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Healthcare, Diversity and the Moon Landing: Welcome to Day 1 of the 2019 ECC Conference

July 17, 2019

In this post, I am sharing with you the complete program for Day 1 of the 11th 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 Monday were interesting and fast paced. They included just about the maximum amount of material that you can take in on a single day, including nine sessions plus breakfast, lunch and an evening special event. We also had two breaks for coffee and to take in the technology showcase, which was full of event sponsors sharing information about their products and solutions. This year, the conference themes included:
  1. Technology in healthcare 
  2. Big data
  3. Underrepresented student groups In technology
Getting Started 
All of the sessions were in the Student Center on the third floor. Registration and a continental breakfast went from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. The presentations started promptly at 9 a.m. Many people registered the night before at the reception at the Marist College historic Cornell boathouse sponsored by BlackRidge Technology.
 
At 9 a.m., Roger Norton, dean of Marist College, gave a brief history of the conference and then an overview of Marist College. Although this is the 11th annual conference, two years of planning prior to the first conference made this a 13-year effort. From the start, the goal was to get enterprise computing back into the undergraduate curriculum. There are now over 1,500 international members of the community supported by industry and academic sponsors. I wrote about the specific funding sponsors for the 2019 conference in last week’s post.
 
A Brilliant Start
Starting at 9:20 a.m., keynote speaker Joshua Matheus, managing director and global head of networks at Goldman Sachs presented “HIPPAASOXamus: Network Security for Regulated Organizations.” The immense challenges of modern computing for highly regulated businesses were evident from the start of the presentation. Thinking back to 1989 when I first embraced networking, the corporate world’s networking technology has completely changed and is at the epicenter of applications, security and rapid business change providing essential connectivity services. I especially appreciated all of the discussion around firewall rule management and how intent-driven device management doesn’t allow old rules to “just lay around,” as Matheus commented. It was a brilliant keynote to start off the conference. 
 
Morning Concurrent Sessions
At 10:20 a.m., I presented “Building a Compendium for the Modernization of Computer Applications” based on the work that I’ve done on application modernization over the last few years. I provided a survey of aspects of the modernization of computer applications. Specifically, the focus of the presentation and paper was modernization strategies (plan of action, policy or blueprint), methods (specific procedure, systematic or established pattern) and toolsets (programs to support tasks from analysis and planning to source-code conversion). The scope of the topic is both traditional modernization (changing the source code) and other approaches using interfaces like APIs to access the function and data with the goal of doing something new and different with the applications without changing them. For more details, please see my presentation and paper.
 
Other presentations at this time included “IBM Modernizing Batch Applications with Java Batch (JSR-352)” by David Follis from IBM and “Security Vulnerabilities for Smart Doorbells and the IoT (Internet of Things)” by Claudia Rojas from Marist College.
 
An hour later, I attended a panel titled “The Influence of Technology on Medical Education and Healthcare” moderated by Alicia Slater from Marist College, including panelists Claudia Fenderson, Theresa Horvath and Robert Scott Bostwick – all from Marist College. Marist is building a medical school and is currently putting a focus on artificial intelligence (AI) for medical education. Each panelist took a “before and after” approach in their explanation of the proposed use of computer technology. For example, consider the examination of the eye. In the past, doctors had challenges training students to examine the eye because the instruments used to examine the eye couldn’t be shared by the teacher and the student at the same time. New instruments allow the image of the eye to be shown on a smartphone during the examination so both teacher and student can discuss it. There were many examples of how technology is helping teachers make a significant impact when it comes to instructing medical students.
 
Other presentations at this time came from Len Santalucia and Alex Kim of Vicom Infinity Inc. Their presentation was “How the Open Mainframe Project Makes Modern Mainframes with Open Source” Also,  Michael Cohoon and Torin Reilly from IBM presented “zPET: IBM Z’s Internal Client.” Finally, Juan F. Rueda of Central New Mexico Community College and Emery Sutherland from Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute presented “Lessons Learned: Teaching a Robot.” 
 
At noon, NewEra Software Inc. sponsored lunch in the Great Hall of the Student Center overlooking the Hudson River.
 
A Crucial Topic
After lunch, the keynote speaker was Dr. Nicki Washington, author and associate professor, Winthrop University, with a presentation titled “Look for Helpers: Creating and Maintaining a Culture of Allyship in Computing + Tech.” The presentation was a hard-hitting look at the challenges faced by minority students and faculty at universities and in the work force. Dr. Washington questioned: What happens when students matriculate? Who is helping them? Who are their allies? What about if they pursue a graduate degree? When and how will the needle move as the majority still dominates enrollment (and faculty)? She observes that students within the majority graduate and enter the workforce dominated by the majority and the cycle perpetuates. For more of her main ideas, please see her presentation.
 
Getting to the Moon and Other Subjects
At 2:10 p.m., I attended “Mainframes and the Moon: The Role of the IBM Mainframe in the United States Lunar Program” by Mark Nelson from IBM. The subtitle of the presentation was “The Story of the Role Played by IBM Mainframes in the Greatest Technical Achievement in the History of Mankind.” The story telling and presentation details didn’t disappoint anyone in the packed audience. For more details, please see his presentation.
 
At the same time, there was a panel discussion titled “A Discussion of Strategies to Recruit, Retain and Graduate Underrepresented Students in Technology Fields.” During this discussion, best practices were shared to act as a catalyst in developing solutions to increase diversity in students pursuing degrees in technology and to increase diversity in STEM graduates. Cynthia Worrad of Marist College moderated the session, and other panelists included Ron Coleman and Marilyn Zeppetelli of Marist College along with Danuta Kuc of Bergen Community College and Gina L. Bullock of North Carolina A&T State University. 
 
Also presented was “Zowe: What Is It? How Can It Help Me?” by Daniel Jast of IBM, as well as “Fostering Innovation Leveraging Big Data” by Rudy Urena of  Automatic Data Processing.
 
At around 3 p.m., after the coffee break and technology showcase, I attended “Secure Mobile Health Care Monitoring Using Smart Shoes” by Tony Sager, SVP & CTO of commercial markets, BlackRidge Technology; Casimer DeCusatis, assistant professor, Marist College; and Mouli Narayanan, founder and CEO, Zeblok Inc. The shoe has real potential for rehabilitation in three areas:
  1. Orthopedic impairments: Total hip replacement, total knee replacement, poor function, flexibility or mobility of limb
  2. Neurological impairments: Stroke, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease and foot drop
  3. Balance and gait: Vertigo/dizziness, gait difficulty, frequent falls, spinal cord injury, cardiovascular impairments (including endurance and post-surgery needs), posture improvement, strengthening with reduced weight bearing and patients with prosthesis 
For more details, please see their presentation.
 
Three other presentation happened at the same time:
  1. “Update to Bergen Community College Commitment to Mainframe Education“ by Alan Elis cu, Andres Gonzalez and Maria Khalitov of Bergen Community College 
  2. “Information Technology and Computing Topics and Their Relevance to Medical Undergraduate and Graduate Program Curricula at RIT” by Lawrence Hill of Rochester Institute of Technology  
  3. “Universal IoT Communication using Semantic I/O” by Brian Gormanly of Marist College 
At 3:40 p.m., I attended “Infor Cloud Suite Industrial/Mongoose in the Classroom: Dealing with Big Data” by Jill O’Sullivan and Brandon Barroca of Farmingdale State College. This was a joint presentation by teacher and intern about the Infor Education Alliance Program (EAP), a partnership between Farmingdale and Infor that has provided many benefits and positive outcomes to their students. The Infor CSI tool has allowed students to gain insight on big data in an ERP systems and how to effectively evaluate and manipulate this data. Students gain the skillsets that are demanded in the industry, bridging the gap between what’s in the classroom and what’s required in the workforce. For more details, please see their presentation
 
Other sessions at this time included a panel called “Bridging Modern DevOps and the Mainframe” moderated by Len Santalucia from Vicom Infinity Inc. The panel included: 
  • Steven Dickens, IBM 
  • Harry Williams, Marist College
  • Misty Decker, IBM
  • Alex Kim, Vicom Infinity Inc.
“Zowe Joint Projects in China” was presented by Tina Tian of IBM, Kun Lu of DaLian University of Technology and Jian Kuang of Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications. 
“S-STEM Student Programs, Recruiting and Retaining Students in Technology” was presented at the same time by Ron Coleman of Marist College. 
 
At 4:20 p.m., I attended the presentation titled “A New Educational Paradigm” by Philip Teplitzky of Touro College. I always attend Philip’s sessions because he has many new ideas and a vast amount of IT experience and insights. The objective of his presentation was to help attendees understand the current dimensions and challenges associated with COBOL programming, define a new educational and management paradigm that will help alleviate the problem and to discuss how we can help create a new partnership of academic Institutions and business. For more details, please see his presentation
 
Also at this time was a presentation titled “University of Arkansas Enterprise Systems & Blockchain Center of Excellence” by Paul Cronan, Rhonda Syler and David Douglas of the University of Arkansas, and “Impact of Cyber-Attacks on Network Precision Time Protocol” by William Kluge of Marist College. 
 
An industry-sponsored event called “Mardi Gras Masquerade Murder Mystery 
Cabaret” started at 5 p.m. in the Student Center on the second floor. The food was great, and the murder mystery was the perfect antidote to a day of technology. IBM sponsored this Event.
 
What’s Next?
Next week, I’ll cover the second day of the conference, including the keynote talks and the breakout sessions that I attended.
 
 
 
 

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