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Valuable Sessions Continue on Day 2 of the 2018 ECC Conference

July 16, 2018

In this post, I am sharing with you the complete program for Day 2 of the 10th Annual Enterprise Computing Community Conference. I am also including my notes in the form of a brief description for the sessions that I attended, including both the keynote and different concurrent sessions. The sessions on Tuesday were stimulating and valuable and I was excited to be able to present my materials in the 11:40 a.m. to 12:10 time slot.   
Morning Keynote Speaker
On Tuesday morning, keynote speaker Markus van Kempen, who’s an executive architect and venture capitalist at IBM, gave a presentation titled “IoT–Making Sens(or) of the World”. Markus identified himself as a banker with a passion for the Internet of Things (IoT) and that was certainly revealed during this presentation and demonstration. Markus was one of a number of conference presenters who brought devices (hardware) to show what he was talking about as he presented. He started his talk with an interesting discussion of terms considering that IoT has many definitions and different related acronyms, for example:
  • Internet of Everything (IoE)
  • Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
  • Internet of Robotic Things (IoRT)
He clearly made the point that IoT is about connecting the physical world to the digital world. Being a businessperson, I was struck by the prediction that IoT could have an annual economic impact of $3.9 trillion to $11.1 trillion by 2025. 
For more, please see his presentation.
Morning Concurrent Sessions
For the first session, I attended “Let’s Get Real About Self-Driven IT Ops” by Jim Kokoszynski of CA Technologies. The main point of the presentation was to discuss the modern software factory in the context of the mission-critical mainframe. The presentation is a roadmap to identify and seek to understand the main barriers concerning the mainframe software factory like IT operations challenges and the need for proactive issue resolution. 
For more, please see his presentation.
Other presentations at this time included “Creative Approaches to Implementing Mainframe Technology in the Curriculum” by Alan Eliscu of Bergen Community College and “An Innovative Hyperledger Blockchain to Eliminate Fraud from Philanthropic Giving” by Tony Sager of BlackRidge Technology and Casimer DeCusatis and Alissa Sytsma of Marist College.
For the second morning session, I attended “Secure and Intelligent Mobile Crowd Sensing” by Chi Liu of the Beijing Institute of Technology. Professor Liu started with the question, “What’s mobile crowd sensing/participatory sensing all about?” He explained that people use various sensors or smart devices freely to collect different sensing data in different areas. This is called participatory sensing. He also explained that there’s a systems dimension to this consisting of three elements.
  1. The participant, who is active in collecting sensing data 
  2. The task publisher, who needs the sensing data   
  3. The platform used to recruit participants, process participants’ sensing data, send results to task publisher and provide some rewards (incentives) 
For more about the topic, please see his presentation.
Other presentations at this time included “The Next-Generation of Cybersecurity Innovation: An Approach to Securing Internet of Things (IoT) Enterprise Architectures” by Rahmira Rufus of North Carolina A&T State University, “CLIs and DevOps–The Secret Sauce to a Brighter Mainframe” by Chris Boehm of CA Technologies and “Pirates Say AR! The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Augmented Reality” by Brian Gormanly of Marist College.
For the 11:40 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. time slot, I presented “Thought Leadership from the Trendz Blog, IBM Systems Magazines and Destination z.” My presentation was a retrospective of the writing that I have published in roughly the last five years, including more than 240 posts, 77 articles on the IBM Systems Magazine website and in print, as well as 20 articles on Destination z. The paper and presentation contains many tables with articles organized by topic like APIs, IT program and project management, middleware and many others. 
For more, please see my presentation and paper.
Other presentations at this time included  “A General Systems-Based Ecological Model of Information Technology” by Philip Teplitzky of Touro College and “Michelangelo and IoT–A Reverse Engineer’s Toolkit” by Robert Cannistra of Marist College.
At 12:10 p.m., NewEra Software Inc. sponsored lunch in the Great Hall overlooking the Hudson River on the second floor of Student Center.
Afternoon Keynote Speaker
After lunch, keynote speaker Bill Thirsk, vice president of information technology/CIO at Marist, spoke about the private cloud services provided by Marist to many outside organizations. He spoke about shared services, helping other institutions and organizations, that have grown from the joint study, which is a unique research partnership with IBM. The IBM/Marist partnership supports students of all disciplines throughout their academic career. Marist participates in the IBM value chain as both a contributor and as a consumer through research; teaching and learning; scalability of operations and efficiency and ISV “lift and move” development; testing; and operations. The original research projects started in 1988 and the joint return on assets model has been proven with massive virtualization and non-similar workloads. For me, this was the most interesting, frankly stunning, presentation of the conference because of the innovation that has arisen from the partnership. You see this immediately when you look at the presentation pages that are dense with ideas and experiences. 
For more, please see the presentation
Afternoon Student Panel
After the 2 p.m. coffee break and technology showcase, there was a student panel moderated by Alan Labouseur of Marist College. The students on the panel included Alissa Sytsma, Marist College; Robert Lynch, Marist College; Sadik Erisen, Bergen Community College; Rahi Barot, Bergen Community College; Christine Eyler, Pittsburgh Technical College; Sydney Trout, Pittsburgh Technical College; and Michael Askik, Robert Morris University. The panel included a wide-ranging discussion of student experiences in enterprise computing guided by the moderator.
At 3:10 p.m., we heard closing remarks by Roger Norton, dean of Marist College. After the closing remarks, there were two post-conference workshops (the same session two times) limited to 10 attendees per session. The one-hour session was called “Z Escape!” and was hosted by Bryan Childs and Elizabeth Noel from IBM.

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