SHARE San Francisco Feb 3-8
RosalindRadcliffe 100000CDYG Visits (1873)
The City by the Bay played host to SHARE during the first week of February. SHARE in San Francisco once again served as the meeting place for the technical and the curious. I was happy to see more people at the event where there seemed to be more going on. The Super Bowl Party kicked off the week with a great networking opportunity. Could it be that the value of SHARE with the opportunity to go wide across a broad range of topics or way down deep on the technical details is once again being recognized?
System z is not just for those who are already using it. We continue to see new workloads and, something as important, new users. That growing user community is looking for ways to learn by playing, actual hands on, with the systems. These new users want ways to experiment and gain the hands on knowledge that those in the industry for a long time have developed over the years. This requires access to "safe" resources which is driving increased interest in having one's own personal System z using products like Rational Development and Test Environments for System z. This allows users the opportunity to have a real z/OS environment, running on a laptop if they wish, where they can experiment, play, and learn. These new system programmers are looking for a safe and practical way to learn the essentials. Sometimes the best way to learn is to mess the system up and figure out how to fix it.
A area of growing interest for the SHARE attendees was DevOps. DevOps as a term has been evolving over the last few years. At it's most basic principle, DevOps is the process of bringing Development and Operations together to share processes and procedures to reduce the risk of change and improve the speed of deployment. Organizations are starting to look at this more to improve their time to delivery and to decrease risk. For the first time, I noticed more of the Systems Programmers taking an interest perhaps recognizing it will affect the way they are doing their day to day activities.
The week started with a great technology trends overview by Mark Anzani. This session provided a great kick off to the week, positioning cloud, mobile and Big Data for the rest of the SHARE technical program. One point of the discussion was the relationship to System z to cloud, and how it already provides many of the capabilities that organizations are looking for the cloud to provide.
A long standing part of the SHARE agenda are the Personal Development sessions that provide opportunities to learn to improve your skills outside of the traditional technical sessions. One of the sessions I attended on Building a Better Technical Pres
Your next opportunity to experience SHARE, in person, will be in Boston August 11-16. Don't miss this opportunity to network with your fellow professionals and learn in greater detail about the technology we all use.
Next time, I will be talking about Pulse and more about DevOps.