Once again, IBM is offering its System z Software Solutions Suite to give presentations and conduct demonstrations that showcase the latest solutions from WebSphere, CICS, CICS Tools, Problem Determination Tools, Rational and more. Visit us often!
The System z Solutions Suite – in Toscana 3609 – will be open:
Monday, April 29: 11am-6pm
Tuesday-Wednesday, April 30-May 1: 8am-6pm
Thursday, May 2: 8am-4pm
In the spotlight
CICS Explorer Lunch ‘n’ Learn - Join us in the System z Solution Suite
Monday-Thursday, April 29-May 2: 12am-1pm
Meet with Kaamil Baba Kamara of IBM’s CICS Tools team and fellow customers over lunch for an overview, demonstration and Q&A discussion on the CICS Explorer. Advance registration recommended.
Build your own Agenda to meet with the System z "doctors"!
During Impact 2013, you can meet with IBM's stellar team of System z "doctors" for a one-on-one consultation. Please request a complimentary session in the System z Software Solution Suite, April 29-May 2, in Toscana
3609 on the third floor of the Venetian Hotel. You bring the agenda and the System z "doctors" will share their best practices for maintaining your System z environment's optimal health and will be on hand for prescriptive actions you can take to plan for growth and new workloads.
Build your own Agenda sessions: Tuesday-Thursday, April 30-May 2: 8am-6pm
Solutions Suite sessions are grouped by topic. Click the triangle before each title to view the session description.
New System z solutions: Modernization, mobile and more!
- Extending Mainframe Applications to Mobile DevicesThis session will demonstrate how easy it can be to expose your enterprise data to a mobile platform to exploit its value. IBM offers a mobile enterprise application platform, IBM MobileFirst Development (formerly Worklight), to allow you to integrate and connect your enterprise applications and data to any mobile device. A brief introduction to MobileFirst Development will be offered, then the discussion will focus on the examples and demonstrations of applications on Z interfacing with mobile devices to extend the use and value of your Z application portfolio.
- Optimize Business Decisions in Mainframe Applications with Business Rules and EventsLearn how your organization can maximize agility and flexibility in order to respond quickly and effectively to growth opportunities, rising customer expectations and volatile market forces. WebSphere Operational Decision Manager will allow your organization to define, deploy and manage Business Event and Business Rules across your enterprise. This session will focus on early experiences designing and deploying solutions with WebSphere Operational Decision Manager 8 for z/OS. 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.
- Modern Batch: Develop, Deploy and Manage applications in Java, COBOL and other environmentsOrganizations 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 offers solutions to this challenge and 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 three solutions for modernizing your batch applications: WebSphere Java Batch, WebSphere Extended Deployment Compute Grid and WebSphere Operational Decision Manager so you can learn how several organizations like yours modernized batch workloads and implemented enterprise grid computing. If your workload includes IMS, you will learn how this workload is included in a modernization strategy.
- Right Fit Platform SelectionThis session will explore selecting a platform for "right fit" application deployment. We will review a customer example of a deployment methodology. We will discuss deployment options and platform differences, including the importance of taking a total cost of ownership view and consider non-functional characteristics in the decision process, such as qualities of service and proximity to other applications and data. We will go over a suggested methodology for determining optimal application "right fit" platform placement. Finally, we will look at application characteristics that are optimal for System z, including zEnterprise, while exploring the advantages and differences of deploying on Linux versus z/OS with specific emphasis on WebSphere Application Server advantages on z/OS.
- Smarter Development: How Mainframe Tools that Work Together Allow you to Work SmarterEvery day your applications become more complex and integrated, and the pace of application development keeps increasing. To help manage the added demands on your time, your tools have to keep up. In the old mainframe development paradigm; separate unrelated tools are used for source management, project tracking, problem determination, code development, testing, debugging, and implementation. This session will demonstrate how the IBM z/OS development tools have evolved to allow you to work smarter and faster through seamless integration. We will demonstrate resolution of an application error as an end-to-end process. Products highlighted will include Rational Team Concert, Rational Developer for System z, CICS Interdependency Analyzer, IBM Debug Tool for z/OS and IBM Fault Analyzer for z/OS.
- Smarter Workforce Begins with Smarter Collaboration on System zThere are three key areas that you should be leverage to optimize your Z environment to its fullest extent. Are you? We'll review how clients are using System z to consolidate email reducing hundreds of blades down to a few IFLs, we'll discuss how top IT organizations are leveraging social collaboration to retain critical skills, finish projects faster and give subject matter experts more time back in their day and we'll also discuss how to modernize your applications and make them mobile ready. Also we'll share cost savings tips to keep your IT expenses down once you have released those applications into production.
- CICS Transaction Server Version 5.1: New Capabilities and Ready for CloudCICS TS V5.1 satisfies over 100 customer requirements that help solve the two most pressing challenges that companies face today; driving operational efficiencies while increasing service agility. CICS TS V5.1 focuses on operational efficiency and service agility with cloud enablement. Is your organization embracing Cloud? Are you wondering how your CICS ecosystem will participate? This session will provide an overview of Cloud and the many new capabilities introduced in CICS Transaction Server Version 5.1, and it will allow you to focus on specific capabilities in greater depth, or to discuss considerations for migration and the best strategy for your organization.
- Workload Optimization and Smart Provisioning within your CICS EcosystemIn 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 enterprise environment. In this session, learn how resource definitions can be shared across the Enterprise and installations into multiple regions can be achieved via a single command. The CICSPlex System Manager (CPSM) element of CICS Transaction Server for z/OS, along with tools in the CICS Tools portfolio, enables you to manage multiple CICS systems from a single point of control. This session will highlight a number of CPSM's system management functions, including a single system image, a single point of control, business application management, and operations for the entire CICSPlex. Discover how Business Application Services (BAS) provides similar capabilities to CICS Resources Definition Online, but not restricted to a single CICS region. Resource definitions can be shared across the Enterprise and installations into multiple regions can be achieved via a single command, allowing you to manage your enterprise in terms of your business applications rather than your CICS systems. We will spend time discussing CPSM's ability to use workload management (WLM) to route eligible work requests from a requesting region to a suitable target region selected at the time the transaction is initiated. Also, CPSM's Real-Time Analysis (RTA) function provides automatic, external notification of conditions in which you have expressed an interest. You can ask to be notified about any aspect of a resource's status. Real-time analysis also enables you to take actions without having to use an external automation product.
- Extend the Use and Value of CICS applications with IBM MobileFirst DevelopmentOpen 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 a Mobile application. In this session you will see examples and demonstrations of CICS applications interfacing with mobile devices extending the use and value of CICS applications!
- Is your CICS Ecosystem tooled for today’s business environment?Today's applications allow for easy scalability, provide high availability with built in redundancy, using a variety of communication interfaces ranging from terminals and web browsers, to smart devices, web services and ATOM feeds. So what is the best way for your organization to exploit this new business dynamic within your CICS ecosystem? IBM has tooling that makes this process simpler, faster, while reducing the risk associated with change. In this session, we will demonstrate several scenarios involving a general-purpose insurance application to modernize a traditional CICS application using CICS tooling. This information should be of interest to various areas of your organization; including managers, architects, application developers, system administrators, and performance specialists.
- Extending CICS Applications Beyond the Batch WindowDo your applications need to be available 7x24? Do you need to make your key CICS data available to a wider range of applications? We have a tool to migrate your VSAM data to DB2 without modifying your CICS or batch programs. In this session, we will show you the capabilities of CICS VSAM Transparency.
- CICS Explorer: The New Face of Productivity when Managing CICS EnvironmentsThe CICS Explorer will increase the productivity of highly skilled CICS technical users, as well as providing an intuitive entry-point for broadly skilled staff, by integrating powerful tools into a single Eclipse-based user interface. IBM CICS Explorer is designed to integrate CICS tooling with the CICS runtime, providing an easily extensible set of CICS views, data, methods, and features. Customizable views will enable users to save screen layouts that specifically address individual needs across the development and production processes. This session will walk you through the CICS Explorer and provide tips and techniques to customize your CICS Explorer for the work you need to do! Request this session to discuss how your organization can specifically benefit from the CICS Explorer, or join one of our Lunch and Learns from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 pm, Monday through Thursday and learn about the CICS Explorer with other customers.
Problem Determination / ICING Tools solutions
- Tools for Developers to Measure and Tune the Performance of z/OS ApplicationsWhat's the value of identifying CICS application performance issues before they get a chance to escalate? How often do you go looking for tuning opportunities? What can a performance measurement tool do to help resolve bad application behavior? Find out as we use CICS Performance Analyzer to identify poorly performing applications and Application Performance Analyzer to delve into the code to uncover the cause of the problem. This session will demonstrate how APA helps your business maximize the performance of your existing applications and improve the response time of your online transactions and batch turnaround times. The APA analysis reports deliver relevant information for CICS, DB2, IMS, WebSphere MQ, Java, Software AG ADABAS, and Natural. It provides detailed information on, CPU usage, Wait Time analysis, DASD Statistics, DB2 SQL, COBOL and PL/I language applications. You will see how APA provides an easy to use Eclipse-based GUI interface to help your application programmers and performance teams monitor applications and review results.
- Debug your Applications and Resolve Abends QuicklyIBM provides two solutions, IBM Debug Tool and IBM Fault Analyzer, that help debug and resolve abends for your Z application portfolio. You may have known that Debug Tool provided a 3270 interface to test applications, but did you know that there is a GUI interface to test those same applications? In this session, you'll discover how to use both interfaces to set up and test your batch, CICS, WebSphere MQ and DB2 applications. For IT professionals new to Z, there is no need to memorize commands with the point-and-shoot GUI interface. This session will also show you how IBM Fault Analyzer will assist in resolving abends quickly in all environments. In this session you learn how Fault Analyzer will present you with source abending statements for these languages: COBOL, PLI, C/C++, and Assembler. When one of your applications ends abnormally, Fault Analyzer helps you identify the cause, analyze the failure and fix the problem. Learn how Fault Analyzer can route abends back to where the source is stored when the fault occurs on a Sysplex with non-shared DASD.
- The New Face of WebSphere Z Tools: IBM Problem Determination Tools (PD Tools)The IBM Problem Determination Tools provide cost-effective and highly functional application performance analysis, source code debugging, application analysis, and data management. They help improve application delivery throughout the lifecycle for traditional, Web service-based, and SOA infrastructures, to prevent your application platforms from failing. The new Problem Determination Tools Studio is a standalone Eclipse-based environment that provides easy access through a graphical user interface (GUI) to all of the z/OS Problem Determination Tools. This session will demonstrate the Problem Determination Tools Studio and show you how the new technology can improve application developer productivity. You will see the steps required to install and configure the Problem Determination Tools Studio, including configuration of the interfaces for IBM Fault Analyzer, IBM Application Performance Analyzer, IBM Debug Tool, and IBM File Manager. Take away valuable information on how to obtain these interfaces for your company free of charge, and discover how your company can take advantage of free web-based training.
- Boost Productivity for IT Professionals with ISPF Productivity ToolBoth new and experienced IT Professionals will benefit from this session. ISPF Productivity Tool (IPT) is a tool for developers, system programmers, technical support/operations and control personnel alike. It offers boosts in productivity for users across the spectrum - from those who have worked with ISPF for many years and know their way around the panels quickly, to those who are new to the IBM System z® environment and were trained in workstation graphical user interface (GUI) tools and interfaces. Both types of users need tools that offer time-saving advantages and both will find them in ISPF Productivity Tool. In this session, you will see a demonstration of IPT and you can learn how customers who have already adopted this technology have realized benefit.
- A System z Developer's Journey Through the Application LifecycleThis session will demonstrate how Rational integrated tools help the typical z/OS developer throughout the application life cycle by improving project management, productivity, testing and deployment. The demonstration will showcase a typical day in a life scenario featuring several Rational products, including Rational Developer for System z Unit Test.
- Why WAS on z/OSWebSphere Application Server is a cross-platform family. It runs on small laptops all the way up to the largest mainframe computer. And across that entire spectrum the open standard support is fully aligned. But does that mean WebSphere Application Server is unaware of the platform it runs on? Not at all. WebSphere Application Server for z/OS in fact exploits the System z and z/OS platform to a considerable degree. So to the question "Why WebSphere Application Server on z/OS," the answer really does boil down to "Because of System z and z/OS." The value attributes of the platform and the way WAS z/OS exploits them is what make WebSphere Application Server for z/OS unique and powerful. This session will provide you with an understanding of the workloads you can optimize by deploying WebSphere Application Server on z/OS.
- Migrating to WAS Version 8.5 and Using the Liberty ProfileThis session will cover the new features and functions in WebSphere Application Server (WAS) for z/OS Version 8.5. A feature rich, robust transaction server designed to enhance WAS commonality across platforms and further exploits the underlying architecture of z/OS. WAS for z/OS Version 8.5 can help your organization to reduce costs and downtime through high performance to consolidate workloads, infrastructure and administrative tasks with enhanced Web server load balancing and failover. This version of WAS includes the Liberty profile, which is optimized for developer productivity and web application deployment. Its incredibly fast restart time, small size, and ease of use makes the Liberty profile a great option for developers building applications that do not require the full Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE) environment of traditional enterprise application server profiles.
- WebSphere Consolidation on Linux for System z: A Study in Business Value and IT EfficiencyWebSphere Application Server Consolidation on Linux for System z is one of the largest drivers of Linux on System z growth. Virtualization is the backbone of all "Cloud" initiatives and everyone is doing it, but is everyone doing it right?. As the data center grows and java workloads multiply, more and more customers are looking to System z as the premier platform for WebSphere Application Server consolidation and breaking away from under-utilized servers farms to under performing virtualized server farms. System z and zVM create a highly scalable and top performing environment for WebSphere Application Server Consolidation.
- WebSphere Compute Grid: “The NEW Batch Solution”Developing Java Batch Applications with WebSphere Compute Grid offers organizations agility in managing their systems resources. Discussions will center on how easily application developers can implement Java Batch applications for WebSphere XD Compute Grid and then integrate Job management techniques through Compute Grid's web-based interfaces. The meeting will conclude with an in-depth technical discussion of Compute Grid best-practices for application selection and production considerations.
- Advanced MQ Messaging - MQ Workload Balancing in a 'Plexed’ worldWhen MQ first delivered shard queues, one significant benefit was the 'pull' model of message processing, the queue managers that were most efficient processed the most messages. In some circumstances, the ‘pull’ model is not the best model for the overall environment. In addition, when there are asymmetric sysplex environments there can be a significant workload skewing towards more powerful processors or towards LPARs getting better response time from a coupling facility. There are also efficiencies built into WMQ and other subsystems that favor doing work locally when possible, as that is more efficient. This session, offered exclusively in the System Z Software Solution Suite, will outline some ways to help control the flow of the message processing, to take advantage of shared queues while more evenly distributing the work.
- MQ AMS and Managed File TransferThis session will provide you with information about two important solutions to address your organization’s needs to manage messaging, MQ AMS and Managed File Transfer. An overview of MQ AMS will be provided, followed by a deeper discussion of specific MQ AMS solution design and deployment topics like understanding AMS and RACF configurations, defining AMS security policies, and authenticating certificates and the renewal process. For Managed File Transfer, the session will begin with an overview of file transfers, the topology and capabilities, then dive deeper into security considerations with MFT and using WebSphere MQ Explorer MFT plug-ins. One or both solutions can be demonstrated to you in this session.
- WebSphere MQ Advanced Messaging Topics, including details on Shared Message DatasetsThis session is designed to offer a closer look at the more advanced or complex options your organization may want to implement as part of an enterprise messaging strategy. Choose from Understanding queue sharing Shared Message Data Sets (SMDS) and implementing SMDS or a deeper understanding of SMF data and analysis.
- IBM Operational Decision Manager: Why z and Why NowLearn more about IBM's WebSphere Operational Decision Manager (ODM) for Z, the new options available in Version 8 offering and its role in the management of business rules at an enterprise level. WebSphere ODM allows an organization to separate decision logic from applications and processes, facilitating reuse across business systems that run on mainframe and distributed architectures. It improves collaboration between business and IT teams, through shared visibility and governance controls for the management of decision logic. The unique value WebSphere ODM for Z offers an enterprise is precise execution of real-time decisions that can be deployed individually or in an integrated solution. This session will explore those deployment options and the advantages of each option and "best practices" that govern which choice to implement. Integration patterns will be demonstrated and discussed in depth.
- WebSphere Message Broker Version 8 for z/OS: Integrating the EnterpriseThis session is formulated with Infrastructure and Application Architects and Developers in mind. It includes a presentation and demonstration to show you the value of Message Broker Version 8 on z/OS, integration patterns with CICS and IMS nodes, and synergy with WebSphere Operational Decision Management Version 8 for Z/OS. In addition, the new capabilities in WebSphere Message Broker Version 8 for processing non-XML data and global caching can be explored.
- BPM for the Enterprise on System z - Process Hub and Hybrid DeploymentsAutomated Processes that extend and integrate key enterprise systems can create better time to value for Mainframe business solutions. This session will provide a technical overview for using the latest product features in Business Process Management V8 products for z/OS and System z, as deployed in automated straight through processes and hybrid topologies, with an introduction to the concept of a z/OS "Process Hub" as a practical solution for high performance "straight through" processing.
Essential analyst session
Join IDC analyst Steve Hendrick and IBM's Mike Perera as they discuss the why and how of fast, high-volume operational decision management for System z applications.
Join RedMonk analyst James Governor and IBM Fellow Kevin Stoodley on a tour of the latest technologies shipped in the new Enterprise COBOL for z/OS, industry trends and more.
Special z reception
Join us at a special System z reception on Sunday, April 28 in the Venetian's TAO Opium Room, hosted by IBM VP Phil Weintraub. (VIP ticket required for admission)