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IBM has recognized Trevor Eddolls, iTech-Ed Ltd’s CEO, as an IBM Champion in 2023. He has been an IBM Champion since 2009.
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What’s been happening at iTech-Ed Ltd this year?
At the start of December, Trevor’s article, “More on Mainframes and Open-Source Tools”, was published on the TechChannel website.
In December, Trevor Eddolls was awarded a GSE-UK23 speaker badge. They said: “As a speaker at "Where Technology and Talent meet Tomorrow", you showcased profound expertise and in-depth knowledge. Your engaging presentation style and ability to foster interactive discussions left a lasting impression on the participants, making your session a valuable and enriching experience to our conference.”
Trevor started November by speaking to the new AI stream at the GSE conference in the UK. His presentation was called “A look at human intelligence and how the human brain works”, and looked at the hardware (the brain) and ideas in psychology about what intelligence was, This was intended to give a greater understanding of what artificial intelligence was trying to emulate.
Also in November, Trevor’s article, “The Value of Open-Source Software on the Mainframe”, was published on the TechChannel website.
On 14 November, Andy Wright, IBM Master Inventor, discussed CICS and recovery with the Virtual CICS user group. Then, on the 21st, Todd Havekost, Senior z/OS Performance Consultant at IntelliMagic, discussed “Gaining Insights from Db2 Statistics and Accounting Data” with the Virtual Db2 user group.
In October, Trevor’s article “Mainframe security—Early Warning needed to beat back hackers”, was published on the Planet Mainframe website, and his article, “The Complete Beginners’ Guide to Hacking a Mainframe”, was published on the TechChannel website.
On 10 October, Stan Muse, Consulting Services Account Manager, Edge Solutions and Consulting, was discussing “System z (Mainframe) as the Enterprise Information Server” with the Virtual IMS user group.
At the Virtual CICS user group meeting, on 12 September, James Alexander, Software Engineer, Broadcom, discussed “Using CICS Artifacts to Build Web Service APIs”. On the 26th, Leila Hosseini, Senior DBA for Db2 on z/OS, discussed “Db2 Level Up” with the Virtual Db2 user group.
Also in September, Trevor’s article, “An Early Warning System for Ransom Attacks and Mainframe Breaches”, was published on the TechChannel website.
On 8 August, Tracy Dean, Product Manager, IMS Tools and z/VM Tools, IBM, was discussing “What does IBM Z Cyber Vault mean for an IMS environment” with the Virtual IMS user group.
Also in August, Trevor’s article, “Mainframe Security in the Age of AI”, was published on the TechChannel website. And his article “The problem of orphaned data”, was published on the Planet Mainframe website.
In July, Trevor’s article, “Top API Security Risks in 2023”, was published on the TechChannel website.
On 11 July, Ezriel Gross, Principal Solutions Advisor, Rocket Software, was discussing "Problem Analysis and Performance Tuning for CICS" with the Virtual CICS user group. And on 18 July, Susan Lawson, Db2 z/OS Specialist, YL&A, was discussing “Db2 12+ and 13 for z/OS Database Design and Application Performance: Features and Usage” with the Virtual Db2 user group.
On 13 June, James Martin, Senior Solutions Advisor, Rocket Software was discussing “Simplifying IMS performance problem identification and determination” with the Virtual IMS user group.
Also in June, Trevor’s article, “Defining Data Security Posture Management”, was published on the TechChannel website.
Colin Pearce gave a great technical nitty-gritty presentation to the Virtual CICS user group on 9 May. He was discussing “How to define CICS Maintained Data Tables to the Coupling Facility Resource Manager”.
On 23 May, Tori Felt, Associate Technical Enablement Specialist in the IBM Z Washington Systems Center, and Keziah Knopp, Db2 for z/OS Specialist at the IBM Z Washington Systems Center, were discussing “Db2 for z/OS and REST Services” with the Virtual Db2 user group.
Also in May, Trevor’s article, “Looking Out for the Well-Being of Mainframers”, was published on the TechChannel website. And his article “Explaining Mainframe Pricing to the Cloud Guys” was published on the Planet Mainframe website.
Lastly, in May, Trevor Eddolls was awarded an IBM Z and LinuxONE Community Contributor - 2023 (Level 1) badge, an IBM Z and LinuxONE Community Advocate - 2023 (Level 2) badge, and an IBM Z and LinuxONE Community Influencer - 2023 (Level 3) badge. It says, “The IBM Z and LinuxONE Community Influencer badge earner is an active and passionate member of the IBM Z and LinuxONE Community. They are a thought leader and viewed as a technical expert by their peers. This individual contributes to the community regularly.”
Dusty Rivers, Senior Director, US Systems Z at Mainline Information Systems, was on top form on 18 April, when he presented to the Virtual IMS user group. He was discussing, “Mainframe Systems (IMS, CICS, etc) As Clients in the New World”.
At the beginning of March, Trevor’s article, “How Successful is Zowe?”, was published on the Open Mainframe Project website.
On 7 March, there was an in-depth presentation to the Virtual CICS user group from Larry Strickland, Chief Product Officer at DataKinetics, who was discussing, “Making the case for developers to use In-Memory tables”.
Also in March, Trevor’s article, “All You Need To Know About Mainframes”, was published on the Planet Mainframe website.
On 28 March, the Virtual Db2 user group enjoyed an informative and entertaining presentation today from BMC Software’s Chad Reiber, Principal Software Consultant. He was discussing “Db2 z/OS Recovery – How Best Practices Have Changed to Address New Threats”.
On 7 February, the Virtual IMS user group had a fascinating presentation from Scott Quillicy, Senior Director for Precisely. He was discussing, “Lessons Learned – IMS Application Modernization to the Cloud”.
On 10 January, the Virtual CICS user group had a fact-packed presentation from Todd Havekost, Senior z/OS Performance Consultant at IntelliMagic. He was discussing, “New Ways to Analyze CICS Transaction and Statistics Data”.
The exciting news in January was that Trevor Eddolls has been recognized by IBM as a 2023 IBM Champion. IBM said: “On behalf of IBM, it is my great pleasure to recognize you as a returning IBM Champion in 2023. Congratulations! We would like to thank you for your continued leadership and contributions to the IBM technology community. This recognition is awarded based on your contributions for the 2021 calendar year.”
On 17 January, the Virtual Db2 user group enjoyed a really interesting presentation from Craig S Mullins, President & Principal Consultant at Mullins Consulting In. He was discussing how to “Understanding Your Rolling 4 Hour Average to Tune Db2 and Lower Mainframe Costs”.
In addition, Trevor’s article, “Mainframe, Security and More: A Review of 2022 and a Look at 2023”, was published on the TechChannel website in January.
Also, January saw the publication of the always popular Arcati Mainframe Yearbook 2023. You can download a copy here – it’s FREE. Last year’s edition was downloaded around 21,000 times during the course of the year, and Trevor is Editorial Director for this highly-respected annual source of mainframe information.
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