GSE Nordic Region Conference

2012

21-23 May 2012

Oslo, Norway

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Welcome
Dear colleague,

The GSE Nordic Region has the pleasure of inviting you to the Nordic Region Conference to be held in Oslo, Norway, at the Holmenkollen Park Hotel Rica the 21st - 23rd of May 2012.

The GSE Nordic Region Working Groups are groups of information technology specialists, focusing on IBM software, who meet regularly. The main objective of the groups is to give their members an opportunity to meet, to exchange ideas and experiences, to deepen their knowledge and to broaden their perspective, and in co-operation with IBM to participate in influencing the future of data processing in general and particularly in the IBM software areas covered by the groups. Four of these groups are cooperating to arrange the yearly Region Conference: The CICS, DB2, IMS, and Mainframe Infrastructure Groups.

The conference offers a full view on the enterprise IT landscape. On the back end it focuses on the mainframe as the robust back end of the enterprise IT landscape, especially when using the transactional, database, and infrastructure subsystems including CICS, DB2, IMS, and the WebSphere family of products on the mainframe platform.

Also the ambition of the conference is double: It is not only a deep, technical conference for product specialists in these areas, but also a learning source for application developers, architects, and technically oriented managers who need to update their knowledge on the new features of the mainframe in order to make best use of it for their companies and organisations.

The conference also invites a number of staff members and students of the Universities of Oslo as participants to broaden the scope and the networking opportunities.

The conference language will in general be English. But since this is a user conference, and since the most important aspect of it is users sharing their experiences with each other, you should be prepared for users who might prefer sharing their experiences in their own language.

Please note that GSE is non-profit, membership organisation, and all participants at a GSE conference are expected to come from a GSE member company or organisation or to be an individual member of GSE. If that is not yet the case, however, you can use this possibility to get to know more about GSE and to experience the value of participating at a GSE Nordic Region Conference.

The Program will be available in spring 2012 so please let us know if you have subjects that you wish us to cover

The GSE Nordic Region Conference Steering Committee is looking forward to seeing you in Oslo.

By Dr Graham Spittle CBE,  IBM, UK

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Audience: General Interest, Opening Keynote

As more and more of the worlds population moves into cities,known problems become more acute and new ones emerge that will have to be addressed.This presentation will review some of the challenges and some of the technology solutions that IBM has been working on across the globe.

Graham Spittle was appointed to his present role as CTO and VP, Software Group in January 2010.  Previously he held several senior executive positions within IBM: Vice President, Software UKI (UK & Ireland); Vice President, Worldwide Integration Development; Director of the IBM Hursley Laboratory in the United Kingdom, and Director of MQ Development.

Graham joined IBM in 1985 at the Hursley Laboratory and has held professional and managerial positions in Business Operations and Software Development.  His roles have included development and strategy responsibility for major IBM products such as CICS and Business Integration Middleware (including the MQSeries family), as well as Business Development responsibilities.  From 1995 to 1997 Graham was on international assignment in Software Group located in New York. He has lectured and had articles published on Software Contracting and Intellectual Property. Graham lives in Hampshire and is married with two children.

In June 2008 Graham was appointed as a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to industry.

Graham received a Masters Degree from Edinburgh University, an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Southampton University, and an Honorary Degree from University of Surrey for his contribution to the Technology Strategy Board and for his immensely positive impact on the Higher Education.  In addition to his IBM responsibilities, Graham holds a number of external positions:

- Chair of the UK Technology Strategy Board 2004-2011
- Member of Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology
- Director of The Foundation for Science and Technology
- Fellow of the British Computer Society 
- Member of HM Higher Education Commission
- Member of the Design London Advisory Group
- Member of the NHS Health Innovation Council
- Visiting Professor University of Bristol
- Visiting Professor University of Edinburgh
- Visiting Professor University of Southampton
- Member of the Council of Southampton University
- Member of the Court of Benefactors of Oxford University
- Member of the Informatics Advisory Board at Edinburgh University

By Ian J Mitchell, IBM, UK

Audience: All CICS, Level: All

Hear from Ian Mitchell about the the CICS portfolio of products and how they may complement and extend your existing enterprise infrastructure. You will see the latest enhancements made to CICS, the CICS Tools and connectors and how they may be combined with other products in the extended CICS family. You will gain insight into the key sessions that will give you deeper knowledge on specific capabilities to create your own CICS family roadmap to maximise your Impact experience.

Ian J Mitchell is an IBM Distinguished Engineer at the Hursley Development Lab. He's spent over 20 years working on CICS and is currently the Architect for CICS Product Portfolio. He regularly presents sessions at SHARE, the Transaction and Messaging Conferences and for regional GUIDEs. Ian works with many of IBM's largest customers ensuring that CICS continues to provide the world leading capabilities and qualities of service it has been renowned for over 40 years.

 

By Will Yates, IBM, UK

Audience: Sys Prog, App Dev, Architects, Level: Basic

From Terminals to mobiles, LU6.2 through to web services over the releases CICS has integrated many connection technologies, Out of the hundreds of potential ways to drive work into CICS which one makes the most sense for your particular scenario. 60 minutes is not enough time to discuss them all but we promise to list enough for you to think about

William Yates is a senior test engineer for CICS.  He is an expert in revitalising CICS applications and workloads to integrate with a modern enterprise.  His work within test is to ensure that new CICS function doesn't just satisfy specifications but satisfies the real customer requirement.

By , Anthony Papageorgiou, IBM, UK

Audience: AD, Sys Prog, Architect   Level: Intermediate

One of the major new capabilities in CICS TS V4 is the ability to non-invasively emit events from CICS systems and applications, when certain predefined criteria are met. This session will explore this tremendously powerful technology, and discuss of variety of potential use cases, both with and without the addition of popular event consumers such as WebSphere Business Events and WebSphere Business Monitor. There will also be a demo showing how a CICS-based insurance application can be combined with IBM Cognos technology to provide the insight that your business needs to become more competitive.

Anthony Papageorgiou is a Software Developer for CICS TS 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 Web 2.0, Event Processing and Mobile Technologies and he was closely involved with the design an development of their support in CICS V4. He is currently working as a developer on the eclipse based CICS tools.

By John Tilling, IBM, UK

Audience: CICS, Sys Prog Level: Intermediate

The trace table is one of the most helpful debugging tools for both CICS application and system programmers. This session takes the basics one step further to discuss using the trace entries to identify and solve problems. Abends, loops, waits, storage, OTE, and trace overviews of Web and Web Services are some of the areas that will be addressed by this session. At the end of this session, you'll be convinced that the CICS trace table is a great way of making debugging easier!

John Tilling is a senior software engineer working in the CICS Strategy and Planning group at the IBM Hursley Laboratory in the U.K. He joined IBM in 1985 after graduating from York University with a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. He has 27 years of experience developing CICS, working in data access components, and was responsible for restructuring the CICS-DB2 and CICS-MQ attachment facilities to exploit Open Transaction Environment (OTE). He’s a regular speaker at IBM and user group conferences and customer briefings.

By Ian J Mitchell, IBM, UK

Audience: CICS, Sys Prog, IT Mgr, Level: Basic

CICS has been taking helping workload management of your z/OS workloads for many years, but in recent times it has been enhancing this support to take advantage of improvement made in the operating system.  In CICS TS V4.1 Sysplex Optimised WLM was introduced and this was followed with new routing algorithms in CICS TS V4.2.  In this session you will hear about the advances made in recent releases of CICS to optimise workload flows and make your CICS environment more efficient and effective.

Ian J Mitchell is an IBM Distinguished Engineer at the Hursley Development Lab. He's spent over 20 years working on CICS and is currently the Architect for CICS Product Portfolio. He regularly presents sessions at SHARE, the Transaction and Messaging Conferences and for regional GUIDEs. Ian works with many of IBM's largest customers ensuring that CICS continues to provide the world leading capabilities and qualities of service it has been renowned for over 40 years.

 

By  Anthomy Papageorgiou & Will Yates, IBM, UK

Audience: CICS, AD, Sys Prog, IT Mgr, Level: Basic

Imagine if the systems of 90% of all Fortune 500 companies were to collapse overnight. How do we in CICS prevent this from happening? Fundamental to the industry-leading quality CICS boasts is a focus on testing. Join members of the CICS System Test team as they guide you through the unique problems, and innovative solutions, in ensuring that CICS conforms to the standards of quality your business demands.

William Yates is a senior test engineer for CICS.  He is an expert in revitalising CICS applications and workloads to integrate with a modern enterprise.  His work within test is to ensure that new CICS function doesn't just satisfy specifications but satisfies the real customer requirement.

Anthony Papageorgiou is a Software Developer for CICS TS 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 Web 2.0, Event Processing and Mobile Technologies and he was closely involved with the design an development of their support in CICS V4. He is currently working as a developer on the eclipse based CICS tools.

Speaker Anthony Papageorgiou, IBM, UK

Audience: CICS AD, Architects, IT Mgr, Level: Basic

CICS TS V4.1 introduced a new resource type into CICS: the bundle. This session will provide an introduction to bundles, what they are, why we introduced them into CICS, and what benefits they bring your business. The session will also feature demos of creating bundles, showcasing CICS Explorer functionality to make bundles as easy as possible!

Anthony Papageorgiou is a Software Developer for CICS TS 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 Web 2.0, Event Processing and Mobile Technologies and he was closely involved with the design an development of their support in CICS V4. He is currently working as a developer on the eclipse based CICS tools.

By Will Yates, IBM, UK

Audience: CICS, AD, Architecture Level: Intermediate

Are you an efficient bug hunter?.  Spend too little time inefficiently testing and your quality may decrease, too much and you risk losing market share.  Join a senior CICS tester as he shares experience, toolsets and busts some common testing myths!  Bugs beware after this lecture a whole new group of bug hunters will be ready to fund you.

William Yates is a senior test engineer for CICS.  He is an expert in revitalising CICS applications and workloads to integrate with a modern enterprise.  His work within test is to ensure that new CICS function doesn't just satisfy specifications but satisfies the real customer requirement.