2019 Mainframe Infrastructure Track

By Jamie Squibb , IBM, UK and Jørgen Malmstrøm, NO, Evry
Mainframe Infrastructure Sessions: Room D first floor

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. 

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

By Jamie Squibb , IBM, UK
Mainframe Infrastructure Sessions: Room D first floor

Session Evaluation

Abstract 

IBM MQ provides mission critical enterprise messaging, offering a foundation on which to extend and build out a hybrid cloud solution. This session shows why IBM MQ continues to be the key messaging technology that many companies trust their business to, and how IBM MQ continues to evolve to meet the ever changing requirements of its users. The session will cover recent updates that enable you to embrace your transition into the cloud and ensure that IBM MQ remains your essential partner as you continue your journey.

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 Neil Evans, Macro 4, UK
Mainframe Infrastructure Sessions: Room D first floor

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Emerging technologies are making the mainframe more accessible and appealing to a new generation. This session will explore how web, mobile, AI, chat bots, machine learning and analytics are being integrated with mainframe systems to help organizations improve user experience, maximize productivity and accelerate skills transfer. The session will also address how these technologies can power wider organizational collaboration, with mainframe technicians and other human experts participating in mixed-reality conversations alongside multiple AI-powered virtual assistants to resolve complex, multi-platform problems

Neil Evans has worked in IT for over 25 years and is Chief Technology Officer for EMEA at Macro 4, a division of UNICOM Global. Neil began his IT career as a PL/M programmer at ICL Fujitsu and during his 20+ years at Macro 4 he has developed solutions for customer communications management, enterprise information management and application modernisation. He is a specialist in user interface design, solution architecture and technical leadership with responsibility for promoting the adoption of new and emerging technologies across the wider UNICOM group.

By Alisa L Morse, IBM US
Mainframe Infrastructure Sessions: Room D first floor

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A successful DevOps transformation involves a balancing act between agility, cost, and innovation. Thus, a key question to answer is: How do I produce development environments quickly, while minimizing the operational costs to provide them. Imagine tapping into your current Intel based cloud to produce flexible development environments for your z/OS developers, where all application specific datasets can be extracted intelligently from Z, so they can code, update various applications and test out the effects in a safe environment. IBM ZDevelopment and Test Environment (ZD&T) can enable this capability. This session will discuss how environments can be built and developers can use those environments to deliver a change to QA. 

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 Jack Dunning, IBM, UK
Mainframe Infrastructure Sessions: Room D first floor

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This session will look at operational aspects for z/OS Connect EE covering security and DevOps best practices. The first half of this session will be an introduction to the key security principles relevant to z/OS Connect EE which include authentication, identification, authorization, confidentiality, integrity, and auditing. z/OS Connect EE security can operate with traditional z/OS security, for example, System Authorization Facility (SAF) and also with open standards such as Transport Layer Security (TLS), JSON Web Token (JWT), and OpenID Connect. The second half of the session dicsusses how DevOps best practices can improve your API lifecycle to drive transformation and exploit your core Z assets more effectively.

Jack Dunning is a Software Engineer in the z/OS Connect EE team at Hursley UK. He joined the z/OS Connect EE team in 2016 after completing a Computer Science degree at Staffordshire University. He has worked on development, testing, and L3 service, and has contributed to various features including the API toolkit, policies (also writing articles for the Mainframe DEV site), and PassTicket support for the REST Client SP.

By Gwydion Tudor, IBM, UK
Mainframe Infrastructure Sessions: Room D first floor

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Abstract 

IBM MQ is the market-leading messaging product that enables anywhere-to-anywhere integration, from the simplest pair of applications or devices requiring basic connectivity and data exchange, to the most complex business process management environments using a wide variety of endpoints. This session presents a high-level technical overview of MQ. Come to this session to learn about the rationale behind messaging and the business problems it solves.

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
Mainframe Infrastructure Sessions: Room D first floor

Session Evaluation

Abstract 

IBM MQ is the world's most powerful messaging solution. It simplifies and accelerates the integration of different applications across multiple platforms, including desktops, mainframes and cloud frameworks. It supports a wide range of APIs and languages, enabling developers to focus on business logic and produce code that matters. This session presents an overview of essential concepts for developing messaging applications, plus some best practices for what to do, and what not to do, to achieve performance and reliability.

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 Michael Erichsen , Xact Consulting, Denmark
Mainframe Infrastructure Sessions: Room D first floor

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SMP/E (System Modification Program/Extended) is the standard installation tool for z/OS. Systems programmers use it to install products from IBM and other vendors. In ancient times they received big boxes with tapes and printed manuals and ended up with a desktop loaded with stacks of Leporello lists. Today delivery is by download, and output only printed by mistake. But the tool is the same, and it often works in mysterious ways.

The presenter have been a user of SMP/E for decades, but lately also has been packaging a product with SMP/E. The presentation will pass on an overview of the SMP/E process and a look into the machine room to see, what is going on inside it, and how to understand the output. 

Audience: 

- System programmers.

- Technical Support and infrastructure toolproviders.

- Production Staff.

- Technical Managers.

- Gen Z interested Students og Teachers.

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 Gwydion Tudor, IBM, UK
Mainframe Infrastructure Sessions: Room D first floor

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Security and compliance with industry and enterprise regulation is increasingly important in today's world, including how data is protected both at rest and in transit. This session presents an overview of the security capabilities in IBM MQ that can be used to ensure message data is protected from receipt to delivery. The session includes an overview of operational security for applications and administrators, network security for protecting messages in transit using SSL/TLS, and end-to-end security using encryption and digital signing. 

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 Chris Poole, IBM UK
Mainframe Infrastructure Sessions: Room D first floor

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Data privacy, especially with GDPR, PCI DSS, etc., is crucial. Hackers are finding new techniques to obtain this data, and sell it for big bucks. Microservice applications running with Docker and Kubernetes should protect the data they process by making use of encryption, but this is often far from a trivial task, and can require re-engineering of existing unsecured applications. In this session you'll learn about a set of attack vectors being used to obtain this information, and what you can do to mitigate against them. We'll show how Secure Service Containers for IBM Cloud Private can be used to secure an existing application with minimal code changes, to provide mandatory encryption at rest and during transport.

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 Jamie Squibb , IBM, UK
Mainframe Infrastructure Sessions: Room D first floor

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The global online world in which we live today demands 24/7 availability. Poor response times or system outages can quickly escalate to customer dissatisfaction on social media, so enterprises require robust and scalable infrastructure on which to base their business. This session presents an overview of the availability and workload balancing features of IBM MQ that can be exploited to build a robust and scalable enterprise messaging solution. 

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 Gwydion Tudor, IBM, UK
Mainframe Infrastructure Sessions: Room D first floor

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New and engaging digital experiences are essential for interacting with clients. Responding to events in real time might be key to new revenue. IBM Events Streams, built on Apache Kafka, helps you create event-driven applications quickly and efficiently. Event Streams is also able to connect natively to your MQ network, helping you unlock events from your backend systems and use them to provide context for new applications. This session provides an overview of Kafka and introduces IBM Event Streams, including deployment, geo-replication for disaster recovery, and connectivity to IBM MQ. 

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 Luigi Perrone, IBM, IT and Domenico Chillemi, IBM IT
Mainframe Infrastructure Sessions: Room D first floor

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It is more than understandable to be worried about the activities that privileged users can do on the IT systems of our company, this has always been for all companies a very big concern. Stoling a password, changing data in a critical database, deleting mandatory information or authorizing a person to see sensitive information belonging to others are all very big pains to worry about a lot. Anyway, the strenghts of mainframe security together with last innovations can make us relax a little bit more. In fact mainframe privileged users can be monitored enough and it is not difficult to take actions to prevent them doing more than really needed.

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.