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Once again, IBM is offering in-depth discussions and demonstrations in the System z Software Solutions Suite to showcase the latest capabilities in Mobile, Cloud and the latest solutions to modernize and manage your application portfolio and your eco-systems on Z. Visit us often!

The System z Software Solutions Suite – in Toscana 3609 – is open:
Monday, April 28: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday, April 29 – 30: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 1: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join us in the System z Solution Suite for Lunch ‘n’ Learn sessions
Meet with fellow customers over a boxed lunch for an overview, demonstration and Q&A discussion on topics presented by IBM thought leaders. Advanced registration strongly recommended.

Monday, April 28: 12 Noon – 1 p.m.

Explorer: The next generation interface for CICS, MQ and More
Are you looking for new ways to accelerate the transfer of knowledge, skills, and best practices to the next generation of technical staff and experts? Do you need to maintain productivity and protect service-levels? Join IBM to see the new face of CICS.

Tuesday, April 29: 12 Noon – 1 p.m.

A Master Inventor’s perspective on Integrating CICS with Worklight
Join Andy Armstrong and Indi Singh from the CICS Development Lab in Hursley to learn how to integrate Worklight with CICS. Andy and Indi will share examples that allow CICS to service Mobile Workloads and to exploit the value of data “hidden” on Z.

Technical Preview: IBM Problem Determination Tools for Multiplatforms
Join Kenichi Yoshimura from the IBM PD Tools Development Lab in Perth for a technical preview of File Manager for Multiplatforms and Fault Analyzer for Multiplatforms for application developers working on AIX and/or Red Hat Linux on Power systems, and Red Hat Linux on Intel systems.

Wednesday, April 30: 12 Noon – 1 p.m.

Speed the development of CICS and MQ applications with service virtualization
Join Frank Jones and Wilbert Kho to learn more about how the DevOps approach and the Rational Development and Test for System z (RD&T) offering can “virtualize” CICS DPL and MQ based services to speed up the development process.

Explorer: The next generation interface for CICS, MQ and More
Are you looking for new ways to accelerate the transfer of knowledge, skills, and best practices to the next generation of technical staff and experts? Do you need to maintain productivity and protect service-levels? Join IBM to see the new face of CICS.

Thursday, May 1: 12 Noon – 1 p.m.

A Master Inventor’s perspective on Integrating CICS with Worklight
Join Andy Armstrong and Indi Singh from the CICS Development Lab in Hursley to learn how to integrate Worklight, IBM's mobile platform for application development and application management, with CICS. Andy and Indi will share examples that allow CICS to service Mobile Workload and that exploit the value of data “hidden” on Z.

Technical Preview: IBM Debug Tool Code Coverage Mobile Analytics
Ken Edwards and Glen Tona from the IBM PD Tools Development Lab in Silicon Valley will provide an in depth preview of a new Debug Tool Code Coverage Mobile Analytics interface that enhances the Debug Tool Code Coverage Analytics introduced in V13.

Please let us know which solutions you would like to discuss in greater depth. All topics can be tailored to your needs, OR you can Build Your own Agenda.

This year, we are offering Guided Tours, a Lab style session, led by a Subject Matter Expert, designed to walk you through a detailed usage scenario for a solution.

New options for Developers to Modernize, Mobilize and more!

  • -Extend the use and value of CICS applications to Mobile devices
    Open your applications up to new channels and a new generation of connected smart consumers. Understand how your CICS applications can participate in offering your customers and partners a new rich user experience without compromising security, responsiveness or transaction integrity. At the session you will learn more about the connectivity options available in CICS to interact with Mobile devices, and about IBM’s MobileFirst Development environment.
  • -Modernize and Extend Enterprise Applications With IBM Worklight and IBM RDz
    Open your enterprise applications up to new channels and a new generation of connected smart consumers. Learn how IBM Worklight and IBM Rational Developer for System z can help modernize your existing enterprise applications without compromising security, responsiveness, or transaction integrity in a quick and cost effective manner. In this session you will learn how to enhance an existing CICS application by using IBM Worklight along with Rational Developer for System z to create a Mobile application interface. Attend and learn to 'Mobilize' your enterprise applications today.
  • -Mobile Integration with IIB and ODM
    IBM provides an advanced mobile application development and deployment platform through Worklight and the MobileFirst solution. IBM Integration Broker (IIB) extends the reach of Worklight beyond basic HTTP and SQL, enabling enterprise application connectivity. IBM Operational Decision Manager (ODM) provides intelligent decision making. This session shows you how IIB and ODM enable in-flight decision management to form a flexible and robust Mobile solution that leverages rich data managed on back end systems.
  • -Why you need to rethink Java on System z!
    So much has changed in the past couple of years from infrastructure optimization, new hardware features, programming model changes, new use cases to changing enterprise usage patterns that it's an extraordinary time to revisit the role of Java on System z. This session will review the many recent changes, why they matter to you and how to best leverage this exceptional, yet only recently becoming understood, revolution that is the new System z enterprise platform.
  • -Java in CICS
    CICS TS V5 provides significant additions to CICS support for applications written in Java. Support for Java 7 and a 64-bit JVM have been added along with allowing for greater concurrency. You can write Java application programs that use CICS services and run under CICS control. Using the CICS Explorer SDK, you can develop applications that use the JCICS class library to access CICS resources and interact with programs that are written in other languages. You can also connect to your Java programs by using various protocols and technologies, such as web services or CICS Transaction Gateway. CICS provides tools and the runtime environment to support Java applications.
  • -Optimize Business Decisions in Mainframe Applications with Business Rules and Events
    IBM’s Operational Decision Manager (ODM) will allow your organization to define, deploy and manage Business Event and Business Rules across your enterprise. The discussion will span topics related to the infrastructure, implementation, modeling, rules and events development, testing, governance and integration of the business rules within existing applications across your enterprise. Information on how ODM can be used in an agile and growing CICS environment, how ODM handles multiple threads for an application at once to meet Batch SLAs, how to modernize traditional IMS Batch/Online applications, and how sharing rules cross enterprise – Z and non-Z - creates business value will be shared.
  • -Modern Batch: Develop, Deploy and Manage applications in Java, COBOL and other environments
    Organizations are faced with a dual challenge – maintaining 24x7 uptime for on-line processing systems coupled with processing ever increasing data volumes in an ever diminishing “batch window”. IBM can help your organization achieve continuous interleaving of batch and interactive (OLTP) processes, and reuse assets written in Java, COBOL, PL/I, C/C++ etc. rather than re-writing or “re-platforming” these assets. This session will present solutions for modernizing batch applications, including WebSphere Java Batch and Operational Decision Manager. If your workload includes IMS, you will learn how this workload is included in a modernization strategy.
  • -Right Fit Platform Selection
    This session will explore selecting a platform for "right fit" application deployment through discussion of deployment options and platform differences, including the importance of taking a total cost of ownership view and considering non-functional characteristics in the decision process, such as qualities of service and proximity to other applications and data. If applicable, operational and capital cost models can be explored. We will share a suggested methodology for determining optimal application "right fit" platform placement; and examine application characteristics that are optimal for System z, while exploring the advantages and differences of deploying on Linux versus z/OS.
  • -Modernized Digital Experiences on System z
    Is your company considering moving your legacy enterprise applications to distributed platforms? We know from customers' experience the ROI does not exist to make this a worthwhile investment; however, our competition is not afraid to make up an attractive financial story. You can have the best of both worlds with a “point and click,” mobile ready front end portal accessing your legacy applications running safe and secure on Linux on System z or z/OS. We'll show how your company can infuse social collaboration into their point and click front end user interface to maximize time to value and decrease costs across the organization.

Guided Tours for Developers to Modernize, Mobilize and more!

  • -Developing Liberty-based applications for WAS on Z
    Walk through the process of creating a Liberty application in Eclipse, packaging the configuration, then exporting, installing and running it in WAS on z/OS ... in 30 minutes or less!
  • -Developing Liberty-based applications for CICS
    The Liberty Profile running under CICS is a web container capable of running Java Servlets and JavaServer Pages (JSPs). Application performance is improved through local access to CICS applications and data. This topic covers the Liberty Profile from an application perspective. Come to this session to experience the steps for development and deployment of a Liberty application under CICS.
  • -CICS Web Services
    A web service is a software system that supports interoperable machine-to-machine interaction over a network. CICS provides tooling and runtime changes to implement web services. These tools assist you in preparing existing application programs to become web services. They also assist with starting from a WSDL and implementing a new program in CICS which can act as the web service requester. CICS support for web services conforms to open standards and can help reduce the cost of doing business, make it possible to deploy solutions more rapidly, and open up new opportunities.
  • -CICS Web Service Security
    Managing user identity and security is critical to businesses today. CICS TS V5.1 and V5.2 Open Beta deliver new security facilities for Web services, providing more functionality when implementing applications integrated across CICS and other server platforms. This session will demonstrate how to configure CICS to implement these standards-based security protocols. You'll see how the CICS TS participates in today's infrastructure to ensure a secure environment for your web services.
  • -CICS Event Processing
    Using CICS Event Processing, you can emit business and system events from a CICS application. These events can be consumed by another CICS application, placed on a WebSphere MQ queue, placed on a TS queue, or emitted via HTTP. These 'simple' events can be sent to IBM Operation Decision Manager for complex event processing. A business event is anything that happens that is relevant to your business, for example, a stock trade or an order placement. CICS can emit events, usually with no change to the application. You can also emit system events when certain thresholds have been reached.
  • -Exploring the CICS Explorer
    The CICS Explorer provides a common, intuitive, Eclipse-based rich client platform (RCP) for architects, developers, system programmers, and administrators. The CICS Explorer has three goals; to simplify and modernize CICS for new developers and administrators, to add value for experienced CICS users, and to provide a tools integration platform for IBM and others to extend and grow. The CICS Explorer is a system management tool that is delivered as part of CICS Transaction Server. It is designed to provide an easy-to-use way of managing one or more CICS systems.. The CICS Explorer can be used to manage a single CICS region or a CPSM environment. Come to this session to experience the capabilities and its ease-of-use.
  • -IBM Operational Decision Manager
    Learn how the business rules in your applications can be consolidated and maintained using IBM Operational Decision Manager. In an application, business rules control how business critical decisions are made. IBM ODM provides the ability to separate business rules that may be embedded across multiple applications across multiple platforms, to consolidate the rules into a single source of truth and to maintain the rules from any infrastructure interactions. In this tour you will lean how IBM ODM can be used to maintain a business rule that is used concurrently in a batch program, a CICS application and an IMS application and how a change in the rule can be administered and implemented in all of these execution environments from a single source in real time.
  • -The DevOps approach: Develop and Test for System Z
    This scenario-driven session uses a COBOL/CICS program that is invoked by a smartphone application. A bug is identified on the code that requires updates to z/OS as well as in the smartphone interface. We will demonstrate how the IBM DevOps solution helps the typical developer throughout the overall application lifecycle from requirements to delivery, improving project management, productivity, testing and deployment. The demonstration will start from the requirements and analysis phase through the final deployment using a z/OS system running on a local laptop.

Cloud on Z

  • -CICS Cloud Enablement in CICS TS V5.2 Beta
    The CICS TS V5.2 Open Beta expands on CICS's Cloud support first introduced in CICS TS V5.1. This session discusses some of the current Cloud capabilities while expanding on those features that are new for CICS TS V5.2, such as an improvement in the management of multiple versions of an application within the same Cloud Platform. Come to this session to see the new and exciting Cloud features added to CICS TS V5.2.
  • -Cloud Computing on System z
    Are you hearing a lot about Cloud lately? Want to understand how Cloud can be enabled in your System z environment? This session will provide an overview of IBM's announcements and directions on Cloud and how they relate to your mainframe environment. By infusing enterprise private clouds with security, centralized manageability, scalability and multi tenancy, IBM zEnterprise provides businesses with increased agility to move quickly in highly competitive environments by activating and retiring resources as needed allowing you to manage infrastructure elements in a dynamic way and to move workloads for more efficiency—while seamlessly integrating into traditional computing environments.
  • -Guided Tour: CICS Cloud Enablement in CICS TS V5.1
    In CICS TS V5.1, you can combine and manage disparate application resources as a single entity, which can be versioned and moved rapidly through the development, test, and production lifecycle. You can package a CICS application into an application bundle to deploy, manage, and monitor it as a single entity. An application bundle provides a single view of the CICS application and a point of control for application lifecycle management across the CICS regions in a platform. You can group CICS regions as platforms for increased flexibility. Applications are deployed automatically when a region within a platform is started. You can also dynamically manage applications and platforms by applying policies during run time.


  • -CICS Transaction Server Version 5.2 Open Beta: New capabilities and ready for Cloud
    The CICS TS 5.2 Open Beta continues to help solve the two most pressing challenges that companies face today; driving operational efficiencies while increasing service agility. CICS TS 5.2 Open Beta extends the support for operational efficiency by increasing the number of policy thresholds to cover a wider range of task thresholds. Additional channel and container support allow more applications to take advantage of containers without the need to restructure COMMAREA based programs. Service agility is enhanced by allowing for multiple versions of installed applications and allowing twice as many resources to be defined in bundles. Come and see how this technology can apply to your environment.
  • -CICSPlex SM (CPSM)
    In this large, 24x7, highly dynamic environment, single address space tools such as CEDA and CEMT can no longer cope with the demands of a modern CICS enterprise. The CICSPlex System Manager (CPSM) element of CICS is a system management tool that enables you to manage multiple CICS systems from a single point of control. You can display or change the current status of one or more CICS resources in an enterprise with a single command. CPSM workload management routes eligible work requests from a routing region to a suitable target region selected at the time the transaction is initiated. CPSM Real-Time Analysis function provides automatic, external, notification of conditions in which you have expressed an interest.
  • -CICS Modernization Solutions
    Today's world increasingly demands a “Modern” CICS environment. To respond, IBM now offers a CICS Modernization Solution pack that provides visualization, discovery and connectivity to key CICS resources. New development, test and production CICS regions can be provisioned and currently deployed CICS applications and data can be reused by allowing distributed servers the ability to connect to CICS servers. IBM can tailor this session can to meet your specific areas of interests with CICS Interdependency Analyzer, CICS Deployment, CICS Performance Analyzer, or CICS Configuration Manager.
  • -Guided Tour: CICS Transaction Gateway
    The IBM CICS Transaction Gateway (CICS TG) product suite is the flexible, high-performing, security-rich, and scalable connector technology for all CICS servers. CICS TG-based solutions are production proven in customer environments worldwide, with successful deployment across every major industry. Attend this session to gain an appreciation of CICS TG, which can be installed on z/OS, Windows, Unix, and Linux operating systems. Topics discussed will be key capabilities, scalability, availability, the supported platforms, CICS server support, and application language support.
  • -Guided Tour: CICS Tools
    Meet the increasing demand for enterprise service access from internet and mobile devices, social networks, and unknown future sources with CICS Tools. In this session, IBM experts will demonstrate various CICS tooling scenarios to show you how the comprehensive portfolio of CICS tools enhance service management initiatives to optimize IT processes, maximize CICS system availability, reduce total cost of ownership (TCO), and transform CICS applications to achieve greater business flexibility. IBM’s core foundational CICS tools align with CICS TS V5.1 and its service delivery platform for Cloud Computing.

Connected and Integrated

  • -WMQ on z/OS
    WMQ on z/OS is tightly integrated with the functions provided by the operating system. These sessions provide you with the information you keep to fully understand these integration points and how they can be exploited by you on your system. Learn how WMQ accesses and uses the coupling facility, learn how to monitor and better manage your WMQ environment using SMF reporting. Learn how WMQ interacts with CICS, IMS and other subsystems on z/OS so they are fully exploited in your environment.
  • -ODM and IIB maximize performance and reduce latency in message processing
    In this session, Customers would understand the Integration of IIBv9 with the ODM with the *new Decision Service node. We will demonstrate the strengths of IIB and ODM for enhanced solutions. We will show the capabilities with transformation, dynamic routing and validation in our solution. Capabilities demonstrated are “smart dynamic routing” : Business Decisions to provide business level routing based on message content, “Business Based Message Validation” : Business Decisions to provide centralized business level validation of message content etc.
  • -WebSphere MQTT: A Rapid “on ramp” to Mobile solutions
    IBM WebSphere MQTT is an industry leading lightweight messaging protocol, designed for mobile & telemetry devices. It provides robust transmission of mobile messages while conserving data usage and battery life. WebSphere MQTT is available as part of the WebSphere MQ, so it allows for seamless integration of mobile into the enterprise. Along with your existing IBM zEnterprise investment, IBM Worklight and IBM WebSphere MQTT can provide a rapid “on-ramp” to mobile. Let us show you how you can take advantage of the reliable infrastructure you already have to provide a rich and valuable mobile experience for your customers.

Performance, Problem Determination and Tools that Optimize your Z environment

  • -Increase Testing Accuracy with Code Coverage
    Code Coverage Analytics will allow you to identify executed and un-executed lines of code. Discover the latest Debug Tool Code Coverage Analytics enhancements including no application instrumentation, targeted coverage analytics, comparison analytics and more.
  • -Eliminate Your CA-EasyTrieve License while Protecting your CA-EasyTrieve Applications
    See how you can eliminate your CA-EasyTrieve license and still develop and maintain your existing EasyTrieve applications. Explore adding new functions to existing EasyTrieve applications such as web-enablement or modern reporting features.
  • -CICS Optimization Solutions
    Do you need to speed up the deployment of “performance optimized” CICS systems and applications? IBM can help you migrate to the latest release of CICS TS, implement CICSPlex® management, identify affinities and create workload management policies, identify and confirm the removal of thread-switch hotspots, confirm resulting performance improvements and consolidate CICS regions. The IBM CICS Optimization Solution pack provides a rich tooling set to optimize CICS environments, even a complex topology that includes multiple regions. High end user productivity is achieved using a common eclipse based interface called the CICS Explorer.
  • -Exploit the latest advancements in dataset management with IBM's Data Set Commander
    A live-session illustrating how the new IBM Data Set Commander for z/OS helps you manage the new PDSE Member Versioning, how to automate and manage the LLA (Library Look Aside Facility), and derive benefit from enhanced batch and interactive partitioned data set manipulation; and much, much more!
  • -Guided Tour: Problem Determination Tools
    This session presents an overview of the IBM Problem Determination Tools including abend / exception processing with Fault Analyzer, application debugging with Debug Tool, data manipulation with File Manager, and performance analytics with Application Performance Analyzer. This is a “Lab style” session led by a Subject Matter Expert to give you a deeper look at IBM’s Problem Determination Tools.
  • -Guided Tour: Problem Determination Tools Studio
    For those organizations who would like to offer GUI interfaces to their Problem Determination Tools, this live session presents the IBM Problem Determination Tools Studio. This no-charge product provides and Eclipse-based interface for IBM's Fault Analyzer, Debug Tool, File Manager, and Application Performance Analyzer.
  • -Guided Tour: CICS Tools
    In today's world of increasing demand for enterprise service access from internet and mobile devices, social networks, and unknown future sources, CICS tools can help you to solve the two most pressing challenges that companies face today; driving operational efficiencies, while increasing service agility. These core foundational CICS tools align with CICS TS V5.1 to deliver these capabilities in a way that positions users of CICS for the next transformational era in technology, moving them towards a service delivery platform for cloud computing. Join us to see how the portfolio of CICS tools enhance service management initiatives to optimize IT processes, maximize CICS system availability, reduce total cost of ownership (TCO), and transform CICS applications to achieve greater business flexibility.