Greetings from WAVV 2014
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Today I send greetings from WAVV 2014. This year we are again in Covingtion, KY.
Yesterday evening we had the opening session with a quick overview of the latest news on System z hardware, z/VSE, z/VM and Linux on System z. After that the WAVV committee had some give-aways from the last 20 years, followed by a dinner. In between we had a fire alarm, where we had to leave the hotel. It was a minor incident. So we could get back to our meeting room soon and continued the celebration of 50 years of mainframe and the kickoff for the 50 years of VSE with a nice cake for each event. This was an exciting evening.
Today my first session - already 8:30 a.m. - was about the Statement of Direction (SOD) for the new CICS TS and channels and containers. There were good interest in the implementation and usage. I will describe channels and containers in a future blog entry.
By the way I am looking for CICS TS beta customers. Please send me an email, if you are interested - email to firstname.lastname@example.org
There are lots of good sessions today and the next 2 days. The agenda is on the WAVV web page.
This morning we had an interactive session led by Pete Clark about the future of WAVV.
Number of WAVV participants are about the same this year as last year. However, we need to change something to get the participants up, get new customers to the conference and make the conference more attractive for vendors. There were several options discussed, e.g. merge WAVV with another user group, change the name to make it more obvious that this is a user group meeting (show the educational character), and much more.
What's your opinion on that ? What kind of sessions / conference would you attend - or would it make easier for you to justify to go to a conference ?
Please let me know.