By Anna Bridgen,
Marketing Manager- CICS TS Industry Solutions & CICS Transaction Gateway.
April in IBM Hursley Park, UK. It's beautiful, and it's also busy! We haven't spent too much time enjoying the daffodils and bluebells blooming in the 100 acres of parkland surrounding us, as here in the CICS Hursley team we've been rather pre-occupied... our challenge for 2014, in the 50th anniversary year of our old friend System z, has been to create the greatest showing from CICS at Impact ever!
So what are we planning at Impact 2014? We've picked out some of our brightest and best CICS experts from the Hursley Lab and beyond, and they'll be delivering 35 smashing sessions, as well as 4 hours of hands-on CICS Labs and numerous CICS demos every day in the System z Software Solutions Suite. This year we have a big focus on both mobile and cloud, and specialised CICS session menus to make it easy for you to navigate these sessions.
In addition, we wanted to thank you properly for turning up this year, so we're giving away three workshops from the CICS Services team to three lucky winners... all you have to do is turn up at the CICS sessions to qualify and collect stickers towards your entry.
We're also making sure that the next generation of z professionals are catered for - with so much of the world reliant on the mainframe, nobody wants a z skills gap. You may hear of "Generation z" at the event - this is what we're calling people with 10 years or less experience - and there's a special menu of recommended CICS sessions for this group. If this sounds like you, take a look at @ibmgenz on Twitter, and if it's someone you know, tell them about it!
All the information about everything that I have talked about here can be found in the System z & CICS at Impact Booklet - these will be available for you from the System z Ped on the Expo floor at Impact. If you're too curious to wait, then check out our Impact goodies, including easily digestible session menus, videos and more at ibmcics.tumblr.com - or download the entire System z & CICS at Impact Booklet PDF in advance at ibm.biz/zbooklet (just so you know, it's a 30MB file, so you'll want a good internet connection).
We've worked really hard, but the success of all of this is for you to judge - so let us know how you think we've done. Tweet us at @IBM_CICS and tell us what you did, what you loved, and what else you'd like to see next time!
See you in Vegas, baby!