2019 General Interest Track

By Marianne Heltborg, DK, IBM and Mads Zandersen, Danske Bank, DK
General Interest Sessions: Room A first floor

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 Svenn-Aage Sønderskov, Denmark
General Interest Sessions: Room A first floor

Session Evaluation

Abstract 

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 hear the First Findings in the GSE Europe Initiative.  

 

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 Chris Poole, IBM UK
General Interest Sessions: Room A first floor

Session Evaluation

Abstract

The usual processes of obtaining access to create apps on-prem can slow application agility. With IBM Cloud Hyper Protect Virtual Servers, it is easy to spin up an environment and develop your application with speed, while maintaining LinuxONE grade security. Serve traffic directly, or containerize your app using Hyper Protect Containers as a testbed, before deploying on-prem to Secure Service Containers for IBM Cloud Private: your application, and its data, is always encrypted, across its lifecycle.

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 Yann Kindelberger, IBM, FR
General Interest Sessions: Room A first floor

Session Evaluation

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IBM Cloud Private provides an open standard cloud consumption and *aaS model that enable a common experience across Z, Power, and Intel platforms. Open Service Broker technology provides a standardized experience that enables z/OS middleware to be provisioned and managed from an ICP environment the same way you can provision and manage other services.
The speaker will highlight the value of ICP on Linux Z and will demonstrate how a cloud native microservices banking application based on 2 microservices developed in Node.js and in Java, is able to access some core-banking services running on z/OS and exposed through z/OS Connect. He will also demonstrate how to deploy and manage some z/OS middleware like CICS, Liberty or z/OS Connect from ICP for Dev & Test purpose.

Yann Kindelberger is a lead architect in the IBM Client Center of Montpellier. As an executive integration Architect, he is in charge of designing advanced IT solutions to meet customer challenges in the retail banking and payment industries. For the last 7 years, Yann has been involved in many pre-sales engagements around Integration/API Management, Analytics/Machine Learning, Legacy Modernization and hybrid Cloud for large retail banking customers. Yann developed an innovative visionary approach and methodology to allow customers to successfully transform and modernize their critical business applications on IBM Z. Yann is an outstanding technical leader involved in many large Mainframe transformation projects.

By Frank van der Wal, IBM, NL
General Interest Sessions: Room A first floor

Session Evaluation

Abstract

There is incredible advantage in having a development team, skilled in a powerful new language, that can handle full stack development. Development, delivery, and techniques such as CI/CD are all vastly simplified under this model. The challenge is that there is no contemporary language that can span mobile to mainframe and deliver on the promise of extreme agility. Or is there? What if new languages, like Apple's recently open-sourced Swift, could be deployed for mobile, mid-tier and mainframe? What if we could unlock and reuse the critical application logic and data services that reside on the mainframe, all encoded in Swift? Come see an all-millennial full-stack development team demo their fully integrated Swift apps.

Frank van der Wal is Executive Digital Transformation Specialist and Technical Leader IBM Mainframe Architects and Specialists BeNeLux.
In this role Frank is leading the Architects and Specialists in the BeNeLux who are working with clients on IBM mainframe technologies. In addition, he is working with client across Europe and consult them how to best implement emerging technologies in Enterprise environments to reach business goals and strategies. In addition he is relentlessly looking for new technologies that run on IBM Z that can bridge the gap between 'old' and 'young' in the broadest way possible

By Gabriel Guth, Credit Suisse, Switzerland
General Interest Sessions: Room A first floor

Session Evaluation

Abstract 

The complexity and amount of data needed to solve problems within z/OS are still growing. An ongoing process is needed to standardize, speed up and simplify this activity. This session will present some hints and tips how Credit Suisse is analyzing and managing Operlog data and will be of interest for advanced system programmers who manage and analyze Operlog/Syslog Data.

Gabriel Guth is a System Performance Manager at Credit Suisse in Switzerland. He has 21 years of experience on IBM z Systems®.
Former started as junior System Controller in the Airline Industry. He is now working more than 14 years at Credit Suisse. 
Gabriel worked in batch production, application development and as a test system manager.
Today Gabriel is controlling and managing performance at Credit Suisse and regularly analyzing problems on the different system environments.

By Jan Aage Nielsen, BEC, DK and Adam Britt, BEC, DK
General Interest Sessions: Room A first floor

Session Evaluation

Abstract 

How to reuse your established REXX/ISPF routines in IDz. A session on how to use the TSO/ISPF Gateway to connect from IDz to TSO/ISPF and take advantage of the routines you have created thru decades, and at the same time exploit the flexibility and extensibility of the Eclipse platform including the UX part. We will show both the Eclipse side coded in Java and the mainframe side coded in REXX

Jan Aage Nielsen is an experienced mainframe systems programmer with more than 40 years of experience. Jan is specialized in development of tools using the traditional methods

Adam Britt has worked for a number of years in the financial sector working on both mainframes and decentral systems. He is working at BEC where he is responsible for IDz and in general is working towards making mainframe development great again.

By Harald A. Sørensen, JN Data, DK and Kurt Højgaard, JN Data, DK
General Interest Sessions: Room A first floor

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When a single security breach can cost $US 4 million on average, isn’t it time to stop relying on passwords alone? When new fintech players are redrawing the IT landscape, how do you stay competitive? In this session, learn how JN Data A/S, a Danish IT operations and infrastructure provider to the financial services industry, sought a better way to keep key systems and data protected, improve customer experience, and capitalize on the performance of IBM Z to meet its business goals. JN Data A/S uses IBM Multi-Factor Authentication for z/OS to reduce the risk of unauthorized access to sensitive data and systems, helping protect the company and its clients from costly and damaging security breaches. 

Harald A. Sørensen has been a Systems Programmer since 1985 with specialities in Networking on z/OS. Harald is part of the Z Infrastructure Team at JN Data in Denmark

Kurt Højgaard is a Z/OS Systems Programmer in the Z Infrastructure Department at JN Data in Denmark. Kurt has alos been a developer and CICS Systems programmer. 

  

By Khadija Souissi , IBM, DE
General Interest Sessions: Room A first floor

Session Evaluation

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IBM Watson Machine Learning for z/OS brings AI to your most critical business applications on IBM Z. It offers an end-to-end machine learning platform that operationalizes predictive models while also benefiting from core IBM Z qualities of service. During this session, you will get an idea about the first Watson Machine Learning for z/OS client projects and experience. Get inspired and discover how you can make the difference using Watson Machine Learning for z/OS to stop outages before they start and turn huge volume of your IT operations Data into relevant and actionable insights for quicker problem solving and better service.

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 Anthony Papageorgiou, IBM, UK
General Interest Sessions: Room A first floor

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Now REST API's into mainframe subsystems are easily setup by means of z/OS Connect Enterprise Edition, one may wonder in what way customers across Europe use this technology. In this session there will be use cases from the Financial Sector, Energy & Utility and Insurance. Furthermore there will be examples and use cases for the integration of APIs created by means of z/OS Connect into DevOps processes for a Continuous Integration/ Continuous Delivery.

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 Tom Ross, IBM, US
General Interest Sessions: Room A first floor

Session Evaluation

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This session will show how to use features added to COBOL since the product was shipped. With IBM's continuous delivery, we have added many new features to COBOL V6.2 via the service stream (APARs and PTFs) that you may not have heard about!  In addition, you will hear the latest news about COBOL migration and COBOL performance. A little bit of everything!

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 Luigi Perrone, IBM, IT and Domenico Chillemi, IBM IT
General Interest Sessions: Room A first floor

Session Evaluation

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Every day we can read about a new cyber attack. Fear spreads very quickly and covers any type of devices, system and platform, mainframe included. But spread the fear is very easy, and it could be the first step for caos generation that allows the nervous to increase in all the activity areas. Now, is the time to spread calm and, at the same moment, to raise with rationality the level of attention on security defenses, because:
- If you have a good defense, you will survive attacks. If you have a weak defense, then even a moderate attack may well succeed - (from the book "The-art-of-war")

Luigi Perrone is a Senior Consulting IT Specialist of IBM Global Markets.
With the role of European Technical Sales in IBM Security for the support of security solutions, both for open environments and for the mainframe platform.
Over 30+ years Technical IT experience directly at customer's sites, covering different roles starting from the System Engineer, to move to the Project Manager, up to the Security Consultant. Always alongside large companies, he has developed security solutions and integration projects for mainframe environments in a Security-Intelligence context. He is a member of the TEC - Technical Expert Council of IBM Italy and participates in various communities and working groups with his technical contribution.

After his degree in Mathematics, Nico worked for two years as a Mathematics and Physics professor in an Italian secondary school until end of 1985, when he was employed by IBM.
He started in IBM as mainframe IT Specialist, responsible for CICS, Systems Management and Security, in particular batch themes and RACF. As Team Leader for CICS technical support, he also participated to many large projects, one of them in Kuwait to revitalize mainframe.
In the next 20 years Nico continued to be the focal point for all his colleagues in the field, and his skill in the Mainframe Systems Management and Security Family of Products, in particular Tivoli Workload Automation, Tivoli Advanced Storage and Automation Tools, and Tivoli zSecure with RACF (these tools started within the Tivoli Brand), has been appreciated in all Europe, making he become a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, with a leader position and at the same time heI was appointed IBM zChampion and became the IBM Italy IT Specialist Profession Leader, helping many colleagues to growas IT Specialists.
He had several opportunities to speak at many customer events all over the world, many of them in several important towns in Europe other than in Italy (for example Madrid, Paris, Copenhagen, London, Helsinki, Stockholm, Prague, Athens, Berlin, Montpellier, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Brussels, and many others) and he also became a key figure for the zTEC environment in the IBM Montpellier Center Of Excellence, developing many demos and Proof of Technology assets related to mainframe about workload automation, storage and security.
At the end of 2018 with more than 30 years of expericnce he joined the Security team as Client Technical Professional IT Specialist dedicated to zSecurity in Europe, with focus on Multi Factor Authentication for z/OS.

By Claus Samuelsen, IBM, DK
General Interest Sessions: Room A first floor

Session Evaluation

Abstract

Learn how IBM’s Spectrum Scale can replace the traditional HDFS file system in Hadoop, and in this way make the Hadoop much more integrateable with e.g. zOS systems.

Also how DB2 Big SQL utilizes the Hadoop, improves query performance and federates with DB2 zOS.

Claus Samuelsen is a pan-European Senior IT Specialist in IBM Hybrid Data Management with more than 10 years experience in big data solutions.