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SHARE New Orleans

August 13, 2023 - August 18, 2023

SHARE New Orleans takes place on August 13-18 at the Hyatt Regency. Open Mainframe Project will be represented at the conference with several sessions.

Monday, August 14:

9:45 – 10:45 am:  Creating a Thriving Multi-Generational Workforce.” Dr. Gloria Chance, CEO and Founder of The Mousai Group, will moderate a panel discussion exploring how multigenerational mainframers are bridging the age gap within their organizations including:

  • Acknowledge the age gap in the industry
  • Discuss the realities of multigenerational workplaces
  • Explore what it is like to be older/younger/mid-career as the demographics of your workforce shift
  • Examine the challenges/opportunities that exist
  • Discuss ways for all to thrive

9:45 am – 4:15 pm: Zowe Day 

For a list of all Zowe Day speakers and sessions, click here.

7-8 pm: Making Our Strong Community Stronger Reception (Empire Room)

Making Our Strong Community Stronger (MSCS) was born in 2020 as mainframe leaders, community members and partners came together to accelerate diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) initiatives and create environments that foster belonging. DEI isn’t a one-time initiative; it’s a lifetime of educating and listening to everyone in the company to improve – and no matter what your role is, everyone can contribute.

Tuesday, August 15:

9:15-10:15 am: Deploying Zowe CLI Configuration Throughout Your Organization – Eugene Johnston, Broadcom 

Most companies try new technology, like Zowe CLI, in a pilot program. Once you are convinced of the value of Zowe CLI, you are challenged with deploying that technology throughout your organization. In this session you will hear how Zowe CLI team configuration was designed to improve sharing your configuration with everyone on your team. We will identify different approaches that are available to address different deployment situations. We will describe techniques for creating the most flexible and effective configurations. We will discuss best practices. And, we will show useful techniques to diagnose problems that you may inadvertently place into your configuration.

10:30-11:30 am: Improve Mainframe Integration with Zowe Explorer – Brijesh Anghan, Roayl Cyber Inc.

The Zowe project has revolutionized the way we interact with mainframe systems, making it easier than ever before to develop, deploy, and manage applications on the mainframe. One of the latest developments in the Zowe project is the integration of Zowe with the Visual Studio Code (VS Code) editor, providing a seamless and modern interface for developing mainframe applications. At the heart of this integration is the Zowe Explorer extension for VS Code, which provides a set of tools and features for working with mainframe systems. With Zowe Explorer, developers can browse mainframe datasets and files, edit JCL files, submit batch jobs, and view system logs, all from within the familiar VS Code interface. This greatly simplifies the development process, allowing developers to use their preferred tools and workflows when working with mainframe systems. The Zowe Explorer extension also includes support for DevOps tools and practices, allowing developers to build, test, and deploy mainframe applications using familiar DevOps workflows. For example, Zowe Explorer includes support for Git, allowing developers to easily manage mainframe code alongside code from other platforms. Zowe Explorer also includes support for Jenkins, allowing developers to automate build and deployment processes and streamline the development cycle. In addition to its development features, Zowe Explorer also provides tools for managing and monitoring mainframe systems. With Zowe Explorer, administrators can view system metrics, manage mainframe resources, and perform system-level tasks such as IPLs and shutdowns, all from within the VS Code interface. Zowe Explorer enables developers and administrators to be more productive and efficient than ever before. Whether you are a seasoned mainframe professional or a developer just starting out in the mainframe world, the Zowe Explorer extension for VS Code is sure to be a valuable tool in your toolkit.

4-5 pm: Is the Mainframe Ready for Open Source? Joe Winchster, IBM; Joe Bostian, IBM; Steven Perva, Ensono; Donna Hudi, Phoenix Software; Vaughan Marshall, Broadcom; Jeff Cherrington, Rocket Software

The mainframe is a secure, reliable, trusted computing platform. Open Source Software is often viewed as hobbyists coming up with free ephemeral stuff that may or may not work, may or may not be secure, and is supported through on-line public forums. How can these worlds collide and co-exist, or can they ? This panel discusses all of the issues surrounding this exciting area that to some is driving the platform forward, and to others is driving it off a cliff.

Wednesday, August 16:

8-9 am: Using IBM Z System Automation API with Zowe and Kafka in a Modern DevOps Environment – Michael Alexander Carl Seeburger, IBM

Learn about exciting new Z System Automation capabilities supporting IBM Z and DevOps for enhanced operations management: – The ability to access your automation environment via the new IBM Z Systems Automation Operations (REST) API; – Zowe CLI and its plugins for System Automation and Netview to support Admins, Operators and Developer on z/OS; – Publish System Automation event messages via SA Info Broker to Kafka and visualize in Service Management Unite dashboards.

5:15-6:15 pm: 5 for f: Top 5 Use Cases for Zowe over last 5 years – Rose Sakach, Broadcom, and Michael Bauer, Broadcom

Since 2020, the Arcati Mainframe yearbook has predicted exponential increases in Zowe adoptions. By the end of 2023 close to 70% of mainframe organizations – i.e. more and more of you – will be doing something with Zowe. In this session, we’ll showcase the most popular Zowe use cases. Whether you are a Systems Programmer, DBA, Security Administrator, DevOps Architect or Developer you will gain an understanding of the value of Zowe as we demo and explain 5 common Zowe use cases to help priortize and expedite your adoption journey.

Thursday, August 17:

8-9 am: Accelerate Your Mainframe Modernization using Zowe-Conformant REST APIs – Elliot Jalley, Broadcom and Miroslav Strnad

Mainframe modernization is being driven by a number of factors, not least the requirement to move fast while retaining the absolute focus on security. Embracing open-first technology is key. Opening the platform to ensure the mainframe remains vibrant into the future. This session focuses on the growing number of mainframe infrastructure REST APIs that provide standardized, programmatic access to mainframe resources. Join me to learn how Zowe-conformant APIs play a vital role in a risk-managed, in-place moderniztion strategy that leads to faster delivery, higher quality and increased efficiency, all without compromising on security and compliance.

10:30-11:30: Leveraging Zowe to Enable SCM Actions from Service Now – Thomas McQuitty, Broadcom

Learn how Mainframe SCMs can be driven via ServiceNow for actions such as software change approvals using the ServiceNow MID Server. This walk-through will show you the behind-the-scenes configuration, the technical prerequisites and the role Zowe plays.  We will also save time to discuss additional possibilities.

1:15-2:15 pm: zNextGen: COBOL and the Modern Mainframe – Sudharsana Srinivasan, IBM, and Caitlin Mooney, JP Morgan Chase, Jade Melody Walker

Open Mainframe Project: COBOL Programming Course – Importance of COBOL – How COBOL can be used to train new developers – How CI/CD and debug/testing features are being added to the course

1:15-2:15 pm: Diagnosing Transient Performance Issues by Analyzing SMF 98 and 100 Records in Zowe – Daneil Weigand, IBM, and Daniel Rosa, IBM

z/OS transactional workloads contain interactions between IBM z/OS components, middleware, Independent Software Vendor (ISV) products, client applications and shared resources. Sometimes these interactions and resources can cause transient short term performance issues. In the worst cases, these transient issues can repeat, worsen, and result in broader service degradation, critical situations, and even outages. When things go wrong, Subject Matter Experts spend significant time (e.g. days, weeks, or months depending on the issue) looking for clues needed to define the root cause. SMF 98 and 100 records can be generated on synchronized, 5-second intervals with micro-summary, exceptionalism enriched data. Subject Matter Experts can analyze this data to identify and correlate short interval anomalies with only 15 minutes of data, reducing the time required to diagnose complex critical situations, service degradation, and outages. In addition, Subject Matter Experts can proactively identify repeating transient workload resilience risks, providing an opportunity to diagnose the root cause and address it before a crit-sit or outage occurs.

2:45-3:45 pm: Customer Use Cases and Success Stories with Zowe – Joe Winchester, IBM, Murali P. Panchalingam, IBM and Rose Sakach, Broadcom

Many customers have been successful using Zowe to transition their companies to mainframe modernization in-place, blending existing pracitces with modern toolchains. Learn first hand their stories at DevOps, education, automation, optional support and other areas where Zowe has helped accelerate digital transformation.

4-5 pm: Zowe Chat: Extending the Access, Personas and Use Cases for z/OS based REST Services – Domenic D’Alterio, IBM

Zowe Chat provides access to z/OS based services from a chat tool, enabling team collaboration in problem solving and more through the collaborative tool already in use in your enterprise. Come and learn about this new Zowe component, so how it is extensible and how it can help in your daily job.

Friday, August 18

9:15-10:15 am: I get my CICS on Route Zowe – Joe Winchester, IBM, and Murali P. Panchalingam, IBM

This talk shows how Zowe Visual Studio plugins and Zowe Command Line Interface open source extensions can be used for development, operations, and automated deployment tasks to create a modern and powerful experience that works for new, and experienced, CICS mainframers alike.


August 13, 2023
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