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Southern CMG Regional Meetings


The Southern Computer Measurement Group (SCMG) is a regional chapter of the Computer Measurement Group, Inc. (CMG).  CMG ( ) is a not-for-profit, worldwide organization of IT professionals committed to sharing information and best practices focused on ensuring the efficiency and scalability of IT service delivery to the enterprise through measurement, quantitative analysis and forecasting.

The SCMG is proud to announce our Fall 2016 Meeting, an all-day event on October 20, 2016 at MetLife


 UPDATE: The presentation slides are under the links inside of the agenda.

8:00-8:45 ET Registration / Breakfast Speaker BIO

Breakfast provided with Sponsor Session:  AppDynamics


Jonah Kowall


“The differing ways to monitor and instrument”


 Jonah Kowall is the Vice President of market development and insights at AppDynamics, helping drive the company’s product strategy, roadmap and vision, while developing entry into new markets and providing valuable technology and business insights to fuel the accelerating and broad-based demand for the company’s Application Intelligence Platform.


Jonah comes to AppDynamics with a diverse background including 15 years as an IT practitioner at several startups and larger enterprises focused on infrastructure and operations, security, and performance engineering. These included running tactical and strategic operational initiatives, going deep into monitoring of infrastructure and application components. In 2011 Jonah changed careers, moving to Gartner to focus on availability and performance monitoring and IT operations management (ITOM). His research focused on IT leaders along with CIOs along with speaking at many conferences a year. Jonah led Gartner’s influential application performance monitoring (APM) and network performance monitoring and diagnostics (NPMD) magic quadrants and research as a research vice president.


Rick Weaver


“Best Practices – Populating Big Data Repositories from DB2, IMS and VSAM”


Over the past 25 years, Rick Weaver has become a well-known mainframe expert specializing in database protection, replication, recovery and performance. Because of his vast expertise, he has authored numerous articles, whitepapers and other valuable pieces on database technologies, and frequently spoken on the subjects of database recovery and performance at conferences, symposiums and user groups.


Ann Dowling


“Capacity Management Is Still Relevant”


Ann joined MetLife in April 2016 as the Director of Capacity & Forecast Engineering.  In this role Ann will build on her extensive background working at IBM in various disciplines including capacity planning, process architecture, performance engineering, and offering management.  Her professional passion is Capacity Planning in support of the business and how it drives the applications that consume resources on the IT infrastructure.  Ann’s most rewarding work has been leading teams to consolidate toward a common ‘best practices’ approach to capacity management.  She did so for a series of consolidations of independent data centers within IBM which evolved into her role as the global Capacity Management process owner.  That work grounded Ann’s move to consulting services with external, non-outsourced customers to evaluate their capacity management capabilities, identify strengths and gaps to then build a roadmap for improvement.   The next step was working with a specific, large account to lead a team on the implementation phases of the roadmap that gave Ann a more hands-on role working directly with the engineering and operations teams and management.  She has been on the planning committee and speaker for various IBM and CMG technical conferences.  She was an instructor for IBM’s Architecting for Performance class and author of a four-part series on “Exploring Analytics to enable the Business and Service Value of Capacity Planning”.

11:15-11:30 Break  

Kyle Parrish

CMG 2015 Mullen Award Winner


“Too Big to Test: Breaking a production brokerage platform without causing financial devastation”


Kyle currently works as a Director of Technology Risk in the FI Information Security group at Fidelity Investments.  Kyle joined Fidelity in January of 2011 as a Director of Performance Architecture charged with driving end-to-end testing of the Fidelity Brokerage systems.  Prior to joining Fidelity, Kyle worked as a consultant for over 13 years, after a career in both the private sector and a university research setting.  Kyle’s roles have spanned everything from program management to performance engineering to security, across industries as varied as airlines, financial services, manufacturing, retail, pharmaceuticals, and state government.



LUNCH provided with Sponsor Session:  Cirba

Dan Adirim

“Capacity Management for Hybrid IT”





 SVP, Customer Management

Dan Adirim has nearly 20 years of experience leading change in IT organizations. As SVP for Customer Management, Dan represents the voice of our customers and is responsible for enabling our customers’ success.



Igor Trubin


“Is Your Capacity Available?”


I started my career in 1979 as an IBM/370 system engineer. In 1986 I got my PhD. in Robotics at St. Petersburg Technical University (Russia) and then worked as a professor teaching there CAD/CAM, Robotics and Computer Science for about 12 years. I published 30 papers and made several presentations for international conferences related to the Robotics, Artificial Intelligent and Computer fields. In 1999 I moved to the US and worked at Capital One bank in Richmond as a Capacity Planner. My first CMG paper was written and presented in 2001. The next one, “Global and Application Level Exception Detection System Based on MASF Technique,” won a Best Paper award at CMG 2002 and was presented again at UKCMG 2003 in Oxford, England. My CMG 2004 paper about applying MASF technique to mainframe performance data was republished in the IBM z/Series Expo. I also presented my papers in Central Europe CMG conference and in numerous US regional meetings. I continue to enhance my exception detection methodologies. After working more than 2 years as the Capacity Management team lead for IBM, I had worked for SunTrust Bank for 3 years and then got back to IBM holding for 2+ years  Sr. IT Architect position. Currently I work for Capital One bank as IT Manager for IT Capacity Management group. In 2015 I have been elected to the CMG ( board of directors. Blog:


Shawn Lundvall


zBNA: Theory and Overview”


I started my IBM career in 2001 in Poughkeepsie in the Systems Architecture group writing the Principals of Operations. In 2005 I got the opportunity to do hardware design of the fixed point unit. In 2007 I moved to Richmond supporting clients as a Client Technical Specialist. In 2013 I joined the Washington Systems Center as a Software Engineer and am now a developer for zBNA and zPCR.

3:15-3:30 Break

Ken Christiance


IBM GTS Cirba Case Study “




Ken Christiance – Distinguished Engineer with 28 years’ experience in IBM.   He has been working in Strategic Outsourcing field since 1993; experience that spans service management architectures, virtualization/server management and analytics.  Ken is currently a member of the Technology, Innovation and Automation team that supports architecture and solution design for system automation, virtualization and distributed server management.  Ken is patented and published for technologies that provide usage accounting and billing, policy based automation, network design, virtualization and service management tooling

4:30-5:30 SCMG Committee Meeting  
4:30-5:30 BOF


Optional:  a breakout room will be reserved for folks who would like to hold an impromptu BOF or post SCMG informal opportunity to network.



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