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SHARE Dallas 2022

March 27, 2022 - March 30, 2022

SHARE 2022 will take place on March 27-30 in person in Dallas and virtually. To register for the event or to learn more, visit

As always, Open Mainframe Project will have a presence at the event as many of our project leaders and ambassadors will be giving presentations. Please see below and add these sessions to your schedule.

Monday, March 28 (all times are in CST):

1-2 pm: Deploying and Securing Zowe from z/OS to zCX to Hybrid Cloud and Everything in Between – Joe Winchester, IBM

With the increasing uptake of container-based deployments and shift to open hybrid infrastructure, learn how you can deploy Zowe as containers using Kubernetes securely and with speed and agility to enable Zowe desktop and API services to work with z/OS resources.  In this session, you will see a demo and learn about Zowe containerization strategy, architecture, security model as well as Zowe conformance criteria with respect to containers.   This session will also traditional Zowe deployment and configuration on z/OS using keyrings, multi-factor-authentication, different security managers, USS setup, z/OSMF configuration, and all of the scenarios that we’ve seen customer deploy Zowe into. The talk will include hands-on demos where folks can ask questions and get the presenters to tweak and re-configure on the fly, and will show how to use SMP/E for maintenance, z/OSMF workflows, portable software instances, dockerhub images. Folks attending the talk will leave with a good knowledge of the best practices and common pitfalls and solutions as well as understand the direction for where Zowe is heading in a k8s and ReadHat Open Shift topology to help them plan their hybrid cloud strategy for Zowe based as well as other USS/Linux tooling.

3:30-4:30 pm: Zowe (Kotlin) SDK, A New Project to Connect Mainframes to the Modern Tech Stack – Uladzislau Kalesnikau and Ilya Abnitski, IBA Group

To remain the backbone of the enterprise computing environment, mainframes need to be connected to a modern tech stack and development tools. The Zowe framework provides many opportunities to bring open source to mainframes. This session will present Zowe Kotlin SDK developed by the IBA Group team to connect z/OSMF and Zowe. The project aims to provide greater flexibility for teams coding in Java or Python and enables them to use Intellij IDE for mainframes.

Tuesday, March 29 (all times are in CST):

8-9 am: Automating Complex Mainframe Workflows with Zowe CLI – Petr Plavjanik and Dan Kelosky, Broadcom

Wouldn’t life be easier if your workflows, even the most complex ones, were automated end-to-end? In this session, you will see how you can leverage existing automation assets and combine them together to create a fully automated process. We will achieve this using Zowe CLI, TypeScript, and Jenkins and improve an existing process based on REXX scripts and JCLs.

9:15-10:15 am: How Zowe Is Opening up the Mainframe to Current and Future Generations of Mainframers – Joe Winchester, IBM; Leanid Astakou, Rocket Software; Dan Kelosky, Broadcom

This talk shows how the open mainframe Zowe project is being used by customers to help modernize their mainframe development and IT tools and practices. We will cover the different components given by squad subject matter experts, with a focus on customer success stories and adoption. The presentation will show the extensibility of the Zowe components into traditional mainframe areas like CICS, MQ, IMS and Db2, as well as modern tooling usages using Jenkins, GitHub, Visual Studio Code and more. We will also show how through APIs vendors and customers have built their own Zowe extensions for their z/OS services. Since Zowe was last presented at Share we have introduced support for containers, with publishing onto docker hub, multi-factor-authentication, sysplex distributor high availability, and are preparing for Zowe version 2. This talk will cover these as well as discuss common customer questions and answers regarding security, usage of open source on z/OS, scalability, and Zowe’s future roadmap. Customers who are new to Zowe wanting to find out more, customers who are Zowe users wanting to be updated on futures, vendors wanting to build or update their Zowe extensions, and students wanting to learn more about education will all benefit from this presentation.

10:30-11:30 am: How to Enable System Management Integrations in Hybrid Cloud and DevOps Environment through Zowe Extensions – Domenico D’Alterio, IBM

Zowe™ technology delivers new ways to integrate IBM Z into the enterprise. Zowe helps to make the IBM Z platform easier to learn and use for next-generation IT staff and developers. Come and learn how IBM System Management offerings expand Zowe framework with specific extensions to have an easier way to integrate Automation of system, applications, processing and more in a hybrid cloud environment.. Come and learn about use cases that leverage REST API for Automation as well as CLI extensions of Zowe in an hybrid cloud environment.

2:15-3:15 pm: Zowe in a Container World – Tiefeng Jia, IBM

With the increasing uptake of container-based deployments and shift to open hybrid infrastructure, learn how you can deploy Zowe as containers using Kubernetes securely and with speed and agility to enable Zowe desktop and API services to work with z/OS resources.  In this session, you will see a demo and learn about Zowe containerization strategy, architecture, security model as well as Zowe conformance criteria with respect to containers.

3:30-4:30 pm: Zowe V2 – What’s new with Zowe CLI? – Michael Bauer, Broadcom

Join this session to learn of the latest improvements made to the Zowe Command Line Interface. Collectively, these features provide for easier rollout and adoption of the technology across the enterprise. It is now easy to share configuration information across a user base or store it within an automation project. In addition, the CLI is now lightning quick! And the installation has been further simplified. If you are an existing user or just interested in leveraging modern tools to develop automation for z/OS, you won’t want to miss this session!

Wednesday, March 30 (all times in CST):

8-9 am: Modern DevOps on CICS from Ansible to Zowe – Joe Winchester, IBM; Ezriel Gross, Rocket Software; Stewart Francis, IBM

This talk covers how to do modern CICS DevOps using open source tooling such as Zowe and Ansible. This covers development environments such as Visual Studio Code using GitHub, CI/CD pipelines built using Jenkins, and testing tools such as galassa and COBOL Check. Many of these tools have vendor extensions and commercial support offerings from mainframe software companies, however this talk will very much take the open source first angle and show how to build end to end tooling to support agile development practices end to end. As well as CICS the talk will show this in the context of applications written in COBOL as well as Java, and transactions exploiting Db2 and MQ on z/OS. For the front end tooling the focus will be on Visual Studio code and the growing family of extensions such as the Zowe Explorer, as well as free tooling for language awareness, testing frameworks, debugging and more. The talk will also cover IntelliJ and Eclipse and the free and open source extensions available. This talk will benefit experienced CICS Developers wishing to learn about and transition away from ISPF or those using vendor tools wishing to see the open source free landscape, as well as new to the mainframe developers wishing to see how to exploit familiar development environments on top of CICS Transaction Server programs and transactions.

9:15-10:15: Mainframe Open Education – Fostering the Stewardship of Education Resources – Kelle Veverka, Broadcom; Viviane Sanches, IBM; Paul Newton, IBM

The creation, curation and consumption of Mainframe education happens all the time, but how do you bring existing efforts together in a way that benefits the Mainframe community, reduces critical skills gaps, and makes existing resources readily available? Mainframe Open Education, a project under the Open Mainframe Project (OMP), is bringing community members together from every corner, empowering them to embrace the stewardship of Mainframe open education resources that will help to cultivate Mainframe knowledge, onboard new talent, and provide a place where Mainframe experts share and consume knowledge. Join the conversation to learn more about this community partnership and how you can participate.

Check out the main schedule here.


March 27, 2022
March 30, 2022
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