System z Solutions Suite
The System z Solutions Suite is your place to see the latest solutions and technologies in a relaxed, one-on-one environment. Choose from a variety of solution-focused briefings and demos presented by our technical experts, who will also be available for private consultations. These in-depth sessions will help you:
Solutions Suite Location and hours:
June 2 - June 5, 2014
Walt Disney World Dolphin
Northern Hemisphere B corridor
Rooms 2 & 3
Monday, June 2 --- 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday, June 3 --- 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, June 4 --- 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday, June 5 --- 8:00 am - 11:00
In the spotlight
Special Lunch & Learn session:
When: Tuesday June 3: 12:30-1:30
Where: Northern Hemisphere B corridor
Rooms 2 & 3
Discover How to Revitalize Your Business Critical COBOL Applications and Reduce the Cost of Running Them
COBOL may be over 50 years old, but IBM is still investing significantly in Enterprise COBOL for z/OS. New optimization technology introduced in Enterprise COBOL for z/OS, V5.1, allows, for the first time, the compiler to generate code that fully leverages the capabilities of the zEnterprise architecture. The applications produced use CPU resources, and run in less time, therefore decreasing the cost to running them. Enhancements, such as improved support for XML generation and parsing, new Unicode character handling routines, and support for unbounded tables and groups, will improve the productivity of COBOL developers.
Join us to learn more about the advancements made in the newest release of COBOL for the mainframe: Enterprise COBOL for z/OS, V5.1
Space is limited; please register in advance.
Solutions Suite options listed below. Open up the section to see the full abstract.
- The DevOps approach: Develop and test - multiplatform development with Integrated Solution for System zThis 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.
- The DevOps approach: Develop and test – new capabilities!Learn about recent announcements on our Eclipse- based integrated development environment, comprising COBOL, PL/I, C++, assembler and Java development tools for use in batch, CICS, IMSTM and DB2 processing environments. We’ll show how this environment supports the design, creation, deployment and maintenance of traditional transactional applications and modern composite applications running on z/OS operating systems. We’ll highlight the new integrated debugger which provides full edit, compile and debug capabilities out-of-the-box, removing the need for additional products for capabilities such as debug and code coverage.
- The DevOps approach - Speed the development of CICS and MQ applications with service virtualizationRational Development and Test for System z” (RD&T) offering can “virtualize CICS DPL and MQ based services to speed up the development process. For organizations that want to take advantage of the newest features and benefits of their CICS, IMS and MQ releases for their applications there is a need to be more agile in their application development and maintenance. However, installa- tion of these new development and test systems is not easy and can incur higher infrastructure cost. The DevOps approach will show you how to virtualize CICS DPL and MQ based services in order to speed up the development process.
- The DevOps approach: Develop and test – demo of the Continuous Integration Solution for System z DevelopmentThe continuous integration testing process consists of continuously compiling, inspecting, deploying, and testing source code changes. This improves the likelihood of finding defects earlier in the development cycle, when they can be more easily managed, and it reduces the number of late-stage integration defects that cause development delays and much rework. In many continuous integration environments, this means running a new build whenever code in a source code management repository changes. We’ll demonstrate how easy and automated continuous testing can be in the mainframe environment.
- Rational Developer for System z Data AccessLearn about and see how RDz, the premier Interactive Development Environment for System z, provides quick and easy-to-use access to z/OS databases and files. Using the same rich, graphical user interface found throughout RDz, you'll see how RDz can connect to, query, and manipulate data from a wide variety of data sources, including DB2, IMS, VSAM, flat files and others. By teaming up to deliver personal computer based tooling, based on the eclipse framework, RDz and z/OS development teams have made data access more productive, and consistent, for developers new to the z/OS environment and for experienced professionals who have years of experience with traditional ISPF and TSO tools.
- Rational Asset Analyzer - Reducing the complexity of software development projects through better insight and more accurate documentation.Organizations host and maintain many of their mission-critical applications on System z. Some of these applications are long-lived and, over time, the human, institutional knowledge associated with them may have moved on. This session will illustrate how RAA can quickly provide application stakeholders insight into an application, its components, and all of their interrelationships. In contrast to traditional analysis methods, whereby users must often search source code to discern an application's behavior, RAA provides graphical insight into the application along with the ability to navigate to component details simply by following web page hyperlinks. This provides access and increased productivity to not only developers, but testers, managers, analysts and anyone else who may have an interest in the application.
- Basics of automated testing for System zThe z/OS mainframe environment has earned a reputation for superior application performance, availability and security while managing a range of mission-critical applications. The ability to effectively test these applications is often challenging, though. This may be due to the lack of modern testing tools, the lack of test environments, or due to existing processes in place that inhibit the discovery of defects early in the testing cycle. This session will introduce you to tools that can help you automate, manage and enhance your z/OS testing capability, leading to better quality and reduced development costs.
- Modernizing Batch and Online COBOL applications using Rational Asset Analyzer (RAA) and IBM Operational Decision Manager (ODM)Shorten application change management schedules by combining these technologies and improve time-to-market. Gain a better understanding of your legacy applications and how the information flows across the enterprise. Take advantage of ODM features such as natural language rule writing and events capability, built-in rules testing capabilities. Leverage hot deployment of COBOL code so that rule changes can be rolled out quicker than legacy methods with versioning, to easily shift between versions used in deployed applications. These resources can be shared across the enterprise with write rules once, and deployed to any platform (z/OS and distributed). So, rules on all platforms are consistent across enterprise.With RAA you can understand application level information such as JCL streams, data files, programs, dependencies, program structure, program flow and control. This helps you develop a "vocabulary" whereby you tie software artifacts (e.g., DB2 Columns) to Business "semantics”.
- A Closer Look at How Enterprise COBOL for z/OS, V5 Can Revitalize Your Business Critical COBOL Applications and Reduce the Cost of Running ThemNew optimization technology introduced in Enterprise COBOL for z/OS, V5.1, allows, for the first time, the compiler to generate code that fully leverages the capabilities of the zEnterprise architecture. The applications produced use CPU resources, and run in less time, therefore decreasing the cost to running them.
Enhancements, such as improved support for XML generation and parsing, new Unicode character handling routines, and support for unbounded tables and groups, will improve the productivity of COBOL developers.