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 and Guillaume Arnould, IBM, FR and Khadija Souissi , IBM, DE
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.

NB. This session is also relevant for students.

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

Guillaume joined IBM in 1996 and started in the IBM z System Manufacturing Test Engineering before spending 2 years in Poughkeepsie, NY. In 2001, he joined the IBM Client Center in Montpellier, to work as a Performance Expert on DB2 for z/OS client benchmarks. After 10 years as the Technical Team Leader in the Smarter Banking Showcase, leading new developments and production platforms as well as engaging with customers, Guillaume is now Advanced Technical Sales Expert on Analytics on z Solutions and DB2. His expertise cover solutions such as Db2 for z/OS, IBM Db2 Analytics Accelerator, Machine Learning for z/OS, SPSS ....

Khadija Souissi is a certified IT Specialist and Consultant at the IBM Client Center in Boeblingen and a member of the zATS Team (z Systems Advanced Technical Skills) Europe. She holds a Master degree in Electrical Engineering. During her 16 years with IBM, Khadija worked as IBM Z Firmware developer, Field Technical Sales Specialist for IBM Storage solutions in Paris and Analytics on IBM Z SME in Boeblingen. She gained experience in IBM Z, Power, Storage, Data Warehouse, Information Governance, Cognitive and Analytics solutions on IBM Z and LinuxOne with deep hands-on skills in Cognos BI, SPSS, IBM Db2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS, Common Data Provider (CDP), Spark on z/OS and Watson Explorer.
IBM Machine Learning for z/OS and Cognitive Analytics solutions belong to the current focus areas which Khadija supports during customer events, multi-customer and individual customer workshops, POCs and Hackathons. Her responsibilites include customer consultation, proof of concepts, technical enablement workshops, demo development and delivery worldwide.

By Uno Bengtsson, IBM, Sweden
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.

NB. This session is also relevant for students.

Uno Bengtsson  is a Senior IT/Specialist focusing on System Z. He is  member of the WW zChampion team in IBM. On that work his focus is on Hardware innovation and Security.  Before joining IBM in 1999 as a consultant, he spent his first 20 years as an operator and Systems programmer at one of the larger banks in Sweden.
Among many things during those years he worked on implementing Parallell Sysplex, converting ACF2 to RACF.
Uno's focus today is to help customers take advantage and use all new functions and features that our latest hardware delivers. 

By Leif Pedersen, DK, IBM and Guillaume Arnould, IBM, FR and Khadija Souissi , IBM, DE
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.

NB. This session is also relevant for students.

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

Guillaume joined IBM in 1996 and started in the IBM z System Manufacturing Test Engineering before spending 2 years in Poughkeepsie, NY. In 2001, he joined the IBM Client Center in Montpellier, to work as a Performance Expert on DB2 for z/OS client benchmarks. After 10 years as the Technical Team Leader in the Smarter Banking Showcase, leading new developments and production platforms as well as engaging with customers, Guillaume is now Advanced Technical Sales Expert on Analytics on z Solutions and DB2. His expertise cover solutions such as Db2 for z/OS, IBM Db2 Analytics Accelerator, Machine Learning for z/OS, SPSS ....

Khadija Souissi is a certified IT Specialist and Consultant at the IBM Client Center in Boeblingen and a member of the zATS Team (z Systems Advanced Technical Skills) Europe. She holds a Master degree in Electrical Engineering. During her 16 years with IBM, Khadija worked as IBM Z Firmware developer, Field Technical Sales Specialist for IBM Storage solutions in Paris and Analytics on IBM Z SME in Boeblingen. She gained experience in IBM Z, Power, Storage, Data Warehouse, Information Governance, Cognitive and Analytics solutions on IBM Z and LinuxOne with deep hands-on skills in Cognos BI, SPSS, IBM Db2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS, Common Data Provider (CDP), Spark on z/OS and Watson Explorer.
IBM Machine Learning for z/OS and Cognitive Analytics solutions belong to the current focus areas which Khadija supports during customer events, multi-customer and individual customer workshops, POCs and Hackathons. Her responsibilites include customer consultation, proof of concepts, technical enablement workshops, demo development and delivery worldwide.

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 and Guillaume Arnould, IBM, FR and Khadija Souissi , IBM, DE
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.

NB. This session is also relevant for students. 

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

Guillaume joined IBM in 1996 and started in the IBM z System Manufacturing Test Engineering before spending 2 years in Poughkeepsie, NY. In 2001, he joined the IBM Client Center in Montpellier, to work as a Performance Expert on DB2 for z/OS client benchmarks. After 10 years as the Technical Team Leader in the Smarter Banking Showcase, leading new developments and production platforms as well as engaging with customers, Guillaume is now Advanced Technical Sales Expert on Analytics on z Solutions and DB2. His expertise cover solutions such as Db2 for z/OS, IBM Db2 Analytics Accelerator, Machine Learning for z/OS, SPSS ....

Khadija Souissi is a certified IT Specialist and Consultant at the IBM Client Center in Boeblingen and a member of the zATS Team (z Systems Advanced Technical Skills) Europe. She holds a Master degree in Electrical Engineering. During her 16 years with IBM, Khadija worked as IBM Z Firmware developer, Field Technical Sales Specialist for IBM Storage solutions in Paris and Analytics on IBM Z SME in Boeblingen. She gained experience in IBM Z, Power, Storage, Data Warehouse, Information Governance, Cognitive and Analytics solutions on IBM Z and LinuxOne with deep hands-on skills in Cognos BI, SPSS, IBM Db2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS, Common Data Provider (CDP), Spark on z/OS and Watson Explorer.
IBM Machine Learning for z/OS and Cognitive Analytics solutions belong to the current focus areas which Khadija supports during customer events, multi-customer and individual customer workshops, POCs and Hackathons. Her responsibilites include customer consultation, proof of concepts, technical enablement workshops, demo development and delivery worldwide.

By Joe Winchester, IBM, UK
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. 

NB. This session is also relevant for students.

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, CA, US
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.