SHARE Sessions | Providence 2017

Six SHARE Sessions You Won’t Want to Miss in Providence

I’ve been attending SHARE for my entire mainframe career. From my first attendance in 1978 in Denver to my most recent in early 2017 in San Jose, each semi-annual SHARE has proven to be more than just a conference mainframe professionals attend as a knowledge-gathering mission for the sake of job improvement. SHARE is more like a five-day retreat for mainframe professionals to steep themselves in the esoteric but riveting and constantly evolving technology that first drew them to platform in the first place.

That’s why there are over 500 technical sessions to choose from. But any veteran SHARE attendee knows life is easier when you plan ahead. You can view the agenda for SHARE sessions here, but there are always a few sessions you simply can’t miss.

This year, I recommend tuning in to conversations around DevOps, modern tooling, z/OS installation changes, security and the next generation. Whether you’re heading to SHARE for the first time or you’re a multiple-time attendee like me, here are the six SHARE sessions you won’t want to miss in Providence:

  1. Enterprise DevOpsSession Number: 21579
    When: Monday, August 7, 10-11 a.m.
    Room: 554A/BHear Forrester Principal Analyst Robert Stroud and Compuware VP of Product Management Sam Knutson share their expert insights on how mainframe teams can use DevOps to accelerate application development and delivery to provide customers with innovations of greater quality and efficiency.
  2. Lessons Learned Building a Multi-vendor Mainframe-inclusive DevOps ToolchainSession Number: 21489
    When: Monday, August 7, 3:15-4:15 p.m.
    Room: WashingtonSam is on a DevOps roll at SHARE this year. Shortly after his discussion with Rob Stroud, you can catch him sharing lessons on how to get away from using one monolithic toolset and building a DevOps toolchain that extends across products and platforms, including the mainframe. He’ll also share some resources where you can learn more about the benefits of DevOps and how to implement its best practices.
  3. Mainframe IDE ShootoutSession Number: 21198
    When: Tuesday, August 8, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Room: Providence BallroomQuickly becoming a SHARE session classic, Mainframe IDE Shootout will feature speakers from some of the major mainframe ISV’s—including CA Technologies, Compuware, IBM and Micro Focus. Each will demo and highlight some of the core features of their company’s mainframe IDE (integrated development environment) and explain why these tools are the new standard over 3270 for modern mainframe development. Sharp shooter and Compuware Product Manager Jim Liebert will talk to Compuware’s Eclipse-based IDE, Topaz.
  4. IBM’s New z/OS Installation StrategySession Number: 21587
    When: Wednesday, August 9, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    Room: Ballroom BWondering what’s up with the new IBM installation strategy for z/OS? John Eells of IBM can fill you in during this session. He’ll cover the past, present and future of software packaging and touch on how IBM has been collaborating with mainframe ISVs as well. Later on, see and hear about ISV collaboration at its best in IBM’s New z/OS Installation Strategy: Update from the Vendors (session number 21587).
  5. Live: Pervasive Encryption: Three Essential Views on Encrypting Access MethodsSession Number: 21390
    When: Wednesday, August 9, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
    Room: Ballroom DIBM just announced the z14 mainframe, and the platform’s pervasive encryption is being touted as a new evolution in security. During this session, speakers from IBM specializing in storage administration, security administration and encryption will explain how to implement and manage the new policy-based mechanism for application transparent encryption of datasets in each area.
  6. Meet the Future of z SystemsSession Number: 21233
    When: Thursday, August 10, 10-11 a.m.
    Room: WashingtonWe all know how important it is to build a new skilled workforce of next-gen developers as a huge swath of mainframe experts prepare for retirement. I highly recommend you attend this session. A panel of next-gen developers will share their experiences working on the mainframe and offer advice on finding, attracting and retaining new talent.

Some of the most important conversations happening in mainframe today revolve around the topics of these six SHARE sessions. There’s no better place to get a sense of where everything stands with them than at this event in August.

Compuware will also be on hand all week to talk about these things and hear your thoughts. Visit us at booth #217 to have a conversation. You can see what technical sessions we’ll be speaking in here.

See you in Providence!