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.

NB. This session is also relevant for students.

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.

NB. This session is also relevant for students.

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.

NB. This session is also relevant for students.

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 Mohamad Joni, 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.

Mohamad Joni works as a software engineer in CA Technologies where he develops new features and enhancements for CA Automation Point. He has an advanced scrum master certification and he also performs the role of scrum master for the same product. He has a Master’s degree in software engineering, recognized by the Czech Technical University, and he has four years’ experience in IT development.

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.

NB. This session is also relevant for students

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.