2022 Stockholm

Open Sessions: The Great Lawn

 

By Jørgen Malmstrøm, NO, Tietoevry
Open Sessions: The Great Lawn

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Welcome to GSE Nordic Region Conference 2022 with a presentation of the conference, the Logistics, Networking Opportunities and how to get the most out of the Conference.

By Rosalind Radcliffe, IBM Fellow, CIO DevSecOps CTO, US
Open Sessions: The Great Lawn

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Mainframes provide core value to our world by providing computing power with reliability, scaleability, and security.   Many times we have a mainframe solution and a different solution for other platforms, but why.  Come to this session to learn about all the changes that have been made to remove the differences that do not provide value, instead focusing on the unique values the mainframe can provide but in a way access-able to all.  

By Nick Garrod, IBM, UK and Sophie Green , IBM, UK
CICS Sessions: Room Bethesda Terrace

By Lewis James, IBM UK
CICS Sessions: Bethesda Terrase

This presentation will cover the latest security changes and advice in CICS TS to assist you staying compliant and up to date with best practices. It will also include several improvements to simplify security and assist you with diagnosis of security problems.

 

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By Anthony Papageorgiou, IBM, UK
CICS Sessions: Room Bethesda Terrace

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Over the last few years the rate at which we’ve seen market needs evolving around APIs on Z  is truly astounding. Come to this session to hear about how z/OS Connect EE has continued to evolve to support our biggest clients in driving hundreds or millions of API requests per day. Learn how market trends towards agile and devops practices are changing the way that teams work and hear some of our early thoughts about how z/OS Connect EE might change to facilitate working in a hybrid world.

By Will Yates, IBM, UK
CICS Sessions: Room Bethesda Terrace

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High level introduction to the key capabilities delivered in 6.1 and highlight the sessions that will cover how they can be adopted throughout the conference. 
By Jenny He, IBM, UK
CICS Sessions: Room Bethesda Terrace

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The CICS TS releases bring many performance improvements to increase horizontal and vertical scalability. This session highlights some of these enhancements on CICS TS 5.5, 5.6 and 6.1, including release to release comparison for CICS TS 5.6, improvements to Java, the threadsafety of additional CICS services,

CICS policy, channel, and TLS. We also look at recent improvements to monitoring which allow you to better understand your environment.

By James Davies, IBM, UK
CICS Sessions: Room Bethesda Terrace

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Hybrid applications aren't just a single container, but a collection of containers being deployed and orchestrated together. We know that these applications often harness the power of CICS, often through extending the cloud application by accessing an API driven on CICS.  But what if that CICS application could be deployed alongside the rest of the cloud application, tested, monitored and controlled as part of the whole and not just "The weird z thing"

By Jenny He, IBM, UK
CICS Sessions: Room Bethesda Terrace

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Each release of CICS brings a host of new functions that enhance the core of the CICS runtime, 6.1 is no exception. In this session you will hear about CICS TS 6.1 enhancements to CICS policies, Shared Data Tables, CICS-DB2, Temporary storage queue storage usage monitoring, outbound HTTP, API & SPI, etc..

We will also introduce CICS TS 5.6 foundational enhancements as this is the first GSE Nordic conference where we have the chance to share with you in detail since its GA of June 2020.

By Will Yates, IBM, UK
CICS Sessions: Room Bethesda Terrace

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JavaScript is the most popular language for authoring dynamic and interactive content in web browsers, and the Node.js runtime allows developers to use JavaScript in a server environment. This session explores and demonstrates how CICS is adding support for Node.js applications and how it interacts with your mainframe applications and data.wi

 

By Sophie Green , IBM, UK and Ledina Hido-Evans
CICS Sessions: Room Bethesda Terrace

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Do you want to get the most out of your development teams? Do you want all of your developers to look forward to developing for CICS? 

 

CICS TS provides a strong foundation for hosting mixed-language applications, from Assembler and COBOL to Java and JavaScript. When new developers, or experienced developers more used to other platforms, start to develop applications for CICS TS, any differences from what they’re familiar with might be distracting and disconcerting. We believe that developing on CICS and IBM Z should be much the same as anywhere else, just with better qualities of service. 

 

In this session, we will discuss how we are looking to make CICS attractive to any Java developer, enabling them to use their every day build tools such as Maven and Gradle when developing for CICS, whilst simplifying their job and that of the System Programer in the process. We’ll also look at the CICS Ansible collection, used to automate management of CICS resources and definitions, as well as the JCICSX api and SMSSJ. We will also welcome your perspectives on this topic and input to the discussions.

 
By James Davies, IBM, UK
CICS Sessions: Room Bethesda Terrace

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Galasa, the open source integration test framework that provides deep testing capabilities for your testers, test architects, build engineers and solution owners. Combined with a decade of experience and built to enable fluid testing of hybrid cloud applications; Galasa can ensure the delivery of quality digital solutions at the speed of cloud. In this session we will describe the capabilities of Galasa but focus on those that aid the testing of hybrid applications that are powered by CICS.

By Kirsten Ann Larsen, JN Data, Danmark
DB2 Sessions: Room Sheep Meadow
By Flemming Petersen, IBM, DK
DB2 Sessions: Room Sheep Meadow

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This session will discuss how you can begin building a practice of continuous testing your IBM Z Applications to introduce Shift Left Testing. We will show how to automate testing in a CI/CD Pipeline across hybrid cloud applications from unit testing to application integration testing to end-2-end testing. We will show how you can liberate your testing from test environment and test data constrains, and we will use IBM’s zUnit, IBM Z Virtual Test Platform as well as Galasa to achieve this.

 

By Anders Hecquet, DXC, SE
DB2 Sessions: Room Sheep Meadow

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DevOps has been around for some time. Many companies and organization has embraced the method, finding it a key to their business and IT success. Why is it then, that only few mainframe organization have adopted DevOps? Does mainframe organizations not need DevOps? Does DevOps not match the mainframe technology? Or does the method not match the R&R of a mainframe organization? These and other questions comes up, when cultures meets and when managers returns from networking events, where fellow managers shines as successful DevOps, IT and business improvers. 

In this session we will summaries some of the challenges in adopting DevOps in an mainframe organization. But also provide suggestions and ideas to address and maybe even overcome these challenges. Anybody with experience in this matter, are encourage to participate and share their experience, so we all can learn from each other. 

By Haakon Roberts, IBM, US
DB2 Sessions: Room Sheep Meadow

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2022 sees the release of a new version of IBM's flagship database. This talk will provide an overview of the exciting new features delivered in this new version and explain why they should matter to you. We will review Db2's strategy and continuous delivery model that underpins new development work and give an insight into future plans.

By Claus E Mikkelsen, Nordea, Denmark
DB2 Sessions: Room Sheep Meadow

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This presentation will provide you with practical experience in using the dynamic statement cache for SQL tuning purposes. This way you are able to obtain much more precise information about your SQL tuning efforts than just seeing a change in access path.

By John Campbell , IBM, US
DB2 Sessions: Room Sheep Meadow

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This 2-part session introduces and discusses some of most common and/or most important issues based on worldwide customer engagements. There are two main objectives. Firstly, learn recommended best practice. Secondly, learn from the positive and negative experiences from other customer installations. The following topics will be discussed: REALSTORAGE_MANAGEMENT=AUTO vs. OFF, issues, and considerations in migrating to UTS, war story about insert performance with PBG UTS, dangers of CPU capping, getpages statistics in RTS, etc.

By Haakon Roberts, IBM, US
DB2 Sessions: Room Sheep Meadow

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Db2 for z/OS Utilities Suite development continues to deliver significant new enhancements in usability, availability and performance. This session will go through what has been provided in the maintenance stream over the past 18 months that you can take advantage of today as well as what is new in the latest version of Db2.

By Jørn Thyssen, Rocket Software, DK
DB2 Sessions: Room Sheep Meadow

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System provisioning, DevOps, Continuous Delivery / Integration are all modern-day initiatives that accelerate the delivery of business applications. Several open source tools can be used to orchestrate and automate these tasks. In this session we will dive into Jenkins which is one of the most popular open source orchestration tools. Learn how to build pipelines leveraging open source and vendor tools to interact with the mainframe and Db2 for z/OS.

By Frank van der Wal, IBM, Northern Europe
DB2 Sessions: Room Sheep Meadow

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In this session you will learn about the modern hybrid cloud capabilities of IBM Z in relation to data. From a strategic view we will descend down to use-cases that describe technologies and possibilities on how to use and integrate data on IBM Z with the rest of the enterprise. We also take a look at newly announced technologies, the benefits and pitfalls and what possibilities these bring. And to stimulate you even further to join this session, an active attendee may even receive a small gift from the presenter... 

By Marcus Davage, BMC
DB2 Sessions: Room Sheep Meadow

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The role of the DBA has evolved over the years. As businesses across the globe embrace digital transformation, and customer expectations increase, the traditional rules of engagement must be reconsidered, and the DBA remains a key lynch-pin in the Agile journey to DevOps. This presentation will review the old rules of engagement, and express the importance of communication, trust, embracing change, and automation tools in modern software development.

By John Campbell , IBM, US
DB2 Sessions: Room Sheep Meadow

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 This 2-part session introduces and discusses some of most common and/or most important issues based on worldwide customer engagements. There are two main objectives. Firstly, learn recommended best practice. Secondly, learn from the positive and negative experiences from other customer installations. The following topics will be discussed: REALSTORAGE_MANAGEMENT=AUTO vs. OFF, issues, and considerations in migrating to UTS, war story about insert performance with PBG UTS, dangers of CPU capping, getpages statistics in RTS, etc.

By Anders Öhrnberg, SEB, SE and To Be Decided
IMS Sessions: Bryant Park
By Khadija Souissi , IBM, DE
IMS Sessions: Bryant Park

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Data Science, Machine Learning, AI and other disciplines are helping businesses to infuse intelligence in their processes and application to make better decisions. This session offers an overview about Machine Learning, what it is, its positioning in the context of Artificial Intelligence, what is the difference between Machine Learning and Deep Learning, what are the typical Machine Learning use cases, methods and tools, and why is Machine Learning happening now.

 

 

By Emil Kotrc , Broadcom, CZ
IMS Sessions: Bryant Park

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Machine Learning (ML) is a rapidly growing field of the computer science that has far reaching applications even outside the academics and specialized industries. Thanks to the Big Data (r)evolution, Machine Learning is becoming popular even in smaller businesses. Moreover, there are many tools and projects that allow running ML algorithms even by enthusiasts without a mathematical or statistical background.

In this presentation we will show some of the most common ML algorithms together with their prevalent use cases and we will demonstrate them on very simple examples. We will also discuss a possible integration with Db2.

 Objectives:

 1.        A very brief introduction into ML and basic ideas.

 2.        A very brief introduction into the available machine learning tools.

 3.        Discuss the typical use cases on simple examples.

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By Kevin Stewart, IBM US
IMS Sessions: Bryant Park

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As a key component in IBM Z Systems Hybrid Cloud strategy, IMS continues to drive enterprise growth at scale by being at the forefront of the critical transactional data flow. In this presentation, hear how IMS continues to evolve with the current technology landscape in four key facets including Development, Enterprise Integration, Modernization, and Education.

 

By Radek Mrvec, Broadcom, CZ
IMS Sessions: Bryant Park

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Provision of databases was never easier. With Ansible, you can now provision mainframe databases. In this session, we will go through all the steps required to provision the IMS database. We will create our own Ansible playbook which will do all the required work for us. Come to see how Ansible can help you with your daily tasks.

By Kevin Stewart, IBM US
IMS Sessions: Bryant Park

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IMS has adopted a continuous delivery model, where new functions are now added as part of the service stream. This session will cover a variety of new functions and improvements made to IMS over the past two years which may have escaped your notice – we all had certain other matters demanding our attention! 

By Kevin Stewart, IBM US
IMS Sessions: Bryant Park

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This session will cover configuring IMS to use DB2 through the External SubSystem (ESS ) API.How to define DB2 subsystems to IMS, connect them to dependent regions, sysplex considerations, and security considerations.

By Aymeric Affouard, IBM, FR
IMS Sessions: Bryant Park

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Accelerate your digital transformation calling IMS using REST APIs with z/OS Connect EE.

The digital economy has forever changed how consumers, businesses, and employees interact. To create powerful and useful mobile apps, the use of application programming interfaces (APIs) becomes essential. Nearly 70% of all enterprise transactions touch a mainframe, yet the mainframe is not thought of as API powerhouses. In this session we will present and demonstrate that zSystem are fully conversant with REST APIs. We will guide you through the IBM technologie called z/OS Connect Enterprise Edition to expose an IMS program through a REST API.

By Aymeric Affouard, IBM, FR
IMS Sessions: Bryant Park

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Demo of Consuming a REST API from an IMS program using z/OS Connect EE

 

zSystem is often seen as a backend system. But it’s not true: zSystem interacts more and more with applications outside of its area, and sometimes outside of the company’s area. It can be a micro service in a cloud provider like Amazon, or Azure. Those micro services use the REST standard to interact with. On the zSystem this standard is not simple to apply in Cobol or PL1. To make this integration smooth, one option is to use z/OS Connect EE. In this presentation you will see how to call a REST API from an IMS transaction with z/OS Connect EE.

Audience level: intermediate

By David Schipper, BMC, US
IMS Sessions: Bryant Park

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IMS has been running the world for years. Over those years customers have hit a few bumps in the IMS road and have sometimes used innovative approaches to address the problems they have encountered. This session will look at these real world challenges and customer solutions to them.

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By Curt Bergqvist, Handelsbanken, SE
IMS Sessions: Bryant Park

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This session will go thru the basics to enable IMS transaction statistics and the customisation needed to provide IMS application statistics to elasticsearch using IBM Common Data Provider.

By Marianne Heltborg, DK, IBM and Mads Zandersen, Danske Bank, DK
General Interest Sessions: Charlie
By Maria K. Boisen, IBM, DK and Antti Maasalmi, IBM, FI
General Interest Sessions: Bethesda Terrace

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IBM announced a new mainframe, why should I care ?

 

By Bryant Panyarachun, IBM, USA
General Interest Sessions: Bethesda Terrace

Red Hat Ansible is the leader in automation platforms across the enterprise, and IBM has been contributing collections into the community to enable the IBM Z platform to be managed and automated by Ansible. Join this session as we dive into how you can get started by with the Ansible for IBM Z sample playbook Github repository and demonstrate several examples of operational and middleware tasks driven by Ansible.

 

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By Jamie Squibb , IBM, UK
General Interest Sessions: Columbus Park

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Your MQ messages are so important to you that you don't want to leave anything to chance. See how to ensure you maximize their availability. This presentation describes general high availability and scalability considerations and how they can be achieved with MQ on z/OS, including the use of queue sharing groups and clusters.

By Gwydion Tudor, IBM, UK
General Interest Sessions: Columbus Park

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Containers aren't just for your stateless applications. See what it means to run IBM MQ, one of the critical stateful components of your infrastructure, in a container. Whether you're starting out with containers or adoption of OpenShift and IBM's Cloud Pak for Integration, this session will show you how you can utilize IBM MQ in containers, including considerations you must make before moving your MQ infrastructure. This session will also cover z/OS Container Extensions and use cases for running distributed queue managers in containers on the same LPARs as your MQ on z/OS queue managers.

By Gwydion Tudor, IBM, UK
General Interest Sessions: Columbus Park

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Everyone is talking about Apache Kafka and event streaming. Message queuing and event streaming are both types of messaging and both provided by Cloud Pak for Integration, but each has a different sweet spot.

This talk will give you a deep understanding of the differences in how MQ and Kafka work, what each is best used for, and how you can connect them together.

 

By Jamie Squibb , IBM, UK
General Interest Sessions: Columbus Park

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Enterprise messaging and IBM MQ is a critical part of any system. This session shows you how MQ is rapidly evolving to meet your needs. Irrespective of your platform or environment, this session introduces many of the recent updates to MQ, whether that's in administration, building fault tolerant and scalable messaging solutions, or securing your systems.

By Joe Winchester, IBM, UK
General Interest Sessions: Columbus Park

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The Linux Foundation's Zowe project's goals are to make the mainframe open, simple and familiar for the IT staff of todays' and tomorrows' generations.  At its core is a set of free open source software for system programmers and developers covering everything from a web desktop, a command line interface, and IDE plugins for VS Code and IntelliJ providing mainframe access.  The vendor community that collaborates around building Zowe also participates in an extension program that delivers 75 plugins for Zowe to widen the scope of its capabilities to cover automation, devops, operations and a wide range of scenarios.  This talk will showcase Zowe's goals, demo its functionality, show how to install and get up and running, and allow users to learn how to use Zowe in their mainframe shops

By Tom Ross, IBM, US
General Interest Sessions: Bryant Park

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New and improved IBM recommendations and tools for migrating to Enterprise COBOL V5 and 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 V5 and 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!

 

By Steven Thomas, SMT Data, DK
General Interest Sessions: Bethesda Terrace

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Outsourced mainframe customers often lack transparency into how well their outsourcer is managing mainframe capacity and performance relative to what is optimal for the customer. The customer seldom has the data or the skills to communicate clearly with the outsourcer on capacity and performance issues. The outsourcer may have limited motivation to help the customer optimize capacity. In many cases, the customer doesn’t even have the ability to validate whether the outsourcer is invoicing in a correct manner relative to the contract or in a fair manner relative to industry ‘best practice’. Asking simple questions like ‘how is the basis for invoicing measured or calculated?’ can often lead to significant savings. 

 

This presentation provides an overview of some of the common pitfalls and recommended best practices around capacity and performance management of an outsourced mainframe.

 

By Marianne Heltborg, DK, IBM and Rajesh Kumar Khare, NO, DNB
Application Development Session: Alpha
By Flemming Petersen, IBM, DK and Rosalind Radcliffe, IBM Fellow, CIO DevSecOps CTO, US
Application Development Session: Columbus Park

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Want a z/OS instance for rapid dev/test cycles, or agile function delivery ahead of deploying on-prem? Charged hourly, to keep the costs down? In this session you'll learn how to achieve this using Wazi-aaS in IBM Cloud: how to set up an IBM Cloud account for you or your team; how to create a virtual private cloud and secure the resources inside it; and how to create and connect to a z/OS instance. Use it for dev/test cycles, or even team education. 

 

By Gerald Mitchell, IBM, US
Application Development Session: Columbus Park

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IBM's cloud native developer experience for z/OS offers flexibility in IDE choices- from proven, robust Eclipse on the desktop to VS Code to Eclipse Che. Come hear how IBM Developer for z/OS Enterprise Edition brings all the capabilities developers need to easily iterate in a personal code, build, and unit test loop and then commit their code to the shared, automated cloud native delivery pipeline. 

By Frie van Gils, Rocket Software,
Application Development Session: Columbus Park

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Every developer uses open source software. It is popular, dynamic, and offers software development teams great benefits such as reducing the development time of their own software products, thereby reducing development costs. Organizations that continue to develop software on the IBM Z platform must always replenish retiring resources.

Open source software can be an excellent enabler in mainframe modernization. In this presentation, you will learn how to run open source software on your mainframe securely with full support and assistance from Rocket Software.

 

By Bo Ragnarsson, SEB, SE
Application Development Session: Bryant Park

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Overview of the work with implementation of a DevOps toolchain at SEB for sources maintained on z/OS.

 

By Rune Christensen , Bankdata, DK
Application Development Session: Columbus Park

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We want developers to test often and early, and we want tests to be small and robust. Today Bankdata developers are testing COBOL sections, in the open source tool; COBOL Check, from the Open Mainframe Project. Bankdata has added unit test gates to production, requiring the developers unit tests to pass. And we are gathering code coverage data for unit tests, and delivering dashboards to teams.

This session will contain, a demo of what COBOL unit tests look like. A explanation of how COBOL check works. A walkthrough of the syntax of COBOL Check. How Bankdata have integrated COBOL Check in our IDE and build pipelines. How to get involved with COBOL Check, and start using it.

 

By Khadija Souissi , IBM, DE
Application Development Session: Sheep Meadow

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IBM Z where transactions & data meet AI and Machine Learning to extract hidden value from data using high-quality self-learning behavioral models. Join this session to learn about your options to start or continue your Enterprise Machine Learning journey with IBM Watson Machine Learning for z/OS. You are not a data scientist? You don't have any data scientist in your team? Don't worry! We integrated Machine Learning capabilities in turnkey solutions to be deployed without data science know how..

By Flemming Petersen, IBM, DK
Application Development Session: Columbus Park

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With modern development practices there is no limit to the need for test environments. Can IBM Z Development And Test Environment(ZD&T) provide unlimited number of test environments? In this session we will discuss the different approaches to provide more test environment, not only with ZD&T , but also with the other options such as Wazi Sandbox and Wazi as a Service. What are the easy wins, and what are the topics to consider.

By Tom Ross, IBM, US
Application Development Session: Columbus Park

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IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS®, V6.3 supports the following features and enhancements:

    - Support for creating AMODE 64 ( "64-bit" ) batch applications

    - Improved efficiency in processing of UTF-8 data by supporting the UTF-8 data type

    - Numerous additional features and enhancements from the COBOL 2002 and 2014 Standards

    - With the new ARCH(13) compiler option, the compiler generates application code that exploits

       instructions available with the latest z15 server. Specifying ARCH(13) instructs the compiler to include

       exploitation of the Vector Packed Decimal Enhancement Facility, which translates into improvements in

       COBOL computational performance. You can recompile with ARCH(13) to target z15 without any source

        changes to take advantage of this new facility.     

    - Compiler and runtime support for the IBM z/OS V2.4 operating system so applications can take advantage of the latest operating system features and capabilities

    - Support for the latest middleware, including IBM CICS®, IBM Db2®, and IBM IMS

By Rosalind Radcliffe, IBM Fellow, CIO DevSecOps CTO, US and Gerald Mitchell, IBM, US
Application Development Session: Columbus Park

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This session will discuss the use of a common CI/CD across platforms and will discuss the idea of the developer experience platform as the next stage in DevSecOps transformation within organizations. 

By Joris Mertens, IBM, UK
Application Development Session: Sheep Meadow

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During this session you will be introduced in IBM Z Xplore. 

A starting point for anyone interested in the technology of IBM zSystems.

Going from zero to hero in 40 hours starting with the basics of IBM z/OS, as fundamentals, Understanding the concepts and go through more in depth challenges including modern tooling and technologies.

IBM Z Xplore is perfect for students, new hires and IBM zSystem fanatics to start from scratch.

 

By Richard Gamblin, IBM, UK
Closing Sessions: The Great Lawn

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The mainframe is widely regarded as a superb example of enterprise IT, delivering core services with industry-leading reliability, scale and trust. However, many of us overlook that fact that this machine is already designed for a world that is still only emerging: ubiquitous 5G connectivity; accelerating Quantum computing; insane amounts of data with Internet of Things; and emerging business ecosystems, built on digital Blockchain ledger technologies. The world is transforming for a burgeoning Digital Economy; in this session we will look at how IBM Z delivers against this new high watermark.

By Jørgen Malmstrøm, NO, Tietoevry
Closing Sessions: The Great Lawn

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Thank you for the 2020  Conference and ..... :)

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