Published on behalf of Scott Davis, Senior Client Technical Specialist, IBM Z Software

For those not aware, the European Enterprise Modernization User Group (EM GSE) a while back celebrated its 10th anniversary. It was initially created when IBM released an Eclipse-based Integrated Development Environment for the mainframe. WebSphere Studio Enterprise Developer (WSED) as it was called back then, was also the major focus of the User Group. The bi-yearly meeting has over the years, expanded to 2 tracks, with 2 complete days of sessions covering not only IBM Developer for z/OS (IDz), which is the current generation of WSED, but also DevOps topics in general. For instance, the user group has discussed recent topics like Open Source tooling, Unit Testing on the mainframe, and Implementing an API strategy. In addition, there have been tooling specific sessions like IBM Z Open Editor, z/OS Connect, Application Discovery and Delivery Intelligence (ADDI), and even Zowe. The EM GSE not only contains concept sessions such as “How to build a mainframe pipeline using Jenkins and Git” or “How do I motivate young developers for the mainframe”, but also mainframe technologies like the compilers and the PD Tools can have sessions. Actually anything described on this Mainframe DEV Center website can be covered in a user group session.

For the User Group Fall meeting last year in Germany, IBM sent 9 Lead Architects from the IBM software laboratories to explain their tools, to give updates on what is new and improved. These were complimented by non-IBM sessions: customers using the tooling, presenting their experiences, and describing their DevOps solutions. The continuous exchange of knowledge and experience, helps grow our combined expertise.

The User Group operates under the auspices of Guide Share Europe (GSE). GSE is a European non-profit association. We represent companies, organisations and individuals involved in Information Technology solutions and are the European leader in user group relations with IBM and the ICT industry. This is similar to the SHARE organization in the United States. Presenters are also technicians, just like yourself, and there is avid interest when attendees share their own experiences and challenges. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be in front of an audience. This sharing is one of the major advantages of attending. During the buffet lunch, the coffee breaks, the evening events, even at breakfast, you have a chance to talk to other users, developers, and architects from companies in Europe as well as with IBM. You can discuss what they recommend or how they have implemented solutions and tools, technologies and even philosophies. It is a great opportunity to meet fellow industry experts and extend your network to discuss and resolve your challenges.

The next meeting is April 20 – 22 in Valencia, Spain. The first day starts 09:00 and the last day ends at 13:00, in order to allow time for traveling. A buffet lunch is available every day so no need to pack a lunch. If you would like to present a session or have a DevOps topic you think should be covered, contact any of the EM Steering Committee:

If this event description sounds interesting to you then Click Here To Register. A block of rooms has been held for attendees until 12th March 2020, so don’t delay.

3 comments on"Enrollment & Call for Papers – GSE European Enterprise Modernization User Group"

  1. Basavaraj Satanur February 07, 2020

    I would like to be part of this group.please do add me.

  2. A note from the EM GSE steering group:
    Due to the COVID-19 situation all over Europe, we have decided to cancel/postpone the meeting.
    On the positive side of this unfortunate situation, we have ensured that the hotel will host our next meeting, which will be held October 5-7, 2020.

  3. Alexander L. Pawlik May 26, 2020

    We are right now organizing a virtual event instead of an on-site event. The online event will take place on June 9-10 2020. To enroll simply send an email to – we will afterwards send you the agenda and the Reservation link.

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