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By Jørgen Malmstrøm, NO, DNB

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Welcome to GSE Nordic Region Conference 2023 with a presentation of the conference, the Logistics, Networking Opportunities and how to get the most out of the Conference.

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Quatum Computing.  

By Arne Raunsbæk, JN Data, DK and Ledina Hido-Evans

By To Be Decided

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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 later in the week

By To Be Decided

Each release of CICS brings a host of new functions that enhance the core of the CICS runtime, 6.1 is no exception, with new capabilities around region tagging, resource definition overrides and system policy.  This session will explain these new capabilities and highlight the benefit they will bring to your CICS environment

 

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By Ezriel Gross, Rocket Software, US

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Storage violations in CICS have been around since CICS itself. The unique way CICS manages storage makes applications run really fast, but still allows for storage to be corrupted. Even with all the storage protections turned on an application can violate itself or other running tasks. This presentation will cover what a storage violation is, how its detected and how you can determine the offending program that overlays storage. Several examples of detection will be covered using a captured storage violation dump and IPCS.

By To Be Decided

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The latest version of CICS TS, released on Jun 17th 2022, contains security enhancements designed to simplify security configuration, compliance and the diagnosis of security problems. This session will present and demo some of the main items including: New stats and monitoring to enable safer upgrades to TLS protocol levels and cipher removal both for TLS and AT-TLS. Security request recording, a new feature designed to diagnose CICS TS security problems across a sysplex, and to test security configuration. Simplifying compliance data gathering and audit.

 

By Ezriel Gross, Rocket Software, US

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It's a no brainer. Write it in Java and you can run it on a specialty processor. Run it on a specialty processor and you can save yourself a lot of money. In this presentation we will cut through to the heart of the matter and give you easy to follow but detailed step-by-step instructions on how to write your first Java program running inside of the CICS Liberty profile. We will show you how to navigate the Eclipse environment, tell you all about JCICS, logging, and the CICS internal trace, and show you where to look on the mainframe when things go wrong.

By Ledina Hido-Evans

Session Evaluation

Zowe, Ansible, Maven, Gradle, Galasa, UCD are all technologies that can be used to construct a devOps pipeline for your CICS application.  But how do you pull all these elements together to create cohesion. In this session we will show how these technologies can be used to construct a devops pipeline for all your CICS applications

By To Be Decided

Session Evaluation

The recent announcements around IBM z16 and the IBM Integrated Accelerator for AI have opened up new opportunities to infuse AI into your CICS applications, and deliver increased value to your business or enterprise.  In this session, we will give an overview of those capabilities, and ways in which they can be leveraged by CICS applications. 

By Ledina Hido-Evans

Session Evaluation

Red Hat Ansible has quickly become an industry standard to enable simple and consistent automation across the enterprise.  Ansible has become IBM’s strategic direction for automation on IBM Z.  Get a quick introduction to Ansible, and learn about how we’ve extended it for IBM Z automation, including our brand new collection supporting CICS TS.

By Ledina Hido-Evans

Session Evaluation

Modernisation of your CICS assets doesn't just mean a direct shift to cloud but is a set of practices to expose, extend, co-locate and enhance your applications by utilising a set of process centric lifecycle enablers.  This sounds like a lot and this session will not only show the journey ahead, but more importantly, how to get started on the journey today

 

By Kirsten Ann Larsen, JN Data, Danmark
By Akiko Hoshikawa, IBM US

Session Evaluation

This session will review Db2 technical strategy, give a technical overview of the content of version 13 of Db2 and include what has been delivered since it became generally available in May 2022. 

 

By Emil Kotrc , Broadcom, CZ

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Mainframe is often perceived as the most secure platform in the world. However, the reality is, that it is as secure as you make it. A group of well known mainframe hackers shared their experience and lessons learned from the field. In particular, they publicly showed the most common attack vectors for the mainframe. In this presentation we will review their findings and see how these techniques could apply to Db2 for z/OS.

By Thomas Sennels

Session Evaluation

As cloud solutions moves fast-forward, they have an increasing interest in Db2 Z/OS  data. The Db2 data resides in the mainframe where cics and batch jobs still run most of the bank.   Replicating transactional data off-platform has proven to be difficult.

Db2 is matured for distributed clients with direct access to the DB2 data.  This opening of pandoras box of distributed SQL is discussed.  This means that old principles are sacrificed, and new monitoring and preventive instruments are put into use. Self-serviced solutions are the key to onboarding new cloud users.

The subjects for this session are all the bits and pieces required. Such as commit scope, .Net /java programming, connection pools, driver levels, Db2 authentication, Db2 profiles tables, SQL performance, literal replacement, applcompat ,z-parms, DDF alias, Sysplex distributor, traceability, etc.

 

By Akiko Hoshikawa, IBM US

Session Evaluation

Db2 13 was built on top of the continuous delivery of Db2 12.  This session discusses the performance updates and scalability improvement from Db2 12 after the initial release and updates from Db2 13. The session includes key performance items and performance expectation of Db2 13 compared to Db2 12 FL510. Similarly,  this session covers Db2’s exploitation of IBM Z synergy,  both with the recent IBM Z hardware and z/OS features.

By Michal Bialecki, IBM Poland

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Housekeeping procedures which include REORG/RUNSTATS/REBIND are key elements that are important to influence application performance results within a customer installation. Every Db2 z/OS shop has its own rules; when / how to run housekeeping tasks. This presentation will cover best practices for DB2 z/OS housekeeping, which includes REORG RUNSTATS REBIND performed by Db2 administrators.

Overview REORG / RUNSTATS / REBIND

Methodology for REORG / RUNSTATS

how to select objects for REORG / RUNSTATS,

which syntax shall be used, and which one shall avoided, and what are implications

REBIND best practice to take into consideration change vs new access paths

Presentation is based on real life customer's scenarios and results from 360 Db2 for z/OS Continues Availability Assessment Studies which are routinely performed by Db2 z/OS SWAT team.

 

By Jørn Thyssen, Rocket Software, DK

Session Evaluation

There are many challenges and restrictions with UTS PBG table spaces as they grow large, e.g., degradation of insert and query performance, limited partition level utility support, managing indexes (they are all NPI), and much more.

One of the key features of Db2 V13 is the ability to convert a UTS PBG table space to a UTS PBR RPN tablespace as a pending alter where the application outage is limited to the switch phase and any REBINDs. In this presentation we explore all the details: why convert, how to convert, limitations and restrictions, and some non-scientific measurements.

By Markéta Mužíková , Broadcom Czech Republic and Petr Plavjaník , Broadcom Czech Republic

Session Evaluation

Python has been popular for a long time, and in the last few years, it has reached the top. It is typically used for web application development, automation, data analysis, and machine learning. It can run well on mainframes and z/OS for a few last years and we will see more Python on z/OS in the future.

In this session, you will learn how to run Python on z/OS and other platforms, how it can connect to Db2 for z/OS, issue SQL queries execute Db2 commands, and run Db2 utilities.

Database administrators use Python to automate monitoring, schema updates, and backups of databases. Db2 can benefit from that, too. We will use Python, for example, to find where running RUNSTATS is necessary, eliminate duplicate indexes, compress tablespaces, rebind packages, visualize performance data, and automate other tedious work.

 

By Marcus Davage, BMC

Session Evaluation

Rows in a DB2 z/OS database get mauled and moved and wholly and partially duplicated. There are different ways to find them and different surroundings. And most DBAs find they need to understand these transformations thoroughly to manage performance and recovery and even security. In this presentation, we take a light-hearted view of one row’s life to emphasize some of the internals of DB2 on the z/OS platform.

By Jørn Thyssen, Rocket Software, DK

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The Db2 for z/OS Utilities Suite plays an essential role for virtually every Db2 environment and it remains an area of intense development, continually delivering significant improvements in usability, performance and availability. This talk will look at what has been delivered in 2021, 2022 and 2023 and explain why these improvements matter to you.

By Akiko Hoshikawa, IBM US

Session Evaluation

Db2 13 offers an industry’s first embedded AI capability that exploits Db2 data through a simple SQL functions. The session introduces what this innovative capability offers, the technology behind, and more importantly, how you can exploit AI semantic queries using various examples.  

By Isak Shields, SEB, SE
By Deepak Kohli , IBM US

Session Evaluation

IMS 15.3 Update 

 

By Deepak Kohli , IBM US

Session Evaluation

 IMS Administration Foundation.

 

By Isak Shields, SEB, SE

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Can Data Streaming Help Secure your IMS Data.

By Deepak Kohli , IBM US

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Transform your IMS application with COBOL and Java interoperability.

 

By Isak Shields, SEB, SE

Session Evaluation

IMS and z/OS Connect.

By Anders Öhrnberg, SEB, SE

Session Evaluation

Finding your way around IMS.

By Deepak Kohli , IBM US

Session Evaluation

 

IMS native DDL utility.

By Jamie Squibb , IBM, UK and Jørgen Malmstrøm, NO, DNB
By Jamie Squibb , IBM, UK

Session Evaluation

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 Gwydion Tudor, IBM, UK

Session Evaluation

REST APIs are increasingly popular as a flexible way to expose applications and services. This session discusses the benefits and limitations of using a REST API for messaging, and it demonstrates how you can use REST applications to send and receive messages with IBM MQ. This session also shows how IBM MQ can be exposed with a REST API by IBM z/OS Connect EE (zCEE), and the two approaches are compared.

By Carsten Lund Rasmussen , SMT Data, DK and Elise Bundgaard, Topdanmark, DK

Session Evaluatio

Share experience with capacity planning from an outsourced environment, machine and software are outsourced, but system programming remains inhouse.

The process starts with a selection of SMF records. Next step is to turn raw data into useful information for capacity planning.

The capacity previous used is the base, then add planned Business workload increase, estimate unplanned workload and working “white space” for final capacity allocation.

 

By Gwydion Tudor, IBM, UK

Session Evaluation

You've probably heard a lot about zero trust recently, but have you considered how this affects messaging? This session introduces the many features in IBM MQ that allow you to secure your messaging infrastructure and keep your messages safe. It also discusses how you can use these features in a zero-trust model.

By Markéta Mužíková , Broadcom Czech Republic and Petr Plavjaník , Broadcom Czech Republic

Session Evaluation

Ansible is popular open-source software provisioning and configuration management tool. In this session, you get a practical introduction to into core concepts of Ansible. You will learn about tools such as Ansible Tower or AWX.  We will focus on using Ansible with z/OS. We will see how to use it on our systems, how to use IBM and Broadcom collections for z/OS, and how Ansible and Zowe CLI work together. At the end of the session, we will create a more complex Ansible workflow that combines multiple collections together.

By Jamie Squibb , IBM, UK

Session Evaluation

IBM MQ for z/OS writes detailed statistics and accounting data to SMF. Come to this session to learn about what statistics and accounting data is available, recent changes and enhancements to the data that is produced, and how you can use this data to gain insight into the health of your queue manager and what your applications are doing.

By Frank Kyne, Watson Walker, US

Session Evaluation

One of the items in the z/OS 2.5 announcement was “Enhancements to the priced feature Resource Measurement Facility (RMF), including optimization when gathering Coupling Facility (CF) hardware statistics.”  This seems like a minor enhancement, however, how does it relate to the previous RMF enhancements (MASTER|NOMASTER and CFDETAIL|NOCFDETAIL) that seemed to do the same thing?  And which of them happen automatically, and which require you to do something?  Are there some environments that would benefit from these enhancements more than others?  These and more questions will be answered in this session.

By Chris Taylor, 21st Century Software, US and Marna Walle, IBM, US

Session Evaluation

Come learn about the latest priced feature added to z/OS V2.5! IBM z/OS Change Tracker is a comprehensive configuration change management tool for tracking, controlling, and managing changes in software across the z/OS platform, intended for z/OS System Programmers.

By Isabel Arnold, IBM, DK and Frank van der Wal, IBM, Northern Europe
By Gabriel Guth-Kaltschmied, BMC, CH

Session Evaluation

Need to make a zero Downtime System even mor Reliable?

System Reliability Engineering is a task, introduced 2003 by Google.

Would this fit to the Mainframe as well?

Explaining what all about SRE is, key figures to take in account and discuss some examples.

 

By Isabel Arnold, IBM, DK

Session Evaluation

Q-Day – the day when Quantum Computers can break or seriously weaken existing cryptographic algorithms – still seems far away. But certain data, that is encrypted or signed today, must remain confidential for decades. So why not start now? Quantum Safe Cryptography is software that runs on today’s computers and is already secure against current and known future attacks. This session will demonstrate

How to create an inventory of your existing IBM Z security environment

How to combine the insight with the latest risks & technology outlook from Quantum Research

How to establish enterprise Crypto-as-a-Service 

How to transition to Agile Crypto, through a policy-based approach to risks

By Isabel Arnold, IBM, DK

Session Evaluation

The safest door in the world is useless, if you lose your keys.

This is one of the worries, that keep customers from exploiting the powerful Pervasive Encryption (PE) feature on IBM Z. EKMF Web can help by taking control over your keys, managing and protecting them. But not only PE keys. It can also generate & deliver a key securely to a cloud, like AWS, Azure, Google or IBM Cloud.

By Anthony Papageorgiou, IBM, UK

Session Evaluation

Event Streaming Patterns and Event Driven Architectures are becoming more and more popular as enterprises strive to provide more intelligent, responsive and connected user experiences for their customers. It’s no wonder then that 80% of fortune 100 companies now use Kafka to share data and events across their hybrid cloud infrastructure.

For many of these companies their core business logic and data reside on z/OS. Naturally then it is becoming increasingly important for z/OS applications to publish and consume data from Kafka.

In this session we’ll provide an overview of some of the best approaches for integrating with Kafka from z/OS today and discuss the considerations that will help you choose which option to use and when.

 

By Rebecca Levesque, 21st Century Software

Session Evaluation

Businesses often view their mainframe IT organization as outdated and not aligned with their business needs.  During this session, we’ll talk about what you need to consider to ensure your IT infrastructure is fit for your business purpose, how to build your strategy based on business decisions, rather than “fashion-based” decisions, and how to overcome the objections you may face as you build out your IT infrastructure and organization to meet current and future business needs.

Join us for this insightful talk from Rebecca Levesque, President of 21st Century Software to learn how.  Rebecca has spent over 25 years advocating for IBM zSystems and working with customers to develop solutions focused on business, not just technical, value.  Gain practical advice that you can use today to be part of the conversation with your business colleagues.

 

By Chris Taylor, 21st Century Software, US

Session Evaluation

The IBM z/OS platform continues to lead in mainframe resiliency. The hardware and storage infrastructures, as well as the database systems, continue to improve and deliver unparalleled levels of resiliency. However, most organizations still have heavy batch processing throughout the night, functioning as a principal way of updating those databases. Non-database managed data (data sets outside of the control of the database management tools for recovery) are an overlooked, but still critical component. Although mature, the hardware solutions for recovery focus at the volume level, with no knowledge of the state of the data sets at the time of the backup, leaving many of these data sets in a questionable state for recovery. This session will discuss these limitations and how IBM Z Batch Resiliency provides the solution.

By Joe Winchester, IBM, UK

Session Evaluation

The world of computing can be broken into those who learnt on mainframers and then had to transition to the linux/windows world, or vice versa grew up on distributed platforms and are now coming to the mainframe.  There are differences, and there are similarities.  This talk will demystify and cover topics such as code pages, EBCDIC versus ASCII, USS, certificates in keyrings, PKCS12 versus JCERACFS, SAF DB versus LDAP,  auto conversion of tagged files, file encoding,  workload management, and more, ….   Some of the challenges facing mainframe shops is how to run and get linux and windows talent and runtimes to work on the platform, and likewise linux folks often find the world of ISPF, SDSF, RACF, an alien world that is too difficult to learn.  Based on my 24 years of IT experience with z/OS, zLinux, Windows, Mac and Linux, I’ve distilled the missing pieces into a guide that allows folks versant in one of the worlds to find the way in the other kingdom without feeling lost.

By Anthony Papageorgiou, IBM, UK

Session Evaluation

Extending your z/OS Application through APIs is now a common occurrence for many customers.  In this session learn how major changes in z/OS Connect are going to allow you to further include these APIs as part of a hybrid cloud architecture and adopt the open API 3 specification for simplified more consumable APIs

By Joe Winchester, IBM, UK

Session Evaluation

Simplifying mainframe development with Zowe open source tooling.

By Colin Page, BMC

Session Evaluation

I would like to propose a general mainframe topic based on Automated Intelligence – creating baselines, identifying anomalies and re-adjusting systems controls to support variable workload patterns both in the systems and application frameworks  – the AI ops lifecycle for automation, machine learning, capacity planning and problem management. This will cover all the middleware components and will be an intermediate generic systems management pitch, although I would mention some of the BMC tools that can deliver these capabilities.

By Isabel Arnold, IBM, DK and Rajesh Kumar Khare, NO, DNB
By Monica Nagar, DNB, NO and Kumar Suwalka, DNB, NO

Session Evaluation

Moderninzing your fleet, Financial Value Chain Journey from z/OS to Cloud. 

 

By Adam Britt, BEC, DK

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BEC finished migrating all source from Librarian to git in March 2022. Developers have the option of using ISPF or IDz (and theoretically any tool that can work with git). This talk will start with a day in the life of a COBOL developer working with git. Afterwards, we will dig a little deeper and explore the details of compile and deployment.

By Senthil Nathan, IBM

Session Evaluation

Application deployment is a critical piece of DevOps transformation for many organisations. IBM is working on a new deployment solution for z/OS applications integrated in an open-source based pipeline in conjunction with Git. In this session, you will learn more about this cloud native like solution and see a demo of the current capabilities along with the proposed roadmap and envisioned consumption models.

 

By Richard Gamblin, IBM, UK

Session Evaluation

Building the Future of Enterprise IT with IBM zSystems and Microsoft Cloud.

 

By Hizir Cagin Bektas, Broadcom and Petr Vacula, Broadcom

Session Evaluation

Quality of testing relies on the quality of test data and access to test environments. Early stage testing such as unit testing & regression testing as well as late stage testing like integration & system testing require the appropriate quality of test data. Emerging technologies are enabling mainframe application teams to apply industry-standard, proven approaches as part of their testing. Join this session which includes a full demo of how to feed different quality levels of test data into a dynamically provisioned environment to perform application testing at various levels to gain confidence in the application change before it's deployed to production.

 

By William Alexander, IBM, US

Session Evaluation

Intelligent Build systems for z/OS applications.

By Markéta Mužíková , Broadcom Czech Republic and Petr Plavjaník , Broadcom Czech Republic

Session Evaluation

Python has been popular for a long time, and in the last few years, it has reached the top. It is typically used for web application development, automation, data analysis, and machine learning. It can run well on mainframes and z/OS for a few last years and we will see more Python on z/OS in the future.

In this session, you will learn how to install and run Python on z/OS. We will cover popular libraries that make sense to use on any platform. We will focus on mainframe-specific libraries such as Zowe Client SDK or Z Open Automation Utilities. You will learn how to submit a job and then process its output works with data in mainframe data sets, or connect to mainframe databases. At the end of the session, we will cover how to call native z/OS APIs from Python.

By David Rice, IBM, US

Session Evaluation

Migrating z/OS development teams to modern CI/CD pipelines is a difficult task. You need to solve many technical issues such as security, audit compliance, code analysis, testing, and many others. In addition to the technical requirements, you also need to change the way application teams develop their code. This User Session will describe the way that the IBM CIO Office is solving these problems. This will include the technical details of the pipeline, strategies we are implementing to build an adopters' community, and various lessons we have learned as we are going through the process.

By Frank van der Wal, IBM, Northern Europe and Paul Horn, IBM, NL

Session Evaluation

The IBM zSystems platform is supporting many languages ranging from PLI and COBOL all the way up to the modern ones like Python, Node.js and and GoLang with JAVA and C/C++ in the middle. And then there is assembler. While most challenges on IBM zSystems can be tackled with one or more of those high-level languages, sometimes assembler is the best option. Assembler on IBM zSystems seems a bit daunting in the beginning. Where do I start This session is aimed at new-to-mainframe audience with a strong technical interest., what tool to use, how to get my first code to run? In this session Paul Horn, an experiences Assembler programmer, and Frank van der Wal are guiding you trough how to create the first ‘Hello World’ assembler program, how to run it and challenge you to go a bit further than just that!

By Frank van der Wal, IBM, Northern Europe

Session Evaluation

Mainframe Modernization is on top of mind at most organization. And very much appreciated. Yet, this topic is very broad and needs to be divided into sub-domains to address specific needs. In this session Frank van der Wal will zoom in on a utility that IBM has put on the market called Z Open Automation Utility (ZOAU) and that can help out in automating sysprog tasks in a modern and automated way. ZOAU provides an abstraction layer between z/OS commands and tasks and languages like Python and JAVA. Frank will demo how ZOAU works and how to create a simple Python program that will be used by an Ansible playbook to do some tasks on z/OS.

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