where the overhead come from, what the big influencers are and what can be done to trim the overhead to a minimum.

Tom is a member of the worldwide Mainframe Solutions Unit at CA Technologies and has previously served several roles in the CA Mainframe pre-sales team in Europe, including managing the Mainframe Competency Centers in Europe to supply specialist knowledge.

By Russell Bonner, IBM, UK

Today’s businesses are seeking increased speed, innovation, and competitiveness through a digital transformation. To achieve this, greater understanding and transformation of traditional mainframe software applications is necessary to support the journey to consumable services via mobile or hybrid cloud.IBM has superior capabilities in its new Application Discovery and Delivery Intelligence portfolio that allows our clients to understand the impact of changes before they are made, providing tools that developers can use quickly to understand existing applications. 

This solution can help automate the discovery and evaluation of existing application’s source code; drive higher levels of quality through identification of areas for modernisation, improvement, and componentisation; and collect and correlate key metrics about overall quality of the application portfolio for trend analysis.

This session will introduce -- and demonstrate -- the new capabilities in this exciting portfolio.

Russell Bonner is an IBM Certified Consulting IT Specialist. In his current role as a Client Technical Specialist based in the UK, he is a technical consultant to clients around Europe with a focus on the IBM Application Discovery and Delivery Intelligence portfolio. Russell has presented at numerous events and conferences, including Guide Share Europe UK and Innovate, on DevOps for Enterprise Systems, Mobile, and CICS Transaction Server technologies.

By William Alexander, IBM, US

Application Delivery Foundation for z Systems is the perfect solution for embarking on a DevOps transformation journey. The solution includes the market leading Integrated Development Environment (IBM Developer for z Systems) as well as a set of essential problem analysis tools. Come and learn the latest enhancements of ADFz and how customers are benefiting from this solution.


William is a Senior Software Engineer with IBM z Systems Software. He is the Release Architect for Rational Developer for System z (RDz) and has 25 years of experience developing mainframe applications

By Anthony Papageorgiou, IBM, UK

IBM z/OS Connect Enterprise Edition (EE) lets you create efficient and scalable RESTful APIs to your z/OS assets, without writing any code! Come along to this session to learn about the capabilities of z/OS Connect EE, how it works and what's new in the latest release. REST APIs to z Systems have never been this easy to create and manage!

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 William Alexander, IBM, US

There are multiple techniques that can be used for gathering the right data for unit testing a COBOL program. New enhancements in the z/OS Automated Unit Testing Framework (zUnit) tooling in IBM Developer for z Systems make creating the right test data easy.

William is a Senior Software Engineer with IBM z Systems Software. He is the Release Architect for Rational Developer for System z (RDz) and has 25 years of experience developing mainframe applications