January 19-21 & 26-28 | Virtual Conference

Join us for 6 virtual conference days with networking sessions, vendors, and speakers from all over the globe.

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The 46th IMPACT Conference

For more than 40 years, CMG’s international conference has been the source for education and peer-to-peer exchange for all things enterprise IT and infrastructure. It is the only conference of its kind where attendees can obtain real-world knowledge and training that is not vendor-run.

IMPACT features sessions on the full scope of digital transformation technologies including Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Observability, DevOps, Performance Engineering, Digital Process, Cloud Native Applications, and the IT infrastructures that support them.

Sessions and Speakers

Each year, CMG brings together leading technology practitioners and vendors for a conference like no other. With an emphasis on peer-to-peer education, the conference facilitates open communication and problem solving for its attendees.

Mainframe Modernization Challenges and Strategy

The Mainframe is still strategic and will exist for a long time to come …

The projection of the Mainframe in the IS evolution roadmaps requires the implementation of a modernization and optimization strategy to meet the following challenges:

  • Visible costs in the ISD budget and increasing due to the opening of the Mainframe (APIzation) which generates additional demands on the Mainframe
  • A complex IBM billing model that requires expertise and constant effort to control it
  • Less and less mastered treatments and applications with the gradual departure of the knowledgers (skilled people)

Take advantage of Mainframe resource analysis to improve performance and control costs:

  • Obtain relevant information on the specifics of your production environment thanks to a real-time analysis platform
  • Improve your understanding of resource usage, quickly identify a problem to instantly adapt configuration and capping
  • Reduce costs by optimizing MSU consumption by automatically redistributing available resources in real time


Speaker
Brian Hoare
Solutions Specialist
Zetaly
Winter Park, Florida, United States

Brian Hoare has seen the z platform grow from OS/390 to today’s z/OS. He may speak with a “strange accent” and has introduced new solutions into the USA and worked with several startups. He has presented at local/annual CMG’s, Share and many other conferences discussing cost reduction (IBM/MLC), performance and is now his focused on analytical data on “z”.  Mainframe analytics are his latest passion, especially as Z is the richest source of data there is. So why not use the richest source of data we have for helping to run the business? Brian lives in Florida, is a passionate fan of Rugby and Football (Soccer) and has several refereeing and coaching badges.

Track
Mainframe Modernized

Finetune your mainframe performance through the analysis of WLM and HIS

Mainframe performance is not only limited to the amount of available resources but strongly depends on how well you organize the work running on your machine. The Workload Manager helps you organize your workloads depending on business priorities while Hardware Instrumentation Services (HIS) give you insights on the performance of your current LPAR configuration. Understanding how to analyze these components is a gold mine for performance optimization projects.

Speaker:
Roberto Pacheco
Presales Engineer
ZETALY
Nantes, Pays de la Loire, France

Track
Mainframe Modernized

When your Site Fails it can be Great for Business

The site crash was and still is their best sales day, ever. The platform failing over caused people to keep trying and trying to get through. The site failing over made them more desirable. They didn’t just keep trying for 5-10 mins and give up. They were trying all day. People had a fear of missing out…

Speaker
Thomas Ballard
Chief Commercial Officer
Market Hill
London, England United Kingdom

Track
What’s New / Modern Enterprise IT

Schedule
TBA

Concurrent Users – An analytical approach to proper workload simulation

Concurrent User is one of the key performance metrics in a system. Many performance issues that can only be exposed under load are related to the increased number of concurrent users. In the context of load test, we often hear phrases such as “test the system under x concurrent users”. This is a common misunderstanding of the term. In most cases, Concurrent User is a Random Variable. We propose an analytical alternative to the classic queuing theory for estimating Concurrent User. This model helps us determine whether the simulated workload is a proper representation of the expected production scenario.

Speaker
Xiaosong Lou
Senior Performance Engineer
Blackline Inc
Woodland Hills, CA

Track
Performance Engineering and DevOps

Schedule
TBA

Cloud Resources Workload Profiling

How to be sure a cloud object’s (e.g, AWS EC2, RDS or EBS) workload fits the rightsized resources (Compute, RAM, IO/s and Network traffic)? It is very difficult to do using raw system performance data from monitoring tools. The best way to do that is using a weekly workload profile, which is a graphical visualization in form of MASF IT-Control chart. This chart shows the stability of the workload, reveals the anomalies happened recently, such as run-away, memory leaks or specifically important for cloud objects, the unusual number of hours the object is down all compared with the usual weekly pattern.

This presentation will describe how to build, read, and use workload profiles using real data examples and demonstrates how cloud capacity scaling could be verified.

Speaker
Igor Trubin
IT Manager
Capital One
Alexandria, Virginia United States

Track
Data Centers and Cloud Infrastructure

Schedule
TBA

Recruiting and retaining the new generation of Z System specialists

As many Z Systems specialists approach retirement, the issue of their successors arises. While younger analysts may find working with other platforms more appealing, several facets of Z Systems may be shown to convince them of their stability, reliability, and career security.

Speaker
Greg Caliri
Senior Systems Consultant (mainframe)
SVA Software
Bradford, Massachusetts

Track
Mainframe Modernized

Schedule
TBA

Sogei’s experience with IBM Db2 Analytics Accelerator

Overview of Sogei’s main software application running on acceletator. Challanges and benefits. Migration to v7. Monitoring of the accelelrator. Outcome of taking part in the InSync Early Support Program.

Speaker
Chiara Baldan
Data Engineer
Sogei
Rome, Italy

Track
Mainframe Modernized

Schedule
TBA

A Mainframe Security Rosetta

What’s an ESM on z/OS? Why are there three of them? Why does each have such a different personality from the other two? And if I know how to use one of them, is there a way for me to understand the other two more easily? Come to this session, and get ready for a Rosetta stone’s worth of insight into the ways and meanings of RACF, ACF2, and Top Secret Security.

Speaker
Reg Harbeck
Chief Strategist
Langley, BC Canada

Track
Mainframe Modernized

Schedule
TBA

Natural Language Generation: Creating human readable text with machines

Not all performance topics and recommendations simply cut and dry. Many are controversial. These are the recommendations that tend to generate discussion amongst peers, need careful consideration, or may depend on which ‘performance camp’ you belong to. During this presentation, we will explore some of these topics.

Speaker
Mohammed Jalil
Co-founder
Metapair
Kuala Lumpur, Selangor  Malaysia

Track
What’s New / Modern Enterprise IT

Schedule
TBA

Controversial z/os performance topics debated

Not all performance topics and recommendations simply cut and dry. Many are controversial. These are the recommendations that tend to generate discussion amongst peers, need careful consideration, or may depend on which ‘performance camp’ you belong to. During this presentation, we will explore some of these topics.

Speaker
Scott Chapman
CIO
Enterprise Performance Strategies, Inc.
Galena, Ohio United States

Peter Enrico
President
Enterprise Performance Strategies, Inc.
Bradenton, Florida, United States

Track
Mainframe Modernized

Schedule
TBA

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