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ASE and Vitality Program Candidates on Future of the Mainframe

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It was like a bird of a feather gathering to meet three of the latest Broadcom Vitality and Associate Software Engineer (ASE) programme candidates, Jason, Andrew & Matt. We met in Pittsburg at the #SHARE 2019 event. We conversed about their experience going through Broadcom’s Vitality and ASE programmes, what it’s like learning & developing their Mainframe skills, their fantastic week at the SHARE event, their opinions around the future of the Mainframe, and plenty more. 

I, Dez, asked Andrew to give a little context to viewers about what the Broadcom ASE program is. We even dive into why the Mainframe is particular and also the journey events in minor detail. I also asked Jason to talk about what is the vitality program and where it fits into the gamut of what’s Eternity, the process of how people get involved, the journey itself and so on.

Later Matt told us about his journey from the college to the Mainframe and how he chose it along with his roles and responsibilities. 

 I further asked the trio to talk about mainframe scope in the future, to share their insights on the ASE program following the journey; the whole process explains how they went through the application, the onboarding process, and what was entailed in seven weeks.

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Data Professionals Ready to Head Back to In-Person Conferences

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The past couple of years have been a sort of barren wasteland for in-person tech conferences. Meeting in large groups was not wise during the COVID pandemic causing hotels and convention centers everywhere to go empty. However, it looks like things are beginning to open back up in the world of data-focused tech conferences in 2022.

2020 and 2021

Before we look at this year let’s first look back and reflect on the impact of COVID on the world of technology and data management conferences. Early in 2020, as the degree of the COVID pandemic became apparent, many tech conferences either were canceled or revamped.

One of the earliest events to be modified was the IBM Think 2020 event, originally scheduled for the week of May 4-7, 2020 in San Francisco. IBM canceled the in-person conference and announced a “Digital Event Experience” to occur May 5 -6. This amounted to what most conferences became during the pandemic – watching presentations over the web, like a bunch of webinars. Many other events followed suit, with IDUG Db2 Tech Conference, Microsoft Build, Salesforce Connections, Oracle World, and many others eventually delivering online versions of their events.

Instead of revamping to an online event, some conferences canceled their events; some for good! The first harbinger of things to come was the cancellation of the South by Southwest conference, originally scheduled for March 13-22, 2020. Industry analyst firm Gartner canceled or postponed all of its conferences for April through August 2020. And perhaps the biggest news of all, O’Reilly Media closed its conference business for good, which sounded the death knell for its annual Strata conference. Data management professionals will miss Strata as it was one of the only vendor-neutral events that focused on data and AI.

As 2020 turned to 2021 it became the modus operandi for conferences to be held primarily online. Some began to wonder if COVID would kill the in-person tech conference once and for all. For many reasons, I don’t see that happening.

For one thing, an online event is easy to disengage from. Sitting at your laptop watching a presentation is no substitute for an in-person presentation where there are no disturbances and you can easily interact with the presenter (via Q&A or even tracking them down after they speak). On the other hand, it is very easy to stop paying attention when you are watching online. I wonder what that email that just showed up was… let’s check… oh, I’ve been waiting for that {clicks a link and starts web browsing}… Was that the doorbell? Probably, because the dog is barking… and so on… none of those distractions exist when you are sitting in a room at a conference!

Furthermore, people like to interact with their peers to share and learn things. That is much easier to do at an industry event where everybody has similar interests. So, in-person events went away for a period of time because it was the prudent thing to do to stop the spread of COVID. But what about now?

2022

Well, the availability and effectiveness of COVID vaccines and people’s desire and willingness to attend conferences seem to mean that 2022 will see a resurgence in live, in-person tech, and data management events. I am not saying that threat of COVID is over (far be it from me as I am no immunologist or M.D.), but the general mood seems to be that it is once again time to attend conferences. Hopefully, we will do it safely.

Furthermore, I contend that an in-person product demonstration can be more illuminating and educational than similar online demos. And it is easier to ask questions and clear up confusing issues or technical problems face-to-face than it is over the web.

In March 2022, I attended my first in-person event since the COVID pandemic began: the SHARE conference in Dallas, TX. I was not sure what to expect, but the event was well-attended and people seemed genuinely enthused to be participating and interacting with their peers again. If this is indicative of the overall mood of the tech world then 2022 will probably be the year that you start attending your favorite data and tech events again. And from what I see, there will be no shortage of opportunities for you to attend.

Upcoming Data Management Conferences

Coming up soon is Data Summit 2022 taking place in Boston on May 17-18, 2022. This event is managed by Unisphere and bills itself as the data management and analytics conference. I have attended and spoken at this event in the past. It offers a lot of educational value, particularly in the realm of data management, analytics, and AI. There are co-running sub-events focused on DataOps and AI/ML that may be of interest.

Next up is the World Data Summit taking place May 18-20, 2022 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. This three-day event hosts speakers knowledgeable on all aspects of data analysis, unstructured data, data visualization, and more.

One conference that I am very much looking forward to attending again is the North American IDUG Db2 Tech Conference, to be held this year in Boston, MA from July 11-14, 2022. If you use IBM’s Db2 DBMS then this is an event you won’t want to miss… not to mention that I will be delivering a couple of presentations there this year, too!

And I cannot mention IBM without also mentioning Oracle, can I? Well, this year Oracle OpenWorld has a new name – Oracle CloudWorld. And it has a new location, too! Although for many years Oracle held its events in San Francisco, this year the event will be in Las Vegas from October 16-20, 2022. There is a bit of irony in renaming an in-person conference to CloudWorld though! The online events held that past couple of years during the pandemic were more cloud-like virtual events. But I understand the reasoning, what with cloud computing becoming so popular these days.

Of course, there are many other in-person events that might be of interest, and I am probably missing a few. That said, here are some others to keep in mind:

The Bottom Line

2022 looks like the year that in-person tech conferences will be returning, so if you are comfortable traveling and being out and amongst people again this year, you might want to start making your plans to attend your favorite events.

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Talk with George DeCandio and Peter Wassel

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It was one great day of my life when I got to talk with two amazing personalities George DeCandio, Chief Technology Officer – Mainframe Software Division, Broadcom, and Peter Wassel, Director of Product Management & Strategy – Mainframe Software Division at Broadcom. We had this excellent discussion about the latest in Broadcom Mainframe DevOps and how Broadcom is supporting their Mainframe clients to unlock the value of their Mainframe applications with modern tooling and processes, like DevOps, and through open interfaces.

The conversation began with a brief, enthusiastic introduction from both George and Peter. They stated about the opportunities on the Broadcom mainframe from a DevOps perspective, the challenges, some top-notch insights into what is going on within the world inside Broadcom and via their ecosystem of consumers as well as partners.

We later gave a thought on various impacts and potential for opening up the Broadcom mainframe, the available opportunities,  latest news Mainframe DevOps into the prospects in opening up the mainframe – we conversed Broadcom’s open-first message, and why being non-prescriptive and low-opinion is valuable, and why that strategy matters for companies who want to grow.

Following, we dwell into what it refers to be open (SDKs, touch on APIs,  CLIs, IDEs), and turn to Zowe, IDEs like Eclipse Che and Visual Studio Code, George and Peter emphasized more on background on what the Open Mainframe Project does, then took us through Broadcom’s commitment and assistance to it and why it counts and is looking at what off-platform tooling refers, i.e., enterprise DevOps toolchains, etc.

The discourse further shared a comprehensive viewpoint at what Broadcom is doing for Broadcom Mainframe DevOps; from both perspectives be it Business or Technical, George and Peter conveyed their remarkable thoughts from inside the business, as well as key highlights from around the world and what they are accomplishing with consumers to drive thriving results.

A few topics we talked about, cover:

  • Their commitment to IDEs and Zowe via CA Brightside, 
  • Their concentration on Git and CA Endevor Bridge for Git, 
  • The vitality of the Mainframe Developer cockpit, and that in effect in the modern place, everyone becomes a developer.

Another vital topic we conversed on is that Broadcom comprehends that Mainframe DevOps is a journey and needs cultural change, the latest tools, unique practices, etc. That can indeed be an overwhelming change if not done right. We even learn more about their excellent no-fee offerings and why they consider this journey as a partnership and not just a vendor-customer association.

We ended with a quick look at the design thinking workshop Broadcom presents. You can check out the DevOps link below today, as your organization will obtain real value from this offering.

Join in to learn more about the great topics and more.

The podcast we created is in association with the Mainframe division of Broadcom.

To get the details, visit:

http://bit.ly/BroadcomMainframe 

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Dez Talking with Per Kroll, Senior Director of R&D, Broadcom Mainframe Division

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I recently met this amazing personality, none other than Per Kroll, Senior Director of R&D, Broadcom Mainframe Division. We have a conversation about  Mainframes, #AI Ops, and connecting Mainframes to the Cloud, the trends and latest news in mainframe, within the Mainframe and corresponding tech and business markets. We also discussed what’s new inside the Mainframe Division of Broadcom, especially the world of Research and Development, which Per heads up.

We started Per Kroll Interview by getting to know Per. He conveys some beautiful, inspiring tales about his early years in life and work covering his academic journey and working career, and what made him get into AI Ops and the Mainframe world.

Later, we talked about vital topics like how the Mainframe crafts a better Hybrid Cloud and the shifts enabling it. Per is the most suitable person to talk about, as he had spent most of his work life on the distributed side. Over the last 6 years, he directed the evolution of AIOps and DevOps solutions for the Broadcom Mainframe – with all of that in mind, Per shares what he notices are the pivotal trends that you have marked on the Mainframe across the last few years.

In the discourse related to Broadcom Mainframe Division, Per also shared his views around Contextual Insight – the capability to make sense of disparate data, and the way the mainframe is a foundational computing platform for the digital economy due to the ability for the mainframe to handle huge workloads aside any disruptions. Per also extends on the role of AIOps, and why its popularity is rising.  

Further, he outlined the journey towards self-healing systems – an incremental path and people are “always selling it”? What’s feasible today VS the path ahead. Per also mentioned why when customers talk about AIOps, they often speak about self-healing systems and his outlook on what is fact vs imagination in the arena of self-healing systems – Per also conveys his take on key measures organisations can take to “get started” on this lane.

We later concluded the discussion with Per’s ideas on what’s coming over the horizon following 3 to 5 years, in particular around the evolution in terms of DevOps, AIOps, Openness has gone so quick over the previous few years, which has made a created between how the average Broadcom mainframe consumer is operating and what is achievable.

Another vital insight of all Per shares is his longing, and what he believes will occur is that the early adopters will showcase what is viable on a large scale, and that will speed up the adoption among the Early Majority and the Late Majority – as he states, in the expressions of Geoffrey Moore, he hopes the great thing happening over following years is that we will cross the chasm for various technologies and solutions we talked about today.

Join for all of these fantastic subjects and more.

The podcast was created in collaboration with the Mainframe division of Broadcom.

To get more details, visit:

http://j.mp/BroadcomMainframe

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http://bit.ly/broadcommritrial

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