CICS SHAREing in Boston
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I just returned from a information packed week at the SHARE conference held in Boston. In case you don't know about SHARE it is an independent, volunteer run association providing enterprise technology professionals with continuous education and training, valuable professional networking, and effective industry influence. The keyword in the previous sentence is volunteer. Twice a year the SHARE conference is planned and presented by a volunteer staff and I have to say the conference has a wealth of information!
Let's start with a few presentations that were given in the CICS track. If you came to the conference for what's new in CICS Transaction Server there was plenty to choose from. "CICS Project Opening and Product Update" explained about new function provided in CICS Transaction Server (CICS TS) for z/OS V5.1 including Cloud and Mobile. This session was followed up by "CICS TS V5.1 Technical Overview" and "CICS TS V5.1 Planning your Upgrade" These three sessions alone were full of information and clients in the audience gave them all great reviews.
If you came to the conference for Performance Tuning there were sessions that included "CICS Performance Health Checks", "CICS and Threadsafe: Exploiting the Open Transaction Environment" and "Top Ten CICS Tuning Tips". These sessions alone could help clients pay for their way to the SHARE conference. There were many pitfalls and suggested defaults that clients could take back to their shop and implement for better performance.
If you came to the conference for debugging, sessions included "CICS Common Performance Problems and Debugging" and "CICS Extreme Debugging" I have to say these were the best presentations of the conference, since I gave them both! But, they were well reviewed by the clients and I received many good write-in comments. Another good debugging session was the "CICS Q-Box" where clients can write questions all week and throw them in a box in the front of the room where other sessions are presented. On Thursday afternoon a "panel of experts" from IBM sit in front of the room and the questions are read. The experts have no idea what will be asked! Usually it is a mixture of requirements for CICS and problems they are experiencing in their shop.
The last session of the week is always my session called "CICS Nuts, Bolts and Gotchas" where I present recent problems that have been reported to the Level 2 Support Team and a list of web documents created by our Knowledge Engineers that can help the clients find information about CICS. This is always a well received session and the clients love the websites that show there where to find CICS Information Centers and MustGather documentation.
There were many more sessions in CICS and other projects at SHARE. If you are interested in the projects you con go to share.org and check out the Boston proceedings. Who knows, maybe I will see you at the next SHARE conference in Anaheim!