IBM z Systems at SHARE Summer 2016

Jul 31 - Aug 05 • Place: Marriott Marquis, Atlanta Georgia

IBM z Systems is exhibiting at the SHARE Atlanta conference July 31 – August 5, 2016. Visit us in booth #603 for the following activities:

  • Educate Zone: Get answers to your z Skills questions.
  • HackZone: Test your skills with varying levels of challenges and win fun prizes.
  • Unwind with a relaxing massage offered Monday and Tuesday from 4:15 P.M. – 7:15 P.M.
  • A look at IBM z Systems: the world’s premier Enterprise Server built for cloud, mobile, and analytics with industry leading security.

Add IBM these sessions to your SHARE Atlanta agenda:


Sunday, July 31, 5:15 PM – 6:00 PM
HackZone Kickoff

Room: L402, Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Session Number: 19987

Speaker(s)     Tina M. Tarquinio and     Meredith Stowell

Keynote Address, Tuesday, August 2
z/OS and DevOps: Communication, Culture and Cloud

Randy Frerking, Enterprise Technical Expert, Walmart
Richard Jackson, Technical Expert, Walmart

SHARE Atlanta Tuesday Keynote: Randy Frerking (left) and Richard Jackson (right)

DevOps has become a critical component of IT environments today by promoting quick response to business needs while providing stable and reliable systems, and z/OS can play an important role in this “new” paradigm. From tapping into existing information assets to exploiting the strengths of the platform in new ways, the qualities of z/OS can provide substantial benefit to the DevOps approach; however, there can also be significant challenges in this space when the sanctity of core legacy systems is involved. Hear Randy Frerking and Richard Jackson discuss how they address these opportunities and leverage z/OS to help propel Walmart Technology forward on their DevOps journey.

About Randy Frerking
Randy Frerking is an Enterprise Technical Expert in Infrastructure and Platform Services at Walmart Technology, Walmart Stores Inc. He is responsible for designing and developing foundational enterprise and cloud services to satisfy various IT and business needs. He provides training and socialization of technological concepts, influences direction and promotes innovation throughout Walmart’s IT organization. His primary focus is on IBM z Systems engineering and software development. He has 36 years of IBM CICS and mainframe middleware experience with 8 years at Walmart Technology.

About Richard Jackson
Richard (Rich) Jackson is a Technical Expert in Infrastructure and Platform Services at Walmart Technology, Walmart Stores Inc. He is responsible for designing and developing foundational services to satisfy various IT and business needs. He provides training and socialization of technological concepts, influences direction, and promotes innovation throughout Walmart’s IT organization. His primary focus is on IBM z Systems, but he has participated in grid computing planning and design as well. He has been with Walmart for over 11 years with a background in storage and z/OS management.


IBM Education Sessions at SHARE Atlanta

Monday, August 1:

Your Biggest Vulnerability – The Privileged User

Speaker: Jamie Pease, Worldwide Product Manager for IBM Security zSecure and Chairman of the GSE (UK) Enterprise Security Working Group
Location: Monday, August 1 | 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM | Room A704

Privileged users are both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, they help keep our systems, applications and data available and secure. On the other, they are the front door for all kinds of security breaches, so in reality, they are your biggest vulnerability if you don’t take the necessary precautions! In this session, we look at some of these security breaches, the root cause and logical steps you can take to protecting your organisation. Learn about security capabilities to enforce segregation of duties, provide strong authentication, detect toxic entitlements, audit privileged users, and monitor compliance using IBM Security zSecure™, IBM Resource Access Control Facility (RACF®), IBM Security Identity Governance and Intelligence, IBM Security QRadar® SIEM, IBM Multi-Factor Authentication for z/OS and other security solutions.

Blockchain Explained
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Speaker:  Ian Mitchell, IBM
Location: Room: A702, Atlanta Marriott Marquis Session Number: 19298

Tuesday, August 2:

Get Connected and Take a REST

Speaker: Matthew Cousens, Advisory Software Engineer
Location: Tuesday, August 2 | 7:15 AM – 8:15 AM | Room A704

Follow the user experiences of the z/OS® Platform Evaluation Test team through their journey of installation and configuration of z/OS Connect Enterprise Edition to CICS® and z/OS Connect v1.0 to DB2®. Listen to how this Integration Test team was able to quickly replace a legacy, homegrown application with this revolutionary product offering. The legacy application took a calendar year to develop; its replacement: just minutes. See how it can be done.

Sponsored Lunch: Blockchain + Enterprise: Getting Started

Speaker: Jennifer Foley, IBM Integration Architect
Location: Tuesday, August 2 | 12:30 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. | Room A704

The Hyperledger Project is a collaborative effort created to advance Blockchain technology by identifying and addressing important features for a cross-industry, open standard for distributed ledgers that can transform the way business transactions are conducted globally. Come hear about how Hyperledger Project is addressing the various security and integration needs for organizations looking to use Blockchain, where it is today and the vision for the future. This session will also include examples of how IBM is working with customers to establish ledgers with their customers and the best practices for getting started with blockchain in your organization.


Wednesday, August 3:

Managing Performance Best Practices for IBM z/VM® and Linux on IBM z Systems™

Speaker: Michael Sine, Consulting I/T Specialist, IBM Washington Systems Center
Location: Wednesday, August 3 | 7:15 A.M. – 8:15 A.M. | Room A704

This session takes a twofold approach to best practices for z/VM and Linux management. First, the top performance attributes as determined by z/VM development are introduced, reviewed for comprehension, and examples are shown on how to monitor for these performance attributes. Second, discussion on functions and features that should be enabled in your performance tool and why to better manage your end user’s expectations and understand the performance attributes more completely. Attendees new to z/VM and Linux will gain insight into what are necessary attributes to monitor in order to maintain a healthy z/VM and Linux environment. All attendees will gain best practice recommendations for the latest versions of z/VM and Linux.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about IDCAMS but Were Afraid to Ask
Speaker:     Stephen Branch
Location: Wednesday, August 03, 2016: 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM , Room: L507, Atlanta Marriott Marquis Session Number: 19707

Thursday, August 4:

DevOps: Get rid of the Guesswork to Improve Software Delivery

Speaker: Rosalind Radcliffe, Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect DevOps
Location: Thursday, August 4 | 7:15 A.M. – 8:15 A.M. | Room A704

Technology and analytics are being used to improve processes in all areas of business and the home. Software development is no exception and the leading driver of this revolution is DevOps. DevOps embraces the latest technologies and methodologies to empower innovation while balancing cost and risk. As Enterprises embrace DevOps and move towards agile development and delivery methodologies, the need for a better understanding of how traditional IT systems work, eliminating the waste, and optimizing every step of the development and delivery process becomes increasingly important. Having meaningful insight into current information and historic trends based on the analysis of precise, structured data from multiple sources reflecting your hybrid applications will help your organization better understand and optimize investment choices and balance risk. Come join us in this session to learn about the new IBM acquisition – EZSource – and new application discovery and IBM cognitive capabilities that are aimed at solving complex multi-dimensional problems and providing insights into your DevOps processes. Learn how you can make DevOps more effective and increasingly efficient for your organization.

An Operational and Cognitive Analytics Upgrade for Your Mainframe
Speaker: Anuja Deedwaniya, System z Architect – IT Analytics, Member IBM Academy of Technology
Location: Thursday, August 4 | 12:30 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. | Room A704

Get an early peek at analytics features to help your systems become even more available and more efficient! Cognitive holds the promise of scaling further and elevating the power of your operators by leveraging system insights and expertise. In this session, you will hear about some of the latest and proposed exciting, new features in IT Analytics solutions that will provide more intelligence for your IT enterprise.


IBM z Systems mini-conference August 1-3

A special IBM z Systems mini-conference is exhibiting at this event. Hear IBM z Systems experts answer the following questions:

  • What is the mainframe’s role in the enterprise?
  • How do business applications interface with the mainframe?
  • What is an operating system?

Discussion on these topics and more. Register to attend now.

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