San Diego Wrap Up Article 

SHARE Closes its 2007 Conference Season Oceanside

August 20, 2007 – SHARE’s final conference of 2007 welcomed thousands of enterprise IT professionals to beautiful San Diego, California from August 12-17. Located at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in downtown San Diego, SHARE provided attendees with a full week of continuous education, networking and professional development training. In sessions focused on SHARE's 2007 business issues, IT 2010 and Business Continuity, attendees learned how to develop and implement a business continuity plan and how to prepare technicians and managers to realize business value from emerging technologies.

In addition to the education sessions, the SHARE Technology Exchange Expo housed over 100 booths filled with leading third-party solution providers where attendees learned about the latest products available to improve the performance of their enterprise computing environments.

Media Coverage

Leading up to and post San Diego, SHARE has received impressive media coverage from various trade publications, including ComputerWorld,, IBM Systems Magazine, Network World and more.

Election Results

In San Diego, SHARE member installation representatives elected two individuals to Director positions on the SHARE Board. Congratulations to the following:

Michael Friske, Fidelity Investments

Al Williams, Penn State University

A SHARE’d Experience – A Technology Community Driving Results

In San Diego, SHARE continued to promote A SHARE'd Experience, where attendees could offer input about their experiences at SHARE and how specific aspects of SHARE have proved beneficial upon their return to work. SHARE received several stories from attendees while in San Diego and we hope to obtain many more positive experiences in the coming weeks. Keep a look out in your mailbox for more information about A SHARE'd Experience in San Diego.

A SHARE’d Experience is a program established to explain the value of the community that is SHARE. Through A SHARE'd Experience, professionals can learn directly from SHARE attendees about their experiences and the value they derived from SHARE for their organizations and for their individual careers.

Best Session Winners from SHARE in Tampa, February 2007

The cornerstone of SHARE conferences is the educational program. SHARE is proud to congratulate the following session presenters, and their organizations, for receiving the highest attendee ratings from SHARE’s 2007 winter event held in Tampa:

  • What You Need to Know About Web 2.0 - David Barnes, IBM Corporation
  • Reducing Base Register Utilization or How to 'Jumpify' Your Code - Ed Jaffe, Phoenix Software International
  • Securing Web Services in CICS - Leigh Compton, IBM Corporation
  • Things I Wish They'd Told Me About DB2 for z/OS Locks, Latches, Claims & Drains - Bonnie Baker, Bonnie Baker Corporation
  • IBM DS8000 Family - Update on Features and Performance - Robert Halem, IBM Corporation
  • Linux for IBM System z Installation Hands-On Lab - Part 1 of 3 - Richard Lewis and Chuck Morse, IBM Corporation
  • Linux for System z at Nationwide - From Woe to Whoa! How did We get here, Toto? - Jim Vincent, Nationwide Insurance
  • WSC Experiences with the zIIP Processor - Walt Caprice, IBM Corporation
  • Cheryl's Hot Flashes #17 - Cheryl Watson, Watson & Walker, Inc.
  • Tuning Techniques for Catalogs - Eileen McClintock
  • SOA and Enterprise Networking Solutions Usage Scenarios - Alfred Christensen, IBM Corporation
  • IP Filtering on z/OS TCP/IP User Experience - Walter Gugerell, iT-Austria
  • Funny Business! - Randall Munson, Creatively Speaking
  • RACF and z/OS UNIX: Integrated More Than You May Know - Bruce Wells, IBM Corporation
  • How the FBI Uses Technology to Catch Cybercriminals: New Technology - Old Crimes - Michael McKeown, Federal Bureau of Investigation


RAVE (Recognize a Valiant Effort) is an accolade given to SHARE attendees by SHARE attendees to recognize outstanding efforts that are over and above the norm. Here are the SHARE in San Diego RAVE recipients:

Rob van Hoboken recognized Darren Reed and Dennis Bates for their excellent service and charming demeanor in the Speaker Support and Copy Room.

Victor Freyer acknowledges Tom Cosenza for his leadership in track development and his excellent presentations. He did the work of an IBM Representative without receiving the status.

Karla Houser recognized Ellis Holman for his assistance in helping SHARE debug wireless issues throughout the week.

Carl Gehr thanks John Scull for his long-term commitment to LNGC as a speaker, chair and regular coordinator of our project dinner!

Carl Gehr recognized Tom Phillips who picked up a number of last minute task both before and during the conference that might not have been accomplished without his help.

John Laubenheimer, Manager of Requirements, recognized Lisa Fellows. Lisa has revitalized the requirements process in the CICS Project. Additionally, she has provided documentation for the requirements coordinator, which has been incorporated in to the HELP facilities of the REQS 4.1 application.

Kenneth Tomiak recognized Iris Rivera for the many hours she spent, on a holiday weekend, helping Kenneth work on abstracts for the MVS SCP Project. Armed with an alpha release of a style guide, instant messenger and a lot of energy, Iris took the time to review, and help rewrite the abstracts so that attendees could read what sessions are about and decide which ones to attend. Iris went through them several times to help give them a consistent and professional look.

David Shackelford recognized Barbara McDonald who was extremely helpful to speakers and session chairs in the MVS Project. In several sessions, Barb cheerfully gave assistance to speakers who needed handout copies, refreshments, pickups or drop offs to HQ and much more. Even when she wasn’t the designated chair, she was always helping out.

Martha McConaghy recognized Tony Noto, Brian Jagos, Judson West, and Bill Munson who all volunteered to chair many sessions this past week. Thank you all for your help.

Michael Weiss submitted a RAVE for Liam Doherty and Peter van Dyke for their cross-project cooperation that went over and above the call of duty. Their assistance with proctoring REXX Labs was invaluable. Thanks!

Robert Rannie recognized Peter van Dyke for his excellent presentation and handouts. Robert states, “The handout and the whole presentation, and in particular the inclusion of the “notes” for each slide, is one of, if not the best, handout I have seen in over 40 years at SHARE.”

Iris Rivera recognized Ken Tomiak for his guidance in helping the zNextGen team grow. In addition, she thanks him for providing valuable technical mentoring.

Monique Conway recognized Bill Yellin for going out of his way to create an SEC Project flag for the SCIDS (evening reception) table. Thanks, Bill!