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

Abstract to be disclosed shortly

Henrik Strøbech works as a Solution Architect at Nets, Denmark and is currrenty working on a MIPS Saving project, where his findings with coding Cobol are very interesting.

Henrik has been working as a consultant in many companies over many years before his current postion in Nets.

Henrik is the Chairman of the GSE Performance group in Denmark.

By Leif Pedersen, DK, IBM
GENERAL-ROOM: LAMDA 2+3

Abstract to be disclosed shortly

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-ROOM: LAMDA 2+3

Abstract to be disclosed shortly

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-ROOM: LAMDA 2+3

Abstract to be disclosed shortly

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-ROOM: 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-ROOM: 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-ROOM: LAMDA 2+3

Abstract to be disclosed shortly

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-ROOM: LAMDA 2+3

Abstract to be disclosed shortly

Joe Winchester is a senior technical staff member working for the IBM CICS development team in Hursley UK.  He has worked on a number of projects including the CICS Explorer and the z/OS Explorer and a number of IBM's CICS and problem determination tools.
His goal in IBM is to make System z easier to consume for the new generation of programmers  and the new kind of workloads it has to run, while at the same time keeping it relevant and powerful to the system programmers and COBOL programmers who run today's transactions.

By Steven Thomas, SMT Data, DK
GENERAL-ROOM: 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-ROOM: 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.