Thursday, May 14, 2015

Upcoming events

Here's a selection of upcoming events that might be of interest to you

(GSE) Meetings in Belgium

June 4, 2015 - DB2 zOS and DB2 LUW Joined user group meeting
IBM Client Center in Brussels
On June 4th 2015, the Belux GSE DB2 working group in cooperation with the DB2 LUW working group present their 6th Joint DB2 for z/OS and DB2 for LUW Event. You can find the agenda and you can also register over here.
A short overview : "This 155th day of the year 2015 will start with a lighthearted story from Marcel Den Hartog about “Mainframe in the Digital Economy”. Besides Marcel to put everybody in the right mood, we have a number of other renowned speakers on this event. John Campbell will entertain us with stories about the joys of migration to DB2 11 for z/OS. For the more DB2 for LUW oriented people we managed to bring over Les King to talk about where DB2 fits into the Big Data Analytics picture, and Alain De Wilde to talk about Cloud Data Services.
After the lunch offered by IBM, we have more technical deep dive topics for you by John Campbell and Klaas Brant talking about locking, and more system oriented topics like large buffer pools and compression. We also have a user presentation from Dirk Beauson. He will describe how KBC does DB2 for z/OS application performance tuning".

June 8, 2015 - GSE LUG Working Group meeting on 'IT Security in Practice'
RealDolmen Huizingen
"We will give a global view of the security landscape. What are the actual threads and what are the expectations for the future ? For what must we be prepared ? Previously, perimeter security was sufficient. Today we have to accept that someone can still break in into our system. How can we efficiently detect /monitor that ? How to react on such an attack ? How must you be organized ? Which professional roles / responsibilities must be defined in your company to be capable to react in a sufficient way ?" For registration, send an e-mail to

EMEA : May 18-22, 2015 - System z Technical University

The System z Technical University is taking place in Dublin for EMEA. You can find all information about attending, agenda, registration etc. over here.This is already next week, so hurry up if you still want to attend it. For the Belgian customer, there's an Irish company (I won't give any names of course) that flies you to Dublin and back for under 100€. So that's already one obstacle out of the way . . .

BeNeLux : June 9-11 2015 - DB2 Symposium 2015 Netherlands
"On 9-11 June we organize our 17th DB2 Symposium in Veldhoven / The Netherlands with nine DB2 z/OS and LUW sessions presented by DB2 Gold Consultants and IBM DB2 Experts. The DB2 Symposium is a three day training event with one day seminars which fills the gap between a conference and a multi-day training. The DB2 Symposium is unique because you can join us for 1, 2 or 3 days, depending on your needs and budget."
Some names of speakers : Susan Lawson, Ember Crooks, Cristian Molar, Gareth Jones, Martin Hubel, Dan Luksetich, Klaas Brant
More information and registration over here.

Online events

May 19, 2015 - IBM Systems Magazine Webcast at 6:00PM Brussels Time
3590 Tape Drive End of Support - What's The Best Alternative? for Mainframe

This appears to be a sponsored webcast from Luminex but I guess the content could be interesting :
"Better understand the key considerations and available options for addressing the 3590 EOS, to protect your mainframe investment and ease the transition to new technologies.
Protect your mainframe investment and gain insight from Luminex Subject Matter Experts and a Technical Lead from JAS Tech Services who will share his firsthand experience with a recent transition from 3490 and 3590 tape drives, to 3490 and 3590 virtual tape.
This webinar will highlight the best practices for navigating from the initial evaluation, to unplugging and powering off physical tape systems permanently, including the POC, sizing, IOGEN, implementation, testing, production, tape migration, cutover and DR testing".
You have to click your way to the registration via the link over here.

May 28, 2015 - Webcast at 5:00PM Brussels Time
APIs for the Enterprise: Unlocking mainframe assets for mobile and cloud applications

"Across multiple industries, enterprises have made significant investments in mainframe applications. By taking advantage of these z Systems-based assets, you can extend your reach to new customers and markets with new applications and services. By exposing existing mainframe assets as APIs, you can improve the customer experience and integrate new mobile and cloud capabilities. These APIs are the building blocks for accessing the systems of record that are managed in existing mainframe applications.Topics include:
  • Discover how to develop APIs from existing z/OS business assets
  • Learn how to take advantage of new capabilities and set up end-to-end architecture and technical roles
  • Find out how to bring together the right organizational roles for delivering successful mobile and cloud-based solutions"
You can find all info and a registration link over here.

June 16/17, 2015 - A Two Part Webcast at 5:00PM Brussels Time
DB2 11 Migration Planning & Real Customer Experiences by John Campbell

"To help facilitate your migration, and ensure your organization remains competitive John Campbell will provide planning information about migrating to DB2 11 for z/OS. This presentation will be two part series June 16th and 17th. The presentation will share surprises, pitfalls and lessons learned; provide hints and tips; discuss enabling fast start; and share the latest news about migrations.
This is a unique opportunity to catch the top hints and tips from John, there will also be an opportunity for a live Q&A session."

You can find all info and a registration link over here for the first session and over here for the second session..

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