2019 Extra Track

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. Her areas of expertise include CICS and modern application development, the latter also by using it herself and trying to demonstrate how modern a z/OS environment can be. On this mission she advocates cloud capabilities on the platform and helps customers open up the platform to their developers.
She is currently responsible for the Nordics, regularly speaks at conferences and other events and demonstrates the funny side of the mainframe in her cicsabel Youtube channel.

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

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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

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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

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 … 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

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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

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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. Her areas of expertise include CICS and modern application development, the latter also by using it herself and trying to demonstrate how modern a z/OS environment can be. On this mission she advocates cloud capabilities on the platform and helps customers open up the platform to their developers.
She is currently responsible for the Nordics, regularly speaks at conferences and other events and demonstrates the funny side of the mainframe in her cicsabel Youtube channel.

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

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Isabel Arnold joined the team of technical specialists for mainframe software in 2004. Her areas of expertise include CICS and modern application development, the latter also by using it herself and trying to demonstrate how modern a z/OS environment can be. On this mission she advocates cloud capabilities on the platform and helps customers open up the platform to their developers.
She is currently responsible for the Nordics, regularly speaks at conferences and other events and demonstrates the funny side of the mainframe in her cicsabel Youtube channel.

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

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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.

 

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

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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

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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.