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Mainframe System Education -- Wildfire Workshops



Document Author:
Additional Author(s):

Judith Vadnais
Judith A Ramage


Document ID:

PRS1778


Doc. Organization:

Advanced Technical Sales


Document Revised:

09/26/2014


Product(s) covered:

Linux; Oracle; WebSphere; z/OS







Abstract: The IBM Advanced Technical Skills "Wildfire" hands-on workshops are a proven way of introducing Mainframe Systems technology to your customers. Each workshop delivers a series of lecture and labs that shows customers how IBM's leading technology works on Mainframe Systems. The workshops are "no charge" to qualified customers. Details about the workshops we offer are outlined below, along with information about how to enroll your customers.

For questions, contact Judy Vadnais-Keute via email: Judith Vadnais/Poughkeepsie/IBM or (judyv@us.ibm.com)

Current Workshops and their Upcoming Schedules

Note:
Workshop descriptions and links to workshop pages provided below
ZCONN1 -- Z/OS Connect & Mobile Wildfire Workshop
  • Dublin, OH - Oct 21 & 22, 2014
  • Markham, Ontario - Nov 4 & 5, 2014
  • New York, NY - Nov 18 & 19, 2014
  • Costa Mesa, CA - Dec 9 & 10, 2014
  • Raleigh, NC - Jan 21 & 22, 2015 (TBA)

CICSINT1 -- CICS Integration Wildfire Workshop
  • Dallas, TX - Oct 28 - 30, 2014

IMQZOSV81 -- MQ V8 Smart Seminar - Single Account
  • Mooresville, NC - Sept 25, 2014
  • Columbus, GA - Nov 4, 2014

IMQZOSV82 -- MQ V8 Smart Seminar - Multi Account
  • Kanata, Ontario - Sept 25, 2014
  • Camp Hill, PA - Oct 1, 2014

zCICSDB2 -- CICS and DB2 Performance & Optimization Wildfire Workshop
  • Minneapolis, MN - Sept 23 - 25, 2014
  • Bentonville, AR - Nov 18 - 20, 2014

IMQ08 --WebSphere MQ V8 for z/OS Wildfire Workshop
  • Chicago, IL - Nov 18 - 20, 2014
  • Dallas, TX - Dec 9 - 11, 2014

For questions, contact Judy Vadnais via email: Judith Vadnais/Poughkeepsie/IBM or (judyv@us.ibm.com)


Enrollment Process

Note: Only IBMers and Business Partners are allowed to invite and enroll students in Wildfire Workshops. An IBM Sales Connect opportunity number is required.

To enroll students in a workshop, go to the following website:

https://www-03.ibm.com/servers/eserver/zseries/education/topgun/enrollment/esfldedu.nsf/0/0D284179789982B5852578B8004C07B4?EditDocument

Then:

  • Click on the down arrow from the "Select One" box. Select the Workshop to enroll your customer and click Continue:
  • Click on the location and date for the workshop of your choice.
  • Complete all enrollee information.
  • Provide a valid Sales Connect Opportunity Number...Note: without this information, the student will not be confirmed for attendance.
  • Click on the "Submit" button at the bottom of the panel when all information has been provided.

For questions, contact Judy Vadnais via email: Judith Vadnais/Poughkeepsie/IBM or (judyv@us.ibm.com)



Workshop Descriptions and Details

CICSINT1 -- CICS Integration Wildfire Workshop
Duration:

2.75 days
Starts at 8:15am

Abstract:
This two and three-quarter day workshop will cover the CICS connectivity options to address today's modern-interface needs. These connectivity options include web services, REST interface (for mobile phone or web browser interactions), ATOM Feeds, Servlets and JavaServer Pages, the CICS Transaction Gateway and the CICS Explorer. CICS's Event processing will allow you to send events when certain business or system conditions occur within your application. This workshop will use a combination of lectures and labs to survey the various CICS connectivity options, with an emphasis on the connectivity options available in CICS TS V4 and V5. This workshop will help you better understand options for integrating CICS applications and their technical implications relative to configuration, transactionality and security. This workshop will benefit Application Programmers, Systems Programmers and Application Architects. Upon completion of this workshop, you should have a better understanding of how these technologies can fit into your current environment and the steps needed to implement these technologies.

Workshop Page:

http://wasnt1.dfw.ibm.com/bin/view/CICSInfo/CICSAccessWorkshop
Workshop Brochure:
n/a

CICSJAV1 -- CICS and JAVA Wildfire Workshop
Duration:

1.00 day
Starts at 8:15am

Abstract:
This one day workshop will cover the CICS's Java support. CICS TS V4.2 and V5.1 significantly expand CICS's support for Java applications over previous CICS versions. Support for 64-bit Java 7 (CICS TS V5.2) and 64-bit Java 6.0.1 (CICS TS V4.2) have been added, along with allowing for great concurrency. Environments for Java applications include Servlets and JSPs, the Apache Axis2 open source web services engine and Java as a 'regular' CICS programming language. As of CICS TS V5.1, Servlets and JSPs are now supported, with access to the JCICS API. Axis2 lets you quickly deploy a plain old Java object (a POJO) as a web service in CICS. OSGi (Open Services Gateway initiative) in the CICS JVM server can add an entirely new dimension to architecting and implementing Java applications in CICS. OSGi is a dynamic module system for Java that has been adopted by all major Java application servers. OSGi provides a mechanism for dividing a system into dependent modules known as bundles, separately packaged and deployed, and each having its own lifecycle. This modularity allows you to divide a complex application into independent parts for easier development, testing and maintenance. This workshop consists of lectures discussing the CICS API for Java programs, deploying Java programs into CICS, using DB2 in CICS's Java environment, and debugging and tuning your CICS Java programs. Upon completion of this workshop, you should have a better understanding of how to use Java in your CICS environment.

Workshop Page:

n/a
Workshop Brochure:

n/a

LXCLO1 -- Installing Oracle on Linux on IBM System z, plus Cloud Options Workshop
Duration:

1.0 days
Start 9:00am on the first day, ends approximately 4:00pm

Abstract:
T
his no charge one day workshop is ideal for Linux and Oracle IT professionals and decision makers who are seeking a more cost effective platform using System z for their Oracle database environment to provide higher reliability, availability and security, while reducing overall IT costs - especially with hardware and software licensing. The event will be of interest to attendees who are considering a move of Oracle databases to Linux on System z, or the installation of new Oracle instances on Linux on System z. System z personnel are also encouraged to attend to learn about the IBM Oracle solution on Linux on System z. Topics will include a description of the z/VM hypervisor, setup and installation considerations of Linux and Oracle on IBM System z hardware. Presentations and demonstrations will showcase the installation of Linux and Oracle 11gR2 software. "The Cloud" is a hot topic and a lecture on Cloud technologies on System z will be presented with a demonstration of installing Oracle using a Cloud infrastructure. A practical example and lecture on the realization of hard dollar savings will wrap up the day, along with a discussion of technical support and implementation services available to assist customers to achieve a successful installation. This one day workshop is based on the full two and one-half day LXOR6 Oracle on System z workshop, but only includes lectures and demonstrations; no hands-on labs.
Workshop Page:

n/a

Workshop Brochure:

n/a


LXOR6 -- Customizing Linux and the Mainframe for Oracle DB Applications
Duration:

2.5 days
Start 9:00am on the first day, end approximately 1:00pm on the last day

Abstract:

This two and one-half day workshop will be of interest to attendees who are considering a move of an Oracle database to Linux on System z. The class is designed for both Oracle DBA skilled people, System z and Linux people, working together in teams to configure and install a VM, Linux, and Oracle environment on IBM System z. Topics will be presented to familiarize the attendee with System z hardware technologies. Major software components will be showcased through lecture and hands-on labs. Attendees will have the opportunity to perform customization activities on key z/VM system files. Attendees will install and customize either SLES 11 or RHEL 5, and use the system to install and customize Oracle 11gR2 using DBCA. Performance is always a topic of keen interest. The class will cover performance tools available at the z/VM, Linux and Oracle levels. Recommendations will be presented on maximizing Oracle performance on Linux on System z. Other topics will cover various options available to gather and process performance data. The workshop will wrap up with a discussion on tools and services available for sizing workloads being considered, for a move to Linux on System z. Part of this discussion will also encompass server consolidation to System z machines in addition to a discussion on ROI and TCO factors.

Workshop Page:

n/a

Workshop Brochure:

Wildfire LXOR6.pdf

DGSYSZ -- Data Governance for System z Workshop
Duration:
2.0 days

Start 9:00am on the first day, end approximately 5:00pm on the last day

Abstract:
With the complexity of today's information ecosystems, organizations must improve the level of trust users have in information, ensure consistency of data and establish safeguards over information. When information is trusted, business can optimize outcomes.

This workshop provides the opportunity to meet with experts to understand business and IT implications of Data Governance, Real Time Analytics and Operational Data Warehousing, as well as, learn how the IBM System z platform can help meet, simplify and reduce the cost of meeting data governance requirements.

Workshop Page:
n/a

Workshop Brochure:

Data_Governance_z_Invitation_V2.pptData_Governance_z_Invitation_V2.ppt

DGSYSZ1 -- "NEW" Data Governance for System z ONE-Day Workshop now available
Duration:

1.0 day
Start 9:00am on the first day, end approximately 5:00pm

Abstract:
With the complexity of today's information ecosystems, organizations must improve the level of trust users have in information, ensure consistency of data and establish safeguards over information. When information is trusted, business can optimize outcomes.

Join us for one day at the IBM Data Governance for System z Workshop. Meet with experts to understand business and IT implications of Data Governance, Real Time Analytics and Operational Data Warehousing, and learn how the IBM System z platform can help meet, simplify and reduce the cost of meeting data governance requirements.

Workshop Page:
n/a

Workshop Brochure:

Data_Governance_z_DGSYSZ1_Invitation_V2.pptData_Governance_z_DGSYSZ1_Invitation_V2.ppt


WBSR85
-- WebSphere Application Server for z/OS Version 8.5
Duration
:
2.5 days
Start 9:00am on the first day, end approximately 2:00pm on the last day.

Abstract:

With the release of WebSphere Application Server for z/OS Version 8.5 comes a refreshed Wildfire workshop on the topic. Since creation of the runtime in WAS z/OS V8.5 is essentially the same as it has been for the past several release, for this workshop we'll focus up on usage of the runtime and in particular certain new features of WAS z/OS V8.5 that are unique to the z/OS platform. In addition, we will look at the new Liberty Profile server model. Hands-on labs reinforce the lessons delivered in the presentations. The objective is to familiarize the student with new features in WAS V8.5 as well as reinforce the value of platform exploitation available from WAS z/OS.

Workshop Page:

http://www.ibm.com/support/techdocs/atsmastr.nsf/WebIndex/PRS4848
Workshop Brochure:

Wildfire WBSR85.pdf


ZCONN1
-- z/OS Connect & Mobile Wildfire Workshop
Duration
:
1.75 days
Starts at 9:00am

Abstract:

T
he proliferation of mobile computing and mobile devices is accelerating. Increasingly, those devices are seeking data that resides on z/OS. In this workshop we will explore a solution for exposing your z/OS assets "as a service" behind a REST interface. That solution is z/OS Connect. We will show how z/OS Connect fits within a broader IBM Mobile architecture, and we will provide a hands-on exploration of setting up and using z/OS Connect on real z/OS Systems each lab team will have for their use. A focus of this workshop will be on the topic of security within a z/OS Connect environment. This workshop is an intermediate workshop. It involves topics and hands-on that is best performed by people with some knowledge of System z, solution architectures, and security. Deeps skills not required. z/OS skills helpful but not required.
Workshop Page:

n/a
Workshop Brochure:

n/a


WCG01
-- WebSphere Compute Grid for zOS
Duration:

2.5 days
Start 9:00am on the first day, end approximately 1:00pm on the last day.

Abstract:

This workshop is designed to help the participant understand Java batch processing using IBM's WebSphere Compute Grid for z/OS product. The hands-on labs will reinforce the concept and provide the participants an actual z/OS system on which to experience and use WebSphere Compute Grid to develop and deploy batch programs. This workshop is designed for system architects, administrators and developers who are interested in Java batch processing using IBM's WebSphere Compute Grid. Some z/OS experience is helpful for some of the lab exercises, as is knowledge of UNIX tools such as telnet and FTP. There is an element of Java programming involved in some of the hands-on lab exercises. Prior Java programming experience using IBM Rational Application Developer is not necessary but is helpful.

Workshop Page:

http://www.ibm.com/support/techdocs/atsmastr.nsf/WebIndex/PRS4644
Workshop Brochure:

Wildfire WCG01.pdf


IMQ0
8 -- WebSphere MQ V8 for z/OS Workshop
Duration:

3.0 days
Start 9:00am on the first day, end approximately 5:00pm on the last day

Abstract:

This workshop provides hands on exercises with WebSphere's premier connectivity products for z/OS, WebSphere MQ V8 This session is to assist with implementation and administration of the products on z/OS assist in planning implementation or migration, including the Queue Sharing Group features introduced with WMQ V8. Hands-on experience is provided with applications using new features of WMQ, for example how a COBOL application can publish and subscribe.


Workshop Page:

http://www.ibm.com/support/techdocs/atsmastr.nsf/WebIndex/PRS4113
Workshop Brochure:

n/a

IMQZOSV81 & IMQZOSV82 -- One Day IMQ For z/OS V8 Smart Seminars (Both Single Account & Multi-Account)
Duration:

1.0 day
Start 9:00am on the first day, end approximately 5:00pm on the last day

Abstract:

This one day seminar brings a zGrowth IMQ for z/OS expert to your city. The session is highly interactive, while it starts from our presentation material, we are happy to discuss the customer(s) environment and application requirements. The single account seminar is brought to the customer site directly. The multi-account seminar is held at an IBM site location or IBM TEC facility.
Note: A day of migration help "or" infrastructure design assistance can be set up for the day following the seminar (for single account events).
Workshop Page:

n.a
Workshop Brochure:


IMQ for zOS SmartSeminar.pptIMQ for zOS SmartSeminar.ppt
MultiCustomer - IMQ for zOS SmartSeminar.pptMultiCustomer - IMQ for zOS SmartSeminar.ppt


ZODM80 -- IBM Operational Decision Manager (ODM) for z/OS Hands-On Workshop
Duration:

1 or 3.0 days
Start 9:00am on the first day, end approximately 2:00pm on the last day

Abstract:

The ZODM80 Wildfire workshop is intended to provide attendees with experience with configuring the IBM ODM Product. Attendees will be provided an overview of the product infrastructure and perform labs associated with performing the initial IBM ODM configuration on z/OS, configuring Decision Server on z/OS, WebSphere Optimized Local Adapters for IBM ODM, configuring Decision Center on z/OS and an introduction to IBM ODM Rules
.
Workshop Page:

n/a

Workshop Brochure:

Wildfire ZODM80.pdfWildfire ZODM80.pdf


zCICSDB2 -- CICS and DB2 Performance & Optimization Workshop
Duration:

3.0 days
Starts 9:00am each day

Abstract:

This three day workshop will be of interest to attendees who are responsible for optimizing the performance of CICS and DB2 workloads on System z. The workshop is designed for z/OS, CICS and DB2 specialists, working together in teams, to optimize transactional application performance on IBM System z. This workshop will focus on the interpretation of batch reports generated from z/OS, DB2, and CICS SMF data to identify optimization opportunities. A starting point for this analysis will be the creation of performance reports from this instrumentation data. Presentations and lab exercises will allow the attendees to produce these reports that will be the basis of the interpretation discussions using RMF spreadsheet reporter, CICS Performance Analyzer and Omegamon for DB2. Attendees are required to provide one hour of SMF data from their systems to increase the relevance of the performance interpretation discussions. The primary focus of the performance report interpretation will be to identify opportunities to optimize resource consumption per transaction and improve the performance of transactions executing on IBM System z.

Workshop Page:

n/a

Workshop Brochure:

zCICSDB2 TOPIC  Wildfire Workshop Brochure - June 2014.pdfzCICSDB2 TOPIC Wildfire Workshop Brochure - June 2014.pdf


NOTE: Please note enrollment requirements differ for this workshop. Please see the following two items that are specific to the zCICSDB2 workshop only:

4. Enroll a minimum of three customers per account (1 z/OS, 1 CICS & 1 DB2 skilled person) and an additional two more can also attend.

6. Confirmed students (in the CICSDB2 workshop only) will receive a Data Collection Guide.


WSW08
5 -- Security Workshop: WebSphere Application Server for z/OS Version 8.5
Duration:

2.5 days
Start 9:00am on the first day, end approximately 2:00pm on the last day

Abstract:

This workshop is designed to help the participant understand the security capabilities of the WebSphere Application Server for z/OS Version 8.5 environment. The hands-on labs will provide the participant the opportunity to implement security on a working WebSphere V8.5 system on their lab z/OS system. System programmers, WebSphere administrators, z/OS security administrators and system architects wishing to develop a better understanding of the security capabilities of WebSphere Application Server when running in a z/OS environment will benefit from this workshop. In addition, Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE) concepts will be presented, and the class will explore the use of LDAP as a registry, using LDAP and SAF simultaneously and mapping LDAP identities to SAF identities. We will also explore Identity Propagation, where distributed identities are passed to CICS and mapped to SAF identities. The security of the Liberty server will also be discussed and demonstrated in hands-on labs.

Workshop Page:

n/a

Workshop Brochure:

Wildfire WSW085.pdfWildfire WSW085.pdf




Classification:

Hardware; Software

Category:

Installation and Migration

Solution(s):

Enterprise Application Solutions (EAS/ERP)

ISV(s):

Other

Platform(s):

IBM System z Family

S/W Pillar(s):

WebSphere; IBM System z Software

O/S:

Linux; z/OS

Keywords:

zOS, WebSphere, Linux


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