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SHARE Virtual

August 9, 2021 - August 13, 2021

The SHARE virtual conference (#SHAREvirtual21) is hosting its summer session on August 9-13. There will be more than 100 live sessions and 100 on-demand presentations focused on a variety of topics related to mainframes. Several Open Mainframe Project community leaders will be speaking at the event about Zowe, COBOL and other topics. Take a look at the details below and add these sessions to your schedule.

Monday, August 9:

12 – 12:45 pm: How Zowe made the mainframe open, simple and familiar – Joe Winchester, IBM

The Zowe project launched at Share in August 2019, will be two years old this month ! This talk will cover how the project has grown up to where it is today, with its core components, its incubators, its community, and its customers. The focus will be on how Zowe has been deployed as infrastructure for education classes, at customer sites for automating system operations and devops tasks, by developers learning VS Code rather than ISPF, and by vendors modernizing their mainframe software tools by onboarding them within the Zowe technology stack. Attendees to this talk will get to hear real world examples of where Zowe has been a success, together with where it didn’t meet customer needs but was able to evolve and add missing or new features. Speakers include a customer, and a student who has done Master the Mainframe before and after Zowe.

1:15 – 1:35 pm: What’s new with Zowe CLI? – Rose Sakach and Michael Bauer, Broadcom

Join us for a review of some key CLI features planned for the Zowe V2 LTS release. From converting to the new profile configuration offering easier onboarding for CLI users, to nearly instantaneous response time for interactive commands, we will include the value-add details and help prepare you on how best to take advantage of each of them.

1:40 – 2 pm: Configuring Zowe CLI with new team configuration – Eugene Johnston, Broadcom

The Zowe Team Configuration replaces the current method of defining application profile properties. The goal is to enable team members to easily share their configuration. We will discuss how this changes the way users configure Zowe-CLI.

Tuesday, August 10:

10 – 10:30 am: Colleagues in Corvettes Getting Cappuccinos – Greg Lotko, Broadcom

Join us for a fun-filled session and learn about some of the latest mainframe trends and best practices.

10:45 – 11:05 am: Top 5 (and more) reasons customers modernize with Zowe’s API mediation layer – Rose Sakach and Michal Supak, Broadcom

Do not miss this session if you are beyond experimenting with Zowe. We will describe the critical role of the API Mediation layer and share some tips and tricks for installation.

11:10 – 11:30 am: Using a Zowe CLI plugin to manage mainframe developer workspaces – Vaughn Marshall and Michael Vasak, Broadcom

Modern developer workflows involve coding in a working directory, typically opened in an IDE. Using CLI’s like Git, they are able to easily sync and integrate changes from other developers via a single command. No tracking what you’ve changed or where conflicts lie hidden in the central repo. In this session we’ll see how we constructed a similar experience for mainframe developers using a Zowe CLI plugin.

11:45 am – 12:05 pm: DIY Zowe Explorer Starter Kit – Jessielaine Caidic Punongbayan and Richelle Anne Craw – Broadcom

o you want to build a mainframe VS Code extension but don’t know where to begin? Good news! We have just what you need to get you started. In this session we will talk about building VS Code extensions using Zowe Explorer extensible APIs. We will share code samples, tips and tricks and best practices so that you don’t have to start from scratch. We will also discuss what you need to keep in mind while building, in order to be compatible with the Zowe Explorer conformance criteria.

Wednesday, August 11:

12:45 – 1:30 pm: Do you really understand mainframe modernization? – Ed Airey and Misty Decker, Micro Focus

The phrase Modernization has been used frequently in the last year, but do you really understand what Modernization means when it comes to Mainframes? Does it mean moving off of the mainframe or rewriting COBOL applications in Java? Modernization means many things to many people and differs based on the requirements and the desired outcome. Today’s demands require mainframe applications to do more for the business—connect, share, integrate and secure—across networks, devices, platforms and the cloud. All while running the business and keeping the lights on. These mammoth mainframe systems aren’t going away either. Rather than a re-write or replacement strategy which is prone to cost overruns and risk of failure, IT leaders are looking to modernization as a pragmatic path to achieve IT transformation. During this session, we will: • introduce a new mind-set to mainframe modernization including how to re-think digital change for IBM Z applications. • Share the research into the effectiveness of various techniques. • explore how your organization can get started quickly along this modernization journey by leveraging best practices, proven technology and choosing the best modernization technique for your unique situation.

3:45 – 4:30 pm: Avoid unconscious bias to become a better professional – Misty Decker, Micro Focus

What does unconscious bias have to do with being an ally? In this session, we’ll explore this question and in the process learn something about ourselves. We’ll start with a revealing riddle and an exploration of unconscious bias, learning how we all have biases. Then we’ll discuss what it means to be an ally, including specific actions you can take to help others. Finally we’ll explore how an awareness of our own biases is essential to being an ally.

3:45 – 4:30 pm: What’s new in cloud provisioning and management with continuous delivery – Hiren Shah, IBM

Cloud Provisioning and Management for z/OS allows middleware system programmers to create software service templates that provision IBM® middleware, such as IBM Customer Information Control System (CICS®), IBM DB2®, IBM Information Management System (IMS™), IBM MQ, and IBM WebSphere Application Server (WAS). System programmers can track software instances that were provisioned from those templates. Application developers can quickly provision and deprovision an environment as needed through a self-service software services marketplace. In this session we will go over new enhancements provided in Cloud Provisioning and Management with continuous delivery stream.

Friday, August 13:

11 – 11:45 am: Shh! Don’t say the M-word; How to talk about mainframes – Misty Decker, Micro Focus

To the non-mainframer, the word “Mainframe” comes with lots of assumptions, usually not complimentary. In this session, we’ll explore the word “Mainframe”. – Explore the wide range of ways people use the word “mainframe” and the confusion that can ensue. – Learn how you can explain what you do in a way anyone can understand. – Learn how to convince people mainframes are cool with just a few words.

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August 9, 2021
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