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 brings 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, and WebSphere MQ.

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

NB. This session is also relevant for students.

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 to bet 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.

NB. This session is also relevant for students.

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

NB. This session is also relevant for students.

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.