2020 CICS/Security Track

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

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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

When you think of a modern, hybrid architectures you're likely picturing a mix of linux based technologies such as docker and Kubernetes running on a variety of cloud providers and racks of x86 or Power servers in your datacenter. But with many of the worlds biggest and most successful businesses, still relying on IBM z for their core compute power day-in day-out, the missing piece of the puzzle has been the zOS native data and applications. Whether you're looking to address the skills barriers, build heterogeneous DevOps pipelines or simply bear able to treat your zOS applications as 'just another runtime', Join us for a sneak peak of the future DevOps tooling and containers support which complete the picture and remove the technology and skills barriers to allow EVERYONE to take advantage of a truly hybrid architecture!
Think of a modern, hybrid architectures you're likely picturing a mix of linux based technologies such as docker & Kubernetes running on a variety of cloud providers & racks of x86 or Power servers in your datacenter. But with many of the worlds biggest and most successful businesses, still relying on IBM z for their core compute power daily, the missing piece of the puzzle has been the zOS native data & apps. Whether you're looking to address skills barriers, build heterogeneous DevOps pipelines or simply treat your zOS applications as 'just another runtime', Join us for a sneak peak of the future DevOps tooling and containers support which complete the picture of a hybrid architecture.

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

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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

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You know you want to deliver changes to your applications quickly so you can meet market needs, but you also don't want to introduce risk into your mission critical applications.  These two objectives need not be mutually exclusive.  You may at past conferences heard us speak about project Galasa, an open source implementation of the test framework that we have used internally in IBM to test CICS alongside DB2, IMS and WMQ amongst others.  Well that project is now available, let us show you what we've released, our roadmap for the future and how project Galasa can help you build a reliable CI/CD pipeline for your hybrid z applications

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.