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Ohio Valley CMG and Central Ohio Mainframe Users Group Conference

May 16, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT


Ohio Valley CMG and Central Ohio Mainframe Users Group are teaming up to deliver you a full day of great mainframe performance content on Thursday, May 16, 2019. This is a no-cost event for COMUGers, OHVCMG members, and guests who are IBM customers or IBM business partners.

We’ve put together a great agenda. To attend, simply register by 5/10, for the low, low cost of $0.

The primary meeting location will be the IBM campus in Dublin Ohio, with the satellite location being Progressive Insurance in Mayfield Village Ohio. BMC and IBM have sponsored breakfast and lunch.


08:00 – Gathering and breakfast (Sponsored by IBM)

08:30 – Introductions and opening remarks (Monte / Scott)

09:00 – Monte Bauman – Moore’s Law… More MIPS… More Better

  • The numbers, they do tell a tale. This talk will examine the evolution of CMOS microprocessor technology on the mainframe platform. We will examine the intriguing relationship between MIPS and MHz, and between transistors, chips, and cores. We will observe the past and current effects of “Moore’s Law”, and we will look at equations (yes, equations!) suggesting how to combat computer science physics. Microprocessor engineers have quite a challenge ahead, what will they think of next

10:10 – Susan Fassette (Erie Insurance): Insight into how Erie Insurance “SPlunks” the Mainframe

  • In this session, you’ll learn how a Fortune 500 Insurance Company uses Ironstream and Splunk to monitor mainframe performance and capacity data real-time. The inclusion of filtering criteria on dashboards allows for easier, quicker reporting. Details including how to create exception and audit reporting as well, historical trending using drill-down capabilities, lessons learned, recommendations, and tracking adoption rates will all be discussed.

11:20 – Don Zeunert (BMC): Understanding MLC Cost Impact of Performance and Capacity Management

  • Our old methodologies are obsolete. Managing for best response time or postponing hardware upgrades is not what is driving IT costs. We need to start managing the rolling 4hr MSU MLC costs. Do you know what is driving your MLC costs? You might be surprised at what and how easily you can cut them by 10% without any additional software. This session will discuss common issues and mechanisms available to solve them with PR/SM, WLM, and other simple changes, without hurting SLAs.

12:30 – Lunch and a discussion with our sponsor, BMC: How do you like to learn about Mainframe performance topics?

13:30 – Scott Chapman (Enterprise Performance Strategies): Revisiting WLM Options for the Modern Mainframe

  • WLM was introduced in the early 1990s and most sites implemented goal mode in the late 90s or early 2000s. A lot has changed since then. New WLM features have been introduced. Options and features are enabled (or not) either when defining a new policy or when a new feature becomes available but then never reviewed for applicability in the face of significant changes in the hardware and software environment.
  • Just like regularly reviewing your goals, revisiting your WLM options periodically is a good thing as well. Join Scott Chapman in this session as he reviews the WLM options and shows how one long-standing recommendation is now perhaps skewing results in a counter-productive fashion.

14:40 – TBD – COMUG User Session TBD

Times and order subject to change

Attendance is free, so register now!

Main Location

IBM Columbus / Dublin Branch Office
6060 Britton Parkway
Dublin OH 43016


Head to Dublin area via I-270 (northwest quadrant of greater Columbus).
Exit I-270 onto Tuttle Parkway and head west (outside the loop).
Turn Right onto Emerald Parkway (1st big light past the highway interchange).
Turn Right (right away) into the IBM Sterling Campus.
Turn Right (right away) to park near Building ONE. (6060 Britton Plwy)

Look for signs providing entry assistance.


May 16, 2019
8:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT
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IBM Columbus / Dublin Branch Office
6060 Britton Parkway
Dublin, OH 43016 United States
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