Customer Invitation – Carolinas zEnterprise Council August Meeting (August 15, 2019)

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zEnterprise Customer Council

Bank of America

100 N. Tryon St.

6th Floor Assembly Room

Charlotte, NC 28202

Thursday, August 15th, 2019, 8:30AM – 2:45PM

Your Hosts:

Rich Gast, Business Unit Executive, IBM

Garry Grandlienard, Z Client Architect, IBM

Mitch Hoffman, Regional Manager of the Carolinas, Rocket Software

Len Santalucia, Business Development Manager, Vicom-Infinity, Inc.


You are cordially invited to join us for our next zEnterprise Customer Council event at the Bank of America, 6th Floor Assembly Room, 100 N. Tryon St. in Charlotte, NC. The goal of the council is to provide our customers in management positions and their employees a forum to learn the latest System z technologies and directions.


We’ll start off our day with a welcome from our site host, Bank of America, followed by a presentation by Mike Giglio of Ensono.  When you hear the statement “You Should Consider Becoming a Sponsor User,” instinct may tell you to DUCK and COVER. In reality, there is great value and little or no pain when you become a sponsor user. The experience of having a positive impact upon the life-cycle and functions of IBM products benefit your employer, the mainframe community and even IBM. This session will tell the story of the sponsor user experience, with sufficient details. Then you can make up your mind if becoming a Sponsor User is for you.


Our second presentation will be about IBM Z in the Cloud.  Are you challenged to keep up with new demands of digital business while also operating with the agility and flexibility required for speed to market? z/OS Cloud Broker for IBM Cloud Private empowers you to do this and more through the power of IBM Z in the cloud. This technology gives you the ability to access and deploy z/OS resources and services through IBM Cloud Private for a seamless and universal cloud native application development experience inclusive of non-Z technologies and services.


After lunch, we hear about Mainframe Ecosystem: Beyond TM, DB and Tools.  The mainframe is over 50 years young and continues to evolve for modern IT systems. Modern languages and end to end development tools are the tip of the iceberg in this new world. It’s no longer a monolith of the mainframe either. Any kind of data, from any platform is now directly accessible from within mission critical subsystems such as CICS, IMS and DB2. CICS, IMS and DB2 data can be shared directly with other systems as well. And transactions can now begin at the interface of choice – web, mobile, IoT, ATM, Point of Sale and anything else that’s imaginable. Improvements for end to end security, resilience, and manageability are also available. Come learn how new capabilities in CICS, IMS and DB2 can improve your IT environment.


We’ll end our presentation agenda with a presentation and demo of Talk to the Mainframe, which is an about an application called ViVa (Vicom Infinity Voice Assistant).  ViVa shows how you can securely interact with a mainframe using your voice and the latest technologies such as IBM Watson, Secure Services Container and Linux Foundation Open Mainframe Project’s open source tool, Zowe.


8:30AM Arrival and Breakfast
9:00AM Welcome and Opening Remarks – Bank of America and IBM
9:30AM You Should Consider Becoming a Sponsor User
10:30AM Break
10:45AM IBM Z in the Cloud
11:45AM Lunch
12:30PM Mainframe Ecosystem: Beyond TM, DB and Tools
1:30PM Break
1:45PM Talk to the Mainframe with ViVa
2:45PM Close and Departure


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Garry Grandlienard, MBA
IBM Certified Architect

z Client Architect

IBM US, Financial Services Market
Mobile: 919.608.1317


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