CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--More than 1,200 enterprise information technology (IT) professionals gathered at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, R.I. for SHARE® Providence, August 6-11. Attendees enjoyed six days with over 500 technical education sessions that spanned topics such as the new IBM Z® mainframe, z/OS 2.3, blockchain and new security technologies.
Professionals in attendance heard a special message from IBM Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty on Monday, August 7. As Rometty said, the mainframe is IBM's oldest but youngest product because it is "integral to the world's work on blockchain, it's an important part of the IBM cloud, and it's built for the mobile, digital economy." Harry Williams, SHARE President, reaffirmed, “SHARE and IBM have a commitment to mainframe technologies for as far as the eye can see.” The event also hosted a Student Career Day featuring a Master the Mainframe Hackathon challenge that highlighted the power of z Systems in application development and two SHARE Academy classes. Several prizes were awarded to the winners of the Master the Mainframe Hackathon challenge — sponsored by SHARE, IBM, Rocket Software, with outreach and technical assistance provided by LEAD-IT.
On Tuesday, August 8, David Hayes of the U.S. Government Accountability Office, Stu Henderson of The Henderson Group, Simon Dodge of Wells Fargo, and Buzz Woeckener of Nationwide Insurance presented “The Four Corners of Enterprise Security.” Each keynote speaker offered perspectives on the impact security and regulatory concerns on every professional within an IT organization, in a TED-style talk.
Woeckener highlighted the types of emerging cyber security threats he's observed, along with tips on how to prepare for them. According to Woeckener, security administrators should “rehearse the future.”
Also on Tuesday, attendees were treated to Tech Talks from IBM Poughkeepsie developers as part of a “Developer Day,” covering everything from zHyperlink to the impact of design thinking on strategic plans.
Relive select education from SHARE Providence by visiting event.SHARE.org/Live to purchase the SHARE Live! bundle of video recordings, featuring 25+ technical sessions from the event. For more information and to speak at or participate in a future SHARE event, visit event.SHARE.org.
About SHARE Inc.
SHARE® is an independent, volunteer-run information technology association that provides education, professional networking and industry influence. Since 1955, SHARE has enabled IT professionals to achieve business results through a combination of credible, relevant programs and peer opportunities.
Leadership, Empowerment, Apprenticeship, and Diversity in Information Technology is an initiative by leading enterprise IT organizations to provide an alternate pathway into mainframe IT careers, outside of traditional four-year degree programs. LEAD-IT is funded by a U.S. Department of Labor contract, and led by North Carolina A&T University, SHARE, IBM and other leaders in enterprise IT.