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Upcoming Webinars

May 9, 2018 - 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

z/OS Mainframe SIEM Data Overload!

How to Cut Through the Noise.


Security Information Event Management Data Overload?

Are you overwhelmed with the choices for your SIEM on a z/OS Mainframe?
Are you delivering critical real-time SMF messages to your SIEM?
Your SIEM should be right for you and your business.
Join us for an educational webinar  
May 9, 2018 @ 1 pm CT
z/OS Mainframe SIEM Data Overload! How to Cut Through the Noise.

You need to detect and prioritize alerts, automate notifications, and log events for tracking and auditing. What should you be looking for?  What has the biggest impact? Improve the efficacy of RACF, ACF2, TOP Secret, SMF and Console messages to help meet G/R/C logging requirements - SOX, PCI, HIPAA, GLBA, FISMA, GDPR. You need total visibility into your z/OS environment to see what has the biggest impact. Are you chasing problem areas and staying aware of critical information? Record activity on sensitive datasets, monitor updates to file systems, track user ids with special privileged access and track unauthorized access, to your z/OS mainframe.

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Our Presenter:

Tom Wheaton, of Software Diversified Services, has over 30 years of z/OS Software Development. He manages the development of VitalSigns SIEM Agent for z/OS that delivers log data and securely forwards that data in real-time to your system information and event management (SIEM) systems including DB2, CICS, USS events, FTP, TCP/IP and other system services.

About Software Diversified Services Founded in 1982, Software Diversified Services (SDS) is a Minnesota-based company that provides business software solutions to hundreds of customers worldwide, including many Global 500 companies. Current customers represent industries including banking, finance, insurance, retail and government. Rated No. 1 by the prestigious IBEX Bulletin, SDS is noted for its industry-leading software, documentation and technical support. For more information, visit www.sdsusa.com/siem.


May 17, 2018 - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST

Optimize Your Cloud Capacity

Hosted by TeamQuest

Capacity may be infinite in the cloud, but your budget isn’t. Since you pay for what you use in the public cloud, you should constantly be monitoring and optimizing your workload.

What are the nuts and bolts of optimization in the cloud? Join us for this webinar to learn how to improve your total cost of ownership.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Find inefficiencies so you can decommission or right-size your capacity
  • Combine historical patterns and business forecasts to predict future demand
  • Predict impact of forecasted demand
  • Identify “opportunity cost” for different cloud provisioning models


Sign up today to take the first step toward optimized cloud capacity.

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Info on TeamQuest, click here.

August 30, 2018 - 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

zHyperLink: The Holy Grail of Mainframe I/O

With the z14 processor, IBM introduced zHyperLink, a new way to connect processors and storage that provides very low latency I/O operations. This new technology comes with a set of promises and restrictions that will cause you to rethink the design of your storage and replication infrastructure. The days of distance limitations are back, which has big implications for synchronous replication, in particular.  zHyperLink I/O is synchronous I/O, which means that the processor will wait (spin) until the I/O operation is complete.

Attendees of this session will gain an understanding of the potential benefits and implications of this revolutionary change to mainframe I/O, as well as some insights as to how it may evolve with future advances in technology, helping them to determine how zHyperLink fits into the roadmap for their environments.

Speakers – Dr. Gilbert Houtekamer, Todd Havekost


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Past Webinars


How to do Capacity Management in the Cloud

You’ve been managing IT capacity on-premises for years. But as your infrastructure migrates to the cloud, how will that change your approach?

When it comes to the cloud, many organizations make the mistake of overprovisioning. While it’s nice not to worry about having too few resources, it comes at a cost.

That’s why your cloud infrastructure needs capacity analytics to ensure utilization (without overprovisioning) and achieve return-on-investment (ROI).

So find out how to apply ...

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Automated Performance Modeling for IoT Systems

As the Internet of Things becomes increasingly more utilized, a mainstay for IT, developers and architects are seeing how very different these infrastructures are from any other cloud based or virtual application. As software performance engineering professionals, we know the constraints, effort and objections to building design-stage models, but now is the time for embedding SPE in the development lifecycle. With IoT come architectural and design decisions regarding data analysis and storage, security and encryption, best processing placement: at the edge vs. the core vs. the cloud and...

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Getting More From JMeter: New Plugins, Advanced Use Cases & Automated Correlations

The ecosystem around Apache JMeter, the leading open source tool for load and performance testing, has seen numerous updates lately, delivering ways to get value to meet testing needs.

This upcoming webinar will begin with an opening look at some of the latest changes to the JMeter ecosystem and then continue to examine ways to simplify JMeter scripting and automate testing. Register for the webinar to learn...

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Agile COBOL Development in the Age of Digital Transformation

COBOL has been around for half a century and it is still the best development and deployment platform for business computing.  And with the plethora of development environments available to COBOL today, your teams can handle the same functionalities that are handled by other languages equally as well. NetCOBOL for .NET is a classic example of tying in what has worked with what can be, offering access to IBM COBOL LE Services while at the same time...

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Practical Steps to Optimizing Your Use of Public Cloud Capacity

With the increasing popularity of public clouds as a source of capacity for even mission critical applications, organizations need to expand the role of capacity management teams to include these environments. Rather than simplifying the capacity optimization function, public clouds offer a new set of challenges and complexities to consider, not the least of which is the variable cost of these services and concerns about escalating bills. These new challenges, however, benefit from many of the...

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Achieving CPU (& MLC) Savings through Optimizing Processor Cache

Customer experiences with z13 processors have confirmed that delivered capacity is more dependent than ever before on effective utilization of processor cache. This session will cover everything you need to know to interpret the enlightening metrics available from the SMF 113 records in order to optimize your environment and reduce CPU consumption and MLC software expense...

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Capacity Planning in Best Execution Venues

The Capacity Planning Stack provides a way to organize, discuss and implement a capacity plan that spans the entire Digital Infrastructure. This presentation will review the fundamentals of the Capacity Planning Stack, the supporting metrics, the methodology for applying the stack to support the Digital Experience and communication between the business, development, IT and infrastructure delivery. Today’s capacity planning practitioner must...

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The Association Between Capacity Management, Cybersecurity, and the Insider Threat

This webinar shows how increasing security authentication can have an impact on capacity, as well as capacity having an impact on network security.  The insider threat connection comes into play when the performance monitoring system focused on finding anomalies within the system fails to detect those threats that exist within your own network.  Options for finding these insider threats...

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Restoring Data Storage Predictability

Enterprise class data storage technology continues to advance with amazing capabilities.   So why do storage problems sometimes still disrupt production applications?

It is not because there is a lack of storage infrastructure operational metrics, rather, the most common reason is that the reporting...

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How Capacity Management Enables IT to Become a Broker of Services in a Hybrid Cloud World

As organizations move to host their application workloads across private, public and hybrid clouds, the question of where to host workloads, what kind of infrastructure resource is required, and how much to buy is rapidly becoming more complex. This reality, and the need to make safe and optimal hosting decisions regardless of where workloads are...

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How to Improve Your Organization’s IT Maturity

In this webinar, Per Bauer, expert in IT optimization and maturity, will explore how people, processes, and tools impact IT maturity. Learn the phases of IT Service Optimization, what is happening at each phase, the necessary steps to move up in maturity, optimization best practices, and potential challenges you may face.

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Unlocking Visibility into z/OS Disk & Tape Environments

Focusing on z/OS storage operations and performance, this webinar will demonstrate how to leverage mainframe performance data to provide predictive intelligence that will enhance your availability and bring value to your z/OS ops and performance management teams.

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Go Beyond Mainframe Capping to Reduce MLC

Join one of the leading experts in the country on reducing Monthly License Charges (MLC) to challenge some long-held assumptions about CPU utilization and processor cache optimization on IBM's Z systems. In this webinar, you'll learn new metrics while reviewing an actual case study that reduced peak MSU’s by more than 20%. This webinar will...

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4 Ways to Avoid Costs, Delays and Failed Releases

Complexity of composite applications, how they are hosted and supported, along with expectations of users continue to accelerate in change and increase in risk. The costs and delays associated with the development, testing and operations of applications continues to...

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Business Runs on IT – How Efficient is IT?

IT organizations often struggle with justifying infrastructure investments. Business stakeholders believe that IT organizations cannot clearly link incremental infrastructure costs to the business value they create, and as a result IT budgets are unnecessarily capped to control...

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Capacity Management For Your Entire Infrastructure: Physical, Virtual & Cloud

Capacity Management has evolved over the last 40 years from spreadsheets and manual processes to full automation. In this webinar TeamQuest will explain best practices in capacity management and walk through examples of predicting infrastructure requirements for your physical, virtual & cloud environments.

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Spinning Your Wheels: CPU Time vs Instructions

Imagine sitting in traffic in a taxi. The engine – and the meter – continues to run but you’re not going anywhere. This is very much what it is like in your computer when your CPU has a cache miss. Today’s high frequency processors have the capacity to process instructions at an incredible rate. However, the ability of a CPU to cycle...

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How to Get More MIPS Out of Your z13

Register now to save your seat for our Thursday, April 28th webinar How to Get More MIPS Out of Your z13. We have packed a ton of helpful insights into this one-hour webinar focused on z/OS systems to get the most out of your processors and optimize your LPARs.

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Calibrate Workload Model for Accurate Performance Testing

Web performance testing, in short, is to simulate real user access workloads and web system behaviors in a test environment. The real user access patterns are changing dramatically in today's public facing websites and provide many challenges to existing performance testing best practices. Performance engineers often spent significant time building and validating...

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Sense and Respond? Why not Predict and Respond?

Mainframe monitoring does a great job of collecting and displaying system performance data. However in today's market monitoring is not enough - companies need accurate alerts, especially to handle issues arising from new mainframe usage paradigms driven by real-time end-user transaction systems and not just traditional...

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Why Did My Job Run So Long? Speeding Performance by Understanding the Cause

Delays are part of our daily lives. We wait in line at the grocery store, at the drive-through, and on the road in our cars. While it may not seem like it, delays are a fact of life in your mainframe as well. As amazingly fast as these machines are, there are inevitably some measureable delays in application response times and throughput. The question is:...

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Understanding VMware's new Virtual Volumes

In this webinar, attendees will learn about the architecture and operational changes associated with VMware's Virtual Volumes. Virtual Volumes (VVols) serve as the future for providing external storage resources to virtual machines beginning in vSphere 6...

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Outsmart SAN Storage Unavailability Incidents

Despite enterprise-class features in your high-end storage systems, application unavailability conditions still occur due to storage performance problems. Outsmarting these currently unpredictable incidents is possible. But it requires a new approach...

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How to Transform RMF & SMF into Availability Intelligence

It is time for a new, more intelligent approach to interpreting the RMF & SMF data. One that provides a dramatically different result that you can easily verify on your own data. RMF & SMF produce the world’s richest source of machine-generated data about enterprise infrastructure performance and configuration. But even the best run shops are not able to use this data to avoid incidents causing unavailability...

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Think Like a CIO: How to Prepare Your Apps for Q4

Are your applications ready for Q4? As you strive to deliver a consistent, fast and reliable digital experience for your customers are you confident you’ll be able do it when it really counts? Whether you are in eCommerce preparing for the holiday season or just a company preparing for a surge in traffic, you know the challenges: Complex architectures involving web, mobile, call centers, DCs, POS, 3rd parties; the task of modeling accurately so you know what you’ll have to stand up to; and lastly finding the time to get it all done so you can sleep at night. The good news is, there are certain best practices that can and should be followed to help you get prepared for success. And we’ll give them to you...

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Integrating Software and Systems Performance Engineering Processes into Software Development Processes

Performance is a significant factor in the success of any software product or system. Therefore, it also poses a significant risk to the product’s success and its ability to meet functional needs. A great deal of the effort in performance evaluation and capacity planning occurs after a system has been placed in production. By that time, it is often too late to remedy disabling performance problems. Early attention to performance concerns and early planning of performance requirements and performance testing are needed to prevent debacles like the early rollout of healthcare.gov. In this talk, we shall discuss how performance engineering may be integrated into all phases of the software lifecycle, from the conception of a system to requirements specification, architecture, testing, and finally to deployment...

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Capacity Planning in the Application Driven Economy

The Application Driven Economy is upon us. Businesses today are currently faced with a rapidly growing number of applications that must succeed on the first try to gain competitive edge. Their success is enabled by the supporting IT infrastructure and data center. So how does this affect our job as capacity planners? Is it business as usual, or do we need to revise our approach? This session will examine the new Application Driven Economy and explore how our job as capacity planners must adapt to the new demand. The good news is that we have the tools and methodologies today to address this challenge; we simply need to change our focus.

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What’s in Your Nest? More Than Ever – Less is More!

In an RNI context, IBM says the number of concurrent tasks is the primary factor in workload performance, particularly with today’s high frequency processors. The z13 architecture has a vast capacity to serve multiple, concurrent applications. Regardless of the amount of work you throw at it, z/OS will do its best to provide some service to all workloads. As result, we generally throw all the work at the machine at once. Are you running too much or too little? Let’s look at some measurements and techniques to control how much concurrent work you are running. Cycles per instruction, Initiators, LPARs, Logical Processors and Weights are a few of the topics we’ll explore. You will find techniques to improve performance, throughput, and efficiencies of your mainframe. Come and see just how much less you should be doing.

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Capacity Planning in the Application Driven Economy

The Application Driven Economy is upon us. Businesses today are currently faced with a rapidly growing number of applications that must succeed on the first try to gain competitive edge. Their success is enabled by the supporting IT infrastructure and data center. So how does this affect our job as capacity planners? Is it business as usual, or do we need to revise our approach? This session will examine the new Application Driven Economy and explore how our job as capacity planners must adapt to the new demand. The good news is that we have the tools and methodologies today to address this challenge; we simply need to change our focus.

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Performance Formula and Reporting Fundamentals

z/OS generates an almost unbelievable plethora of numbers measuring all aspects of the system. Products and home grown reporting solutions often synthesize additional measurements. Turning that data into information requires understanding how the measurements are derived and how to present them in a meaningful way.

During this session, Peter Enrico and Scott Chapman will review z/OS performance formula fundamentals, and the fundamentals of performance reporting. This well organized and informative session will not only be informative and useful, but also a great “back to basics” reminder of the performance formulas and report structures that are used by z/OS performance analysts on a daily basis.

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Innovations in Data Center vs. Edge CDNs for Capacity Planning

Today, we see data systems reaching the architectural scale-up limits from growing the data center larger and larger. One hint of possible innovation is a more distributed system used in more than a decade-old architecture of a CDN (content delivery system) for static data. While a distributed CDN architecture is still a viable one to provide end users with high availability of static content, the exponential increase of mobile and API dynamic data requires new solutions and architectures to improve user experience. This talk explores innovative architectures to optimize data center capacity, performance and security for dynamic data at the application vs network layers.

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SSL Handshake Analysis

SSL is being widely implemented to protect TCP application traffic. How can you diagnose problems? If the connection setup and negotiation causes poor response time, can you tell? Part of the security relies on digital certificates. In the past, only server certificates were used. Now, more and more companies are requiring client certificates. This complicates the handshake process and poses a number of new issues in management and control.

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Sprint saves big with effective capacity planning

Learn how one of the largest telecommunication providers in the world employed a successful capacity planning practice to simplify, structure and focus their efforts to improve on IT budget spend, double infrastructure utilization rates and ensure successful, revenue-critical iPhone launches. You will hear how the success of Sprint's capacity planning practice allows for the automation of capacity models to support all 1,400 applications at Sprint; enabling the team to do more work with less people and concentrate on the important job of being capacity analysts.

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Finance for CMG Audience

This is a PowerPoint Presentation which was delivered at the National CMG in Atlanta in November 2014. It helps inform IT on how to present their business case to a finance partner to help increase the likelihood of getting the request approved. The presentation provides a practical framework for presenting a business case, defines key finance terms, and shows some illustrations.

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Fear & Loathing in Automation-Land

Remember when you only had a handful of servers or a single mainframe to manage? Back in those days, we also had teams of experts working on capacity and performance management. Now, one person is managing 1000's of servers, at least one private cloud, virtualization and more with changes being applied to the system every day, if not every hour. It isn't possible to manage as you have in the past - you need to change the game, eliminating manual processes wherever possible. Learn how to work smarter and have more fun on the job by letting go of the past and venturing boldly into the future of capacity planning. Build a vision and the management skills to create it.

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A Revolutionary Approach to Capacity Planning

It is no longer sufficient to utilize yesterday’s outmoded approach when planning for tomorrow’s applications, systems and facilities infrastructures. We need to revolutionize the practice of capacity planning.

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