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Annual Spring Connecticut CMG Conference and Vendor Day Meeting

May 11

This is a pre-announcement for the first Connecticut Computer Measurement Group conference for the year, slated for Friday, May 11th.  This Spring Meeting brings back our popular Vendor Day format, to which we invite many software and hardware companies to exhibit their offerings.  Coffee and refreshments are served in the Vendor Hall, and a little more time is permitted between sessions for you to investigate their services.   Fees earned on Vendor Day help us to keep our admission prices low during the rest of the year, as well.

VENDORS signed up, as of this date:

 IBM      Intellimagic     Syncsort      DataKinetics      Compuware       APP Dynamic   

We’re building up the meeting plans, and we have several vendors and topics confirmed.   Mainframe-related topics are very strong again and we are in the process of fleshing out the rest of the program with themes of more general interest.  Confirmed speakers are listed below and presentation abstracts appear further down in this document.

Irwin Kraus – The Blockchain Colloquium  

Ellis Holman – IBM

Debbie Sheets – MBI Solutions 


We will again utilize an e-mail registration.  We’re still working out the details, so please visit our web site

https://www.cmg.org/regions/connecticut-cmg/  to find the latest.   We’ll be sending out the final Agenda in the next few weeks.


Z14 – Nuts and Bolts – Ellis Holman, IBM

The z14 is the newest of IBM’s zNext machines. Originally announced in 2016 the z14 offers a great deal of flexibility and configurability to meet the demands of today’s enterprise computing requirements. This presentation will explore the details of what the z14 system offers and what hardware improvements have been made to address improved application performance. The presentation will also explore the software that will exploit the new hardware.

Speaker Bio
Ellis Holman is a certified infrastructure architect working in availability, performance, and security. Mr. Holman has worked with many clients in local, state, and federal government, manufacturing, insurance, pharmaceutical industries, and educational institutions performing availability, network design and planning, tuning, migration, and security engagements. He has a background in systems programming and network engineering.

Blockchain - The Foundation of Bitcoin and Much, Much More – Irwin Kraus, The Blockchain Colloquium

Blockchain has become famous as the underlying technology of Bitcoin. It enables disintermediated trust, immutability, and proof of provenance among many other potentially valuable characteristics.

An example of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), Blockchain is being applied to many applications today outside of cryptocurrencies including supply chain management (SCM), digital rights management (DRM), electronic health records (EHR), electrical power microgrid management, and insurance applications among many others.

This presentation will explain the history of Distributed Ledger Technology and Blockchain, and the value that they promise to provide as disruptive technologies.

Speaker Bio
Irwin Kraus has been wrestling computers for fifty years, beginning with early IBM mainframes. In point of fact, he can still BXLE. (This may only be meaningful to a few of you.) Beginning with the United States Marine Corps, Irwin has worked for a number of large enterprise customers as a programmer, system designer, and IT manager. Thereupon losing his senses, he transitioned to working for a number of large vendors (Amdahl, EMC, HItachi) and fun startups, all dealing with enterprise solutions.

Irwin is currently the principal of The Blockchain Colloquium, a consultancy dedicated to the development and delivery of education in this exciting new technology.

 Is my VMware VM getting the CPU it needs?  – Debbie Sheetz, MBI Solutions 

This paper extends the methodology presented in 2013: “Capacity Analysis Techniques Applied to VMware VMs (aka When is a Server not really a Server?)” to include deeper CPU analysis (compared with Memory analysis in 2013).  This paper demonstrates a holistic approach which defines and analyzes the relevant group of metrics from each layer of the virtualization, i.e. ESX cluster, host, VM, the VM’s operating system (Linux or Windows), and the application in order to determine if the guest needs to be resized or the ESX environment requires changes.

Speaker Bio
Debbie Sheetz joined the Capacity Practice of MBI Solutions, LLC as a Principal Consultant in August 2015.  She provides in and out-of-the-box solutions for capacity and performance questions as a Professional Service, specializing in Distributed Systems platforms and BMC Software’s Capacity Management software.

Originally hired to work on the first version of BEST/1 at BGS Systems, she had 38 years of experience developing and supporting capacity and performance analysis software with BMC Software/BGS Systems. She provided applied solutions for performance analysis and capacity planning challenges for customers, partners, and BMC field consultants.  Based in Customer Support, she worked with product engineering and marketing on refining existing solutions and designing new solutions.  Prior to working on Distributed Systems performance management products, she had extensive involvement with AS/400 and mainframe product support and development.

We’re still working on details in the last few topics, so please stay tuned:  check our website

https://www.cmg.org/regions/connecticut-cmg/  regularly during the upcoming weeks.

And for now, at least, you can put a placeholder on your calendar and plan to join us on May 11.


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