2019 General Interest Track

By Marianne Heltborg, DK, IBM and Mads Zandersen, Danske Bank, DK
General Interest Sessions: Room A first floor

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.

Mads Zandersen started as Application Developer on S/390 in 1985. He is an IT professional with a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School, 12+ years at IBM as Solution Sales within Finance Sector and Technical Sales Specialist within Development and middleware software and since 2011 an employee of Xact Consulting, now at Danske Bank

As Architect in Development Tools and Practices, Mads has utilized his constant drive to try new areas, learn, adapt and shape the way we do development

By Niels Simanis, Nordea, DK
General Interest Sessions: Room A first floor

Session Evaluation

Abstract  (Draft)

The operations side of the Mainframe is challenged by the Generation Gap, Demographic issues, lack of management understanding of the platform and thus tend to be out of focus even if it is the platform, that “runs” the business.

Due to the decreasing qualified resources to run the Operation we can foresee the challenges to run the mainframe.

Everybody has done efforts in the Automation area, but areas that cannot be automated or areas, that needs to be addressed before it is to late need attention NOW.

As examples of the crucial areas, that needs to be addressed:  

-   Debugging as part of Root Cause Analysis

-   Do hygienic tasks on daily basis - Performance, security, maintenance, monitoring … 

-   Solving Software and hardware errors 

-   .…

Come and hear the First Findings in the GSE Europe Initiative.  

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 Steve Talbot-Walsh, IBM, AU
General Interest Sessions: Room A first floor

Session Evaluation

Abstract

Did you know that over 45% of data breaches are caused by internal incidents? Or that 51% of workers ignore security policies? Privileged users are both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, they help keep our systems, applications and data available and secure. On the other, they are the front door for all kinds of security breaches. So, in reality, they are your biggest vulnerability if you don't implement the required controls. In this session, we look at some of these security breaches, the root cause and logical steps you can take to protecting your organization. Learn about security capabilities to enforce segregation of duties, provide strong authentication, detect toxic entitlements, audit privileged users, and monitor compliance.

Steve Talbot-Walsh Originally employed at the IBM software labs in the UK, Steve has over 35 years IBM Mainframe Systems Engineering and Consultancy experience. Specializing initially as an MVS, CICS and RACF systems programmer, Steve moved into a technical pre-sales and large systems consulting role. In 1993, Steve formed what was to become a worldwide team specializing in mainframe security integration and migration (CA-ACF2 and CA-Top Secret to RACF) and worked on projects throughout the UK, Europe, USA and Australia, in large-scale multinational organizations, across a wide variety of industry sectors.
In July 2011, Steve joined IBM A/NZ in Melbourne as a Senior System z Client Architect (zCA) and became the IBM z Security Technical Pre-Sales Lead for Asia Pacific, China, Middle East and Africa. Steve is a member of the world-wide IBM zChampion’s team and a member of the IBM zCA Global Advisory Board.
In August 2017, Steve became the world-wide CTO for IBM z Security.

By Yann Kindelberger, IBM, FR
General Interest Sessions: Room A first floor

Session Evaluation

Abstract

IBM Cloud Private provides an open standard cloud consumption and *aaS model that enable a common experience across Z, Power, and Intel platforms. Open Service Broker technology provides a standardized experience that enables z/OS middleware to be provisioned and managed from an ICP environment the same way you can provision and manage other services.
The speaker will highlight the value of ICP on Linux Z and will demonstrate how a cloud native microservices banking application based on 2 microservices developed in Node.js and in Java, is able to access some core-banking services running on z/OS and exposed through z/OS Connect. He will also demonstrate how to deploy and manage some z/OS middleware like CICS, Liberty or z/OS Connect from ICP for Dev & Test purpose.

Yann Kindelberger is a lead architect in the IBM Client Center of Montpellier. As an executive integration Architect, he is in charge of designing advanced IT solutions to meet customer challenges in the retail banking and payment industries. For the last 7 years, Yann has been involved in many pre-sales engagements around Integration/API Management, Analytics/Machine Learning, Legacy Modernization and hybrid Cloud for large retail banking customers. Yann developed an innovative visionary approach and methodology to allow customers to successfully transform and modernize their critical business applications on IBM Z. Yann is an outstanding technical leader involved in many large Mainframe transformation projects.

By Frank van der Wal, IBM, NL
General Interest Sessions: Room A first floor

Session Evaluation

Abstract

There is incredible advantage in having a development team, skilled in a powerful new language, that can handle full stack development. Development, delivery, and techniques such as CI/CD are all vastly simplified under this model. The challenge is that there is no contemporary language that can span mobile to mainframe and deliver on the promise of extreme agility. Or is there? What if new languages, like Apple's recently open-sourced Swift, could be deployed for mobile, mid-tier and mainframe? What if we could unlock and reuse the critical application logic and data services that reside on the mainframe, all encoded in Swift? Come see an all-millennial full-stack development team demo their fully integrated Swift apps.

Frank van der Wal is Executive Digital Transformation Specialist and Technical Leader IBM Mainframe Architects and Specialists BeNeLux.
In this role Frank is leading the Architects and Specialists in the BeNeLux who are working with clients on IBM mainframe technologies. In addition, he is working with client across Europe and consult them how to best implement emerging technologies in Enterprise environments to reach business goals and strategies. In addition he is relentlessly looking for new technologies that run on IBM Z that can bridge the gap between 'old' and 'young' in the broadest way possible

By Lutz Kühner, Credit Suisse, Switzerland and Lutz Kühner, Credit Suisse, Switzerland
General Interest Sessions: Room A first floor

Session Evaluation

Abstract 

The complexity and amount of data needed to solve problems within z/OS are still growing. An ongoing process is needed to standardize, speed up and simplify this activity. This session will present some hints and tips how Credit Suisse is analyzing and managing Operlog data and will be of interest for advanced system programmers who manage and analyze Operlog/Syslog Data.

Lutz Kühner (Credit Suisse) is a Senior z/OS System Engineer at Credit Suisse in Switzerland. He has 32 years of experience in IBM z Systems®. Lutz has worked for 10 years in the IBM Z Presales support in Germany, developing and providing professional services for customers in the financial market. In addition to co-authoring several IBM Redbooks publications since 2001, he has been an official ITSO presenter at ITSO workshops and is also well known after being the project leader of the Credit Suisse migration from JES3 to JES2. Problem determination and analysis is one of his specialties.

Lutz Kühner (Credit Suisse) is a Senior z/OS System Engineer at Credit Suisse in Switzerland. He has 32 years of experience in IBM z Systems®. Lutz has worked for 10 years in the IBM Z Presales support in Germany, developing and providing professional services for customers in the financial market. In addition to co-authoring several IBM Redbooks publications since 2001, he has been an official ITSO presenter at ITSO workshops and is also well known after being the project leader of the Credit Suisse migration from JES3 to JES2. Problem determination and analysis is one of his specialties.

By Jan Aage Nielsen, BEC, DK and Adam Britt, BEC, DK
General Interest Sessions: Room A first floor

Session Evaluation

Abstract 

How to reuse your established REXX/ISPF routines in IDz. A session on how to use the TSO/ISPF Gateway to connect from IDz to TSO/ISPF and take advantage of the routines you have created thru decades, and at the same time exploit the flexibility and extensibility of the Eclipse platform including the UX part. We will show both the Eclipse side coded in Java and the mainframe side coded in REXX

Jan Aage Nielsen is an experienced mainframe systems programmer with more than 40 years of experience. Jan is specialized in development of tools using the traditional methods

Adam Britt has worked for a number of years in the financial sector working on both mainframes and decentral systems. He is working at BEC where he is responsible for IDz and in general is working towards making mainframe development great again.

By Harald A. Sørensen, JN Data, DK and Kurt Højgaard, JN Data, DK
General Interest Sessions: Room A first floor

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When a single security breach can cost $US 4 million on average, isn’t it time to stop relying on passwords alone? When new fintech players are redrawing the IT landscape, how do you stay competitive? In this session, learn how JN Data A/S, a Danish IT operations and infrastructure provider to the financial services industry, sought a better way to keep key systems and data protected, improve customer experience, and capitalize on the performance of IBM Z to meet its business goals. JN Data A/S uses IBM Multi-Factor Authentication for z/OS to reduce the risk of unauthorized access to sensitive data and systems, helping protect the company and its clients from costly and damaging security breaches. 

Harald A. Sørensen has been a Systems Programmer since 1985 with specialities in Networking on z/OS. Harald is part of the Z Infrastructure Team at JN Data in Denmark

Kurt Højgaard is a Z/OS Systems Programmer in the Z Infrastructure Department at JN Data in Denmark. Kurt has alos been a developer and CICS Systems programmer. 

  

By Khadija Souissi , IBM, DE
General Interest Sessions: Room A first floor

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IBM Watson Machine Learning for z/OS brings AI to your most critical business applications on IBM Z. It offers an end-to-end machine learning platform that operationalizes predictive models while also benefiting from core IBM Z qualities of service. During this session, you will get an idea about the first Watson Machine Learning for z/OS client projects and experience. Get inspired and discover how you can make the difference using Watson Machine Learning for z/OS to stop outages before they start and turn huge volume of your IT operations Data into relevant and actionable insights for quicker problem solving and better service.

Khadija Souissi is a certified IT Specialist and Consultant at the IBM Client Center in Boeblingen and a member of the zATS Team (z Systems Advanced Technical Skills) Europe. She holds a Master degree in Electrical Engineering. During her 17 years with IBM, Khadija worked as IBM Z Firmware developer, Field Technical Sales Specialist for IBM Storage solutions in Paris and as Analytics & AI on IBM Z SME in Boeblingen. She gained experience in IBM Z, Power, Storage, Data Warehouse, Information Governance, Cognitive and Analytics solutions on IBM Z and LinuxOne with deep hands-on skills in Cognos BI, SPSS, IBM Db2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS, Common Data Provider (CDP), Spark, IBM Open Data Analytics for z/OS, Watson Explorer, Watson Machine Learning for z/OS,
Data and AI solutions belong to the current focus areas which Khadija supports during customer events, multi-customer and individual customer workshops, POCs and Hackathons. Her responsibilites include customer consultation, proof of concepts, technical enablement workshops, demo development and delivery worldwide.

By Frank van der Wal, IBM, NL
General Interest Sessions: Room A first floor

Session Evaluation

Abstract

Now REST API's into mainframe subsystems are easily setup by means of z/OS Connect Enterprise Edition, one may wonder in what way customers across Europe use this technology. In this session there will be use cases from the Financial Sector, Energy & Utility and Insurance. Furthermore there will be examples and use cases for the integration of APIs created by means of z/OS Connect into DevOps processes for a Continuous Integration/ Continuous Delivery.

Frank van der Wal is Executive Digital Transformation Specialist and Technical Leader IBM Mainframe Architects and Specialists BeNeLux.
In this role Frank is leading the Architects and Specialists in the BeNeLux who are working with clients on IBM mainframe technologies. In addition, he is working with client across Europe and consult them how to best implement emerging technologies in Enterprise environments to reach business goals and strategies. In addition he is relentlessly looking for new technologies that run on IBM Z that can bridge the gap between 'old' and 'young' in the broadest way possible

By Tom Ross, IBM, US
General Interest Sessions: Room A first floor

Session Evaluation

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This session will show how to use features added to COBOL since the product was shipped. With IBM's continuous delivery, we have added many new features to COBOL V6.2 via the service stream (APARs and PTFs) that you may not have heard about!  In addition, you will hear the latest news about COBOL migration and COBOL performance. A little bit of everything!

Tom  Ross(Captain COBOL) is a senior software engineer in IBM COBOL development.
Tom has spent his entire 36 year IBM career in COBOL development, working on the compiler and run-time libraries for every release of VS COBOL II, COBOL for OS/390 & VM, and Enterprise COBOL.
Tom is an expert when it comes to understanding migration challenges for Enterprise COBOL and Language Environment on z/OS, and, he understands many of the issues facing IBM mainframe customers.
Tom is also a frequent speaker at user groups and is the IBM representative for COBOL to SHARE in USA and GSE Nordic.

By Chris Poole, IBM UK
General Interest Sessions: Room A first floor

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Data breaches in the cloud are becoming a near daily occurrence, including managed Docker container environments. In this session you'll learn what can be done to generally harden your Docker containers, and see what IBM Cloud Hyper Protect Containers can do to help, both in the cloud and on prem. We'll look at different attack vectors used by hackers, and see how Secure Service Containers work. With world class crypto hardware, the mainframe is the ideal place to run these workloads, and secure your customers' data.

Dr. Chris Poole is a Master Inventor in IBM's Hursley development lab, working on IBM Cloud Hyper Protect Containers. Prior to this, he worked in the IBM CICS development team, working on asynchronous APIs, DevOps tooling, and Cloud platforms. He's also worked in the IBM API Connect development team, and has developed software to administer DataPower appliances. He holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics.

By Claus Samuelsen, IBM, DK
General Interest Sessions: Room A first floor

Session Evaluation

Abstract TBD

Claus Samuelsen Bio TBD