Seminar Program

Date: June 7, 2017 - Seminar Agenda

Location: The Crowne Plaza Hotel , Novi Michigan

8:15am - 9:00am Check In / Continental Breakfast
9:00 am - 9:05 am Meeting kickoff and Opening comments
9:05 am - 10:20 am "DB2 z/OS Concurrent Delivery Model”
Speaker: Mark Rader (IBM)
Download "DB2 z/OS Concurrent Delivery Model”
10:20 am - 10:40 am Break
10:40 am - 12:00 pm "DB2 z/OS v12 Migration Considerations”
Speaker: Mark Rader (IBM)
Download "DB2 z/OS v12 Migration Considerations”
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch - included as part of the seminar
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm "Transforming Mainframes for Digital Business”
Speaker: Kevin McGuinn (BMC)
Download "Transforming Mainframes for Digital Business”
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm Break
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm "The Machine Learning Advantage – DB2 z/OS and Machine Learning"
Speaker: Nigel Slinger (IBM)
Download "Everything a DB2 for zos Application Developer needs to know"


Presentation Abstracts

Presentation #1:

Speaker: Mark Rader (IBM) - “DB2 z/OS v12 Migration Considerations”

DB2 for z/OS is now offering continuous delivery of new features. Taking advantage of new capabilities and enhancements for DB2 for z/OS is now faster and more accessible than ever before thanks to continuous delivery. In DB2 12, an environment is created where new functions can be delivered as activatable function levels multiple times a year, as opposed to waiting for the next DB2 version. Continuous delivery can help DB2 for z/OS customers by:

- Delivering new function when the quality is right

- Maintaining a stable environment

- Reducing costs associated with migration disruptions in a 3-year upgrade cycle

- Allowing systems to adopt new functions quicker

- Creating stable environments for applications to be developed, tested and deployed

Presentation #2:

Mark Rader (IBM) – “DB2 z/OS v12 Migration Considerations”

With the introduction of function levels within DB2 for z/OS 12, customers can choose when and which enhancements are implemented. These include virtual storage enhancements, new subsystem parameters, optimization enhancements (for static SQL statements, this means package bind/rebind after the function level activation) and new SQL capabilities.

Presentation #3:

Speaker: Kevin McGuinn (BMC) – “Transforming Mainframes for Digital Business”


This presentation will cover how the role of the mainframe is changing to adapt to the new economy, where digital drives everything. Many organizations rely on the mainframe for critical business processing, and those who are embracing digital business are thriving. Go digital or Go extinct. We’ll review how this new digital activity impacts the mainframe and how these digital pressures will only continue to increase. How are you going to stay in touch with your new technological consumer? What new technology are you going to adopt? Social and the Internet of Things, Mobile apps, Analytics, Cloud, Big Data, Automation, Mainframe? Are you going to use business intelligence, analytics, or possibly even Watson to stay in touch with your customer to find insights? Finding insights in your data – doesn’t that generate more data? How are you going to manage your new digital business infrastructure? How do you plan to service your technological consumers with the information they need in a timely manner?

Presentation #4:

Speaker: Nigel Slinger (IBM) – “The Machine Learning Advantage – DB2 z/OS and Machine Learning”


Data is everywhere and organizations are looking to uncover meaningful insights from their data. IBM offers a complete machine learning solution to help you extract hidden value from enterprise data with IBM Machine Learning for z/OS. This solution helps organizations quickly ingest and transform data to create, deploy and manage high quality self-learning behavioral models. Using IBM z Systems data securely, in place and in real time Machine Learning for z/OS can help you more accurately anticipate customer and business needs.


Speaker Biographies

Mark Rader (IBM)

Mark Rader is a Senior Consulting IT Specialist with IBM working with DB2 for z/OS clients. He has over 31 years of technical experience with IBM, primarily with DB2 for z/OS. He focuses on data sharing, performance, availability, distributed client access to DB2 for z/OS and DB2 and WLM interaction. He has led many DB2 data sharing implementations and has presented a variety of topics at conferences and at regional user group meetings. He has worked closely with DB2 development in delivering the early support programs for DB2 11 and 12. He is an author of redbooks on Parallel Sysplex application considerations, DB2 data

Kevin McGuinn (BMC)
Kevin McGuinn is an Area Vice President of the Customer Success Organization at BMC Software. He leads the ZSolutions Technical Software Consultants for the Americas and the Technical Success Managers and Technical Enablement Globally. He has been working with and leading both distributed and mainframe field teams in a variety of positions at BMC for over 30 years.

Nigel Slinger (IBM)

Nigel Slinger is an IBM Distinguished Engineer in Analytics Development. He currently serves as the lead architect for IBM's Machine Learning capabilities for z Systems customers. In addition, he also leads the World Wide Technical support team providing L2 support to customers. He is regarded as one of the ultimate authorities on overall DB2 problem determination especially in the DB2 storage manager area which he helped to design.