IBM zCouncil – Jacksonville, FL

  • December 13, 2017
    8:30 AM - 2:00 PM


You are invited to join us for the next meeting of the “IBM Z Customer Council” in Jacksonville, FL on Wednesday December 13th 2017 | 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

  • Are you curious about the new IBM Z and leveraging it on your journey to digital transformation?
  • Have you heard about Docker, Kubernetes, and the newly announced IBM Cloud private?
  • Looking to hear about the latest release of CICS TS for z/OS v5.4 and what’s new?

Join us for an exciting and informative event!

Our keynote Executive Speaker for the event is Mike Perera. Mike is currently the Vice President, z Systems Software, IBM Systems Unit, responsible for z Systems Software offering management, development & support. He’ll be sharing the exciting news around the latest IBM Z14 and its new features that will transform and plateau your businesses further into the digital era.

After a break, we’ll have Elton Souza from the IBM Z innovation lab to bring us the latest update with a demo on the IBM Cloud Private solution, which leverages Docker and Kubernetes across platforms, including IBM Z.

Our next speaker, Steve Fowlkes will discuss the new features and enhanced capabilities of CICS TS V5.4. He’ll share the benefits of how this latest version can enable your development teams to create mixed language applications, while allowing operational teams to manage these applications from a single point of control.

Lastly, IBM Distinguished Engineer, Mythili Venkatakrishnan, will discuss use cases for IBM Z Analytics. A wealth of technologies provide advanced analytics capabilities for the IBM z Systems platform, but how can these capabilities be put to productive use by z Systems-using organizations? This session is aimed at answering that question. Attendees will hear about use cases that illustrate value of in-transaction analytics for real-time business insight as well as Apache Spark for z/OS to analyze structured and unstructured data with a federated approach.


Mike Perera
VP, IBM Z Software

Elton de Souza
Wizard, IBM Z Innovation Lab

Mythili Venkatakrishnan
IBM Distinguished Engineer

Steve Fowlkes
CICS Technical Specialist



Time Session
08:30 AM Arrival
08:30 AM Continental Breakfast
09:00 AM Kick Off
10:05 AM Welcome
Mary Wallace, Director, IBM Technical Sales
09:15 AM IBM Z and the road to Digital Transformation
Mike Perera, Vice President, IBM Z Software
11:30 AM Break
11:40 AM IBM Cloud Private
Elton de Souza, Wizard, IBM Z Innovation Lab
11:30 PM Break
11:40 PM CICS TS for z/OS v5.4
Steve Fowlkes, CICS Technical Specialist
12:30 PM Lunch
12:50 PM IBM Z Analytics
Mythili Venkatakrishnan, IBM Distinguished Engineer
02:00 PM Close and Departure





1 Independent Dr # 3500, Jacksonville, Florida, 32202, United States

1 Independent Dr # 3500, Jacksonville, FL 32202