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SHARE, the Mainframe and Providence, RI – Embracing the Digital World

Bronna Shapiro
by Bronna Shapiro

SHARE will be held in historic Providence, RI August 6 – 11 2017. The world has changed significantly since Providence was founded in 1636 and its economy revolved around industry. Today, this vibrant city’s lifeblood is based on educational resources and the arts community.  Over the mainframes’ history, it too has undergone changes and one of the most significant is that today’s modern mainframe is at the epicenter of the thriving and exciting digital economy.   It is on the hot seat to deliver what customers are demanding – applications that are available 24×7 every day, with white-hot response times. IT has embraced the challenge of unpredictable and volatile workloads, as well as deploying new and updated applications with improved availability and response times.  Of course, this all needs to happen while lowering costs. If that is not enough change, we are also bidding adieu to the gurus who have historically been relied upon to keep the mainframe fast and reliable, and are now passing the mantle to a new generation of mainframe professionals whose fresh exciting ideas are invigorating the platform.

All of this presents challenges, but thankfully the SHARE agenda continues to evolve to meet the changing times and includes a plethora of opportunities to learn how you can address this head-on. Visit BMC at Booth #103 and see some amazing demos, talk with some smart, fun people, and learn why the modern mainframe is your digital advantage.

We also hope to see you at these sessions:

BMC Sponsored:

VSP: Tuesday, August 8, 2017 from 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm Room: OMNI Providence Ballroom

 Session Title:  3 Ways to Make IMS the Hero of Your Digital Transformation with Maximum Availability

Speaker Name: John O’Dowd, Lead Product Developer, IMS Systems Administration, BMC Software

Abstract:  Today’s fast moving digital environment and rapidly changing technology increases the importance of keeping your IMS systems highly available. It can be difficult to meet all your business objectives. Come to this session to learn how BMC can help you maintain a stable system and respond quickly to problems. See and hear about key capabilities that can help you proactively manage IMS issues – whether they be inbound IMS Connect messages, new application growing pains, or IMS problems that are difficult to isolate.

Lunch and Learn session:  Thursday, August 10 12:30 – 1:30 pm Rhode Island Convention Center, Room 556

 Session Title: The 3 Key Building Blocks of Mainframe MLC Savings

Speaker Name:  Jeremy Hamilton, Senior Software Consultant, BMC Software

Abstract:  Digital business transactions are exploding in volume, with a starburst effect – one click of a button can spawn 100 or more actions, many of which touch the mainframe. These mainframe actions provide desired functionality for customers, but they are not necessarily revenue generating. With Monthly License Charge (MLC) costs continuing to rise, finding innovative ways to produce MLC savings is increasingly important.

Come join us for a free lunch, and you will learn how mainframe leaders are modernizing the way they manage these MLC costs by using the 3 key building blocks: Visibility, Intelligent Capping, and the Subsystem Service Model (SSM). This structured approach incorporates intelligence-based capping, and a new way to architect subsystem placement. The approach has saved customers up to 30% on their monthly bills, without risking service levels. Learn how customers today are providing better service to their lines of businesses and increasing availability, all at a lower cost.


BMC Delivered Sessions Overview:

Session Number Name Date and Time Location BMC Speaker
Tech Talk Mainframe: No longer just the Black Box for SOA 8/7, 5:45 – 6:00 pm SHARE Booth 130 Jeremy Hamilton
21605 z/OS Pricing, Soft Capping, and Capacity Product Shootout 8/8 10 – 11 am 551A/B Paul Spicer
21006 How many GCP MSU is my CF stealing? 8/8 11:15-12:15 556B Greg Scriba
20987 CICS System Management Using the CICS Explorer 8/8 4:30- 5:30 Narragansett Ballroom B Billy Bigelow
21190 WLM Introduction 8/9 8:30-9:30 am Washington Hemanth Rama
21165 Debugging with IPCS 8/9 1:45-2:45 552A/B Hemanth Rama
21587 IBM’s New z/OS Installation Strategy: Update from the Vendors 8/9 1:45 -2:45 Ballroom B Paul Spicer
21192 Meet z/OS WLM 8/10 10-11 am  555B Hemanth Rama
21003 Improving XCF Performance to Keep Up with CPC Improvements 08/10 3:15-4:15 554A/B Don Zeunert
21007 Challenges of MSU Capping Without Impacting SLAs 8/10 4:30 -5:30 555B Don Zeunert

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Bronna Shapiro

Bronna Shapiro

Bronna Shapiro has been involved in a variety of roles in the software industry ranging from systems programming to product and solutions marketing. At Candle Corporation (now a part of IBM) Bronna was in charge of product management for the operating system and subsystems solutions. At PROS, in Houston, TX, Bronna was the industry solution manager for high tech and led a team to determine the top pricing solutions that would benefit high tech manufacturing. Bronna graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Today, Bronna is the Lead Solutions Marketing Manager for MainView Systems Management at BMC Software.