SHARE is an independent, volunteer-powered, IT association based on the principles of education, professional networking, and industry influence. Its goal is to enable SHARE members and partners to continually shape the future of the enterprise technology ecosystem, which was quite clear at the Columbus, Ohio, event held August 21st–26th.
The conference included hundreds of in-person and virtual attendees, multiple vendor-sponsored presentations, and 450+ technical presentations across 29 different tracks. BMC was pleased to be a Gold sponsor for this event, with many BMC team members participating in or presenting in seven individual sessions and two special events.
BMC was excited to be there, with many of our BMC AMI leaders and experts attending to discuss mainframe DevOps, DataOps, AIOps, and the security transformation challenges many organizations are facing right now. BMC had a great experience at the conference, and we look forward to continuing the conversations we started in Columbus.
One such conversation revolved around how BMC AMI solutions help make change a competitive advantage by delivering mainframe applications faster, optimizing through automation, protecting the business from disruption, and improving resilience in a “never fail” environment.
All of our SHARE presentation slides are available for SHARE attendees on the SHARE Columbus 2022 Conference site. Here are a few highlights from our sessions and presentations in Columbus:
BMC co-hosted two important events. The first was a reception sponsored by Making Our Strong Community, Stronger, an initiative comprised of mainframe leaders, community members, and partners who have joined together to accelerate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives and create environments that foster belonging. The second was the “Encouraging Women in IT” breakfast.
John McKenny, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intelligent Z Optimization and Transformation at BMC, said of the events, “BMC was proud to co-sponsor both the DEI reception, ‘Making Our Strong Community, Stronger,’ and the ‘Encouraging Women in IT’ breakfast. Both were great opportunities to network with other attendees and discuss the important topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the mainframe industry.”
BMC Software on Twitter: “Thank you to all who came to the “Making our Strong Community, Stronger” reception. We had a night filled with productive conversations & great company! Here’s to making progress in the #DEI space!” — @futureofhiring, head of global corporate social responsibility @SHAREhq https://t.co/eallZe1eTr” / Twitter
BMC DevOps Evangelist Tony Anter presented “Building Your Pipelines Is Not Enough—You Have to Measure, As Well,” discussing how measurement of standard key performance indicators (KPIs) like the DORA 4 metrics is essential to the success of your DevOps pipelines. Learn more in this e-book, Use the DORA Metrics to assess your mainframe development maturity.
BMC Software on Twitter: “‘Building Your Pipelines is Not Enough — You Have to Measure, As Well’, Tony Anter, DevOps evangelist & technologist states, “If you can’t measure it, it doesn’t exist” Are you at @SHAREhq Columbus? Don’t forget to stop by booth #304 for a chance to win an iPad. #SHAREcbus https://t.co/qUifEnrgh4″ / Twitter
BMC Director of Worldwide Cybersecurity Sales, Ken Chism gave a presentation, “Making Zero Trust Security a Reality for the Mainframe,” which covered the importance of including the mainframe in enterprise-wide Zero Trust security policies and how new BMC AMI Security integrations with Illumio and Venafi bring Zero Trust segmentation and certificate management to the platform. Learn more at BMC AMI Security.
BMC Software on Twitter: “⚙️ “Lots of interest and interaction around Zero Trust, our Venafi and Illumio integrations and our AMI Security Mainframe Breach Detection capabilities” — Ken Chism, director of worldwide cybersecurity sales. @SHAREhq #SHAREcbus https://t.co/zdIioG5lH0” / Twitter
BMC AMI experts also hosted technical presentations:
- In “An Introduction to IBM IMS OTMA and Understanding IMS OTMA Commit Mode and Synchronization Level,” BMC Senior Product Manager of IMS™ Product Management and IBM® Z champion Subhasish Sarkar introduced the audience to IMS OTMA, some familiar OTMA terminologies, and the basic OTMA message flow, synchronization levels, and commit modes.
- In “z16 Flexible Capacity—Revisit Tailor Fit Pricing,” BMC Principal Software Consultant Donald Zeunert discussed how the new IBM® z16™ flexible capacity option could benefit anyone with two or more central processor complexes (CPCs) or sites. Originally advertised as a disaster recovery option, the flexible capacity capabilities of z16 also enable for the shifting of system resources across data centers to avoid disruption. Donald explained the pros and cons of the Tailor Fit Pricing (TFP) model, and how to prepare for a possible TFP contract.
- Donald also presented “zIIP Maximizing Software Savings in the New World,” discussing how many System z Integrated Information Processor (zIIP) customers are exceeding their current capacity without even knowing it and exploring ways to get more zIIP capacity and control and reduce overflow. Learn more at BMC AMI Data.
- In “Build a Seamless DevOps Toolchain from SCM System (Git) to Build and Deploy,” BMC DevOps Solution Consultant Manoj Singh discussed how mainframe teams can leverage Git to make a seamless transition to DevOps. Along with MC AMI DevX Code Pipeline, teams can enable Agile and DevOps best practices on the mainframe, all the way from code management through deployment. Learn more by downloading our e-book, Take Mainframe DevOps to the Next Level with Git Integration for SCM and Version Control.
- Tony Anter also participated in an application-development-focused session, “IDE Shoot Out—Modern IDE First Step on the Modern Development Practices,” featuring three vendor demonstrations of modern integrated development environments (IDEs) and a discussion of how to modernize the development experience.
April Hickel, Vice President of Product Management at BMC, said of the event, “With seven great presentations, including Tony Anter’s Lunch and Learn on how to measure mainframe DevOps maturity using DORA metrics to Ken Chism’s session on the importance of maintaining Zero Trust security policies across platforms, BMC is proud to have participated in SHARE’s efforts to maximize the potential of the mainframe and shape the future of the platform.”