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IMS Symposium - 4 Great Days in Germany!
Megan Moyer 110000GJAE firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  iod ims_tools mainframe java sap cognos real-time_analytics db2_for_zos ims data_studio sandy_sherrill datapower ims_symposium optim cics | 4,482 Visits
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While the location differs, the focus stays the same. Keynote addresses from Dinesh Nirmal, Director of IMS, Tom Ramey, Director of IMS Tools, and Betty Patterson, Chief Architect for IMS, opened the week's varied activities.
The message on integration featured prominently all week. In Dinesh's keynote, he reminded the attendees of IMS's significant reach across the enterprise: not only DB2 for z/OS and CICS, but Cognos, DataPower, Optim, SAP, Data Studio, and more. Richard Tran's demo on how you can use Cognos 10.2 to perform real-time analytics against your operational IMS data kept the Expo floor buzzing. Dinesh also shared that the fastest uptake of new function on IMS is Open Database - another nod towards integration, Java on the mainframe, and modernization. Here is a great techdoc to get you started on Open Database.
Betty Patterson took the attendees on a deeper dive of technical content, including a preview of IMS 13, whose Quality Partnership Program was announced at IOD week in October.
Tom Ramey wove modernization into his keynote, sharing how the revamped IMS Tools Admin Console is packed with widgets to simplify a DBA's tasks: sensor, help, reports, and more. Tom and Helene Lyon, who leads the IMS EMEA Tiger Team, had fun catching up and demonstrated that IMS really is a family.
We were excited to host a group of students from Bauman University in Moscow, accompanied by their professor, Dr. Elena Smirnova, who takes advantage of the System z installed at Bauman to teach her students about all-things-mainframe. What inspired her most this week? Mark Simmond's final-day keynote on Big Data, which literally had the attendees on the edges of their seat. Professor Smirnova said that she is heading back to Moscow ready to embark on a Big Data project!
Customer Speakers from Standard Life, Fiducia, Saarstahl, and Credit Suisse rounded out the technical content and led to extended discussions, proposed PoCs, and commitments to share experiences moving forward.
The date for the next IMS Symposium is TBD - we will bring it to you as soon as it's scheduled. For now, Auf Wiedersehen to beautiful Koenigstein, and Vielen Danke for your warm hospitality!