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St. Louis CMG Fall 2019 Meeting

October 15, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm EDT



STLCMG Quarterly Meeting Agenda

Time Topic   Presenter
8:30 -8:50 Sign-In, Breakfast and Networking
8:50 – 9:00 Welcome and Introductions
9:00 – 10:00 Hybrid Cloud & Operational Analytics Daniel Wiegand IBM
10:15 – 11:15 Performance Reporting & Capacity Planning – How Analytics has improved for System z customers Gonzalo Espinoza, 21st Century & Mary Book, IBM MLC & Tailored Fit Pricing Specialist
11:30 – 12:00 A Word from our Sponsor  

IBM’s New Suite for Z Operations Insight & Batch Resiliency

Dan & Gonzalo

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 zOS v2,4 Upgrades & Other zUpdates Mark Wallen, IBM
2:15 – 3:15 Opening up System z – API Enablement & Management Cliff Koch, IBM
3:30 Closing Remarks

PARS Location:  O’Fallon Brewery

45 Progress Pkwy, Maryland Heights, MO 63043

Appetizers & Drinks!

Meeting Sponsored by:  IBM



Performance Analysis Relaxation Sessions (PARS)

STLCMG will host PARS right after the meeting.  Time to take a breather, network with other attendees and speakers, and just relax.

Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and two drinks. 

Registration Link:  ALL Registrations and Payment options are available at  STLCMG 2019 Fall Conference Link

Cost: $25  Fee waived if you are out of work or a full-time college student with ID.

St Louis CMG needs to receive RSVP 3 days prior to meeting


Payment: All payments can be made through the website using Chrome browser at:

For alternative payment arrangements contact: [email protected]


Abstracts and Bio’s


Dan Wiegand, Senior Offering Manager for IBM Z Cognitive Operations Analytics IBM Research Triangle Park, Raleigh, NC         zITSM Newsletter:


Hybrid Cloud and Operational Analytics

The days of wasting time and valuable resources by reacting to issues in a war room are numbered.  Mainframe customers will need to be more proactive in identifying potential issues before their end-users are impacted.  The journey to hybrid and multicloud will require continued real time analysis of both message and metric data that can be used to detect when operations begin to deviate from a company’s normal operational baseline.


Dan Wiegand is the Senior Offering Manager for IBM Z Common Data Provider and IBM Z Operations Analytics, bringing visibility and insight into IBM Z.   In his 21 years at IBM, he has performed multiple roles across development, architecture, and offering strategy for both IBM Z and IBM Cloud solutions.   Dan has an extensive background in IT Service Management.


Gonzalo Espinoza, 21st Century WW Sales Liason

 940 West Valley Rd. | Suite 1604 | Wayne, PA 19087 | USA


Performance Reporting & Capacity Planning – How Analytics has improved for System z clients

The role of the capacity planner, especially on the mainframe, has been critical to ensure capital and operational costs are accurately managed and performance is optimized. The skills required are often learned over many years and are dependent on multiple, often homegrown, tooling. In the modern hybrid cloud world, the ability for a capacity planner to understand and advocate for the mainframe is essential as workloads become interconnected and less predictable. The session will cover the skills needed by the modern capacity planner on the mainframe, including how the increased use of analytics and machine learning technologies help inform decision making and ensure the mainframe remains a key part of the enterprise architecture.

Realize Mainframe Optimization and Risk Avoidance through Reliability, Resiliency and Repeatability


Experienced Software Sales Manger

Computer engineer with over 30 years of experience in the software industry

More than 20 years in systems management

14+ years experience with IBM software


Mary Book, MLC Software Client Leader

IBM St. Louis, MO  [email protected]  314-324-8345


Tailored Fit Pricing

Tailored Fit Pricing was announced in May 2019 as a new option for licensing z Monthly License Charge software.  The differences between this new ‘consumption based’ model will be discussed, in contrast to the most currently used sub-capacity “Four Hour Rolling Average” methodology in use today.


Mary Book is an MLC Software Client Leader, responsible for helping clients in the Retail and Travel & Transportation industries in the US with their mainframe software needs.  Mary has extensive experience with IBM software in all areas of sales, technical sales and management; she has led Proof of Concept teams on application development and analytics software on both mainframe and distributed platforms.  Mary is a resident of St. Louis, MO.


Mark Wallen,  z/OS System Installation and Upgrade Technical Specialist

IBM Poughkeepsie, NY     [email protected]


zOS v2,4 Upgrades & Other zUpdates

 Upgrading to z/OS V2.4 – Planning Actions.  Time permitting, Mark can discuss zOSMF Installation Strategy.


Mark Wallen is a member of the z/OS Development organization in IBM Systems in Poughkeepsie, New York. His current responsibility includes z/OS release upgrade and installation.


Cliff Koch,  N.A. zSystems Software Sales Leader

IBM St. Louis, MO     [email protected]


Opening up System z – API Enablement & Management

We realize that our clients have a huge investment in Z and they still have a huge amount of their mission-critical systems that drive their business on a day to day basis on Z. Because of that, we believe that this hybrid approach is the right one to help you get the most out of the existing investment you’ve got. In general, we see the days of rip and replace long gone. It’s too costly, it takes too much time and ultimately, if everything works as planned, after two or three years, you still have the same base capability that you did before. The world is moving way too fast, the lines of business need action now. So, what you see here today, is really a simple story that lays out the strategy to unify connectivity to System z, open up the platform, and securely manage in hybrid cloud world.


Cliff Koch has over 15 years of experience with IBM.  Most recently, Cliff has been focused enabling digital transformation towards hybrid cloud computing services for IBM System z customers across all industry sectors in North America.  Providing solutions that evolve, expose, optimize and manage System z and Linux systems, spanning Dev/Ops, zAPI Enablement, Cloud & Cognitive Patterns, Block Chain, Cyber Security, Production Operations… Performance Management/Analytics, Automation, Machine Learning, and zOS Storage Management solutions.



October 15, 2019
8:30 am - 3:30 pm EDT
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