NY Metro NaSPA Chapter Meeting: Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

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The next NY Metro NaSPA Chapter meeting is on Wednesday, 17 October, 2018, in room 1219 in the IBM Building at 590 Madison Avenue, NYC, from 10:00 A.M. until 4:30 P.M. The four sessions below are on the agenda:

    • “What’s New in z/OSMF?”, Marna Walle, IBM

      Abstract: IBM z/OS Management Facility (z/OSMF) provides system management functions in a task-oriented web browser-based user interface. This session will cover some of the newer z/OSMF functions that have been delivered in the past release and in the service stream.

      About the Speaker: Marna Walle is a Senior Technical Staff Member in the z/OS System Installation group at IBM Poughkeepsie. Her current responsibilities include z/OS migration and new installation technologies. Marna is a frequent speaker at customer conferences.

    • “What is Millicode and Why do I Care?”, Brenton Belmar, IBM

      Abstract: Without millicode you couldn’t do anything. It is the pedestal on which your entire system rests. Learn about why System Z and its low level code is different from any other system available today.

      About the Speaker:
       Mr. Belmar is a Senior Technical Staff Member (STSM) in the IBM Z organization. He holds a B.S. degree in computer engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and an M.Eng. degree in computer and systems engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has worked on many generations of IBM Z processors. He is currently leading the development of the next generation IBM Z processor microarchitecture.

    • “Diagnosing Problems in a z/OS UNIX Environment: Operational Problem Determination”, John Shebey, IBM

      Abstract: Have you ever needed to diagnose a problem in a z/OS UNIX environment? In this session, we’ll discuss errno, errnojr, and exit status codes and how to determine their meaning. You’ll learn about various OMVS-related displays for debug and how to collect the required documentation for problems including dumps of the OMVS address space and data spaces, CTRACE, and the z/OS UNIX reason code SLIP.

      About the Speaker: John Shebey is a Senior Software Engineer at IBM Poughkeepsie, where he leads the z/OS UNIX Support team. John has been with IBM for 20 years and is the z/OS Service Rep for SHARE. He holds a BS degree in Mathematics from Virginia Tech.

    • “z/OS Product Documentation: Content by Design”, Susan Shumway, IBM, Bill Keller, IBM

Abstract: As z/OS evolves, documentation that helps you get started quickly and be more productive is more important than ever. The speakers will discuss the latest in “designer” information, including content solutions, which are comprehensive collections of varied content (such as articles, z/OSMF workflows, and videos), designed with repeated validation from sponsor users, and accessible from a single engaging starting point. We will discuss improvements to keeping information current. We will provide a guide to the available tools and repositories for z/OS content and explain how to exploit some of the new content delivery systems. We will also demonstrate some new content retrieval methods, for example the new IBM Knowledge Center search function that was high on the list of customer requirements.

About the Speakers: Susan Shumway is a z/OS content designer and developer at IBM Poughkeepsie. She holds degrees in engineering and technical communication from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She currently leads the z/OS content team and serves as Chief Iteration Manager for the IBM Z Content Design and Development team. She is also the chair of the Mid-Hudson Valley Technical Vitality Affiliate, which is a regional affiliate of the IBM Academy of Technology. Bill Keller is a z/OS content designer and developer at IBM Poughkeepsie. He holds a degree in technical communication from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is the Product Owner of content solutions for z/OS.

Registration: Registration is required . Please RSVP to as soon as is possible if you are thinking of attending, but no later than noon ET on Tuesday, 16 October. 

The meeting is open to non-NaSPA members and is free.  Please pass this invitation on to your colleagues!

Thanks!!! – Mark

Mark Nelson, CISSP®, CSSLP®
z/OS Security Server (RACF) Design and Development
IBM Corporation
2455 South Road MS/P388
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 435-7758, tie line 8+295-7758, fax (845) 432-9787

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