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Open Source on the Mainframe Mini Summit

August 21 - August 23

At this year’s Open Source Summit North America, located in San Diego on August 21-23, we’ll host a mini-summit titled,”Open Source on the Mainframe.” This session will give you insight into the broad open source tools that work seamless on the mainframe (such as Linux, Kubernetes, OpenStack, node.js and more) as well as mainframe specific open source initiatives that can unify the devops practice for organizations using mainframe in conjunction with cloud and other distributed architectures.

The summit is free for OSS attendees but registration is required. Please see the detailed agenda below.

2:00 – 2:30pm: The Open Mainframe Project – How Open Source is Modernizing the Mainframe – John Mertic

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. You will learn how the open source community has gathered around the mainframe platform and how open source projects such as Zowe and OpenStack Cloud Connector are the starting point for open development. The session will also cover how the mainframe platform is a natural technology for Linux deployments, and how the mainframe community operates within the wider construct of the Linux Foundation.

2:30 – 3:00pm: IBM Z: To Open Source and Beyond! – Joe Winchester

This talk covers the challenges customers have faced with obtaining and deploying tooling for their mainframe developers and system programmers over the last 50 years. The Zowe Community and Open Mainframe Project are working with ISVs and customers to address this and create modern platforms and frameworks by bringing open source languages and tooling to the mainframe. Co-presented with Broadcom and Rocket Software, attendees will learn how a blend of open source tools together with Zowe, the new open source framework, empowers mainframe developers.

3:00 – 3:30pm: Re-Envisioning Old Workflows with New Technologies: Using Zowe to Manage Datasets and Jobs with UI and CLI Tools

Zowe is well positioned to help simplify and improve the efficiency of mainframe administrators. This session will offer some examples of how Zowe can help improve the usability of mainframe processes, to begin to open this work up to early-career professionals and not just skilled mainframers. In addition, we will show you how the command line interface within Zowe can help streamline the execution of key administrative tasks.

3:30 – 4:30pm: Lab (BYOD): Zowe CLI – Learn how to construct a DevOps pipeline for a CICS COBOL Application

If you are interested in Zowe and/or DevOps, this is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience with the Zowe Command Line Interface. In this “Bring Your Own Device” session, you’ll be working within a modern cloud IDE workspace.

You’ll learn how the Zowe CLI enables you to control, script and develop on the mainframe like any other cloud platform. Zowe also empowers you to use industry standard open source tooling of your choice! In this lab, you will compile, deploy, run and test a CICS COBOL application as part of a DevOps pipeline.

To participate in this session, all you need on your own PC is access to the internet and a browser.

4:30 – 5:30pm – Lightning talks on other open source on mainframe projects

There are numerous open source efforts happening on the mainframe. Learn more about them in a series of lighting talks highlights projects such as z/VM Cloud Connector, porting work of board open source projects to mainframe, and more.

To add the OMP mini summit to your OSS schedule, click here.