The North American DevOps for Enterprise Systems User Group meeting is less than two months away. The event is a yearly meeting of information technology specialists with a focus on modern z/OS development tools. The main objective of the meeting is to give the attendees an opportunity to meet one another in person, share experiences and ideas, as well as learn about and influence the direction of IBM software. This year’s meeting will take place on July 16-18th, 2018 at Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, IA.

The meeting originated years ago with a focus only on Rational Developer for System z (RDz). During the last few years the RDz name has changed to IBM Developer for z Systems (IDz) and the scope of the user group meeting has expanded to include other DevOps for the Enterprise software. This year sessions will include presentations about DevOps for the mainframe, using open source tools in a DevOps pipeline, new features of IBM Developer for z Systems (IDz), IBM Dependency Based Build, Rational Team Concert (RTC), Application Delivery Foundation for z Systems, Application Discovery and Delivery Intelligence among others. The presentations, demonstrations and roundtable discussions are of interest to mainframe application developers, architects, technical managers or system programmers. Whether you are currently using the latest versions of the aforementioned software, or your organization is planning an upgrade, or if you are just starting to use modern mainframe tools in your company, then learning opportunities exist for you and your colleagues.

The user group meeting is not only a learning opportunity but it also provides a chance for networking with peers from other companies involved in DevOps and Enterprise Modernization activities. In addition there is ample opportunity for one on one discussions with members of the IBM development lab and IBM DevOps for z Systems IT Specialists.

If you have questions feel free to ask them in the comments section, or contact user group organizer Russ Penning ( If you want to attend, then Russ can provide additional details and a link to register for the event.

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