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Open Sessions: Room A+B first floor

Conference rooms for the GSE Nordic Conference

 

By Anders Öhrnberg, SEB, SE
Open Sessions: Plenum

Session Evaluation

Welcome to GSE Nordic Region Conference 2020 with a presentation of the conference, the Logistics, Networking Opportunities and how to get the most out of the Conference.

Anders Öhrnberg has 32 years experience supporting IMS. He is an IBM certified IMS Systems Programmer and DBA. Anders is the GSE Nordic IMS working group chairman. He is promoting the value that IMS provides.. He participated in the implementation of Parallell Sysplex, IMS Connect, CSL, IMS Catalog, Security etc. Anders is currenly looking into how to change the ways of working as a systems programmer. He has been selected as an IBM Champion for 2020.

 

 

By Rosalind Radcliffe, IBM, US
Open Sessions: Plenum

Session Evaluation

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.  

Rosalind Radcliffe is a Distinguished Engineer in IBM. She is the Chief Architect for DevOps for Enterprise Systems. This includes Rational Team Concert's and UrbanCode Deploy's support for standard Mainframe development activities. Prior to Rational, she was in Tivoli responsible for the SOA Management Strategy for IBM. She is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology and an IBM Master Inventor.

 

By Nick Garrod, IBM, UK and Sophie Green , IBM, UK
CICS Sessions: Room K second Floor

Nick Garrod works in the Market Enablement for IBM Z and spent many years supporting the CICS products in a variety of business and marketing roles.  He has been a member of the GSE Nordics steering committee for more than 10 years, and been a contributor to IBM Redbooks, IBM Systems journal, Enterprise Tech journal and Destination z.

Sophie Green  is a Software Engineer working at IBM Hursley UK. She joined IBM’s graduate programme in 2013 after studying for a physics degree and since then has been developing and testing the Eclipse based CICS Explorer. She is also on the GSE UK committee and runs the 101 stream providing education and networking opportunities for new joiners to the mainframe

By Nick Garrod, IBM, UK
CICS Sessions: Golf

Session Evaluation

Introduction to Crypto.

Nick Garrod works in the Market Enablement for IBM Z and spent many years supporting the CICS products in a variety of business and marketing roles.  He has been a member of the GSE Nordics steering committee for more than 10 years, and been a contributor to IBM Redbooks, IBM Systems journal, Enterprise Tech journal and Destination z.

By Nick Garrod, IBM, UK
CICS Sessions: Room K second floor

Session Evaluation

Digital Certificates 101. Session from Rocket Software

Nick Garrod works in the Market Enablement for IBM Z and spent many years supporting the CICS products in a variety of business and marketing roles.  He has been a member of the GSE Nordics steering committee for more than 10 years, and been a contributor to IBM Redbooks, IBM Systems journal, Enterprise Tech journal and Destination z.

By Anthony Papageorgiou, IBM, UK
CICS Sessions: Room K second floor

Session Evaluation

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.

Anthony Papageorgiou is a Software Engineer working at IBM Hursley UK.
Before he joined IBM in 2007 he worked for Mintel International Group Ltd as a Web Developer. Anthony holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Warwick.
His areas of expertise include Event Processing, Mobile, Cloud and API Technologies. During his time at IBM he has performed a number of roles across Development, Architecture, Strategy and Management in the CICS organisation and is currently working as the delivery manager for zOS Connect EE.

By Will Yates, IBM, UK
CICS Sessions: Room K second floor

Session Evaluation

CICS Transaction Server V5 provides a world class mixed-language application server for enterprise computing's a bold statement but what is the underlying capability that is delivering this value? Come to this session and learn how you can realize performance improvements, utilize the WebSphere Liberty Server, extend CICS applications to mobile devices, run more in less regions and deploy so much faster and exploit tools to simplify and optimize your investment. You will be annoyed if you miss this overview of what CICS and CICS Tools now delivers.

Will Yates - Since the age of 5 when he decided to run a boundary value analysis test against the VCR by inserting a piece of toast into it, Will has had the knack for systematically breaking software. After a degree in Computer Science he joined the CICS team at IBM Hursley where is has been busy raising defects ever since. He has been involved in all areas of CICS application modernisation, co-authored several red books and recently presented the introduction to CICS video education series.

By Ian Burnett, IBM, UK
CICS Sessions: Room K second floor

Session Evaluation

The CICS TS V5 releases include many performance improvements to increase horizontal and vertical scalability. This session highlights some of these enhancements, combining reductions in storage and CPU usage with extra monitoring data available for all types of applications. In this session, we look at recent improvements to Java, the threadsafety of additional CICS services, and new commands helping you save money and improve throughput. We also look at recent improvements to monitoring which allow you to better understand your environment.

Ian Burnett has led the CICS TS for z/OS performance team since 2009, and has been involved with the performance testing of several releases of CICS TS during that time.
In previous roles, Ian has been a developer on the CICSPlex System Manager and WebSphere MQ products, as well as testing the transaction and messaging components of WebSphere Application Server on both mainframe and distributed platforms.

By Will Yates, IBM, UK
CICS Sessions: Room K second floor

Session Evaluation

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"

Will Yates - Since the age of 5 when he decided to run a boundary value analysis test against the VCR by inserting a piece of toast into it, Will has had the knack for systematically breaking software. After a degree in Computer Science he joined the CICS team at IBM Hursley where is has been busy raising defects ever since. He has been involved in all areas of CICS application modernisation, co-authored several red books and recently presented the introduction to CICS video education series.

By Ian Burnett, IBM, UK
CICS Sessions: Room K second floor

Session Evaluation

Java has become the programming language of choice for application modernisation on z/OS, but deploying these new apps onto the platform can require a new understanding of how to manage the subsystems within which JVMs are deployed. Not understanding the memory utilisation of Java applications could bring your modernisation dreams to a sticky end. This session will explain how the JVM allocates & manages the MVS storage it needs & show you how to ensure JVMs can be managed & monitored in both CICS & batch environments, using the latest JVM tools, CICS facilities & traditional MVS dumps & IPCS. Leaving you with the confidence that you need to manage Java apps anywhere on z/OS.

Ian Burnett has led the CICS TS for z/OS performance team since 2009, and has been involved with the performance testing of several releases of CICS TS during that time.
In previous roles, Ian has been a developer on the CICSPlex System Manager and WebSphere MQ products, as well as testing the transaction and messaging components of WebSphere Application Server on both mainframe and distributed platforms.

By Ian Burnett, IBM, UK
CICS Sessions: Room K second floor

Session Evaluation

CICS is a mixed language application server, that has been based on a sound foundation. In this session you will hear about some of recent 500 customer requirements that the CICS team have been implementing in version 5 around topics including security, resilience and system management. Topics will include CICS TS 5.5 changes to policies, flow control, controlling APIs and security.

Ian Burnett has led the CICS TS for z/OS performance team since 2009, and has been involved with the performance testing of several releases of CICS TS during that time.
In previous roles, Ian has been a developer on the CICSPlex System Manager and WebSphere MQ products, as well as testing the transaction and messaging components of WebSphere Application Server on both mainframe and distributed platforms.

By Will Yates, IBM, UK
CICS Sessions: Room K second floor

Session Evaluation

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

 

Will Yates - Since the age of 5 when he decided to run a boundary value analysis test against the VCR by inserting a piece of toast into it, Will has had the knack for systematically breaking software. After a degree in Computer Science he joined the CICS team at IBM Hursley where is has been busy raising defects ever since. He has been involved in all areas of CICS application modernisation, co-authored several red books and recently presented the introduction to CICS video education series.

By Ledina Hido-Evans
CICS Sessions: Room K second floor

Session Evaluation

As part of our ongoing focus on ensuring that developing Java for CICS feel familiar and modern for all Java developers, we are looking at introducing changes and enhancements to the existing Java API that will support modern development approaches and techniques.  These changes will focus initially on the most common usage patterns identified by working closely with our customers. Join us to find out more and to help us understand where we can provide the most value for you.

Ledina Hido-Evans is a software developer and team lead for the Developer Experience team. She joined IBM as an experienced hire in 2011, starting her CICS career testing and developing some of the Cloud features. For the last 8 years she has been leading the CICS Explorer and Developer Experience teams, developing new and exciting features and talking to customers about them. She is a keen software craftsperson and a Women in Technology advocate.

By Ledina Hido-Evans
CICS Sessions: Room K second floor

Session Evaluation

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 Javadeveloper, 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 will also welcome your perspectives on this topic and input to the discussions.

Ledina Hido-Evans is a software developer and team lead for the Developer Experience team. She joined IBM as an experienced hire in 2011, starting her CICS career testing and developing some of the Cloud features. For the last 8 years she has been leading the CICS Explorer and Developer Experience teams, developing new and exciting features and talking to customers about them. She is a keen software craftsperson and a Women in Technology advocate.

By James Davies
CICS Sessions: Room K second Floor

Session Evaluation

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.

James started his career in IBM working in the MQ distributed team, maintaining and configuring build and test machines. After seeing the error in his distibuted ways, he joined the CICS team as a test and Infrastructure engineer, and has been working on bringing enterprise scale test automation to both the CICS department and their clients.

By Kirsten Ann Larsen, JN Data, Danmark
DB2 Sessions: Room C first floor

Kirsten Ann Larsen works as a DBA at JN Data A/S in Denmark. She has 20+ years of experience with Db2 and z/OS in a number of different roles and companies, including DBA, SQL and system tuning, architecture and XML. She holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from Aarhus University. She has co-authored a number of articles and redbooks on Db2 and is an experienced presenter.

DB2 Sessions: Room C first floor

Session Evaluation

Encourage your developers to test early and often to ensure faster delivery of quality code. In this session you will hear about some of the best practices and tools for creating automated unit tests for z/OS applications., Konnine Alpers

 

DB2 Sessions: Room C first floor

Session Evaluation

Why is it so hard to Adopt Devops ?, Anders Hecquet DXC 

By Haakon Roberts, IBM, US
DB2 Sessions: Room C first floor

Session Evaluation

In the era of V12 continuous delivery, Db2 development continues to provide new enhancements both within and outside new function levels. This session will provide a review of overall Db2 strategy, the highlights of V12 and go into more detail on recent improvements delivered via APARs and PTFs. 

Haakon Roberts has nearly 30 years' experience working with DB2 on the mainframe platform spanning various aspects of sys-tems programming, database administration, software support and development. He is a Distinguished Engineer at the IBM Silicon Valley Laboratory in San Jose, California and the chief technical architect for DB2 for z/OS Utilities and Tools. He is a regu-lar speaker on these and other topics. 

By Kirsten Ann Larsen, JN Data, Danmark
DB2 Sessions: Room C first floor

Session Evaluation

Tuning SQL using EXPLAIN STMTCACHE.

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Kirsten Ann Larsen works as a DBA at JN Data A/S in Denmark. She has 20+ years of experience with Db2 and z/OS in a number of different roles and companies, including DBA, SQL and system tuning, architecture and XML. She holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from Aarhus University. She has co-authored a number of articles and redbooks on Db2 and is an experienced presenter.

By Jane Man, IBM, US
DB2 Sessions: Room C first floor

Session Evaluation

Are you interested in getting insight from your enterprise data? Is existing solution too costly and/or too general that cannot satisfy your needs? In this session, we will show you how to do database analytics and write your own ML scoring function customize for your own environment. Using an easy to adapt example, we will illustrate how you can achieve this step by step. We will also illustrate use cases such scoring function can be used (like embed in a SQL statement). Hints and tips are provided to help you to avoid pain points, and improve development efficiency.

Jane Man is a key member of the development team in Db2 for z/OS. She has worked on various features of Db2 for z/OS. In addition to her development work, she has assisted a lot of customers on implementing successful applications/workloads. In addition, she is the enablement focal point in the team and is involved in many enablement activities, like creating sample applications, demos, hands-on labs, and presenting in conferences and bootcamps, etc. Before joining the DB2 development team, Jane was a developer in IBM Content Manager. Jane is a IBM Certified System Administrator for WebSphere Application Server, IBM Certified Database Administrator for DB2 Universal Database for z/OS, Linux, UNIX and Windows, IBM Certified Solution Designer for DB2 Content Manager, IBM Certified Deployment Profession for Tivoli Storage Manager, and IBM Certified Application developer for DB2 Universal Database Family. 

By Haakon Roberts, IBM, US
DB2 Sessions: Room C first floor

Session Evaluation

Db2 Utilities development continues to deliver significant new features and performance improvements on a regular basis. This session will cover all the recent enhancements; explaining their value and how to take full advantage of them. 

Haakon Roberts has nearly 30 years' experience working with DB2 on the mainframe platform spanning various aspects of sys-tems programming, database administration, software support and development. He is a Distinguished Engineer at the IBM Silicon Valley Laboratory in San Jose, California and the chief technical architect for DB2 for z/OS Utilities and Tools. He is a regu-lar speaker on these and other topics. 

By Jørn Thyssen, Rocket Software, DK
DB2 Sessions: Room C first floor

Session Evaluation

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 show how you can build Db2 for z/OS pipelines. Examples include maintaining and deploying ZPARMS, installing a product and running SQL and DDL leveraging z/OSMF, Zowe and vendor tools. We will use Jenkins which is one of the most popular open source orchestration tools but the techniques shown can be used with other orchestration tools.

Jørn Thyssen has worked almost 20 years on the mainframe platform as a developer, application DBA, application architect, technical field specialist, and more recently as a Db2 tools product specialist for Rocket Software. He is also an 2019 IBM Champion. 

By Frank van der Wal, IBM, NL
DB2 Sessions: Room C first floor

Session Evaluation

Just like Newton explained the attraction between objects by the Law of Gravity, we see a metaphor in data and applications. As datasets grow, they become harder to move and are likely to attract applications rather than moving data to the applications. As we all know, data on IBM Z both is significant in size as well as in freshness. We might ask ourselves why do we need to ETL, morph, and manipulate data off the platform to another place? And although this paradigm already exists for many years, we see that IBM has recently put together a significant amount of technologies that makes it worth while to re-evaluate Enterprise Data strategy. In this session you'll learn how data on Z might fit in such Enterprise Data Strategy while complying to a hybrid multi-cloud approach.

Frank van der Wal is European Technical Leader for Data & AI on IBM Z. In this role he supports and lead engagements with customers and key influencers communities, to raise the visibility and true capabilities of the contemporary capabilities on IBM Z in the Data and AI domain.

By Kirsten Ann Larsen, JN Data, Danmark
DB2 Sessions: Room C first floor

Session Evaluation

The session introduces Db2 AI for z/OS and explains two main features - SQL optimization and System assessment. With SQL optimization feature, Db2 AI for z/OS applies machine learning insights from your workload characteristics to find better access paths for SQL queries aiming for CPU and elapsed time savings. System Assessment feature combines machine learning with IBM domain expertise to provide customized recommendations for performance tuning based on your operations statistics. Learn how Db2zAI utilizes machine learning technology to optimize data base performance.

Kirsten Ann Larsen works as a DBA at JN Data A/S in Denmark. She has 20+ years of experience with Db2 and z/OS in a number of different roles and companies, including DBA, SQL and system tuning, architecture and XML. She holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from Aarhus University. She has co-authored a number of articles and redbooks on Db2 and is an experienced presenter.

By Marcus Davage, BMC
DB2 Sessions: Room C first floor

Session Evaluation

Over the years, the role of the DBA has included SQL Guru, High Priest of z/OS, Scribe of the Sacred Site Standards, Gatekeeper to Production, and Management Piñata. Now, in these Strange Days of DevOps, the role of the DBA is to change yet again.

Marcus has been a Db2 systems programmer and/or database administrator since V2.3 in 1992. He has worked with Db2 on z/OS, OS/2 (awww *sniff* remember that?), LUW and iSeries and has written many Rexx/Db2 routines. He has spoken at IDUG and UK Db2 events, and is currently co-chairman of the GSE UK Db2 User Group. He is a Lead Product Developer for AMI-DevOps for Db2 at BMC Software.

By Jane Man, IBM, US
DB2 Sessions: Room C first floor

Session Evaluation

A new era of applications focused around cloud and machine learning is becoming increasingly important in large enterprises. Kubeflow is an open source Machine Learning toolkits for Kubernetes. It also provides a platform for building, deploying, and managing multi-step workflows on Kubernetes (based on Docker containers). In this session, we will first walk through a sample application to train, serve, and test a ML model using Kubeflow. Then, we will illustrate how to leverage Kubeflow to create, invoke, and drop a database service.

Jane Man is a key member of the development team in Db2 for z/OS. She has worked on various features of Db2 for z/OS. In addition to her development work, she has assisted a lot of customers on implementing successful applications/workloads. In addition, she is the enablement focal point in the team and is involved in many enablement activities, like creating sample applications, demos, hands-on labs, and presenting in conferences and bootcamps, etc. Before joining the DB2 development team, Jane was a developer in IBM Content Manager. Jane is a IBM Certified System Administrator for WebSphere Application Server, IBM Certified Database Administrator for DB2 Universal Database for z/OS, Linux, UNIX and Windows, IBM Certified Solution Designer for DB2 Content Manager, IBM Certified Deployment Profession for Tivoli Storage Manager, and IBM Certified Application developer for DB2 Universal Database Family. 

By Kirsten Ann Larsen, JN Data, Danmark
DB2 Sessions: Room C first floor

Session Evaluation

Db2 for z/OS continues to provide the enhancements to improve the performance under the continuous delivery model. 

This session covers the latest performance updates from Silicon Valley Lab. and covers both existing and new exciting features. The new features include Db2 exploitation of z14 zHyperLink which provides the lightning fast I/O response time, deeper compression with Huffman compression, elapsed time improvement with Async CF cross invalidation. The session provides the information of the key metrics to monitor when you enable Db2 12 performance features and covers hint & tips from experiences gained from IBM evaluations as well as from early adaptors.

Kirsten Ann Larsen works as a DBA at JN Data A/S in Denmark. She has 20+ years of experience with Db2 and z/OS in a number of different roles and companies, including DBA, SQL and system tuning, architecture and XML. She holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from Aarhus University. She has co-authored a number of articles and redbooks on Db2 and is an experienced presenter.

By Anders Öhrnberg, SEB, SE and To Be Decided
IMS Sessions: Foxtrot

Anders Öhrnberg has 32 years experience supporting IMS. He is an IBM certified IMS Systems Programmer and DBA. Anders is the GSE Nordic IMS working group chairman. He is promoting the value that IMS provides.. He participated in the implementation of Parallell Sysplex, IMS Connect, CSL, IMS Catalog, Security etc. Anders is currenly looking into how to change the ways of working as a systems programmer. He has been selected as an IBM Champion for 2020.

 

 

To Be Decided

By Khadija Souissi , IBM, DE
IMS Sessions: Foxtrot

Session Evaluation

 

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.

 

 

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 17 years with IBM, Khadija worked as IBM Z Firmware developer, Field Technical Sales Specialist for IBM Storage solutions in Paris and as Analytics & AI 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, IBM Open Data Analytics for z/OS, Watson Explorer, Watson Machine Learning for z/OS,
Data and AI 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 Emil Kotrc , Broadcom, CZ
IMS Sessions: Foxtrot

Session Evaluation

 

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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Emil Kotrc is a principal software engineer at CA Technologies working in Prague Technology Center since 2005. He started on Resource management products for Mainframe and later moved into Database management for DB2 for z/OS development. Before joining CA Technologies, Emil worked in an academic environment.

By Kevin Stewart, IBM US
IMS Sessions: Foxtrot

Session Evaluation

IMS Catalog/Managed ACBs - Status and Directions.

 

Kevin Stewart has 38 years experience using and supporting IMS. For the first 18 years he was a customer: MVS, IMS, DB2 Systems programmer. He has managed IMS QPP Programs for IMS 4.1, 5.1, 6.1. For the last 19 years he has worked for IBM in IMS Level 2 support and as a Customer Advocate for customers.

 

By Kevin Stewart, IBM US
IMS Sessions: Room G second floor

Session Evaluation

IMS Trends and Directions.

 

 

Kevin Stewart has 38 years experience using and supporting IMS. For the first 18 years he was a customer: MVS, IMS, DB2 Systems programmer. He has managed IMS QPP Programs for IMS 4.1, 5.1, 6.1. For the last 19 years he has worked for IBM in IMS Level 2 support and as a Customer Advocate for customers.

 

By Radek Mrvec, Broadcom, CZ
IMS Sessions: Foxtrot

Session Evaluation

IMS has been around for 50 years already. After half a century, is there some way to make our lives with IMS more attractive? This is the question we will try to answer. This presentation will be more of a showcase of how to use modern tools with IMS. We will examine different use cases with the help of tools like Zowe and Visual Studio code. Using these tools, we will try to perform daily routine tasks without touching a "GREEN SCREEN", in the same way as other "modern" database systems. Is this even possible? Come and see!

Radek Mrvec joined CA Technologies (which was acquired by Broadcom in 2018) in 2012 as an Associate Software Engineer and I was assigned to the CA ACF2 security product. A year later I was re-assigned to CA Database Management Solutions for IMS for z/OS (IMS Tools). Nowadays, I am still working in the CA IMS Tools team as a Principal Software Engineer, involved in new development and sustaining work across the whole CA IMS Tools portfolio.

 

 

 

By Kevin Stewart, IBM US
IMS Sessions: Foxtrot

Session Evaluation

The ACBs of writing Java Programs to access IMS databases.

 

 

Kevin Stewart has 38 years experience using and supporting IMS. For the first 18 years he was a customer: MVS, IMS, DB2 Systems programmer. He has managed IMS QPP Programs for IMS 4.1, 5.1, 6.1. For the last 19 years he has worked for IBM in IMS Level 2 support and as a Customer Advocate for customers.

 

By Thomas Esser, Rocket Software, DE
IMS Sessions: Foxtrot

Session Evaluation

 In this session we will discuss the special features of "IMS Connect":

- what the basic installation offers me

- how do I react to "problems" within IMS Connect?

What tools are available?

- What do they offer (using IMS Connect Extensions as an example)?

- How do I integrate them?

- Procedure based on an example (best practice)

 

 

Thomas Esser is a Rocket Software Director of Solutions Advisors in EMEA, focusing on pre and post sales technical assistance for System, Storage and Security products from IBM. Previous positions in his professional career have included Compuware, IBM Germany, Precise, BMC Software and DEVK. He is a regular presenter at GSE and University/High school particularly focusing on new IMS and IMS Tools features and their implementation. Thomas has 35 years working with Information Technology and is based in Cologne, Germany.

 

By Robert Blomquist, Skandia, SE and Jerker Emilsson
IMS Sessions: Foxtrot

Session Evaluation

Skandia – API for better business. 

Skandia has a long history of business innovation and holds a healthy position in the Swedish insurance market. Even with a dominating market share in our segment we see the opportunity to leverage the digital friendly market climate in the Nordic region. Our size and scale as well as our legacy of course makes this a challenge, but we can at the same time make an impact in the market considering our volume of customers.  

Why API?  

Skandia’s most valuable assets resides in the Mainframe. Of course, we are referring to our large customer base and our core application with tailored business logic. That’s the engine that drives Skandia’s business. API enablement is our way to reach the full potential of these investments.  We will exemplify a few simple but effective customer use cases that improves our customer experience and add value. 

Our Way: 

Generations of innovative inhouse development has led to the conclusion that we don’t want to build our own home maid unique solution to a problem that many others have. Still we want to reclaim that innovative edge. We searched for a product to that could give us a head start in this journey.  z/OS Connect met our needs that we had drawn in our blueprint. An ambitious plan, and some hazards along the way, so we are happy to do it with a solid partner like IBM. 

Today:  

We have an API ready production environment and services will be published step by step. We start small but build for scalability and release service by service. 

Effects:  

A commitment to the “API way” has a direct impact on your organisation. Some expected, some not…   

New demands for “Event Driven Architecture”, Monitoring on a new level and new Security requirements are just some examples. Not to forget - Business/IT relations – When IT takes the helm of the company’s customer interaction - someone will oppose.     

 

 

Robert Blomquist – Head of Solution Center Mainframe & Java at Skandia. 

Robert has managed  IT-solutions in Insurance Industry  for over 20 years, covering multiple technologies and phases. Now promoting a renewed mainframe strategy and agile ways of working to get the most return of investment.  

 

 

Jerker Emilsson – Senior Solution Architect at Skandia. 

Jerker started as IT professional on the distributed domain before plunging in to the core Mainframe some 15 years ago, not regretting a single moment. 

Background in Assembler & Cobol development now focusing on Mainframe DevOps, Modernization and API enablement 

By Aymeric Affouard, IBM, FR
IMS Sessions: Foxtrot

Session Evaluation

z/OS Connect Enterprise Edition is the strategic enabler for integrating IBM Z within the API economy. We start a demo based on the IMS PhoneBook application showing how to consume a REST API from an IMS application. We use a Cloudant API to call from the IMS PhoneBook program using z/OS Connect EE. We then discuss some of z/OS Connect EE and IMS outbound security considerations.

Audience level: intermediate

 

Aymeric Affouard is a Certified IT Specialist working in the IBM Systems Center - Lab Services in Montpellier France. He mainly focuses on integration with IBM Z systems using REST APIs with z/OS Connect EE and IBM API Connect. He has experience in various areas related to IBM Z: IMS, CICS, WebSphere, DB2, z/VM® and Linux on IBM Z. He has five years of experience on developing mobile applications and web sites. Prior to working in Montpellier, Aymeric worked in IBM Global Business Services in Paris focusing on retail customers.

 

By Kevin Stewart, IBM US
IMS Sessions: Foxtrot

Session Evaluation

HALDB for Newbies

 

Kevin Stewart has 38 years experience using and supporting IMS. For the first 18 years he was a customer: MVS, IMS, DB2 Systems programmer. He has managed IMS QPP Programs for IMS 4.1, 5.1, 6.1. For the last 19 years he has worked for IBM in IMS Level 2 support and as a Customer Advocate for customers.

 

By David Schipper, BMC, US
IMS Sessions: Foxtrot

Session Evaluation

 

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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David Schipper is a lead product manager at BMC Software responsible for BMC Solutions for IMS. As product manager, David works with customers to understand their needs and uses that information to set product directions and prioritize new product capabilities as he interfaces with the development teams. David has over 30 years of experience with mainframe systems and has been in product management for over 20 years. David has Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Engineering and also in Applied Mathematics from the University of Michigan as well as a Master of Science in Computer, Information and Control Engineering from the University of Michigan.

By Curt Bergqvist, Handelsbanken, SE
IMS Sessions: Foxtrot

Session Evaluation

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.

 

Curt Bergkvist, IMS Systems Programmer at Handelsbanken, Sweden. 

Beside the normal work like maintenece and system support to operations, developers and architects, he participated in the implementation of 

Parallell Sysplex, IMS Connect and installation and customization of IMS tools. 

Curt has also worked as a developer with focus on integration using MQ Series and cryptography with ICSF on System z.

 

By Marianne Heltborg, DK, IBM and Mads Zandersen, Danske Bank, DK
General Interest Sessions: Charlie

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. Marianne is known as a trusted advisor within the z Systems field. Her core competencies are on IBM Z mainframe software: Z Hybrid Cloud Integration, API Management on IBM Z, z/OS Connect as well as CICS, CICS Tools, Problem Determination Tools. She has been co-author on two ITSO Redbooks and presents at various conferences and events.
She has been part of the GSE Nordics steering committee for 12 years.

Mads Zandersen started as Application Developer on S/390 in 1985. He is an IT professional with a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School, 12+ years at IBM as Solution Sales within Finance Sector and Technical Sales Specialist within Development and middleware software and since 2011 an employee of Xact Consulting, now at Danske Bank

As Architect in Development Tools and Practices, Mads has utilized his constant drive to try new areas, learn, adapt and shape the way we do development

By Mads Zandersen, Danske Bank, DK
General Interest Sessions: Charlie

Session Evaluation

z 15 session.  

 

Mads Zandersen started as Application Developer on S/390 in 1985. He is an IT professional with a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School, 12+ years at IBM as Solution Sales within Finance Sector and Technical Sales Specialist within Development and middleware software and since 2011 an employee of Xact Consulting, now at Danske Bank

As Architect in Development Tools and Practices, Mads has utilized his constant drive to try new areas, learn, adapt and shape the way we do development

By Mads Zandersen, Danske Bank, DK
General Interest Sessions: Charlie

Session Evaluation

Modernize application and reduce cost with latest offerings on z/OS.

Mads Zandersen started as Application Developer on S/390 in 1985. He is an IT professional with a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School, 12+ years at IBM as Solution Sales within Finance Sector and Technical Sales Specialist within Development and middleware software and since 2011 an employee of Xact Consulting, now at Danske Bank

As Architect in Development Tools and Practices, Mads has utilized his constant drive to try new areas, learn, adapt and shape the way we do development

By Jamie Squibb , IBM, UK and Gwydion Tudor, IBM, UK
General Interest Sessions: Charlie

Session Evaluation

Fault Tolerant and scalable MQ on z/OS.

Jamie Squibb is a software engineer at the IBM Hursley Laboratory in the UK. He is a squad leader in the IBM Messaging development organisation, where he has worked since joining IBM as a graduate in 2001. Jamie is also a member of the GSE Nordic Region Conference Steering Committee, representing the IBM Messaging product family. 

Gwydion Tudor is a Software Engineer working in the IBM MQ for z/OS development team. He has worked in IBM Hursley for over 12 years, and in the IBM MQ development team for over 7 years. His main areas of expertise include shared queuing and security.

By Jamie Squibb , IBM, UK and Gwydion Tudor, IBM, UK
General Interest Sessions: Charlie

Session Evaluation

IBM MQ in Containers ZCX and Cloud Pak for Integration.

Jamie Squibb is a software engineer at the IBM Hursley Laboratory in the UK. He is a squad leader in the IBM Messaging development organisation, where he has worked since joining IBM as a graduate in 2001. Jamie is also a member of the GSE Nordic Region Conference Steering Committee, representing the IBM Messaging product family. 

Gwydion Tudor is a Software Engineer working in the IBM MQ for z/OS development team. He has worked in IBM Hursley for over 12 years, and in the IBM MQ development team for over 7 years. His main areas of expertise include shared queuing and security.

By Jamie Squibb , IBM, UK and Gwydion Tudor, IBM, UK
General Interest Sessions: Charlie

Session Evaluation

Comparing IBM MQ and IBM Event Streams (Kafka).

Jamie Squibb is a software engineer at the IBM Hursley Laboratory in the UK. He is a squad leader in the IBM Messaging development organisation, where he has worked since joining IBM as a graduate in 2001. Jamie is also a member of the GSE Nordic Region Conference Steering Committee, representing the IBM Messaging product family. 

Gwydion Tudor is a Software Engineer working in the IBM MQ for z/OS development team. He has worked in IBM Hursley for over 12 years, and in the IBM MQ development team for over 7 years. His main areas of expertise include shared queuing and security.

By Jamie Squibb , IBM, UK and Gwydion Tudor, IBM, UK
General Interest Sessions: Charlie

Session Evaluation

What's new in IBM MQ.

Jamie Squibb is a software engineer at the IBM Hursley Laboratory in the UK. He is a squad leader in the IBM Messaging development organisation, where he has worked since joining IBM as a graduate in 2001. Jamie is also a member of the GSE Nordic Region Conference Steering Committee, representing the IBM Messaging product family. 

Gwydion Tudor is a Software Engineer working in the IBM MQ for z/OS development team. He has worked in IBM Hursley for over 12 years, and in the IBM MQ development team for over 7 years. His main areas of expertise include shared queuing and security.

By Jamie Squibb , IBM, UK
General Interest Sessions: Charlie

Session Evaluation

Analyzing and Optimizing MQ performance at Nordea. 

Jamie Squibb is a software engineer at the IBM Hursley Laboratory in the UK. He is a squad leader in the IBM Messaging development organisation, where he has worked since joining IBM as a graduate in 2001. Jamie is also a member of the GSE Nordic Region Conference Steering Committee, representing the IBM Messaging product family. 

By Tom Ross, IBM, US
General Interest Sessions: Charlie

Session Evaluation

How to migrate to the new generation of COBOL v6.3 compiler, COBOL compiler migration has changed.

Tom  Ross(Captain COBOL) is a senior software engineer in IBM COBOL development.
Tom has spent his entire 36 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 Jamie Squibb , IBM, UK
General Interest Sessions: Charlie

Session Evaluation

Closing the gaps in Z security (Security, governance and compliance, including PCI)

Speaker : Vikalp Paliwal

Jamie Squibb is a software engineer at the IBM Hursley Laboratory in the UK. He is a squad leader in the IBM Messaging development organisation, where he has worked since joining IBM as a graduate in 2001. Jamie is also a member of the GSE Nordic Region Conference Steering Committee, representing the IBM Messaging product family. 

By Isabel Arnold, IBM, DK
General Interest Sessions: Charlie

Session Evaluation

With more than 25 years of experience, the IBM Crypto Competency Center in Copenhagen has been helping more than 100 customers around the world to stay secure and compliant. Learn about 5 solutions that will help you to
(1) consolidate your crypto workload,
(2) get ready to prevent quantum computers from breaking your encryption,
(3) take control over all of your keys (including Pervasive Encryption, Data Privacy Passports, public clouds),
(4) analyze the status of your crypto solution,
(5) safely load keys to ATMs
and more.

Isabel Arnold joined the team of technical specialists for mainframe software in 2004, where she spent 15 years with CICS and modern application development, the latter also by using it herself and trying to demonstrate how modern a z/OS environment can be. Since 2020 she has been working as Technical Advisor and Innovation Lead for the Copenhagen Crypto Competency Center, helping to secure the world, one bit at a time.
She regularly speaks at conferences and other events and demonstrates the funny side of the mainframe in her cicsabel Youtube channel.

By Steven Thomas, SMT Data, DK
General Interest Sessions: Charlie

Session Evaluation

How well is your Mainframe outsourcer managing capacity and performance.

Steven Thomas is Chief Technology Officer at SMT Data; a software solutions company specializing in applying business intelligence tools and methods to capacity and performance data for clients worldwide with large IT installations.

 

By Jørn Thyssen, Rocket Software, DK
General Interest Sessions: Charlie

Session Evaluation

Safeguard Sensitive Data, Julie Bergh Rocket Software.

Jørn Thyssen has worked almost 20 years on the mainframe platform as a developer, application DBA, application architect, technical field specialist, and more recently as a Db2 tools product specialist for Rocket Software. He is also an 2019 IBM Champion. 

By Marianne Heltborg, DK, IBM and Rajesh Kumar Khare, NO, DNB
Application Development Session: Alpha

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. Marianne is known as a trusted advisor within the z Systems field. Her core competencies are on IBM Z mainframe software: Z Hybrid Cloud Integration, API Management on IBM Z, z/OS Connect as well as CICS, CICS Tools, Problem Determination Tools. She has been co-author on two ITSO Redbooks and presents at various conferences and events.
She has been part of the GSE Nordics steering committee for 12 years.

Rajesh Kumar Khare 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 Chris Poole, IBM UK
Application Development Session: Alpha

Session Evaluation

Cloud and Containers for Dummies. 

 

Dr. Chris Poole is a Master Inventor in IBM's Hursley development lab, working on IBM Cloud Hyper Protect Containers. Prior to this, he worked in the IBM CICS development team, working on asynchronous APIs, DevOps tooling, and Cloud platforms. He's also worked in the IBM API Connect development team, and has developed software to administer DataPower appliances. He holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics.

By Alisa L Morse, IBM US
Application Development Session: Alpha

Session Evaluation

Cloud Native development with IBM Developer for z/OS. 

Alisa L. Morse serves as offering manager for DevOps for Enterprise Systems portfolio products and solutions including IBM Developer for z Systems, IBM Debug for z Systems, and IBM Application Delivery Foundation for z Systems. She is responsible for driving DevOps for Enterprise Systems offering strategy to meet the needs of Z software delivery teams. Alisa started her career in VTAM development, and has held development and offering management positions in products that include IBM Personal Communications, IBM Communication Server, IBM Rational Host Access Transformation Services, and IBM Z Development and Test Environment.

By Rajesh Kumar Khare, NO, DNB
Application Development Session: Alpha

Session Evaluation

Handelsbanken initiate steps towards a COBOL CI/CD delivery pipeline using distributed development tools. Olle Jafvert Handelsbanken Session.

Rajesh Kumar Khare 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 Per Hansson, Folksam, SE and Lars-Erik Berglund, Compuware(BMC), SE
Application Development Session: Alpha

Session Evaluation

Folksams journey moving towards Agile and DevOps. Compuware Session. 

 

Per Hansson works as a Mainframe evangelist at Folksam with focus on CD/I and DevOps practices.

He started his Mainframe journey at PK-Banken in the 1980s, and since then been around in the Big Iron world, except for a short break to start a Hosting Company in the Dot-Com era.

He has worked with system automation and programming, capacity planning, developer tools and build processes, Pre-sales and is now responsible for the Mainframe platform. 

 

Lars-Erik Berglund work as Technical Account Manager for Compuware (BMC) specializing on mainframe DevOps tools (SCM, Test/Debug) and act as Technical Project Leader in implementation projects.

His career started 45 years ago and he has have held a number of positions including Encryption Specialist, Developer, DBA, Systems Programmer, Consultant, Pre- and Post-sales Engineer and Swedish & Nordic Delivery Manager in various companies including finance, insurance, software and manufacturing, both in the Nordic region and in Pacific RIM. 

 

By Mads Zandersen, Danske Bank, DK
Application Development Session: Alpha

Session Evaluation

Unit testing COBOL section. Bankdata DK Session from Rune Christensen

 

Mads Zandersen started as Application Developer on S/390 in 1985. He is an IT professional with a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School, 12+ years at IBM as Solution Sales within Finance Sector and Technical Sales Specialist within Development and middleware software and since 2011 an employee of Xact Consulting, now at Danske Bank

As Architect in Development Tools and Practices, Mads has utilized his constant drive to try new areas, learn, adapt and shape the way we do development

By Khadija Souissi , IBM, DE
Application Development Session: Alpha

Session Evaluation

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..

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 17 years with IBM, Khadija worked as IBM Z Firmware developer, Field Technical Sales Specialist for IBM Storage solutions in Paris and as Analytics & AI 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, IBM Open Data Analytics for z/OS, Watson Explorer, Watson Machine Learning for z/OS,
Data and AI 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 Michael Erichsen , Xact Consulting, Denmark
Application Development Session: Alpha

Session Evaluation

ZD & T.

Michael Erichsen is an Enterprise Modernization Specialist at Xact Consulting in Copenhagen, Denmark. Besides acting as solution architect, systems programmer, storage manager, and operations staff for zD&T instances in-house and with customers he currently concentrates on IDz and on maintaining the host component of the XaTester unit test tool.

By Mads Zandersen, Danske Bank, DK
Application Development Session: Alpha

Session Evaluation

Unit Testing. Jeff Douglas IBM Session.

Mads Zandersen started as Application Developer on S/390 in 1985. He is an IT professional with a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School, 12+ years at IBM as Solution Sales within Finance Sector and Technical Sales Specialist within Development and middleware software and since 2011 an employee of Xact Consulting, now at Danske Bank

As Architect in Development Tools and Practices, Mads has utilized his constant drive to try new areas, learn, adapt and shape the way we do development

By Isabel Arnold, IBM, DK
Application Development Session: Alpha

Session Evaluation

Enter DevOps CI CD automated test - Mainstreaming the Mainframe

Isabel Arnold joined the team of technical specialists for mainframe software in 2004, where she spent 15 years with CICS and modern application development, the latter also by using it herself and trying to demonstrate how modern a z/OS environment can be. Since 2020 she has been working as Technical Advisor and Innovation Lead for the Copenhagen Crypto Competency Center, helping to secure the world, one bit at a time.
She regularly speaks at conferences and other events and demonstrates the funny side of the mainframe in her cicsabel Youtube channel.

By Tom Ross, IBM, US
Application Development Session: Alpha

Session Evaluation

IBM just announced Enterprise COBOL for z/OS, V6.3!  IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS,
V6.3 exploits the capabilities of IBM z/Architecture and adds the following new features and enhancements:
• Compiler support for the new IBM z15 hardware and IBM z/OS V2.4 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 z15 with new ARCH level
• AMODE 64 support
• FUNCTION keyword optional
•  UTF-8 native data type support
•  Dynamically sized elementary items

Tom  Ross(Captain COBOL) is a senior software engineer in IBM COBOL development.
Tom has spent his entire 36 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 Rosalind Radcliffe, IBM, US
Application Development Session: Alpha

Session Evaluation

The distributed teams have been evolving and automating, moving to Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery through cultural, process, and tools changes.  At the core of any CI/CD process is the pipeline itself.  Come see how that pipeline, if it's Azure, or Jenkins, or any other choice can apply to z/OS as well.  This session will show how modern pipelines and processes can be used to improve quality, increase speed to value and satisfy audit.  

 

Rosalind Radcliffe is a Distinguished Engineer in IBM. She is the Chief Architect for DevOps for Enterprise Systems. This includes Rational Team Concert's and UrbanCode Deploy's support for standard Mainframe development activities. Prior to Rational, she was in Tivoli responsible for the SOA Management Strategy for IBM. She is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology and an IBM Master Inventor.

 

By Pavankumar Gopalbhai Gupta, Broadcom, CZ
Application Development Session: Alpha

Session Evaluation

Thegrass is greener on both sides - My journey as developer to/from Mainframe and Open Source. Broadcom Session 

 

Pavan is an individual from India with experience of 7+ years as a software developer in different IT companies. After starting as a Unix/Linux C++ developer and then working on Mainframe for 4 years in India, he moved to CA technologies(Now Broadcom), Prague to work as a Full-stack developer on various open source technologies. He is working in Prague for last 2.5+ years. During his experience, he worked on different software methodologies and testing tools required during his work. During his free time, He enjoys learning public speaking and leadership skills by being an active member of Toastmaster International.

By Isabel Arnold, IBM, DK and Svenn-Aage Sønderskov, Denmark and Marianne Heltborg, DK, IBM and Sophie Green , IBM, UK
Extra Sessions: Room J 2nd floor

Isabel Arnold joined the team of technical specialists for mainframe software in 2004, where she spent 15 years with CICS and modern application development, the latter also by using it herself and trying to demonstrate how modern a z/OS environment can be. Since 2020 she has been working as Technical Advisor and Innovation Lead for the Copenhagen Crypto Competency Center, helping to secure the world, one bit at a time.
She regularly speaks at conferences and other events and demonstrates the funny side of the mainframe in her cicsabel Youtube channel.

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. Marianne is known as a trusted advisor within the z Systems field. Her core competencies are on IBM Z mainframe software: Z Hybrid Cloud Integration, API Management on IBM Z, z/OS Connect as well as CICS, CICS Tools, Problem Determination Tools. She has been co-author on two ITSO Redbooks and presents at various conferences and events.
She has been part of the GSE Nordics steering committee for 12 years.

Sophie Green  is a Software Engineer working at IBM Hursley UK. She joined IBM’s graduate programme in 2013 after studying for a physics degree and since then has been developing and testing the Eclipse based CICS Explorer. She is also on the GSE UK committee and runs the 101 stream providing education and networking opportunities for new joiners to the mainframe

By Dana Boudreau, Broadcom, CZ and Dejan Milinkovic, Broadcom, CZ
Extra Sessions: Room J 2nd floor

Session Evaluation

Abstract 

As the Mainframe application development landscape evolves to welcome the new age ‘non-traditional’ mainframe application developers to the platform, the need for familiar, easy to get started and easy to use tooling that leverages the current technological patterns and paradigms is more than ever. Rich or fat clients which provided momentum for mainframe application development modernization, have proven to be difficult to manage at scale. Cloud based development environments that are easy to manage while allowing quick, easy access from anywhere using a thin web client are gaining prominence. This session will detail and demo the Cloud based IDE technology and the extension of it to support the mainframe application development scenarios while providing the developers the ability to do server-based development where they can store off their workspaces, share workspaces with team members and have the choice to pick the technology stack that enables them to develop cross platform applications as needed. The session will also detail how the use of container technology like Docker can help provide developers the flexibility while simplifying the life of the tool administrator. Last but not least, the session will also demonstrate how the solution is structured to provide developers the flexibility to use their favorite IDE as well. 

Dana BoudreauAs a leader in agile development Dana Boudreau directs Broadcom 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 joined Broadcom after a 20+ year career at IBM.  Dana works closely with Broadcom’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.

Dejan Milinkovic  is a Product Manager at Broadcom with over 12 years of experience in software development. He started his career in the area of MF Application development and continued in workload automation, only to get back to his roots in application development tools again after several years. He is responsible for modern developer experience in MF Application development tools

By Steven Thomas, SMT Data, DK
Extra Sessions: Room J 2nd floor

Session Evaluation

Abstract 

The goal of Agile development and DevOps is to quickly get new functionality into production, get feedback on it, and then deliver new iterations based on the feedback. The focus is on measuring whether the functionality meets the business requirements.
However; measuring the operational costs of the changes is often ignored - and in worst case, a badly designed or implemented change can drive operational costs that are higher than the business value generated by the new functionality.

Ongoing measurement and feedback from the IT-operations teams to the software developers (OpsDev rather than DevOps), is critical for three reasons - it:
1.      Helps the developers prioritize optimization efforts alongside functional changes based on the financial impact
2.      Helps the operational teams tune and right-size the infrastructure
3.      Gives the business transparency into who (application or organization) is driving capacity costs.
This presentation will include stories about where things can go wrong, and practical ideas about how to do things right.

Steven Thomas is Chief Technology Officer at SMT Data; a software solutions company specializing in applying business intelligence tools and methods to capacity and performance data for clients worldwide with large IT installations.

 

By Maria K. Boisen, IBM, DK
Extra Sessions: Room J 2nd floor

Session Evaluation

Abstract

 … or a server farm, like we see at Google? Why are Nordic top enterprises, such as banks and outsourcers, still relying on mainframes? What are their demands to their IT infrastructure, now and in the future? And what type of job profiles and people skills will they require?
This session is an introduction to the Mainframe and how it supports these demands.
You will learn about:
- demands from the business side of the companies
- demands from the it organization
- how to ensure support of future IT workloads
- key values of the Mainframe

Maria Kroos Boisen  is the Nordic IBM Z Business Unit Executive, coming from a Client Manager position in the Financial Service and Banking Sector.
Maria startied in IBM as a Client Technical Specialist for IBM Z in the hardware department.
Maria is an IBM Z evangelist who works with clients on getting the most out of the platform both from a technical and financial perspective.
Maria gives lectures amongst other at the Danish Technical University (DTU), with the purpose of educating and attracting a new generation to work with IBM Z.
Further Maria is contributing to the IBM Z community via blogs and videos.
Maria is a member of IBMs Nordic TEC, which is a network of experienced technical professionals, with the purpose of sharing knowledge about the whole IBM solution portfolio.

By Maria K. Boisen, IBM, DK
Extra Sessions: Room J 2nd floor

Session Evaluation

Abstract 

Some enterprise workloads have an extra high demand for availability, scalability, resiliency and security. A significant part of this is covered by the Mainframe's middleware, operating systems and hardware. This goes all the way down to the unique chip design and many redundant components that can be replaced while the machine is running. Compare this to exchanging an airplane engine … in flight.

Maria Kroos Boisen  is the Nordic IBM Z Business Unit Executive, coming from a Client Manager position in the Financial Service and Banking Sector.
Maria startied in IBM as a Client Technical Specialist for IBM Z in the hardware department.
Maria is an IBM Z evangelist who works with clients on getting the most out of the platform both from a technical and financial perspective.
Maria gives lectures amongst other at the Danish Technical University (DTU), with the purpose of educating and attracting a new generation to work with IBM Z.
Further Maria is contributing to the IBM Z community via blogs and videos.
Maria is a member of IBMs Nordic TEC, which is a network of experienced technical professionals, with the purpose of sharing knowledge about the whole IBM solution portfolio.

By Isabel Arnold, IBM, DK and Sophie Green , IBM, UK
Extra Sessions: Room J 2nd floor

Session Evaluation

Abstract 

Writing code is not that complicated. But what will change, if you want to run it on a mainframe? In this session you will learn:
- what languages and interfaces you can use

- what runtime environments you will encounter
- how typical development will look like (spoiler: it can be everything from terminal screens, over eclipse to LSP-based editors)
- how your life as developer might differ from your coding experience today
Some stuff might be new to you, like Cobol, CICS, IMS, ISPF, some you may know from your studies, like Swift, Node.js, Git, Jenkins, Waterfall model (yeah, still around), DevOps and many more.

Isabel Arnold joined the team of technical specialists for mainframe software in 2004, where she spent 15 years with CICS and modern application development, the latter also by using it herself and trying to demonstrate how modern a z/OS environment can be. Since 2020 she has been working as Technical Advisor and Innovation Lead for the Copenhagen Crypto Competency Center, helping to secure the world, one bit at a time.
She regularly speaks at conferences and other events and demonstrates the funny side of the mainframe in her cicsabel Youtube channel.

Sophie Green  is a Software Engineer working at IBM Hursley UK. She joined IBM’s graduate programme in 2013 after studying for a physics degree and since then has been developing and testing the Eclipse based CICS Explorer. She is also on the GSE UK committee and runs the 101 stream providing education and networking opportunities for new joiners to the mainframe

By Isabel Arnold, IBM, DK
Extra Sessions: Room J 2nd floor

Session Evaluation

Abstract 

TBD

 

Isabel Arnold joined the team of technical specialists for mainframe software in 2004, where she spent 15 years with CICS and modern application development, the latter also by using it herself and trying to demonstrate how modern a z/OS environment can be. Since 2020 she has been working as Technical Advisor and Innovation Lead for the Copenhagen Crypto Competency Center, helping to secure the world, one bit at a time.
She regularly speaks at conferences and other events and demonstrates the funny side of the mainframe in her cicsabel Youtube channel.

By Test Speaker, IBM, US
Extra Sessions: Room J 2nd floor

Session Evaluation

Abstract 

People from the Industry will tell about why the Mainframe is so important seen from a Company perspective, where the service of the larger bank's cannot deal with downtime seen both from the Bank and Customer Perspective.

The platforms ability to run 24 by 7 without customers knowing about the necessary maintenance being applied and the scalability options at hand will be addressed.

Other People working with the platform will give a "birds" view on what it means to work with a platform, where "batch" windows do not exist , all app's has to be continuous delivery ready and if an error arises, fallback can be done in seconds.

 

Test speaker place holder

By Per Rosenquist, IBM, DK
Extra Sessions: Room J 2nd floor

Session Evaluation

Abstract

Learn about the IBM LinuxONE Emperor II penguine that can consume up to 30 billion RESTful web interactions a day, tens of thousands of docker containers or up to 10000 virtual servers all encrypted to provide the highest security platform on the market. It earned “Best Blockchain Platform” Future Digital Award 2018 by Juniper Research.

Per Rosenquist works for IBM Denmark in Systems HW Labservices as a consultant. 

He has more than 40 years of experience in working with IBM Z, mainly with z/VM, and Linux on IBM Z. 

By Patric Becker, Rocket Software, DE
Extra Sessions: Room J 2nd floor

Session Evaluation

Abstract 

Information Technology is undergoing a revolution of changing architectures, new processing capabilities and a deluge of programming language options. With the ever-increasing speed of technology advancements, a dynamic workforce that spans millennials to baby boomers and rising expectations in user experience, there needs to be a new standard framework for interacting with the mainframe that enables an intuitive, productive and better integrated solutions.

Come learn about Zowe. A new open source software framework that provides solutions that allow development and operations teams to securely, manage, control, script and develop on the Mainframe like any other cloud platform. Zowe is the first open source project based on z/OS.

Patric Becker is a Director within the IBM Db2 for z/OS Tools development organization. The team performs IBM-internal and external education for IBM Db2 for z/OS Tools, supports customer installations and conducts proof-of-concepts. Before joining the Db2 for z/OS Tools development organization, Patric worked as a manager in application development at a large mainframe customer in Germany before joining IBM in 2008 where he worked with customers worldwide on IBM Db2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS. He has more than 21 years of experience with Db2 for z/OS and has co-authored six IBM Redbook publications, focusing on Db2 for z/OS, high availability, performance, and analytics.

By Patric Becker, Rocket Software, DE
Extra Sessions: Room J 2nd floor

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Organizations are shifting to deliver more, smaller features faster. Learn how to improve development productivity and quality through automated deployments. While the buzz words (Agile, DevOps, Cloud Provisioning, Continuous Deliver, Continuous Integration) will be mentioned, the emphasis is on how to automate schema changes to development environments, enable developers to self-service provision and manage their Db2 z resources. DBAs learn how they can influence the process rather then become roadkill.

Patric Becker is a Director within the IBM Db2 for z/OS Tools development organization. The team performs IBM-internal and external education for IBM Db2 for z/OS Tools, supports customer installations and conducts proof-of-concepts. Before joining the Db2 for z/OS Tools development organization, Patric worked as a manager in application development at a large mainframe customer in Germany before joining IBM in 2008 where he worked with customers worldwide on IBM Db2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS. He has more than 21 years of experience with Db2 for z/OS and has co-authored six IBM Redbook publications, focusing on Db2 for z/OS, high availability, performance, and analytics.

By Svenn-Aage Sønderskov, Denmark and Henrik Strøbech, Nets, DK
Extra Sessions: Room J 2nd floor

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Every IT installation have COBOL code where they wonder, why is it slow? 

You may also be in a situation, that you did not know that the COBOL code was slow, much slower than the Db2 in the program.

At this session you will have the chance to optimize the code you have be struggling with for long. Or learn that optimizing the COBOL code really matters.

Bring the COBOL code or COBOL statement you want to optimize. Please note – we will not handle Db2 statements.

In this session we will look into the COBOL code examples that you bring and that you struggle with, consuming a lot of CPU. 

It could also be that you just want to do something smarter or faster to save CPU, just bring it on.

Maybe you will tell us something very smart, that will save others a lot of CPU, the choice is yours. But all your input must be related to the COBOL code.

IBM and all the participants in the session will try to help and learn from your troubles/ideas, and input from the session will be handed over to IBM who may be able to use the input for COBOL language improvements. 

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.

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 Svenn-Aage Sønderskov, Denmark
Extra Sessions: Room J 2nd floor

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The operations side of the Mainframe is challenged by the Generation Gap, Demographic issues, lack of management understanding of the platform and thus tend to be out of focus even if it is the platform, that “runs” the business.

Due to the decreasing qualified resources to run the Operation we can foresee the challenges to run the mainframe.

Everybody has done efforts in the Automation area, but areas that cannot be automated or areas, that needs to be addressed before it is to late need attention NOW.

As examples of the crucial areas, that needs to be addressed:  

-   Debugging as part of Root Cause Analysis

-   Do hygienic tasks on daily basis - Performance, security, maintenance, monitoring … 

-   Solving Software and hardware errors 

-   .…

Come and take part in the discussion on what we have to pass on as the "Best Practices in Mainframe Operations" and maybe you want to start or be part of a local community on the subject to be shared with the World.   

 

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.

By Richard Gamblin, IBM, UK
Closing Sessions: Plenum

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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.

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.

By Jørgen Malmstrøm, NO, Evry
Closing Sessions: Room A+B first floor

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

Jørgen Malmstrøm  is working in EVRY Norway.  He is working as a software devloper on mainframe with cobol, cics, mq-series, db2.