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Room Assigment: Rooms
Open Sessions: ALFA
CICS Sessions: EPSILON
DB2 Sessions: ZETA
IMS Sessions: LAMDA1
Mainframe Infrastructure Sessions: ETA
General Interest Sessions: LAMDA 2+3
Application Development Sessions: GAMMA
Closing Sesions: ALFA
Timetable: Time Table Sessions
Time slot SX01: Date : 12th of June 2018 Start Time : 15:15 End Time : 16:15
Time slot SX02: Date : 12th of June 2018 Start Time : 16:30 End Time : 17:30
Time slot SX03: Date : 13th of June 2018 Start Time : 08:30 End Time : 09:30
Time slot SX04: Date : 13th of June 2018 Start Time : 09:45 End Time : 10:45
Time slot SX05: Date : 13th of June 2018 Start Time : 11:15 End Time : 12:15
Time slot SX06: Date : 13th of June 2018 Start Time : 13:00 End Time : 14:00
Time slot SX07: Date : 13th of June 2018 Start Time : 14:15 End Time : 15:15
Time slot SX08: Date : 13th of June 2018 Start Time : 15:30 End Time : 16:30
Time slot SX09: Date : 13th of June 2018 Start Time : 16:45 End Time : 17:45
Time slot SX10: Date : 14th of June 2018 Start Time : 09:00 End Time : 10:00
Time slot SX11: Date : 14th of June 2018 Start Time : 10:15 End Time : 11:15

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By Jørgen Malmstrøm, NO, Evry
Open Sessions: ALFA

 

 

Jørgen is working in EVRY Norway.  He is working as a software devloper on mainframe with cobol, cics, mq-series, db2.

By Niels Simanis, Nordea, DK
Open Sessions: ALFA

Mainframe technology has persisted in more than 50 years and it will be around in any foreseeable future. The outsourcing, near-shoring, far-shoring or just retirement of staff creates a gap of knowledge unless you consciously take important steps to retain knowledge and skill. The problem is aggravated by the stability of the SW and HW on the platform resulting in the day to day training of operational and system programming staff is insufficient to deal with a range of situations like 
Sick but not dead
Dead and not re-startable
Sympathy sickness
More

Can’t be dealt with in a swift and consequent way leading to elongation of outage situation.
This session will cover how to bridge these organizational challenges and give a practical checklist to:
what to drill
what to learn

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 Nick Garrod, IBM, UK and Carsten Andersen, Bankdata, Danmark
CICS Sessions: EPSILON

Nick Garrod works in the Market Enablement for IBM Z and spent many years supporting the CICS products in a variety of business and marketing roles.  He has been a member of the GSE Nordics steering committee for more than 10 years, and been a contributor to IBM Redbooks, IBM Systems journal, Enterprise Tech journal and Destination z.

A little about Carsten
I have been in the banking business since 1979, and now working for Bankdata as a System Architect.
I am part of team who handle the host frame-work in Bankdata and Jyske Bank.
I am a specialist in PD Tools on eclipse with various plugins, the main focus on plugins like MQ, Fault Analyzer, FileManager and Debug Tool
I am the Steering Committee member of Guide Share Europe Nordic Region, and Chairman of CICS Development. 
I am a Member of RDZ user group Europe and Member of ITSO (International Technical Support Organization) Redbooks.

By Fraser Bohm, IBM, UK
CICS Sessions: EPSILON

CICS Transaction Server V5 bring service agility, operational efficiency and Cloud enablement with DevOps – grand words but what is the underlying capability that is delivering this value?  Come to this session and learn how you can realise performance improvements, utilize the WebSphere Liberty Server, extend CICS applications to mobile devices, run more in less regions and so much more.  With regular quarterly continuous delivery drops you will be disappointed if you miss this overview of what CICS now delivers.

Fraser Bohm started working on CICS TS in 1996 and is now the IBM Distinguished Engineer responsible for the CICS business. He serves as the Chief Architect for the CICS portfolio as well as being part of number of strategic initiatives including z/OS Connect, Liberty in CICS, Node and Swift support. Prior to this Fraser was the Chief Developer for both the CICS TS 4.2 and Version 5. He was the architect for the SOA and Web Services initiatives from Version 3 onwards.

By Ian J Mitchell, IBM, UK and Agile Presentation
CICS Sessions: EPSILON

All businesses are looking to be fast to market and improve application quality but it's often seen that you can't do both at the same time (have your cake and eat it). In this session Ian J Mitchell, IBM DE and zOS Microservices Architect will look at the tools, processes and culture which the Microservices architecture style promotes to deliver Agile Applications. Ian has worked with companies and projects who are leading the way using this approach and will provide examples and experiences which illustrate the art of the possible as well as where mainframe IT needs to go in the future.

Ian J Mitchell is an IBM Distinguished Engineer with responsibility for z/OS Microservices Architecture. He has many years of mainframe experience having been responsible for the technical architecture of the CICS Product Portfolio. He has over 30 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. In 2016/7 he led the architecture for Blockchain on Z Systems and is now working on enabling Agile Application on Z with Microservices.

By Jenny He, IBM, UK
CICS Sessions: EPSILON

The CICS TS V5 releases include many performance improvements to increase horizontal and vertical scalability. This session highlights some of these enhancements, combining reductions in storage and CPU usage with extra monitoring data available for all types of applications. In this session, we look at recent improvements to MRO, web services, Java, zIIP eligibility, and even new commands, helping you save money and improve throughput.

Jenny He is a CICS Software Developer based at the IBM Hursley laboratory in the UK. She has developed CICS TS since CICS TS v4.2, in the areas of asynchronous APIs, performance improvement of CICS web support, CICS Policy, IPIC high availability and event processing. She currently focuses on CICS statistics, monitoring and performance.

By Fraser Bohm, IBM, UK
CICS Sessions: EPSILON

This session will give an overview of some of the features that enable CICS to provide a highly available environment for running CICS applications. The session will look at high availability through the use of a CICSplex, and will also look at how to provide high availability to remote clients connecting into CICS. This will include TCP/IP based clients such as those using http, Web services, WebSphere MQ and CICS Transaction Gateway. fr

Fraser Bohm started working on CICS TS in 1996 and is now the IBM Distinguished Engineer responsible for the CICS business. He serves as the Chief Architect for the CICS portfolio as well as being part of number of strategic initiatives including z/OS Connect, Liberty in CICS, Node and Swift support. Prior to this Fraser was the Chief Developer for both the CICS TS 4.2 and Version 5. He was the architect for the SOA and Web Services initiatives from Version 3 onwards.

By Will Yates, IBM, UK
CICS Sessions: EPSILON

We know that your business critical applications run on CICS.  Even the applications that don’t run on CICS are going to need to access data and programs that do run on CICS.  Today that means applications that were built on the cloud.  How can you build this capability to further extract value from your existing applications and data?  In this session we will compare different implementation strategies that you can use today to connect your CICS to the hybrid cloud

Since the edge of 5 when he decided to run a boundary value analysis test against the VCR by inserting a piece of toast into it, Will has had the knack for systematically breaking software. After a degree in Computer Science he joined the CICS team at IBM Hursley where is has been busy raising defects ever since. He has been involved in all areas of CICS application modernisation, co-authored several red books and recently presented the introduction to CICS video education series.

By Jenny He, IBM, UK
CICS Sessions: EPSILON

Recent releases of CICS have added comprehensive support for Java applications, making CICS the world's most powerful mixed-language application server. But what about the performance of these new Java applications? How do I tune these new applications to make sure my system is running efficiently? What metrics are available in CICS to understand how the system is managing the workload? In this session we take a system programmer’s view of Java applications to learn how to ensure your workloads are performing at their most optimal.

Jenny He is a CICS Software Developer based at the IBM Hursley laboratory in the UK. She has developed CICS TS since CICS TS v4.2, in the areas of asynchronous APIs, performance improvement of CICS web support, CICS Policy, IPIC high availability and event processing. She currently focuses on CICS statistics, monitoring and performance.

By Will Yates, IBM, UK
CICS Sessions: EPSILON

“Hey Siri, ask Hursley Bank what is my bank balance” I am willing that the digital team in your companies have been delighted about the ability for your customers to use a ‘cognitive’ device like an Amazon Echo with Alexa to interact with your companies services.  A small team in CICS development we charged with the same question and decided to build a working example and prove CICS capabilities as a mixed language application server.  In this session we will demo our application, describe how it works and the architectural choices we made and how you might adapt them to work in your organisation.

Since the edge of 5 when he decided to run a boundary value analysis test against the VCR by inserting a piece of toast into it, Will has had the knack for systematically breaking software. After a degree in Computer Science he joined the CICS team at IBM Hursley where is has been busy raising defects ever since. He has been involved in all areas of CICS application modernisation, co-authored several red books and recently presented the introduction to CICS video education series.

By Sophie Green , IBM, UK
CICS Sessions: EPSILON

The best way to predict the future is to shape it.  If you want to understand how CICS is evolving and what the future might hold, then come to this session to find out and discover how you can participate.  This interactive session will give you an insight into our plans, and give you the opportunity to tell us your feedback about how we can help you solve your business and technical challenges with CICS.

Sophie 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 Will Yates, IBM, UK
CICS Sessions: EPSILON

How long does it take you to promote a change to production, minutes, days, weeks, months?  What holds you back, if it’s ensuring the quality of your code then this is the session for you.  Over the past few years CICS has adopted a dev-ops approach shortening the time it takes for us to deliver a new change set into a tested, release of the product.  We want to share some of our work with you to help you achieve the same results.  This won’t just be about trying to sell IBM products, but show how free open source tools, techniques and strategies can help you to do more with the testing that you do and allow you to deliver better code to production without introducing new risks

Since the edge of 5 when he decided to run a boundary value analysis test against the VCR by inserting a piece of toast into it, Will has had the knack for systematically breaking software. After a degree in Computer Science he joined the CICS team at IBM Hursley where is has been busy raising defects ever since. He has been involved in all areas of CICS application modernisation, co-authored several red books and recently presented the introduction to CICS video education series.

By Matthew Wilson, IBM, UK
CICS Sessions: EPSILON

In this session we'll look at debugging and troubleshooting techniques for CICS Java applications.  We'll cover the various sources of diagnostic information and debug tools, discussing how best to use them.  We'll also go through some worked examples of debugging setup and applications problems.

Matthew joined IBM in 2008 after graduating from the University of Southampton with a masters degree in Computer Science with Distributed Systems and Networks.  He's worked as developer in the CICS team on a wide variety of areas, including 64-bit application enablement, JSON web services, the CICS Explorer and the CICS build toolkit. More recently he has focussed on CICS Java integration, including leading development of the Link to Liberty feature. In his spare time, Matthew enjoys music and rock climbing.

By Matthew Wilson, IBM, UK
CICS Sessions: EPSILON

In this session we'll look at various different options for security with Liberty in CICS, and how these interact with Java EE and z/OS security models.  We'll talk about how to configure Liberty's security features. We'll also take a deep dive into configuring SSL to achieve optimal performance, including an insight into how Java can exploit the latest z14 hardware in order to provide the highest levels of security for data in flight, with minimal disruption to your online workloads.

Matthew joined IBM in 2008 after graduating from the University of Southampton with a masters degree in Computer Science with Distributed Systems and Networks.  He's worked as developer in the CICS team on a wide variety of areas, including 64-bit application enablement, JSON web services, the CICS Explorer and the CICS build toolkit. More recently he has focussed on CICS Java integration, including leading development of the Link to Liberty feature. In his spare time, Matthew enjoys music and rock climbing.

By Jyrki Kannosto, FIN, Tieto and Leif Pedersen, DK, IBM
DB2 Sessions: ZETA

Jyrki has 40 years experience working with mainframes. During this time he has worked as a computer operator, PL1 programmer and an IMS systems specialist. More recently his career has been focused in DB2 where he is a system specialist and DBA. He currently has responsibility as the DB2 working group chairman and is a manager of a DBDC group for Tieto in Finland.

Leif Pedersen is passionate about the System z platform and especially how the DB2 database technology on this platform can be used to provide values to clients, to IBM business, and to the world in general. As a Technical Leader, Leif is involved in many projects to help customers in Europe, to improve their business by taking advantage of the latest database technology like Analytics by using the DB2 Accelerator for DB2 for z/OS or the Blu feature of DB2 for Linux, Windows, and Unix on Linux for System z. Leif also helps customers to take advantage of using database performance and testing tools to improve their database performance and testing

By Jeff Josten, IBM, US
DB2 Sessions: ZETA

DB2 Latest News and Continuous Delivery. DB2 12 is the latest release of DB2 for z/OS, it is built on the core capabilities of DB2 11 and gives businesses the capabilities needed to meet the business demands of the future by providing scale and speed for next era of Mobile and Interconnected devices along with application support for Cloud and Analytics.  It delivers faster analytical insights and leverages advanced speedy In-Memory database performance. This session will give a quick recap of the DB2 12 features of most interest, and the latest news for DB2 11 and 12. We will also cover the latest on DB2 continuous delivery, which delivers features faster than ever before and in a more consumable way for customers.

Jeff Josten is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and the lead architect of DB2 for z/OS.  He has worked in DB2 Development at the IBM Silicon Valley Lab since 1985. He owns several patents in the area of data base technology, and is a frequent speaker at user group and customer meetings.

By John Campbell , IBM, US
DB2 Sessions: ZETA

DB2 12 for z/OS Migration Planning and Early Experiences to help customers migrate as quickly as possible but safely to the new release covering: Share lessons learned, surprises, pitfalls; Provide hints and tips; Address some myths; provide additional planning information; Provide usage guidelines and positioning on new enhancements; Help customers migrate as fast as possible, but safely.

John is an IBM Distinguished Engineer reporting to the Vice President of IBM Analytics Private Cloud Product Development. He has extensive experience of Db2 for z/OS in terms of systems, database and applications design. He specialises in design for high performance and data sharing. He is one of IBM's foremost authorities for implementing high end database / transaction processing applications.

By Paul Oostvogel , BMC, UK
DB2 Sessions: ZETA

As DB2 buffer pools are still a key resource for good performance, your primary concern remains how many pools you need, what size they will be, and which objects go in which pools. DB2 has multiple buffer pool thresholds, variable and fixed. Now you can even simulate behavior. Time to revisit thresholds how they can affect, and help. Review the buffer pool commands and output detailed information on characteristics as well as the incremental performance metrics. Additional to large continuous buffer pools and simulated buffer pools, we touch on functionality added in v12 to move to in-memory database, like fast index traversal.

Providing a short history and review of settings, sizes, placement, thresholds, fixed and variable

Short recap on setting and managing thresholds

Simulated buffer pools, and examining the effect of simulated buffer pool sizes

Review the –DISPLAY BUFFERPOOL DB2 command output detailed information on buffer pool characteristics as well as the incremental performance metrics 

Is DB2 v12 the in-memory database?  

 

In 1984 Paul Oostvogels started in IT as a IMS programmer. Moved into systems engineering for IMS, and later DB2 for z/OS, before joining BMC in 1995. Currently, Paul is Advisory Consultant supporting all aspects of BMC’s mainframe data management and cost optimization solutions.

By Patrick Bossman, IBM, US
DB2 Sessions: ZETA

This presentation relies heavily on demos to show how to adopt DevOps principles to automate development operations.  Demonstrations include automated application deployment including schema changes, practices allowing continuous integration and continuous delivery on mainframes.  There are sure to be some new goodies continuously delivered in 2018 the developer self-services space that I cannot publish at the moment.

Patrick Bossman is a Senior Technical Staff Member for DB2 for z/OS Development. His current role is the lead architect of DB2 for z/OS DevOps and Cloud Provisioning. This includes REST enablement of services to provision, configure, manage, and use DB2 for z/OS. Patrick also assists with the solution design of install, migration, 24x7 application availability, query optimization and performance tuning and tooling.

By Jeff Josten, IBM, US
DB2 Sessions: ZETA

DB2 12 introduced a new way of keeping index information in a memory-optimized structure outside of the buffer pools to reduce the index traversal  index traversal costs. This structure is called a Fast Traverse Block (FTB) and it can significantly improve application performance and reduce CPU with no application changes needed. This presentation tells you what you need to know to get the most benefit from this feature for your installation.

Jeff Josten is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and the lead architect of DB2 for z/OS.  He has worked in DB2 Development at the IBM Silicon Valley Lab since 1985. He owns several patents in the area of data base technology, and is a frequent speaker at user group and customer meetings.

By Frances Villafuerte, IBM, US
DB2 Sessions: ZETA

Design database for better availability, scalability and reliability with DB2 V12.  High demand of data availability is an essential requirement in a 24/7 environment. DB2 V12 provides additional features that enables the user to manage large database object while maximizing availability and scalability.    

This presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of V12 features that gives greater availability, scalability and reliably for large database design.
 
The contents includes :
1.        Lift Partition limit with UTS PBR RPN - The next generation of partitioned table space
2.        Insert Partition  
3.        Online schema enhancements  
4.        Improvement of partition-level REORG for PBG table spaces

Bio Awaited

By Steen Rasmussen, CA, US
DB2 Sessions: ZETA

Understanding “the normal behavior” of the DB2 applications (static as well as dynamic SQL) can be a challenge, but using existing performance metrics and baseline these could put you in a situation where you can take action before the SLA’s are violated and even save you a lot of headaches in the “war room” finger pointing.    

1) Is the Green Highway really Green and what is it ?

2) Why baselining ?

3) Static versus dynamic baselines pros and cons.

4) Moving average and Electric Rules – what’s happening with DB2

5) Avoiding War Room meetings and finger pointing

 

Steen Rasmussen is a Principal Engineering Services Architect currently instrumental in the ongoing development and support of the CA Technologies DB2 tools. In 1985 Steen started as an IMS/DB2 DBA at a major insurance company in Denmark working with all aspects of DB2 - like tuning, application design and implementation, education of developers, backup and recovery planning and automation of housekeeping processes. In 1995 Steen became a technical manager at PLATINUM Technology managing technical support and presales for the DB2 products.
Steen has been working with DB2 for z/OS Release 1.0 since 1985 and is always looking for new opportunities in the CA DB2 solutions which can help customers manage DB2 more efficiently. Besides from providing support to the teams in the field as well as internal groups at CA technologies working with DB2, Steen is also a frequent speaker at IDUG in North America, EMEA and Australia as well as local DB2 User Groups around the world. Steen is honored to be an IBM Champion for four years.

By John Campbell , IBM, US
DB2 Sessions: ZETA

DB2 12 for z/OS Migration Planning and Early Experiences to help customers migrate as quickly as possible but safely to the new release covering: Share lessons learned, surprises, pitfalls; Provide hints and tips; Address some myths; provide additional planning information; Provide usage guidelines and positioning on new enhancements; Help customers migrate as fast as possible, but safely.

John is an IBM Distinguished Engineer reporting to the Vice President of IBM Analytics Private Cloud Product Development. He has extensive experience of Db2 for z/OS in terms of systems, database and applications design. He specialises in design for high performance and data sharing. He is one of IBM's foremost authorities for implementing high end database / transaction processing applications.

By Patrick Bossman, IBM, US
DB2 Sessions: ZETA

Patrick Bossman will walk through the process the lab follows to determine root cause of query performance problems.  This will be peppered with best practice recommendations and explanations.  Everyone from beginner to advanced is likely to learn something

Patrick Bossman is a Senior Technical Staff Member for DB2 for z/OS Development. His current role is the lead architect of DB2 for z/OS DevOps and Cloud Provisioning. This includes REST enablement of services to provision, configure, manage, and use DB2 for z/OS. Patrick also assists with the solution design of install, migration, 24x7 application availability, query optimization and performance tuning and tooling.

By Frances Villafuerte, IBM, US
DB2 Sessions: ZETA

DBAs often needs to alter schema definitions of objects to support evolving needs of applications. A common scenarios occurs when a DBA copying data from one subsystem to the other and must synchronize the definitions of these objects.  When the DBA might not succeed in synchronizing object definitions in the catalog can cause application outage and significantly affect the requirement of 24/ 7 environment.  This presentation will start with an overview of DB2 data versioning and presenting the common scenario of " do's and don't's" when using DSN1COPY to copy data cross different DB2 subsystem. A new option introduced in REPAIR utility that provides better reliability capability to enhance application availability after DSN1COPY.

Bio Awaited

By Susan Lawson, YL&A, US
DB2 Sessions: ZETA

With every new release of Db2 we look to see what features can help us better design tables and indexes to maximize availability and improve overall performance. We will discuss many issues surrounding alternative table and index designs for performance and availability current with Db2 12 for z/OS. We will look at many options to help design tables and indexes for the best performance possible for the type of application process and how to achieve high availability. There are many issues to consider for supporting very large tables, high volume inserts and updates, responsiveness to readers and providing continuous availability of the data. Db2 12 breaks limits that we faced in the past allowing us to explore new alternatives as well as providing for improved performance in several areas.

Discuss challenges with designing tables and indexes to support various workloads

Discuss alternative designs for tables/indexes in order to achieve high performance/availability

Discuss features introduced in various releases for improved database performance and availability

Discuss features introduced in Db2 12 breaking old limitations

Discuss implementation and expectations of new features

 

Susan Lawson is an internationally recognized consultant and lecturer with a background in system and database administration. She currently works with several large clients to help develop, implement and tune some of the worlds’ largest and most complex DB2 databases and applications. She also performs performance and availability audits for many clients to help reduce costs through proper performance tuning and to help ensure availability. Her other activities include authoring books, articles and white papers, presenting at user group meetings, and teaching a variety of DB2 courses. She is an IBM Gold Consultant and an IBM Analytics Champion and is the author of the IBM DB2 11 for z/OS Database Certification Review Guide. She is also a SME(Subject Matter Expert) for the IBM Certification exams for DB2 z/OS Database and System Administration assisting with writing and verifying questions for the exams.

By Anders Öhrnberg, Nordea, SE
IMS Sessions: LAMDA1

Anders has 31 years experience supporting IMS. He is an IBM certified IMS Systems Programmer and DBA. Anders is the GSE Nordic IMS working group chairman. He is promoting the value that IMS provides.. He participated in the implementation of Parallell Sysplex, IMS Connect, CSL, IMS Catalog, Security etc. Anders is currenly looking into how to change the ways of working as a systems programmer.

 

By Hélène Lyon , IBM, FR
IMS Sessions: LAMDA1

 

IMS is running the core business of many customers in Nordics. Let's discuss together about YOUR usage of IMS and hear from IBM about the future of key capabilities that have been developed over years and are ready to use to grow business value of IMS transactional & database assets.

 

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 Deepak Kohli , IBM US
IMS Sessions: LAMDA1

Understanding the IMS Catalog in a Managed ACB environment & Managing Data in the IMS Catalog.

Deepak is a Senior Software Engineer at IBM's Silicon Valley lab. Currently, he is part of the IMS product management team providing product direction. In the past, Deepak has also been part of the IMS SOA core team helping customers SOA enable their IMS systems. Deepak also provides IMS Level 2 technical support specializing in IMS On-Demand and TM areas. He has a Masters in Computer Science from NYU. In the area of IMS, Deepak's experience ranges in applications, DBA, Systems, performance tuning and problem determination. He has also taught various IMS & DB2 courses. His presentations have won him rave reviews at conferences world wide. 

By Deepak Kohli , IBM US
IMS Sessions: LAMDA1

Deepak is a Senior Software Engineer at IBM's Silicon Valley lab. Currently, he is part of the IMS product management team providing product direction. In the past, Deepak has also been part of the IMS SOA core team helping customers SOA enable their IMS systems. Deepak also provides IMS Level 2 technical support specializing in IMS On-Demand and TM areas. He has a Masters in Computer Science from NYU. In the area of IMS, Deepak's experience ranges in applications, DBA, Systems, performance tuning and problem determination. He has also taught various IMS & DB2 courses. His presentations have won him rave reviews at conferences world wide. 

By Steve Nathan, IBM US
IMS Sessions: LAMDA1

There have been many enhancements and important APARs for OTMA and its Clients - IMS Connect, MQ, IMS TM Resource Adapter, z/OS Connect in the past year. This session will also show what is new for IMS 15.

Mr. Nathan has 43 years experience using and supporting IMS. For the first 30 years he was a customer: application programmer, application analyst, systems programmer, DBA and performance specialist. For the last 13 years he has worked for IBM in IMS Level 2 support.

By Hélène Lyon , IBM, FR
IMS Sessions: LAMDA1

 

DevOps is clearly not an option to bring agility into the development processes for your core applications running in IMS and which participate in business applications thru an end-to-end chain. Learn how you can improve three main steps: development, test and deployment.

 

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 Anders Öhrnberg, Nordea, SE
IMS Sessions: LAMDA1

How can we make tasks be executed faster? Building workflows as micro services will make building services (perform tasks) go much faster. Using these services from a Z service ordering repository using REST calls will be making Z much easier to handle. Ordering anything from a RACF user  to an IMS system.

Anders has 31 years experience supporting IMS. He is an IBM certified IMS Systems Programmer and DBA. Anders is the GSE Nordic IMS working group chairman. He is promoting the value that IMS provides.. He participated in the implementation of Parallell Sysplex, IMS Connect, CSL, IMS Catalog, Security etc. Anders is currenly looking into how to change the ways of working as a systems programmer.

 

By Steve Nathan, IBM US
IMS Sessions: LAMDA1

Over the years I have seen MANY PMRs that were caused by customers not undestanding all the details of how to code an IMS Connect Client. There is not formal education on this topic and the information can not easily be found in the IBM Knowledge Center.

Mr. Nathan has 43 years experience using and supporting IMS. For the first 30 years he was a customer: application programmer, application analyst, systems programmer, DBA and performance specialist. For the last 13 years he has worked for IBM in IMS Level 2 support.

By Deepak Kohli , IBM US
IMS Sessions: LAMDA1

Deepak is a Senior Software Engineer at IBM's Silicon Valley lab. Currently, he is part of the IMS product management team providing product direction. In the past, Deepak has also been part of the IMS SOA core team helping customers SOA enable their IMS systems. Deepak also provides IMS Level 2 technical support specializing in IMS On-Demand and TM areas. He has a Masters in Computer Science from NYU. In the area of IMS, Deepak's experience ranges in applications, DBA, Systems, performance tuning and problem determination. He has also taught various IMS & DB2 courses. His presentations have won him rave reviews at conferences world wide. 

By Hélène Lyon , IBM, FR
IMS Sessions: LAMDA1

 

Your business architect’s have modern needs around application integration and modernization. Learn about the available technologies in IMS in order to provide them the best solution. Simplification is key in order to support new workloads, to simplify IT operation and reduce risk.

 

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 Radek Mrvec, CA Technologies, Czech Republic
IMS Sessions: LAMDA1

 The number of COBOL experts around the world is still decreasing. Young people are not interested in learning COBOL, but your business still needs new IMS applications or to develop and update old ones. We will show you how to write a Java application in IDz to access your IMS data using SQL. This session will also cover the necessary setup requirements (IMS Catalog, IMS Connect).

 

 

Radek joined CA Technologies 6 years ago as an Associate Software Engineer working on CA ACF2. A year later he switched to CA Database Management Solutions for IMS for z/OS. After another five years in development he is now working as a Senior Software Engineer, mainly on new development across the whole CA IMS Tools portfolio.

 

By Steve Nathan, IBM US
IMS Sessions: LAMDA1

 

Mobile banking and other online applications have greatly expanded the need for high performance AND high availability in an OTMA world.Resources such as TIBs, TPIPEs, and ACEE's must be carefully controlled for flood conditions. This presentation will show how to configure this environment using the lastest enhancements and monitoring techniques.

 

Mr. Nathan has 43 years experience using and supporting IMS. For the first 30 years he was a customer: application programmer, application analyst, systems programmer, DBA and performance specialist. For the last 13 years he has worked for IBM in IMS Level 2 support.

By Jamie Squibb , IBM, UK and Jørgen Malmstrøm, NO, Evry
Mainframe Infrastructure Sessions: ETA

Jamie is a team leader and software engineer in the IBM MQ development organisation at IBM Hursley in the United Kingdom, where he has worked since joining IBM as a graduate in 2001. He specialises in the z/OS platform, but also has several years experience developing cross-platform test automation infrastructure for both IBM MQ and IBM Integration Bus. Jamie is a member of the GSE Nordic Region Conference Steering Committee, representing the IBM Messaging product family.

Jørgen is working in EVRY Norway.  He is working as a software devloper on mainframe with cobol, cics, mq-series, db2.

By Jamie Squibb , IBM, UK
Mainframe Infrastructure Sessions: ETA

Security and compliance with regulations, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is increasingly important in today's world, including how data is protected both at rest and in transit. This session discusses how compliance with this regulation can affect messaging infrastructure and the capabilities in IBM MQ that can be used to help satisfy regulatory requirements. 

Jamie is a team leader and software engineer in the IBM MQ development organisation at IBM Hursley in the United Kingdom, where he has worked since joining IBM as a graduate in 2001. He specialises in the z/OS platform, but also has several years experience developing cross-platform test automation infrastructure for both IBM MQ and IBM Integration Bus. Jamie is a member of the GSE Nordic Region Conference Steering Committee, representing the IBM Messaging product family.

By Matt Leming, IBM, UK
Mainframe Infrastructure Sessions: ETA

IBM MQ makes use of many system features and facilities to provide a very high level of availability and performance for your messages. Come to this session to learn the detail behind all the new features and enhancements in the latest releases of the product. 

Matt Leming is the architect for IBM MQ on z/OS. He is based at IBM Hursley in the UK where he has worked since 2002. He has spent much of his time working on either IBM MQ, WebSphere Application Server, or both!

By Matt Leming, IBM, UK
Mainframe Infrastructure Sessions: ETA

Two of the most important new features delivered in the recent Continuous Delivery releases of IBM MQ V9 are the MQ Console (a web 

based administration interface) and the administrative REST API. This session takes an in-depth look at how to configure and use these capabilities. 

 

Matt Leming is the architect for IBM MQ on z/OS. He is based at IBM Hursley in the UK where he has worked since 2002. He has spent much of his time working on either IBM MQ, WebSphere Application Server, or both!

By Jakub Loucky, CA, Czech Republic
Mainframe Infrastructure Sessions: ETA

With the rise of „DevOps“ the mainframe and „distributed“ teams are working closer and closer together each day. While mainframe has been a continuous source of inspiration for the younger platforms (e.g. virtualization), many development techniques popular on these platforms have a hard time making their way back to the mainframe. 

In this session we will give a brief overview of several software testing methods and we will make a case for code refactoring.

 

Jakub Loucky works as a Senior Software Engineer in CA Technologies where he contributes to the development of tools for mainframe software developers. During his 6 years in the industry he spent most of the time working on a source code debugger. He earned his master’s degree in Mathematical Engineering at the Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic. His experience includes low- and high-level languages (both on and off the mainframe).

By Keith Banham, Macro 4 UK
Mainframe Infrastructure Sessions: ETA

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) – Why, what and how – part of a GDPR compliance strategy

Security is a key feature of the mainframe and z/OS but the weakest link is the use of user-IDs and passwords, making the system vulnerable to hacking and misuse. MFA is not a new technology but is now available on z/OS. This session will explain what MFA is, why it is an important consideration and options on how best to implement it. With GDPR coming into force in May 2018, using MFA can also help you demonstrate compliance with the stricter data protection obligations required by the new directive.

 

Keith Banham has worked in IT for over 35 years and is the R&D manager at Macro 4, a division of UNICOM Global. Keith is responsible for the company's mainframe suite of products. He started as an Assembler programmer at a major bank and during his 30+ years at Macro 4 has worked on many of the company’s solutions for application lifecycle management, application performance management, document management and session management. One of his recent roles was the modernization of these solutions by building web, Eclipse and mobile interfaces, as well as the modernization of Macro 4’s internal mainframe development environments.

By Neil Evans, Macro 4, UK
Mainframe Infrastructure Sessions: ETA

One of the joys of working in IT is that the technology landscape is forever changing, with new technologies bringing fresh opportunities. This session will examine the most significant emerging technologies (Blockchain, Apache Hyperledger, Apache Spark, IBM Watson, IBM Analytics, and others) and how they can be used to create new business applications. Gone are the days when z/OS was a closed environment and external technologies could be ignored. Today all environments are connected and whether these new technologies run on z/OS or distributed systems, are proprietary or Open Source, they all need careful consideration.

 

Neil Evans has worked in IT for over 25 years and is the Open Systems R&D manager at Macro 4, a division of UNICOM Global. Neil began his IT career as a PL/M programmer at ICL Fujitsu and during his 20+ years at Macro 4 he has developed solutions for customer communications management, enterprise content management and business-critical printing. He is a specialist in user interface design, solution architecture and technical leadership with responsibility for defining, directing and promoting the creation of re-usable open systems technologies for the wider UNICOM group. 

 

By Jamie Squibb , IBM, UK
Mainframe Infrastructure Sessions: ETA

IBM MQ is the market-leading messaging product that enables anywhere-to-anywhere integration, from the simplest pair of applications or devices requiring basic connectivity and data exchange, to the most complex business process management environments using a wide variety of endpoints. This session presents a high-level technical overview of MQ. Come to this session to learn about the rationale behind messaging and the business problems it solves.

Jamie is a team leader and software engineer in the IBM MQ development organisation at IBM Hursley in the United Kingdom, where he has worked since joining IBM as a graduate in 2001. He specialises in the z/OS platform, but also has several years experience developing cross-platform test automation infrastructure for both IBM MQ and IBM Integration Bus. Jamie is a member of the GSE Nordic Region Conference Steering Committee, representing the IBM Messaging product family.

By Angeliki Panoulia, CA, Czech Republic
Mainframe Infrastructure Sessions: ETA

The scope of our interest in this session will be the design & implementation of enterprise IT platforms that best serve customers’ needs, identifying at which parts of these platforms “personalization” can be applied and which methods seem to be promising at fulfilling this purpose.
Let’s explore how we can 
structure further the interaction module between the user and the core functionality of an enterprise IT system based on advanced data analytics methods.
Which 
methods are applied in data gateway design to serve better interaction and orchestration of the microservices living in an inevitably heterogenous environment that of enterprise IT systems? A review of methods along with upcoming trends will be highlighted in this session.

Angeliki Panoulia is from 2017 Associate Software Engineer in CA Technologies. Previously, she has been occupied as a Researcher & Software Developer of biomedical applications in Biomedical Engineering Laboratory (BEL) and Institute of Communications and Computer Systems (ICCS) in the National Technical University of Athens, Greece (NTUA).
She has participated in European and National projects in the field of Computational Intelligence (such as PRONTO, MEDEVIPAS).
She has knowledge background in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Advanced Software Engineering, Semantic Web Technologies, Bioinformatics, Natural Language Processing and Text Engineering. She is PhD candidate for a thesis in Healthcare Information Technology in NTUA and she holds a Diploma of Master Level in Computer and Software Engineering by NTUA.

 

By Dr. Stephen Fedtke, System Software, GE
Mainframe Infrastructure Sessions: ETA

Whenever systems or applications run into problems, or even crash, they create system dumps and logs. Exchanging these dumps and logs with software vendors has been standard practice for decades—but is it safe? Far from being a harmless collection of technical information, dumps and logs frequently contain large amounts of sensitive company and client data or even top-level business and trade secrets as part of the captured computer memory. Sending such dumps and logs to software vendors’ technical support, whose teams mostly reside in other countries, and outside Europe, may violate data protection laws or compliance obligations, such as GDPR, PCI, Basel II, etc., and could result in law suits or fines. 

Are you aware of the important date for European data centers of May 25th 2018? 

At this date the new General Data Protection Regulation, known in brief as GDPR, will come into effect. Compared to all prior regulations, GDPR will have a deep impact also on the utmost technical and least transparent processes of the daily operations within data centers. Therefore, it’s time for a change of data centers' dump and log file handling policy.  

In this presentation you learn on how dump and log files should be handled, especially from May 25th 2018 onwards, to no longer violate any of these obligations.

 

Dr. Stephen Fedtke is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Dr. Stephen Fedtke, System Software, represented by the Enterprise-IT-Security.com web page. He looks back on over 20 years of comprehensive experience in the fields of IT security, IT auditing, IT compliance and IT forensics in critical IT infrastructures.
Enterprise-IT-Security.com became a leading provider of security and compliance solutions and services for both the mainframe and client-server platforms. In constantly developing and implementing highly innovative and reliable technologies, it provides protection capabilities that are unique worldwide, and partners with the world's largest companies and institutions in successfully achieving and maintaining highly secured environments.

 

By Jamie Squibb , IBM, UK and Matt Leming, IBM, UK
Mainframe Infrastructure Sessions: ETA

Running infrastructure services such as MQ in cloud environments means moving data into and out of the cloud. It might mean sending data over the public internet so securing the connectivity between on-premise and cloud queue managers is all the more important. This session discusses the options for moving data between on-premise and cloud-hosted environments, and how to offload some workloads to cloud environments. 

Jamie is a team leader and software engineer in the IBM MQ development organisation at IBM Hursley in the United Kingdom, where he has worked since joining IBM as a graduate in 2001. He specialises in the z/OS platform, but also has several years experience developing cross-platform test automation infrastructure for both IBM MQ and IBM Integration Bus. Jamie is a member of the GSE Nordic Region Conference Steering Committee, representing the IBM Messaging product family.

Matt Leming is the architect for IBM MQ on z/OS. He is based at IBM Hursley in the UK where he has worked since 2002. He has spent much of his time working on either IBM MQ, WebSphere Application Server, or both!

By Mascha Punt, ABN AMRO, NL
Mainframe Infrastructure Sessions: ETA

Part of ABN AMRO's agile journey is revitalizing the mainframe and bring development of mainframe applications into the new era of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD). To do this, ABN AMRO has been looking at current processes to see where it can add automation to ensure a faster time-to-market by creating a more robust development model with automated testing, automated code analysis and coverage and last but not least an automated model for how to put new code into production.

Mascha is mainframe consultant (her official job title is Wizard..) in the ABNAMRO Centre of Expertise for Software Development, which is responsible for creating and maintaining standards&guidelines, quality assurance and consultancy. She has almost 20 years of experience in mainframe development, design and quality assurance for COBOL, Telon and CAGen. Currently she is part of the Mainframe Modernization scrum team, which is responsible for implementation of new tooling as well as migration of the whole ABNAMRO COBOL portfolio to COBOL 6.2.

By Svenn-Aage Sønderskov, Denmark and Marianne Heltborg, DK, IBM and Elinga Lescinskaite, Barclays Bank, Lihuania
General Interest Sessions: LAMDA 2+3

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, 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.

Elinga Lescinskaite is currently acting as a Regional Head of Mainframe Infrastructure Area in Barclays by providing support and direction to the area as well as managing communications. As well as leading the whole area regionally, Elinga is responsible for Mainframe CICS global service delivery and working with CICS Infrastructure specialist in UK as well as in LT. She has been in Mainframe just over 7 years and since then had a chance to work with Mainframe Connectivity, Automation, Security Engineering and now CICS Team. 

 

By Tom Ross, IBM, US
General Interest Sessions: LAMDA 2+3

IBM just announced Enterprise COBOL for z/OS, V6.2, on the same day as the z14! 
IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS, V6.2 exploits the capabilities of IBM z/Architecture
and adds the following new features and enhancements: 
 - Compiler support for the new IBM z14 hardware and IBM z/OS V2.3 operating system
    so applications can take advantage of the latest IBM Z architecture and operating system features and capabilities
 - Ability to exploit the new Vector Packed Decimal Facility of z14
 - New and changed COBOL statements, such as the new JSON PARSE statement
 - Improved compiler listings with compiler messages at the end of the listing as in previous releases of the compiler
 - Support of COBOL 2002/2014 standards with the addition of the COBOL Conditional Compilation language feature
 - New and changed COBOL options for increased flexibility
 - Improved usability of the compiler in the z/OS UNIX System Services environment
 - Improved interfaces to optional products and tools such as IBM Debug for z Systems (formerly Debug Tool
    for z/OS) and IBM Application Discovery and Delivery Intelligence (formerly EzSource)
 - Compile-time and runtime performance enhancements 

Tom (Captain COBOL) is a senior software engineer in IBM COBOL development.
Tom has spent his entire 35 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 Henrik Strøbech, Nets, DK
General Interest Sessions: LAMDA 2+3

Having the chance to make a deep dive into COBOL, we discovered a saving potential, which everyone probably know, but do not see. By setting up a simple formula and know what to look for, it is easy to detect and harvest savings, sometimes bigger than those you can achieve with DB2 changes. 

It is also about the technical depth which do exist across every mainframe installation, and that could grow due to the lack of due diligence.

Join us to hear about the Danish GSE Performance Group findings, and get COBOL saving tips that might pay your expenses for the whole GSE conference

 

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 Leif Pedersen, DK, IBM
General Interest Sessions: LAMDA 2+3

This session will cover the architectural overview for implementing a “Modern” application using Mainframe Technologies and is a practical showcase for the perspectives in “Digital Transformation”.
Explore how the Mainframe delivers a solid framework for building modern applications using modern Api’s to mobile devices using Artificial Intelligence an Machine Learning technologies to deliver solutions, which is a result of known behavior and can predict, what customers really needs.
Rulebased solutions will be covered as well as predictive analysis and the result of this.
All of the above are building on the fact, that the future customer is a self-service customer, who enters the requirements via mobile devices and expect the “system” to deliver a solution that both from a business and customer perspective can be acceptable.

Leif Pedersen is passionate about the System z platform and especially how the DB2 database technology on this platform can be used to provide values to clients, to IBM business, and to the world in general. As a Technical Leader, Leif is involved in many projects to help customers in Europe, to improve their business by taking advantage of the latest database technology like Analytics by using the DB2 Accelerator for DB2 for z/OS or the Blu feature of DB2 for Linux, Windows, and Unix on Linux for System z. Leif also helps customers to take advantage of using database performance and testing tools to improve their database performance and testing

By Henrik Thorsen, IBM, Denmark
General Interest Sessions: LAMDA 2+3

Nordic clients are in the midst of a digital transformation having a profound effect on individuals, businesses, and society. As clients adapt to capitalize on digital, trust will be the currency that drives this new economy. The IBM z14 Mainframes are the core of trusted digital experiences, offering pervasive encryption capabilities. This enables the ultimate protection for data and simplifies compliance to regulations, such as GDPR. IBM Z clients can apply machine learning to their most valuable data to create deeper insights. IBM Z is designed to be open and connected in the cloud, enabling massive transaction scale of high volume encrypted workloads at low cost. IBM mainframes and IBM LinuxOne can rapidly derive actionable insights and enable progressively smarter decisions for better customer experiences and new revenue streams. Existing and new exiting evolving technologies such as Blockchain can be seamlessly integrated at the transaction level.

Henrik Thorsen is a Technical Director in IBM Denmark. Currently he is Nordic System z Platform leader. He has worked over 30 years with mainframes. He helped develop and implement Parallel Sysplex in IBM Poughkeepsie in the 90ties. Later he was the manager of the New York ITSO center, known for it System z Redbooks and workshops. He also managed a group of IBM Architects, covering cross brand Architectures including Power Systems, x86 systems, storage, network as well as System z. He regularly presents sessions at GSE, Large Systems Update seminars, client workshops and Technical Universities. Henrik works with many of IBM's largest clients ensuring that the Mainframe delivers and continue to provide world leading capabilities and qualities of service that it has been renowned for, for more than 50 years

By Leif Pedersen, DK, IBM
General Interest Sessions: LAMDA 2+3

This session is a follow on to session S503 (Prerequisite)

This session will deep dive into the aspects of digitalization and the API’s needed to implement the solution mentioned in Session S503 to make the audience aware of the steps needed and the API’s used.
A lot of the human interaction, which your legacy applications works on top of, is not the trend of the future.
The steps needed to overcome this digital transformation will be covered in this session.

Leif Pedersen is passionate about the System z platform and especially how the DB2 database technology on this platform can be used to provide values to clients, to IBM business, and to the world in general. As a Technical Leader, Leif is involved in many projects to help customers in Europe, to improve their business by taking advantage of the latest database technology like Analytics by using the DB2 Accelerator for DB2 for z/OS or the Blu feature of DB2 for Linux, Windows, and Unix on Linux for System z. Leif also helps customers to take advantage of using database performance and testing tools to improve their database performance and testing

By Tom Ross, IBM, US
General Interest Sessions: LAMDA 2+3

New and improved IBM recommendations and tools for migrating to Enterprise COBOL V6 will be discussed!
The new COBOL compiler offers many features for programmers and applications managers, but it also takes some work to get to use it.  In this session, the speaker will tell you everything you need to know to get up and running with Enterprise COBOL V6.  We will talk about what has changed, what is better, and what you will have to change in order to use the new compiler. There may be source code changes, there may be input data changes, or you may use new options to tolerate invalid COBOL data.  Compiler options have changed, some behaviors have changed, some new restrictions have been added, and performance has changed, come and hear all about it! 

 

Tom (Captain COBOL) is a senior software engineer in IBM COBOL development.
Tom has spent his entire 35 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 Phil Grainger, BMC, UK
General Interest Sessions: LAMDA 2+3

The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in 2018 and has some quite startling things to say about data recovery
In this session, we will review at a HIGH level what GDPR requires of you, before looking specifically at the data recovery requirements.

Phil has over 30 years experience of DB2, starting work long ago in 1987 with DB2 Version 1.2. Since then he has worked with all versions, including DB2 12
From his beginnings as a DB2 DBA for one of the largest users of DB2 at that time in the UK, through his time at PLATINUM technology and including almost 10 years as Senior Principal Product Manager at CA through his current position at BMC Software.
Phil has always been a keen supporter of user groups and is a regular speaker at both vendor sponsored and independent events. His work with IDUG includes being BMC's Liaison to the European IDUG Planning Committee past member of the European IDUG Planning Committee aned he is an inductee into the IDUG Volunteer Hall of Fame.
Phil has been honoured by IBM as an Analytics Champion from 2009 to 2017.
Phil is now Enabliement Manager at  BMC Software working in support of their DB2 tools portfolio.
In addition, Phil is a regular contributor to the IDUG sponsored DB2-L discussion list.

By Leif Pedersen, DK, IBM
General Interest Sessions: LAMDA 2+3

This session is a follow on to session S503 (Prerequisite)

This session will deep dive into the aspects of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to see how these acronyms are an essential part of the modern application, building of the knowledge about behaviour and patterns.
There has been a lot of talk about “Virtual Robot’s” and this session will give a clue to what this is all about and also the tooling needed to overcome the obstacles. 

Leif Pedersen is passionate about the System z platform and especially how the DB2 database technology on this platform can be used to provide values to clients, to IBM business, and to the world in general. As a Technical Leader, Leif is involved in many projects to help customers in Europe, to improve their business by taking advantage of the latest database technology like Analytics by using the DB2 Accelerator for DB2 for z/OS or the Blu feature of DB2 for Linux, Windows, and Unix on Linux for System z. Leif also helps customers to take advantage of using database performance and testing tools to improve their database performance and testing

By Joe Winchester
General Interest Sessions: LAMDA 2+3

The z/OS Explorer Atlas project unlocks IBM’s tooling for z/OS through a web UI and REST APIs.  The base platform provides a JES, USS and MVS Explorer that lets you complete many scenarios around data sets, Unix files and Jobs using a zero install client through a standard desktop web browser.   This opens up a host of new scenarios such as sharing URLs to data set members that will allow direct editing you can share in help tickets or e-mails.  The extensibility of Atlas is provided by all of the APIs being available in a Swagger defined API explorer, allowing you to pick and choose whether you want to use Atlas as-is, compose your own UI based on its components, or roll your own tools by driving the REST APIs directly.   The APIs cover scenarios from devops submission and tracing of jobs, through to file transfers (avoiding the need for FTP).  This talk will cover the Atlas platform and show how it can be used and extended.  This is a great opportunity to see the future direction of IBM’s z tooling and help to influence and shape what we’re doing wrong, what we’re doing right, and what wes should be doing that we’re not. 

Joe Winchester is an IBM Senior Technical Staff Member working for IBM in Hursley UK.  He has worked on a number of projects related to tooling and was the architect of the z/OS Explorer Aqua offering.  More recently he is working to move IBM’s tools to have a web and REST API front end to complement the Eclipse GUI interfaces.  

Joe is a keen blogger on z/OS topics and enjoys working with customers to help them be successful with z/OS and IBM technology. 

By Steven Thomas, SMT Data, DK
General Interest Sessions: LAMDA 2+3

Most companies struggle to create business value from the huge amounts of capacity and performance data available to them. Questions like ‘who is using how much and at what cost?’ result in ambiguous answers because of the complexity involved in mapping technical measurements such as SMF to business costs, applications and organizations. Using business intelligence methods on top of capacity data (‘IT Business Intelligence’) can help manage the complexity, but data and tools can only take us so far. Successful cost allocation, whether it is chargeback or show back, requires careful planning and impacts organization, processes and mind-set. 

Steven Thomas is Chief Technology Officer at SMT Data, a company specializing in applying business intelligence tools and methods to capacity and performance data for large IT installations. Steven is responsible for product development and professional services at SMT Data. He has a Master’s Degree in  Computer Science from Stanford University and 30 years’ experience from IBM, Fidelity Information Services and Saxo Bank prior to joining SMT Data in 2011.

By Dana Boudreau
General Interest Sessions: LAMDA 2+3

Demand for software delivery on market schedules meeting customer expectation requires collaboration throughout the software development lifecycle. Continuous integration and continuous delivery automation are important to delivering swiftly. But the software delivery life cycle is more than automated test and deployment. Integration from the investment choices to production, automated event notification to leadership or other dependent teams, and integration with quality assurance steps are examples typically overlooked with the continuous delivery pipeline. Being able to react to events in the lifecycle is more effective than having to pre-script everything.

In this session see how Application Lifecycle Conductor (ALC) can integrate through event monitoring these various steps. How automation from agile management to delivery improves quality and delivery times. How using an integrated feedback loop from operations to development can make management of operational events more automated and efficient. How lifecycle integration can provide auditability and software analytics values as well.

Additionally, managing test artifacts as part of the delivery pipeline can be over whelming especially as the number of tests and assets explode. ALC provides the technology to manage the relationships of test assets to test cases so the pipeline can handle deployment and test without the hard coding of what assets go with each script.

As a leader in agile development Dana Boudreau directs CA Technologies Mainframe Application Development solution portfolio.  This includes setting strategy and product direction for the Endevor, InterTest, File Master Plus, and SymDump solutions. He has deep experience in leading mainframe as well as distributed teams and join CA after a 20+ year career at IBM.  Dana works closely with CA’s mainframe customers to improve software delivery and developer productivity.As visionary product leader, his contributions have changed software development on the mainframe and he has helped scores of organizations integrate their mainframe and distributed development process to speed delivery and drive more successful business outcomes. 

By Marianne Heltborg, DK, IBM and Rajesh Kumar Khare, NO, DNB
Application Development Sessions: GAMMA

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.

Rajesh, carries an experience of 25 years in various segments of IT industry. His experience covers a spectrum from education, development, to management. Rajesh worked on various client/server IT Projects, and since last 18 yrs working in Mainframe environment on various appliactions within the domain of Banking and Telecom. Rajesh work in DNB, one of the leading bank in Nordic region as IT Business Analyst, and always like to share experinces on Applcations Performances.

By Carsten Andersen, Bankdata, Danmark and Agile Presentation
Application Development Sessions: GAMMA

What is Agil and why?
A new way of working on new principles, which you think you have heard before, but the reality is completely different.
There are events that will ensure that we are always on track and there are no waterfall models, but proto typing and fail fast UX (User experience). Principles of Lean and new roles as PO (product owner) Scrummaster, Empediment boards, Interest groups a.s.o.
Backlog, Sprint log, Planning Poker, Refinement (tasking), retrospective, Daily and Review in a Sprint.
Automated test, TDD (Test Driven Development), Microservices, CD (Continues Delevery), DevOps (Development and Operations) and user involvment.
If you want to know the benefits of working like this, I hope to see you :-)

 

A little about Carsten
I have been in the banking business since 1979, and now working for Bankdata as a System Architect.
I am part of team who handle the host frame-work in Bankdata and Jyske Bank.
I am a specialist in PD Tools on eclipse with various plugins, the main focus on plugins like MQ, Fault Analyzer, FileManager and Debug Tool
I am the Steering Committee member of Guide Share Europe Nordic Region, and Chairman of CICS Development. 
I am a Member of RDZ user group Europe and Member of ITSO (International Technical Support Organization) Redbooks.

By Gary Mazo, IBM, US
Application Development Sessions: GAMMA

This topic is an update on Cognitive DevOps and what is new in ADI (Application Delivery Intelligence).  It has an introduction to DevOps and specifically the trending, analysis, and optimization of Testing, Performance, and static application analysis data using an example of ADI.  Demo is included!

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 Jens Bühring, HORIZONT, DE
Application Development Sessions: GAMMA

Almost every day new, or modified, workload objects are transferred from Test to Production systems. These objects include JCL, procedures, parmlib (or control card members) and scheduling
objects (e.g. IWS), etc. For these “handover” objects, every organization has it’s own rules and standards. The objects must be modified, verified and adapted for the requirements of each target system. Further, statutory provisions may require complete traceability and auditing as these objects are migrated to Production. The technical environments can be diverse. Ranging from simple “Test to Production” systems on a single CPU, to complex “multiple environments” with separate infrastructures designed for parallel usages by hundreds of clients.
HORIZONT ProcessManager (ProcMan) is taking a step in that direction. This presentation demos how objects can be created, converted, transferred and audited—all using an automated method. The advantage is obvious because the manual effort is reduced significantly. Further, the JCL, and IWS, objects are versioned and archived in a database thus allowing for robust cross-referencing, complete reporting.

Jens Bühring is an internationally recognized Consulting IT Specialist at HORIZONT for different product areas running on the mainframe. 
During his career he has developed expertise that spans application development on the z/OS platform, TWS z/OS administration, workload optimization and a variety of product and software trainings. 
Besides acting as solution architect Jens is focussed in lifecycle management systems for workload objects. He is involved in many projects to help customers in Europe, to improve their business by taking advantage of the latest HORIZONT technology. He is a frequent speaker on these topics.

By Evzen Demcenko, CA Prague
Application Development Sessions: GAMMA

The first version control systems were designed for IBM Systems in 1970. Some of these still run on z/OS. Since then, the focus of software configuration management has changed from centralized version control systems to distributed. Some very popular distributed tools like Git were ported to z/OS because of wide adoption in the software development world. Now Customers of IBM Systems can benefit from using GitHub or Bitbucket modern UI for their Cobol development, using seamless integration with CA Endevor and modern software development IDEs with built-in support for Git. Customers can enhance their development process with Jenkins Pipeline or CA Continuous Delivery Director.

Evžen Demčenko is a Manager of Software Engineering at CA Technologies focusing on delivery of DevOps solutions for z/OS.  Evžen started his career as a Software Developer, managed development teams and also spent several years as Consultant in the banking industry. Evžen is currently involved in various integrations of development tools running on z/OS and distributed systems.

By Russell Bonner, IBM, UK
Application Development Sessions: GAMMA

What if you could...

• Quickly discover and analyze applications to identify datasets and other assets within those applications;
• Deploy those assets to a specially provisioned platform designed for mainframe application demonstration, development and testing purposes?

This session will cover how these capabilities can be achieved to allow you to gain the cost advantages of a dedicated distributed environment for development and testing purposes – that can be easily reset -- while freeing up mainframe capacity for more valuable production workloads. Other benefits, such as the ability to test early and often, as well as being able to test with the latest IBM Z runtime technologies, will also be covered.

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 Gary Mazo, IBM, US
Application Development Sessions: GAMMA

This topic will cover techniques of discovering APIs and Business rules in the Enterprise assets but not only in artifacts like  COBOL, PL/I or other program source but taking a holistic approach and covering other sources of information like documents in raw text, PDF, Word, and other formats.  We will also use an example of the new features in Application Delivery Intelligence to discover candidate APIs and Business Rules.  There will be a demo of this functionality in ADI

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 Joe Winchester
Application Development Sessions: GAMMA

z/OS Explorer Aqua is platform and a product.  As a product it contains both the Remote System Explorer and FTP access methods to give a rich Eclipse based GUI to work with data sets, USS files, JES, and TSO.  As a platform it is able to be extended with 18 additional plugins covering the CICS, MQ, IMS, DB2 subsystems, as well as z/OS Connect and development and analysis tools.  All of the tools are built and delivered in a continuous pipeline to avoid any compatability issues when combining the different offerings. This talk will cover the purpose, function and mission of the Aqua product and platform, as well as share some of the technology we use within IBM for our devops pipeline.  This is an opportunity as well for IBM to learn what others want to us do differently to help make you more successful in your shops consuming, deploying and customizing our tools.

Joe Winchester is an IBM Senior Technical Staff Member working for IBM in Hursley UK.  He has worked on a number of projects related to tooling and was the architect of the z/OS Explorer Aqua offering.  More recently he is working to move IBM’s tools to have a web and REST API front end to complement the Eclipse GUI interfaces.  

Joe is a keen blogger on z/OS topics and enjoys working with customers to help them be successful with z/OS and IBM technology. 

By Kim Mortensen, Compuware, DK
Application Development Sessions: GAMMA

In this session, Maarten Kennis from Xebialabs and Kim Mortensen From Compuware, will talk about how DevOps has pushed mainframe development into Continuous Delivery. We will showcase how you can improve automation of and visibility into the Continuous Delivery of mainframe code and Mainstream the Mainframe to be part of the DevOps process across you IT platforms. We will show how Topaz & ISPW from Compuware can interact with Jenkins to automate your pipeline in supporting agile development Continuous Integration and adding XL Release from Xebialabs to continue the journey to Continuous Delivery

Kim Mortensen is a Technical Account Manager at Compuware in Denmark, Norway and Netherlands.
With more than 30 years of experience working with the mainframe Kim has worked as an Application Developer on the z/OS platform for 10 years, worked as BI Consultant across the industry with major Danish accounts, and the last 6 years as a DB2 Systems programmer on z/OS.
Focus in on Application Performance Management and Developer productivity using Eclipse, Jenkins, Sonar and other CI/CD tools.
Kim is currently the main contact for technical aspects of the Compuware portfolio on the Mainframe in Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands.

By Isabel Arnold, IBM, DE
Application Development Sessions: GAMMA

We got signal: restful APIs are on the rise. Learn where we are on the mainframe with technologies like z/OSMF or z/OS Connect to unlock applications and operations for your enterprise and the world. Make your time.

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 Russell Bonner, IBM, UK
Application Development Sessions: GAMMA

“My API is returning invalid data in my Cloud and Mobile applications that I need to debug and fix. How does this API interact with mainframe back-end applications?”

"I want to amend my API; what mainframe back-end applications (involving COBOL programs, DB2 databases, PL/I programs, CICS transactions, etc.) will be impacted?" How do I gain an understanding of the inter-dependencies between my APIs and mainframe applications?"

"I want to expose the application logic that runs my business as an API. But where do I start? What are the best API candidates and where are they located in source code?

This session will cover how the above questions can be answered quickly and comprehensively, providing the user with an end-to-end understanding of the specific application landscape, cross referencing APIs with relevant mainframe source assets.

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 Isabel Arnold, IBM, DE
Application Development Sessions: GAMMA

Imagine if your developers could get a test environment provisioned in 2 minutes or less by the click of a button – or typing in a docker(like) command – and having an automatic process to clean up when they are done. Learn how you can make this possible with the freely available z/OSMF Cloud Provisioning and the z/OS Provisioning Toolkit.

 

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 In room ALFA and Mark Wilson, RSM, UK
Closing Sesions: ALFA

 

This is a session that looks at te world of mainframe hacking and what impact the Dark Web has on mainframes. Mark will review the world of mainframe hacking and how times have changed over the last 10 years. He will also look at whats out there today as far as mainframe hacking is concerned, tools, training, etc. Mark will also look at the Dark Web and what that means for us all in the mainframe world.

Over 35+ years Technical IT experience, with a broad range of skills, the majority of which was gained in hands-on technical roles, performing a variety of duties in diverse and complex environments.
The majority of Mark’s experience is focused on IBM mainframe systems, where he performs as an Architect, Technician and Project Manager.
Mark’s specialist subject is IT Security, in particular z/OS and associated subsystem (CICS, DB2, MQ, etc) security with RACF, ACF2 or Top Secret installed.
Mark has recently been awarded several best speaker awards at:
• SHARE in the USA
• Vanguard Security Conference in the USA
• GSE UK Annual conference
Mark is also an active member of the GSE community – currently Chairman of the GSE Large Systems Working Group and Technical Co-Coordinator of the GSE Enterprise Security working group.

By Test Speaker, IBM, US and In room ALFA
Closing Sesions: ALFA

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