September 26, 2019

Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA 01566
Sponsored By: 
Compuware
Theme: 
“Operational perspectives and Db2 – DevOps and other things”
Agenda: 
08:30
Continental Breakfast
09:00
Opening Remarks
09:15
Nine Steps to Agile Mainframe Ops Getting Maximum Long-term Value from Your Core Systems - Keith Sisson & David Seibert
10:30
Break with Refreshments
10:45
Modern Mainframe unit testing for DB2 based applications, minimizing the need for actual DB2 resources - Andy Jepeal
12:00
Buffet Lunch
01:00
DB2’s Awkward Relationship with Batch - Kelly Vogt
02:15
Break with Refreshments
02:30
The Largest Software Project in History - Milan Babiak
03:45
Wrap Up - Discuss December presentations
04:00
Compuware Raffle prizes
Abstracts and Biographies: 

 

 

Highlights
 
Speaker Bios:
 
Keith Sisson
Keith Sisson is the Director of Customer Success and Technical Services at Compuware. His teams are responsible for providing technical support to both external and internal customers. His teams also support product manufacturing and delivery, and a wide range of software and services. He has over 30 years of experience in operations, tech services, application development, and has provided IT consulting services to a number of Fortune 500 companies. Keith is a two time winner of the ‘Best Session Award’ at Share and he holds a B.S. in Information Systems from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
 
Andrew Jepeal
Andrew Jepeal has been a Compuware employee for over 20 years specializing in Application Performance Management and Automated Testing. Prior to joining Compuware, Andrew led a team of Systems Programmers responsible for the installation and maintenance of mainframe operating systems and subsystems, ISV products as well as the performance and tuning of the mainframe ecosystem.
 
Kelly Vogt
Kelly Vogt is a Compuware solution consultant with expertise in Compuware ThruPut Manager for automated batch processing as well as Compuware Strobe for application performance management and analysis. He recently retired from Humana Inc. where he managed an evolving batch strategy, improving batch services for his customers, while reducing operating costs and risks by fully automating batch processing. He has nearly 40 years of z/OS systems programming, performance tuning, capacity planning, operations and management experience.
 
David Seibert
David Seibert has 35 years as database administrator, developer, software architect and strategist, with specialized experience in database design, performance, and maintenance, as well as software product design. David also developed and taught technology courses, focused on programming languages and relational database. He is experienced with MS SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle,and DB2. David has exceptional communications skills; respected resource and mentor.
Milan Babiak
Milan is an IBMer, regular presenter and motivational speaker at conferences, IBM educational seminars, customer workshops, and Toastmasters meetings in Canada, USA and Europe.
His passion is explaining complex technical topics in a simple, understandable language to wide audiences.
Milan earned his Master of Computer Science degree from Slovak Technical University Bratislava, Slovakia. 
He is also an active member and club executive at IBM Toastmasters in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/milanbabiak/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BabiakMilan
 

 

Sessions and Abstracts:

Nine Steps to Agile Mainframe Ops
Keith Sisson

Getting Maximum Long-term Value from Your Core Systems

The mainframe remains the most reliable, scalable, high-performance, secure and cost-efficient computing platform on the planet. That’s why large enterprises continue to run their core business applications and critical transaction processing systems on it. Almost every application/system is a combination of different technologies, from Mobile to Mainframe, how do companies decide what function runs where? Why are we limiting the mainframe to existing workloads and not fully capitalizing on the platform that best performs the function? This presentation presents some technical and managerial decision points, ideas, examples, and lessons learned from moving distributed functions to the mainframe, from on-prem distributed to Cloud SaaS, and including services from all technology to provide the best possible solutions!  

The presentation focuses on the Ops side of DevOps journey and outlines steps for this essential migration, including information on technology we have built using Db2 & SQL to integrate, automate, and improve operational support functions. 

 

DB2’s Awkward Relationship with Batch
Kelly Vogt

Batch permeates every facet of the z/OS environment – even DB2.
Rolling IPLs, maintenance windows, data sharing, application coding practices, performance… there are many ways DB2-related batch can get tripped up. 
Let’s explore some ways better batch management can improve availability, reduce job failures and improve performance.

 

The Largest Software Project in History
Milan Babiak

When you paid at WALMART recently - where was that computer that processed your payment transaction, from the POS Terminal, through your credit card company, all the way to WALMART?
Last time when you paid your credit card bill, did you know about the computer that processed your online banking payment?
When you booked your airline ticket, did you think of the computer that made your reservation?
It is the same computer system, for all those transactions.
Did you think about the thousands of other travelers, shoppers, bank customers who did similar transactions as you, at the same time?
Did you think about the capacity, speed, and security of that computer?
It is the same, big, powerful and the most securable computer system, for all those transactions.
It is The IBM Z mainframe. Z = Zero downtime for 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, for mission critical applications.
How is the hardware and software for that system developed? How is it tested?
Please join me on the historic journey of a computer system, a platform announced on April 8, 1964.
The story of a system that runs on principles.

SUMMARY:
- IBM mainframe history overview 1964-2019
- Book: "The Mythical Man Month" & the largest hardware and software project in IT history
- Key design principles: backward compatibility, effectiveness of the User Interface
- Key operational principles: 24x7 availability, security, scalability