IBM Z Customer Council | Tysons, VA

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When:  Feb 29, 2024 from 09:00 AM to 03:00 PM (ET)

We are back!

We are thrilled to announce an in-person IBM Z Customer Council in Tysons, VA

There have been many developments in the IBM Z world, and we would like to highlight some of the most exciting topics in modernization, AIOps, and IBM LinuxONE.
Our first speaker, Leonard Santalucia, will kick off the day with a presentation on the Open Mainframe Project. The open source movement has rapidly become the way code is being developed for today’s smart and agile businesses. This session will cover how an “open mainframe” is the perfect solution for deploying open source on an enterprise computing platform. Attendees will learn how the open source community has gathered around the mainframe platform and how open source projects such as Zowe, COBOL, a new working group focused on mainframe modernization and more are the starting point for open development.
Next, Chris Walker will discuss our AIOps portfolio and how to ensure that the mainframe is an integral part of your enterprise observability strategy. Operational resiliency depends on detecting application performance issues in mobile, cloud, or on-prem environments before things turn ugly. Yet most enterprise-wide observability solutions provide little to no visibility into IBM Z resources. Even the best operations teams sometimes cannot identify application performance problems until end users are impacted, and reactive root cause analysis delays resolution. In this session we introduce the topic of enterprise observability, including the concept of Open Telemetry, and show why a complete end-to-end view of hybrid applications, including IBM Z, is essential today for everyone in the enterprise from business operations to development to operations.
Then, Barry Silliman will present AI-Assisted Application Modernization with IBM watsonx Code Assistant for Z. IBM watsonx Code Assistant for Z is an AI assisted mainframe application modernization solution that will make it easier for developers to incrementally modernize, and re-factor COBOL business services and selectively transform to high quality Java code optimized for IBM Z.
After lunch, Matt Hodak will close out the day with a presentation on the IBM LinuxONE 4 Express–the newest addition to the IBM LinuxONE product family. The new system will extend the latest performance, security, sustainability, and AI capabilities of LinuxONE to small- and medium-sized businesses and within new data center environments. The pre-configured rack mount system is designed to offer cost savings and remove client guesswork when rolling out solutions to address new and traditional use cases such as digital assets, medical imaging with AI, and workload consolidation.
*Event takes place in the Eastern Standard Time Zone
09:00 AM      Arrival and Continental Breakfast
09:30 AM      Opening Remarks
09:45 AM      Open Mainframe Project
                         Leonard Santalucia, Chair Linux Foundation Open Mainframe Project
10:15 AM      AIOPs
                         Chris Walker, IBM Z AIOps Product Manager
11:15 AM       Break
11:30 AM      AI-Assisted Application Modernization with IBM watsonx Code Assistant for Z
                         Barry Silliman, IBM Z Technical Specialist
12:30 PM       Lunch
01:30 PM       NEW! IBM LinuxONE 4 Express
                         Matt Hodak, IBM Z Technical Specialist
02:30 PM       Closing Remarks
03:00 PM       Departure
                          *Happy hour immediately following*
At this IBM function, IBM is providing lunch and/or promotional items and considers this a normal business courtesy. U.S. Federal government regulations and some state or local government agencies do not permit their employees to accept food or refreshments from contractors doing business with them. IBM provides this notice to assist you in ensuring that your acceptance of the amenities is in compliance with your employer’s internal policies. If your receipt of the amenities during your attendance and participation in the event presents an issue, please advise IBM, and plan for alternate meal options.
For more information, contact your IBM representative or event contact Isabella Reyes –
Venue:   Maggiano’s Little Italy - Tysons Corner VA
2001 International Drive, McLean, Virginia, 22102, United States


Maggiano's Little Italy - Tysons Corner VA
2001 International Dr.
McLean, VA 22102


Isabella Reyes