Minneapolis/St. Paul Z Council | April 17

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When:  Apr 17, 2024 from 11:00 AM to 05:00 PM (CT)

We are ready to kick off our 2024 IBM Z Customer Councils in Minneapolis/St Paul.

Please join us for lunch, discussion, snacks, and of course Happy Hour

We will kick off with an enlightening session led by Joseph Gailey, a distinguished subject matter expert in mainframe technologies. In this session, Joseph will delve into the transformative capabilities of watson Code Assistant for z (wCA4z) and its pivotal role in application modernization on the IBM Z platform within a modern hybrid cloud architecture.
This will be followed by Amy Freeman, presenting on application modernization using IBM Wazi as a Service for z/OS Dev and Test.  Speed up your z/OS application development with the latest IBM tools, on demand test/development environments, flexible programmer/user training, and testing for version upgrades.  IBM WCA4Z can be a focal component of an on-demand environment with Wazi-aaS. 
Shelly Meierarend will then talk to us about IBM Z Skills. We have the winning formula for building loyal, skilled talent! Come learn how you can take advantage of this program.
And, closing out the day, Tom Bish will provide everyone with an overview of IBM Z Cyber Vault. This session talks about using IBM’s storage and software to create a blueprint for improving your logical corruption detection and recovery capabilities. The focus is how to bring your company back to an operational state as quickly as possible in the face of a corruption event.
11:15 AM      Registration and Buffet Lunch
12:00 PM      Welcome and Opening Remarks
12:15 PM      IBM watsonx Code Assistant for Z
                        Joseph Gailey, IBM Z Technical Specialist
1:15 PM        Break
1:30 PM        IBM Wazi as a Service for z/OS test/dev
                        Amy Freeman, Principal IBM Cloud Technical Specialist
1:30 PM        IBM Z Skills
                        Shelly Meierarend, IBM Z Global Skills Leader
2:30 PM.       Break
2:45 PM        IBM Z Cyber Vault
                        Thomas Bish, IBM STSM
4:00 PM        Happy Hour
About the Speakers:
Joseph Gailey
IBM Z Technical Specialist
Joseph Gailey is a seasoned technology professional with over two decades of experience in mainframe systems, specializing in CICS and related technologies. With a background in systems and application modernization and extensive expertise in CICS internals, installation, and performance optimization, Joseph has served in various capacities, including as a Senior Systems Integrator, Technical Sales Specialist, and currently as an IBM Z Brand Technical Specialist at IBM.
Amy Freeman
Principal, IBM Cloud Technical Specialist
Amy Freeman is Principal, IBM Cloud Technical Specialist. Her areas of focus include Cloud, security, and mainframe application modernization including test/dev for Z as a service on IBM Cloud.  Amy began her career as a scientific and business programmer at Oak Ridge National Labs (COBOL, PL/1, Fortran, CICS, IMS). Since then, she has gained years of experience advising, developing, and architecting innovative and complex IT solutions for public and private sector companies ranging from small startups to Fortune 500 companies.
Shelly Meierarend
IBM Z Global Skills Leader
Shelly Meierarend works closely with IBM clients to help them build a sustainable workforce through our many IBM Z Skills programs and offerings.  She and her teamwork with clients, universities, and students around the world to build critical IT skills needed in the marketplace by IBM and our clients.  They run numerous outreach activities including hackathons, meetups, career fairs, career connection events and our IBM Z Global Skills Acceleration Program. 
Thomas Bish
Thomas Bish has been with IBM for 34 years and is a IBM Senior Technical Staff Member, Principal Architect, and Master Inventor. Tom was in IBM storage product development and architecture for 25 years, and then joined to Global Technology Services to define their software define storage strategy. Tom is currently within IBM technical sales to help clients and sellers best utilize IBM storage technologies. 
If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Pat Medo – pmmedo@us.ibm.com
Venue:   Surly Brewing Company
Venue Phone: 763-999-4040
Venue Website: http://surlybrewing.com/
520 Malcolm Avenue Southeast, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55414, United States


Surly Brewing Company
520 Malcom Avenue Southeast
Minneapolis, MN 55414