By Svenn-Aage Sønderskov, JN Data A/S (DK)

This session will set the scene for the conference and introduce you to what your expectation would be.

Svenn-Aage Sønderskov is a DB2 Systems Programmer at JN Data A/S and has been working with many aspects of System z since 1976, where tooling and support to developers, infrastructure-people and Operations has been the focus areas apart from the normal daily routines as a System Programmer..

Svenn-Aage Sønderskov is Region Manager for the GSE Nordic Region.

By Niels Simanis, Danske Bank, DK

Performance Management at Danske Bank is a key asset to achieve resilience, availability and cost restraint. Over the last 9 years Performance Management has been evolved from being occasional tuning effort for various applications to be institutionalised from top management, directors, vice presidents, system managers to the individual developer. The presentation will cover operational, QA and the development proces aspects and discuss the various tools available and the reasoning behind some of the custom built tools at Danske Bank.

The presentation will also cover the challenge of keeping developers current with resilience and performance best practices  within a demographically  and geographically changing environment.

Next evolutionary step in Performance Management at Danske Bank is based on realtime Business Analytics using SPSS - the current state of this project will be presented.

Niels Simanis is SM for the system programmers and performance teams with 30+ years as a system programmer

By Nick Garrod and Ian Michell, IBM UK

Abstract description

To open the CICS track this year Nick and Ian will provide an introduction into what has been delivered in the past year highlighting sessions to attend for deeper dive information.  All the latest announcements and technology developments in the CICS space will be discussed as you hear how the worldwide CICS team is transforming your expectations with a range of innovations that you will want to exploit both now, and in the years to come.

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 Isabel Arnold, IBM Germany

Abstract description

The CICS System Programmer (Porthos) and the Application Developer (Athos) have been working on and fighting for the mainframe for ages, armed with console based screens like ISPF and keyboards. For quite some years they are in good company with the Host Modernizer (Aramis), similarly armed, and connecting CICS to the outside world using Web Services, JCA, Web 2.0, dynamic scripting and other new technologies. But times are changing making it harder and harder especially for the modernizer to keep up to date with evolving trends using their traditional weapons.
Now it’s 2014 and the time is ripe for new gear including mouse and graphical interfaces. Join the speaker trying to walk in the shoes of each musketeer, carrying new weapons like CICS Explorer or Rational Developer for System z and taking her hat off to them.

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 Joe Winchester, IBM UK and Mark Hollands, IBM UK

The CICS and Problem determination tools are awesome.  They let you see how your applications are performing on CICS and what resources are being used and how.  They provide you with change control and audit capabilities as well as provision and clone CICS systems.  If things go wrong then the problem determiniation tools allow you to find out where the problem is: transactions abending, applications performing badly, bad data, poor code.   This talk will show all of the tools inside the z/OS Explorer platform and demonstrate end to end fault diagnosis and performance analysis.  Lots of demos and chances to heckle and win prizes  - a must see talk for all z/OS folks at 2014 Nordic GSE.

Joe Winchester, Editor-in-Chief of Java Developer's Journal, was formerly JDJ's longtime Desktop Technologies Editor and is a software developer working on development tools for IBM in Hursley, UK.

After joining IBM in 2010 Mark worked as part of the WebSphere Voice team based in the Hursley Development Labs. Since joining CICS he has worked in CICS Tools developing CICS Explorer plug-ins for CICS Configuration Manager and CICS Deployment Assistant. 

By Anthony Papageorgiou, IBM UK

Abstract description

Do you fumble with bundles? Do you groan at USSHOME? With CICS using zFS for more and more artifacts it's easy to end up with a large set of files and folders that become difficult to manage. Come along to this session to learn some simple best practices that will help you to tame the zFS beast and keep you out of heirachical hell. 

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 & Mobile Technologies and he was closely involved with the design & development of their support in CICS V4. He is currently working as a developer on the eclipse based CICS tools.

By Prad Gohil, IBM UK

Abstract description

CICS as a platform and the applications that run on it have often evolved into systems that can be complex to manage.

The relationships between the system resources, regions, and applications - not to mention the need to deliver on your SLAs - makes the whole process of managing the CICS platform and the application lifecycle challenging.

What can be done to simplify these issues? This session will explain how the capabilities introduced in CICS TS v5 allow the principles of DevOps to be applied to CICS, and show the incremental steps that can be taken to gain benefit from them.

 Pradeep Gohil is a software developer for CICS Transaction Server for z/OS. Since joining IBM in 2002, he has developed for CICS Systems Management, CICS Feature Packs and several releases of CICS TS. Most recently, he has been part of the development team that provided the CICS Cloud enablement enhancements and specializes in CICS bundles.

By Anthony Papageorgiou, IBM UK

Abstract description

It is well known that Java is one of the most popular programming languages in use. In this session we'll look at how CICS allows you to make use of OSGi, the service orientated approach to Java. We'll also look at the fast and lightweight Java web container that is provided in CICS TS V5. Liberty Profile technology in CICS provides the rich features of Java Servlet and JavaServer Pages specifications, and fast local access to your existing CICS applications and data. Add the CICS VUE and Java on CICS just makes sense!

 

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 & Mobile Technologies and he was closely involved with the design & development of their support in CICS V4. He is currently working as a developer on the eclipse based CICS tools.

 

By Prad Gohil, IBM UK

Abstract description

CICS TS v5 introduces new infrastructure to increase your service agility and move towards a service delivery platform for cloud computing. For agile service delivery, CICS resources are packaged together, hosted as applications on a platform, and managed dynamically with policies. You can thus move resources through their lifecycle with greater ease and flexibility, and respond to changing business and user requirements with increased speed and confidence.

Application resources enable a far greater level of control and management than in previous CICS releases. To facilitate deployment of a new application level resource, CICS introduces the concept of a platform. Platforms provide services and resources so that applications can be rapidly deployed based on their requirements.

In addition, we introduce the concept of a policy. Policies enable the behavior of applications and platforms to be managed by determining whether tasks running as part of a platform, as an application, or as types of operations within an application, exceed certain predefined thresholds. When a threshold is breeched, CICS can provide automated actions in the form of messages, issuing events and even abending the task.

Pradeep Gohil is a software developer for CICS Transaction Server for z/OS. Since joining IBM in 2002, he has developed for CICS Systems Management, CICS Feature Packs and several releases of CICS TS. Most recently, he has been part of the development team that provided the CICS Cloud enablement enhancements and specializes in CICS bundles.