2019 Extra Track

By Isabel Arnold, IBM, DE and Svenn-Aage Sønderskov, Denmark and Marianne Heltborg, DK, IBM and Sophie Green , IBM, UK
Extra Sessions: Room J 2nd floor

Isabel Arnold joined the team of technical specialists for mainframe software in 2004. Her areas of expertise include CICS and modern application development, the latter also by using it herself and trying to demonstrate how modern a z/OS environment can be. On this mission she advocates cloud capabilities on the platform and helps customers open up the platform to their developers.
She is currently responsible for the Nordics, regularly speaks at conferences and other events and demonstrates the funny side of the mainframe in her cicsabel Youtube channel.

Svenn-Aage Sønderskov is a Systems Programmer, DBA and IT Architect 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.

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. Marianne is known as a trusted advisor within the z Systems field. Her core competencies are on IBM Z mainframe software: Z Hybrid Cloud Integration, API Management on IBM Z, z/OS Connect as well as CICS, CICS Tools, Problem Determination Tools. She has been co-author on two ITSO Redbooks and presents at various conferences and events.
She has been part of the GSE Nordics steering committee for 12 years.

Sophie Green  is a Software Engineer working at IBM Hursley UK. She joined IBM’s graduate programme in 2013 after studying for a physics degree and since then has been developing and testing the Eclipse based CICS Explorer. She is also on the GSE UK committee and runs the 101 stream providing education and networking opportunities for new joiners to the mainframe

By Steven Thomas, SMT Data, DK
Extra Sessions: Room J 2nd floor

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Abstract 

The goal of Agile development and DevOps is to quickly get new functionality into production, get feedback on it, and then deliver new iterations based on the feedback. The focus is on measuring whether the functionality meets the business requirements.

However; measuring the operational costs of the changes is often ignored - and in worst case, a badly designed or implemented change can drive operational costs that are higher than the business value generated by the new functionality.

Ongoing measurement and feedback from the IT-operations teams to the software developers (OpsDev rather than DevOps), is critical for three reasons - it:

1.      Helps the developers prioritize optimization efforts alongside functional changes based on the financial impact

2.      Helps the operational teams tune and right-size the infrastructure

3.      Gives the business transparency into who (application or organization) is driving capacity costs.

This presentation will include stories about where things can go wrong, and practical ideas about how to do things right.

Steven Thomas is Chief Technology Officer at SMT Data; a software solutions company specializing in applying business intelligence tools and methods to capacity and performance data for clients worldwide with large IT installations.

 

By Venkat Balabhadrapatruni, IBM, US
Extra Sessions: Room J 2nd floor

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As the Mainframe application development landscape evolves to welcome the new age ‘non-traditional’ mainframe application developers to the platform, the need for familiar, easy to get started and easy to use tooling that leverages the current technological patterns and paradigms is more than ever. Rich or fat clients which provided momentum for mainframe application development modernization, have proven to be difficult to manage at scale. Cloud based development environments that are easy to manage while allowing quick, easy access from anywhere using a thin web client are gaining prominence. This session will detail and demo the Cloud based IDE technology and the extension of it to support the mainframe application development scenarios while providing the developers the ability to do server-based development where they can store off their workspaces, share workspaces with team members and have the choice to pick the technology stack that enables them to develop cross platform applications as needed. The session will also detail how the use of container technology like Docker can help provide developers the flexibility while simplifying the life of the tool administrator. Last but not least, the session will also demonstrate how the solution is structured to provide developers the flexibility to use their favorite IDE as well.  

Venkat Balabhadrapatruni is a Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM, and part of the IBM z Systems unit. Venkat is Chief architect for the Enterprise Devops, and is responsible for the Cognitive Devops efforts with the primary focus on IBM Application Discovery and Delivery Intelligence (ADDI) products.

By Maria K. Boisen, IBM, DK
Extra Sessions: Room J 2nd floor

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Abstract

 

… or a server farm, like we see at Google? Why are Nordic top enterprises, such as banks and outsourcers, still relying on mainframes? What are their demands to their IT infrastructure, now and in the future? And what type of job profiles and people skills will they require?
This session is an introduction to the Mainframe and how it supports these demands.
You will learn about:
- demands from the business side of the companies
- demands from the it organization
- how to ensure support of future IT workloads
- key values of the Mainframe


Maria K. Boisen Bio TBD

By Maria K. Boisen, IBM, DK
Extra Sessions: Room J 2nd floor

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Some enterprise workloads have an extra high demand for availability, scalability, resiliency and security. A significant part of this is covered by the Mainframe's middleware, operating systems and hardware. This goes all the way down to the unique chip design and many redundant components that can be replaced while the machine is running. Compare this to exchanging an airplane engine … in flight.

Maria K. Boisen Bio TBD

By Isabel Arnold, IBM, DE and Sophie Green , IBM, UK
Extra Sessions: Room J 2nd floor

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Abstract 

Writing code is not that complicated. But what will change, if you want to run it on a mainframe? In this session you will learn:
- what languages and interfaces you can use

- what runtime environments you will encounter
- how typical development will look like (spoiler: it can be everything from terminal screens, over eclipse to LSP-based editors)
- how your life as developer might differ from your coding experience today
Some stuff might be new to you, like Cobol, CICS, IMS, ISPF, some you may know from your studies, like Swift, Node.js, Git, Jenkins, Waterfall model (yeah, still around), DevOps and many more.

 

Isabel Arnold joined the team of technical specialists for mainframe software in 2004. Her areas of expertise include CICS and modern application development, the latter also by using it herself and trying to demonstrate how modern a z/OS environment can be. On this mission she advocates cloud capabilities on the platform and helps customers open up the platform to their developers.
She is currently responsible for the Nordics, regularly speaks at conferences and other events and demonstrates the funny side of the mainframe in her cicsabel Youtube channel.

Sophie Green  is a Software Engineer working at IBM Hursley UK. She joined IBM’s graduate programme in 2013 after studying for a physics degree and since then has been developing and testing the Eclipse based CICS Explorer. She is also on the GSE UK committee and runs the 101 stream providing education and networking opportunities for new joiners to the mainframe

By Isabel Arnold, IBM, DE
Extra Sessions: Room J 2nd floor

Session Evaluation

Abstract 

TBD

 

Isabel Arnold joined the team of technical specialists for mainframe software in 2004. Her areas of expertise include CICS and modern application development, the latter also by using it herself and trying to demonstrate how modern a z/OS environment can be. On this mission she advocates cloud capabilities on the platform and helps customers open up the platform to their developers.
She is currently responsible for the Nordics, regularly speaks at conferences and other events and demonstrates the funny side of the mainframe in her cicsabel Youtube channel.

By Niels Simanis, Nordea, DK
Extra Sessions: Room J 2nd floor

Session Evaluation

Abstract 

DRAFT: Niels Simanis will tell about why the Mainframe is so important seen from a Company perspective, where the service of the larger bank's cannot deal with downtime seen both fom the Bank and Customer Perspective.

The platforms ability to run 24 by 7 without customers knowing about the necessary maintenance being appied and the scalability options at hand will be adressed.

People working with the platform will give a "birds" view on what it means to work with a platform, where "batch" windows do not exist , all app's has to be continous delivery ready and if an error arises, fallback can be done in seconds

 

Niels Simanis from Nordea has worked as a System Programmer, manager more than thirty years with expertise in ZOS, Cics, MQ, Racf, Performance and  Monitoring. 
In the current role where operational and infrastructure changes is part of the responsibility across platforms in Nordea it also means a return to the operational perspectives and excellence on  the Mainframe.

By Per Rosenquist, IBM, DK
Extra Sessions: Room J 2nd floor

Session Evaluation

Abstract

Learn about the IBM LinuxONE Emperor II penguine that can consume up to 30 billion RESTful web interactions a day, tens of thousands of docker containers or up to 10000 virtual servers all encrypted to provide the highest security platform on the market. It earned “Best Blockchain Platform” Future Digital Award 2018 by Juniper Research.

Per Rosenquist works for IBM Denmark in Systems HW Labservices as a consultant. 

He has more than 40 years of experience in working with IBM Z, mainly with z/VM, and Linux on IBM Z. 

By Jørn Thyssen, Rocket Software, DK
Extra Sessions: Room J 2nd floor

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Abstract 

Information Technology is undergoing a revolution of changing architectures, new processing capabilities and a deluge of programming language options. With the ever-increasing speed of technology advancements, a dynamic workforce that spans millennials to baby boomers and rising expectations in user experience, there needs to be a new standard framework for interacting with the mainframe that enables an intuitive, productive and better integrated solutions.

Come learn about Zowe. A new open source software framework that provides solutions that allow development and operations teams to securely, manage, control, script and develop on the Mainframe like any other cloud platform. Zowe is the first open source project based on z/OS.

Jørn Thyssen has worked more than 15 years on the mainframe platform as a developer, application DBA, application architect, technical field specialist, and more recently as a Db2 tools product specialist for Rocket Software. He is also an 2018 IBM Champion. 

By Jørn Thyssen, Rocket Software, DK
Extra Sessions: Room J 2nd floor

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Abstract 

Organizations are shifting to deliver more, smaller features faster. Learn how to improve development productivity and quality through automated deployments. While the buzz words (Agile, DevOps, Cloud Provisioning, Continuous Deliver, Continuous Integration) will be mentioned, the emphasis is on how to automate schema changes to development environments, enable developers to self-service provision and manage their Db2 z resources. DBAs learn how they can influence the process rather then become roadkill.

Jørn Thyssen has worked more than 15 years on the mainframe platform as a developer, application DBA, application architect, technical field specialist, and more recently as a Db2 tools product specialist for Rocket Software. He is also an 2018 IBM Champion. 

By Svenn-Aage Sønderskov, Denmark and Henrik Strøbech, Nets, DK
Extra Sessions: Room J 2nd floor

Session Evaluation

Abstract 

TBD

 

Svenn-Aage Sønderskov is a Systems Programmer, DBA and IT Architect 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.

Henrik Strøbech has been in the mainframe area since 1989, and before that, he was coding pc systems.
Before his current position as a Solution Architect at Nets Denmark, Henrik has been working as a consultant at several Danish mainframe installations for 13 years. 
Henrik has been with Nets Denmark for 9 years and is currently working as a Solution Architect. For the past 3 years, he has been working on a MIPS Saving project, where his latest findings with COBOL has proven to be very interesting.
Henrik is together with Svenn-Aage Sønderskov the founder and Chairman of the GSE Performance group in Denmark.
This group include specialists from all major mainframe installations in Denmark.

 

By Svenn-Aage Sønderskov, Denmark and Niels Simanis, Nordea, DK
Extra Sessions: Room J 2nd floor

Session Evaluation

Abstract

TBD

 

Svenn-Aage Sønderskov is a Systems Programmer, DBA and IT Architect 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.

Niels Simanis from Nordea has worked as a System Programmer, manager more than thirty years with expertise in ZOS, Cics, MQ, Racf, Performance and  Monitoring. 
In the current role where operational and infrastructure changes is part of the responsibility across platforms in Nordea it also means a return to the operational perspectives and excellence on  the Mainframe.