SHARE President Preps for Baltimore Conference

 
 
By Stan Gibson  |  Posted 2006-07-18 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Service-oriented architecture and security are at the top of the agenda for the venerable IBM systems user group.

The curtain is set to go up on the annual SHARE conference in Baltimore from Aug. 13-18, where service-oriented architecture and security are at the top of the agenda for the venerable IBM systems user group. "There is a complete SOA track. But its more than the technology. Its about your business process. To have a successful application or enterprise you have to take a look at how you run the business," said Robert Rosen, president of SHARE and an eWEEK Corporate Partner. Rosen said some SHARE sessions will deal with the ramifications of mixing SOA and grid computing.
Rosen is concluding his term at the helm of the group and likely will be succeeded by Martin Timmerman, director of computing systems services at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Security, always a pressing issue, has taken on additional importance this year in the wake of the lapse in data security at the United States Veterans Administration, in which a laptop computer containing information on 26 million veterans was stolen. Click here to read more about the VA data security breach. "Sometimes it takes getting a lot of things in the press to get people to wake up. Bosses are talking about security," said Rosen.
In addition, new security guidelines from the federal Office of Management and Budget are causing concern for IT people who work for the government, he said. IBM usually sends high-level executives to the meeting. This year, IBM veteran Al Zollar, general manager of IBMs Tivoli unit, will speak. IBM is also sending executives to speak about the zNextGen project, a community of mainframe experts seeking to educate a younger generation of IT professionals, on which IBM is collaborating with SHARE members. In addition, a Microsoft executive will give a presentation about migration to Windows Vista, the next version of Windows, which is due in early 2007. "Microsoft is heavily pushing migration—how to migrate from mainframes to Windows Server," said Rosen. Rosen said the management of software assets will also be addressed. "People think theyre spending too much on software, and they want to get a handle on it. People have been buying software for a long time, but only recently have people been taking it seriously. They want to treat it like any other valuable asset in the corporation, and they want to find ways to save money." As usual, SHARE will host sessions on career development for its members. "Theres the soft skills stuff to address areas that we in the tech area are really bad at, such as how to influence people and how to sell technology," said Rosen. Several sessions will focus on "skills modernization," said Rosen, including adapting skills for a blended mainframe-Windows environment, he said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on IT management from CIOInsight.com.
 
 
 
 
Stan Gibson is Executive Editor of eWEEK. In addition to taking part in Ziff Davis eSeminars and taking charge of special editorial projects, his columns and editorials appear regularly in both the print and online editions of eWEEK. He is chairman of eWEEK's Editorial Board, which received the 1999 Jesse H. Neal Award of the American Business Press. In ten years at eWEEK, Gibson has served eWEEK (formerly PC Week) as Executive Editor/eBiz Strategies, Deputy News Editor, Networking Editor, Assignment Editor and Department Editor. His Webcast program, 'Take Down,' appeared on Zcast.tv. He has appeared on many radio and television programs including TechTV, CNBC, PBS, WBZ-Boston, WEVD New York and New England Cable News. Gibson has appeared as keynoter at many conferences, including CAMP Expo, Society for Information Management, and the Technology Managers Forum. A 19-year veteran covering information technology, he was previously News Editor at Communications Week and was Software Editor and Systems Editor at Computerworld.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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