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Volunteer Spotlight - Atlanta 2016

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Cheryl Watson

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Ed Petka

Cheryl Watson & Ed Petka
One of the most important ways in which SHARE influences the industry is by providing clear direction to IBM Development through the SHARE requirements process.

Two-score and six months ago, IBM STG moved its requirements data base from FITS to RFE and, in doing so, rendered SHARE's requirements system all but useless. That ancient, custom-written application, running on off-site servers, served its purpose well. But, the original developers were no longer available and the challenge of interfacing it RFE seemed insurmountable, given modern priorities.

At first we thought we could use RFE itself as a replacement, but we quickly realized it didn't have nearly enough capability to meet our needs and IBM had no interest in enhancing it. Eventually the team decided to develop a new SHARE requirements system by leveraging a recently-discovered "issue tracking" capability in Socious, the framework upon which the SHARE web site is built.

The discussion and proof-of-concept phases involved numerous participants from SHARE volunteers, to IBM, to Smithbucklin staff, and even members of the SHARE Board of Directors -- all of whom played important roles. But, the volunteer contributions of Cheryl Watson (Watson & Walker) and Ed Petka (Fiserv), as well as Smithbucklin staff-member Meredith Halperin, cannot be overstated. They were the heart and soul of this project; the folks in the trenches with their sleeves rolled up, doing the hard work and meeting every week to ensure things got done. And, things got done.

Revitalizing the SHARE requirements process and keeping it viable have been among my top priorities as a SHARE Manager. It is with great pride that I use this forum to thank Cheryl, Ed, Meredith, and everyone else who participated, for their efforts in getting this important area of SHARE's industry influence back on track. >

 [Written by: Ed Jaffe]

Year-Round RAVE

SHARE wouldn't be what it is without high-value input from many dedicated individuals. The RAVE (Recognize a Valiant Effort) Award recognizes the extra efforts of SHARE attendees who enhance the overall educational experience. Anyone who participates in SHARE can nominate another participant for their assistance.

RAVE is meant to recognize efforts over and beyond the norm. If you feel someone has exceeded the already high quality of networking, assistance, support and presentations available for SHARE members, then RAVE is your vehicle to celebrate and reward that effort!

All SHARE members can nominate SHARE participants for the award. Nominees will be notified quarterly. A letter will be sent to the SHARE member's manager as well as to the nominee, who will also receive the RAVE pin. All RAVE recipients will be recognized in interactions. RAVEs will continue to be awarded at all SHARE conferences.

Submit your RAVE nomination by clicking here.

RAVE Award Winners - SHARE Atlanta 2016

Diana Donnellan(Sunrise e-Services)

Nominated by Karla Houser(Caterpillar Inc.):

For working dilligently to prepare the Integrating Innovative Technologies Project schedule for Atlanta and facilitating an excellent set of sessions.

Jerry Edgington(The Kroger Company)

Nominated by Martha McConaghy(Marist College):

For volunteering to become the DevOps Project Manager and a Mentor at SHARE Atlanta.

Carla Flores(CA Technologies)

Nominated by Martha McConaghy(Marist College):

For her dedication and success running the Security Project and helping SHARE find terrific Keynote Speakers.

Gordon Daniel(NewEra Software Inc.)

Nominated by Martha McConaghy(Marist College):

For his many years organizing the hands-on lab sessions.

John Shebey(IBM)

Nominated by Martha McConaghy(Marist College):

For his hard work on the SHARE Academy: z/OS Bug Busterz program at SHARE Atlanta.

Patty Little(IBM)

Nominated by Martha McConaghy(Marist College):

For her hard work on the SHARE Academy: z/OS Bug Busterz program at SHARE Atlanta.

Ezriel Gross(Circle Software)

Nominated by Martha McConaghy(Marist College):

For his hard work on the SHARE Academy: CICS Immersion program at SHARE Atlanta.

Ed Addison(IBM)

Nominated by Martha McConaghy(Marist College):

For his hard work on the SHARE Academy: CICS Immersion program at SHARE Atlanta.

Richard Lewis (IBM)

Nominated by Donna Hudi (SmithBucklin):

For his hard work on the New to z Systems program at SHARE Atlanta.

Rick Barlow (Nationwide Insurance)

Nominated by Donna Hudi (SmithBucklin):

For his hard work on the New to z Systems program at SHARE Atlanta.

Romney White (IBM)

Nominated by Donna Hudi (SmithBucklin):

For his hard work on the New to z Systems program at SHARE Atlanta.

Frank DeGilio (IBM)

Nominated by Donna Hudi (SmithBucklin):

For his hard work on the New to z Systems program at SHARE Atlanta.

Gus Kassimis (IBM)

Nominated by Donna Hudi (SmithBucklin):

For his hard work on the New to z Systems program at SHARE Atlanta.

Mitch Johnson (IBM)

Nominated by Donna Hudi (SmithBucklin):

For his hard work on the New to z Systems program at SHARE Atlanta.

Ed Petka (fiserv)

Nominated by Donna Hudi (SmithBucklin):

For volunteering to be a mentor and helping to guide the next generation of mainframers in SHARE Atlanta.

Jeff Bisti (IBM)

Nominated by Donna Hudi (SmithBucklin):

For volunteering to be a mentor and helping to guide the next generation of mainframers in SHARE Atlanta.

Jerry Edgington (The Kroger Company)

Nominated by Donna Hudi (SmithBucklin):

For volunteering to be a mentor and helping to guide the next generation of mainframers in SHARE Atlanta.

Dave Jones (IBM)

Nominated by Donna Hudi (SmithBucklin):

For volunteering to be a mentor and helping to guide the next generation of mainframers in SHARE Atlanta.

Glenn Schneck (GT Software)

Nominated by Donna Hudi (SmithBucklin):

For volunteering to be a mentor and helping to guide the next generation of mainframers in SHARE Atlanta.

Gene Linefsky (Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation)

Nominated by Donna Hudi (SmithBucklin):

For volunteering to be a mentor and helping to guide the next generation of mainframers in SHARE Atlanta.

Ellis Holman(IBM)

Nominated by Donna Hudi (SmithBucklin):

For volunteering to work in the SHARE booth and helping to make the changes in Atlanta successful.

Angela Schmitz(AS Commercial Consulting Services)

Nominated by Donna Hudi (SmithBucklin):

For volunteering to work in the SHARE booth and helping to make the changes in Atlanta successful.

Russell Witt(CA Technologies)

Nominated by Donna Hudi (SmithBucklin):

For volunteering to work in the SHARE booth and helping to make the changes in Atlanta successful.

Carla Flores(CA Technologies)

Nominated by Donna Hudi (SmithBucklin):

For volunteering to work in the SHARE booth and helping to make the changes in Atlanta successful.

Norman Hollander(IBM)

Nominated by Donna Hudi (SmithBucklin):

For volunteering to work in the SHARE booth and helping to make the changes in Atlanta successful.

Marna Walle(IBM)

Nominated by Donna Hudi (SmithBucklin):

For volunteering to work in the SHARE booth and helping to make the changes in Atlanta successful.

Glenn Schneck(GT Software)

Nominated by Donna Hudi (SmithBucklin):

For volunteering to work in the SHARE booth and helping to make the changes in Atlanta successful.

Thomas Cosenza(IBM)

Nominated by Donna Hudi (SmithBucklin):

For volunteering to work in the SHARE booth and helping to make the changes in Atlanta successful.

Rick Barlow(Nationwide Insurance)

Nominated by Donna Hudi (SmithBucklin):

For volunteering to work in the SHARE booth and helping to make the changes in Atlanta successful.

Richard Lewis(IBM)

Nominated by Donna Hudi (SmithBucklin):

For volunteering to work in the SHARE booth and helping to make the changes in Atlanta successful.

Phil Smith(HPE Data Security)

Nominated by Donna Hudi (SmithBucklin):

For volunteering to work in the SHARE booth and helping to make the changes in Atlanta successful.

Paul Robichaux(NewEra Software Inc)

Nominated by Donna Hudi (SmithBucklin):

For volunteering to work in the SHARE booth and helping to make the changes in Atlanta successful.

Marlaina Chirdon (Vanguard Integrity Professionals)

Nominated by Donna Hudi (SmithBucklin):

For volunteering to work in the SHARE booth and helping to make the changes in Atlanta successful.

Mark Wilson (RSM Partners)

Nominated by Donna Hudi (SmithBucklin):

For volunteering to work in the SHARE booth and helping to make the changes in Atlanta successful.

Jule Bergh (IBM Corporation)

Nominated by Donna Hudi (SmithBucklin):

For volunteering to work in the SHARE booth and helping to make the changes in Atlanta successful.

Dusty Rivers (GT Software)

Nominated by Donna Hudi (SmithBucklin):

For volunteering to work in the SHARE booth and helping to make the changes in Atlanta successful.

Eysha Shirrine Powers (IBM Corporation)

Nominated by Donna Hudi (SmithBucklin):

For volunteering to work in the SHARE booth and helping to make the changes in Atlanta successful.

Jim Elliott (IBM Corporation)

Nominated by Donna Hudi (SmithBucklin):

For volunteering to work in the SHARE booth and helping to make the changes in Atlanta successful.

John Franciscovich (IBM Corporation)

Nominated by Donna Hudi (SmithBucklin):

For volunteering to work in the SHARE booth and helping to make the changes in Atlanta successful.

Meredith Halperin(SmithBucklin)

Nominated by Cheryl Watson (Watson & Walker) and Ed Petka (Marist College):

For successfully coordinating a team of volunteers over the last year to create a new SHARE Requirements System. Her positive attitude kept the project moving and a pleasure to work on. Her leadership, time and effort spent coordinating the work between IBM and the MVSx Projects was impeccable.

Laura Pabst (SmithBucklin)

Nominated by Janet Sun (Rocket Software):

For "pulling a housing miracle!"

Matt Hessler (SmithBucklin)

Nominated by Marty Zimelis (maz/Consultancy):

"Matt did an amazing job pulling together the proposal for the new Sponsorship Program. He performed an enormous amount of work in a short period of time and his effort made the new proposal possible."

SHARE Best Session Winners - San Antonio 2016

Application Architecture Development Program

IBM Session

18395: How to Take Advantage of the New COBOL V5 Compiler - Migration!

Speaker:Tom M. Ross

Project Manager: Carl Gehr, LE and Programming Languages

 

User Session

18091:CICSPlex SM - A Minimalist Approach

Speaker:Ezriel Gross

Project Manager: Glenn Schneck, CICS

 

Enterprise Data Center Program

IBM Session

18530: z/OS Communications Server Free-for-All

Speakers:Sam Reynolds, Gus Kassimis, Dave Herr, Lin Overby, Michael Fitzpatrick, Matthias Burkhard, Mike Fox

Project Manager: Angela Schmitz, Communications Server

 

User Session

18739:Topics on Mainframe Encryption: Password Cracking and Self-Encrypting Drives

Speakers:Chad Rikansrud, OSCP, OSCE

Project Manager: Carla Flores, Security and Compliance

 

Information Management

IBM Session

18708: The Tech World's Newest Catalog - IMS Catalog

Speaker: Nancy Stein

Project Manager: Jim Martin, IMS

Linux & VM

IBM Session

18313: LinuxONE and z Systems Solutions and the Open Source Ecosystem

Speaker: Wilhelm Mild

Project Manager: Mark Post, Linux

User Session

18900: I Just Bought an IBM z890 - Now What?

Speaker: Connor Krukosky

Project Manager: Mark Post, Linux

 

MVS

IBM Session

18640: DFSMS SMStape: Understanding the Flow of a Mount Request and other Guidance

Speakers: Derek Erdmann, Erika Dawson

Project Manager: Russell Witt,  MVS Storage Management

Vendor Session

18416: The MLC Cost Reduction Cookbook

Speaker: Scott Chapman

Project Manager: Norman Hollander,  Enterprise-wide Capacity & Performance

 

User Session

18345:SHARE Live!: Achieving Significant Capacity Improvements on the IBM z13: User Experience

Speaker:Todd J. Havekost

Project Manager: Norman Hollander Enterprise-wide Capacity & Performance

 

SHAREwide

User Session

18050: zNextGen Project Opening and Keynote: z Systems - It's Been a Bumpy Ride

Speakers:Warren T. Harper, Paul Robichaux

Project Manager: Warren Harper,  zNextGen

 

SHARE Card Case Awards - Atlanta 2016

Thomas Reed, MVSS Project
Nominated by Skip Robinson

Glenn Hanna, MVSE Project
Nominated by Skip Robinson

Aron Eisenpress, EDC Program
Nominated by Karla Houser

Dan Ruehl, Database Project
Nominated by Brian Kithcart