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St. Louis CMG Spring 2021 Virtual Conference

May 18, 2021 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm CDT



St. Louis CMG will be having a virtual ½ day event on May 18th!

Time: 8:30 AM — 12:30 PM CDT
The theme of the meeting will be Data Center Resiliency.
Topics will include: AI-Ops, Capacity/Performance and Cyber Recovery.

Our sponsor for the meeting will be : IBM



Time Topic   Presenter
8:30 -8:50 Logon and Virtual Networking
8:50 – 9:00 Welcome and Introductions

Note: All will be muted on entry to WebEx but feel free to unmute (red microphone symbol) yourselves to ask questions throughout the day or use the “Chat” to post a question for a speaker.  Also, please turn off your PC video-cameras today.

9:00 – 9:55 Data Center Resiliency:  AI-OPs Dan Wiegand, IBM
10:00 – 10:55 Data Center Resiliency:  Capacity & Performance Analytics Chris Walker, IBM
11:00 – 11:55 Data Center Resiliency:  Cyber Recovery Diego Bessone, IBM
12:00 – 12:30 A Word from our Sponsor  

IBM Data Center Resiliency…Innovation that Matters

Cliff Koch,

IBM z Systems Software Leader

12:30 Closing Remarks




Contact: Wayne Allen, Chapter President – STLCMG Email: [email protected]

 Abstracts and Bio’s

Chris Walker

Data Center Resiliency: Capacity & Performance Analytics

The modern needs for performance and capacity management on IBM Z

The role of the performance analyst 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 those responsible for performance management and capacity planning to understand and make informed decisions as workloads become interconnected and less predictable is essential. The session will cover the skills needed by the modern performance analyst and capacity planner on the IBM Z, 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.

Chris Walker is a Senior Offering Manager with IBM. Over 20 years at IBM he has cover many roles and products across the Z portfolio, and currently responsible for multiple offerings within IBM’s Z AIOps covering performance analysis, capacity planning and cost management.

Dan Wiegand

Data Center Resiliency: AI-Ops

Today’s application landscapes are increasingly hybrid, complex, and often include IBM Z in large enterprises. With limited staff, how do you effectively sift through terabytes of data in real-time to identify an issue before it becomes an outage? That’s why organizations are drawn to the promise of AIOps to leverage AI-driven intelligence to make quick and accurate decisions to maintain resiliency. This session looks at how you can accelerate your journey to AIOps by leveraging the wealth of operational data on IBM Z. Cut through the noise to Detect problems faster, determine root cause to Decide best course of action, Act in collaborative and automated way to reduce customer impact.

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 23 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.

Diego Bessone

Data Center Resiliency: Cyber Recovery  

In 2020, the Average Cost of Data Breach in USA was $8.64 million —Ponemon Institute Study
Enhancing your data and operations security…Reduce the time to recovery from days to minutes, by implementing a Data Corruption Mitigation solution as part of your HA/DR strategy

With over 34 years of experience in Mainframe environments acquired in data centers of multinational companies, banks and government agencies, Diego Bessone is currently an IBM Global Sales Business Unit Executive for IBM Z Systems Software. In his 22+ year career at IBM he has led the sales strategy for these products in Argentina, then in Latin America, and for the last 12 years worldwide, growing market share for the platform year after year, while helping our customers maximize the value they get from their mainframes.

Cliff Koch

IBM Data Center Resiliency…Innovation that Matters

A series of quick hits with solution names that speak for themselves.

Cliff Koch has over 18 years of experience at IBM, providing solutions that evolve, expose, optimize and manage System z and Linux systems, spanning Hybrid Cloud & AI-Ops.  He has collaborated with numerous customers on DevSecOps, Digital Transformation, Data Center Resiliency, Application Performance Management, Automation, Machine Learning, and Storage/DR initiatives.



May 18, 2021
8:30 am - 12:30 pm CDT
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