IBM Z Customer Council | NYC

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When:  Oct 19, 2023 from 09:30 AM to 03:30 PM (ET)

You are invited to the next meeting of the Northeast IBM Z Customer Council in New York City

Our theme for the day is Modernization, and we will cover how the platform has evolved to deliver new business services, capabilities, and thought leadership.
Our first speaker will kick off the session with a look at what IBM is doing to help build a sustainable workforce. Meredith Stowell will discuss the IBM Z Skills program and its work to attract and train talent.
Next, David Simpson will demonstrate the performance advantages of running AI inferencing workloads on Linux on IBM Z with AI Acceleration. David will also cover how to build and train an AI model in any popular framework on any platform of your choice for maximum flexibility. David will then demonstrate a typical Fraud Detection Inference model using TensorFlow comparing a typical x86 Infrastructure vs an accelerated IBM LinuxONE in order to quickly process thousands of AI fraud detection requests. 
Then, Matt Mondics will provide a live demonstration of how IBM Observability by Instana and IBM Cloud Pak for Watson AIOps can monitor and manage Oracle on LinuxONE alongside the IBM Z stack with which it interacts – including OpenShift, the Linux operating system, and the IBM Z HMC. See how IBM’s AIOps solutions can quickly identify and remediate issues using Ansible playbooks so that IT professionals can focus on the most important situations in their environments.​
Finally, Roberto Calderon will dive into Z modernization technologies such as z/OS Container Extensions (zCX) and Red Hat OpenShift running on IBM Z and z/OS. These give our clients the ability to co-locate applications and workloads that have an affinity to z/OS by bringing those applications and workloads closer to z/OS based applications and data.  He will also dive into various real use cases on how clients are able to take advantage of the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform while exploiting z/OS qualities of service (QoS).​
9:30 AM      Arrival & Registration
9:45 AM      Welcome & Kickoff
                      Isabella Reyes, IBM zStack Technical Specialist
10:00 AM    IBM Z Skills Program
                      Meredith Stowell, Vice President of IBM Z Ecosystem
10:30 AM    Integrating AI Inferencing Workloads on Linux on IBM Z
                      David Simpson, IBM Z Technical Specialist, IBM Washington Systems Center
11:15 AM    Break
11:30 AM    Integrating IBM Z AIOps with Instana, Ansible Automation, and Watson AIOps
                      Matt Mondics, IBM Z Technical Specialist, IBM Washington Systems Center
12:15 PM    Lunch
1:30 PM       Hybrid Cloud and DevOps Technologies for IBM Z
                       Roberto Calderon, IBM Z Senior Solutions Engineer, Hybrid Cloud
2:30 PM       Networking & Close
3:30 PM       Event End

Many thanks to CDW, Rocket Software, and Vicom Infinity for supporting this event.

For more information, contact your IBM representative or Isabella Reyes at
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Venue:   PENN 1 NYC
250 W 34th St, 2nd Floor, New York, New York, 10119, United States


250 W 34th St.
2nd floor
New York, NY 10119


Isabella Reyes