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 Richard Gamblin, IBM, UK and Frank van der Wal, IBM, NL
Application Development Sessions: GAMMA

We live in a world of transformational change; and nothing accelerates change faster than unleashing an organization's multi-million dollar investment in their core systems. Join this session to hear how two major European Banks, under intense business pressure to meet regulatory requirements, API-enabled their payments and accounting systems - built on IMS and CICS - to be discovered and consumed as quickly and easily as a web API. The session covers the approaches, technologies and feedback used by the Banks in order to achieve their business deadlines. 

 

Richard Gamblin is an IBM Technical Staff Member, Redbooks Mobile Thought Leader and Global Leader for Mobile for the zChampions Team. As the European Technical Leader for Digital Transformation, Richard works with clients to develop new solutions and capabilities with IBM Middleware, Mobile and z Systems technologies. He has worked in a number of Technical Sales roles during his time in IBM, ranging from an Integration and Connectivity Specialist to a WebSphere Architect. Prior to joining IBM, Richard was a researcher at the University of Leeds, from where he obtained a doctorate in the field of Bioinformatics.

Frank van der Wal graduated from Computer Sciences at the PolyTechnical in Amsterdam in 1989 followed by a Technical Business Administration course at the same institute a year later. He joined IBM in 1989.
Early 2004 he dedicated his time to the translation of IBM’s Business strategy into the products and services. In this role Frank was a consultant on items as Virtualization and Service Orientation. As of the beginning of 2004 year Frank was named Client IT Architect and concentrated on Service Orientation, Virtualization, Innovation and Smarter Planet related activities within the SMB market segment.
From 2013 he works as Technical Lead Mobile in the IBM Montpellier Client Center. He concentrates mainly on Mobile and API enablement for z Systems, is co-author of IBM ITSO Publications, like Redbooks and Point of Views on this topic, participates and co-developed in Mobile Integration Workshops for High End Systems. During his stay in Montpellier he worked also on the Reference Architecture for Mobile on z Systems and is guest speaker for several worldwide and European events and conferences.
In his spare time Frank is an amateur astronomer, try to listen to his all-analog audio setup, runs a mile or two, but seldom simultaneously….

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

NB. This session is also relevant for students. 

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, IBM, UK
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 and Maarten Kennis, Xebialabs, NL
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.

NB. This session is also relevant for students.

 

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 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

Maarten Kennis has an engineering background in consulting and automation, Maarten helps organizations to accelerate the delivery of business ideas to their customers. He has spent over 10 years in consulting, middleware and software development, and is experienced in guiding DevOps teams as they adapt to the profound changes in the way they work. Maarten is an expert in increasing the efficiency, quality and productivity of application development and deployment. In addition to his role as a Sales Engineer, he serves as a thought leader for XebiaLabs, specializing in the areas of DevOps, Cloud and Continuous Delivery.

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.