Sunday, April 28 – Pre-conference Meet Up

7:00 PM – 9:00PM TBD
Meet up with conference attendees at the conference hotel for drinks and networking.

Monday, April 29 – Hands on Training

The conference kicks off with a full day of CA Plex and CA 2E Hand-On Training tracks provided by CA Technologies/Broadcom and Sponsors. All you need is a laptop, everything else will be provided.

8:00AM – 9:00AM

REGISTRATION/HOSPITALITY DESK OPEN

8:00AM – 9:00AM

TRAINING BREAKFAST

9:00AM – 11:45AM

CA Plex – Uplift Your Development (Track 1)

Are you using CA Plex, and is your application stuck with 1990’s technology C++ and RPG? Then this training is not to be missed. Arun will lead a technical discussion on the new features of 7.2.1 and 7.3, and will answer your questions about upgrading from C++/RPG to Java and .Net. We will then have a laboratory around generating modern interfaces from CA Plex – focusing on Web, Mobile, and API’s. We will look at OAuth and 2 factor authentication. Bring your laptop with Plex installed or you can connect to a virtual machine on our Azure cloud.

9:00AM – 11:45AM

CA 2E Latest and Greatest (Track 2)

We will walk you through the important new features of CA 2E 8.7 and CA 2E CM (PTC Implementer). We will have a hands-on session to work with various modern features such as SQL schemas and more. Bring your laptop with a 5250 emulator installed.

12:00PM – 1:15PM

Training Lunch

1:15PM – 5:00PM

CA Plex Modern Devops (Track 1)

This hands-on workshop will explore different aspects of DevOps for the CA Plex professional. We will look at source, object, and model management, deployment, automated testing, cloud / container deployment, and more. If you have not had a look at the Microsoft Azure Cloud, this will also be your chance to get some training on this modern and cost-effective platform that competes with Amazon AWS.

1:15PM – 5:00PM

CA 2E and IBMi Microservices (Track 2)

As everyone knows, API’s have become the standard architecture across all computing platforms. In this session we look at different techniques to expose your CA 2E and native IBM i components via modern web services, featuring CA’s award winning Live API Creator to create scalable web services for your IBM i assets.

Instructors: Tyler Band, Mark Schroeder

6:30PM – 8:00PM

Welcome Reception from IBM
Gold sponsor IBM is hosting a special event for all conference attendees. Not to be missed!

Tuesday, April 30 – Conference

We will kick the conference off with a CA Technologies Keynote followed by in-depth information on the latest releases and plans, customer stories, round tables, and tips and techniques. We will have three tracks – CA 2E focused, CA Plex focused, and a third track with DevOps, management, and other highly relevant technical information to modern developers.

8:00AM – 9:00AM

Registration/Hospitality Desk Open

8:00AM – 9:00AM

Breakfast & Networking Open
Have one-on-one meetings with CA/Broadcom, IBM, Axon, CM First, and our other sponsors.

9:00AM – 9:15AM

Welcome to the Conference (All Tracks)

Welcome from the CA 2E and CA Plex user community co-presidents Christoph Heinrich and Amy Lugibihl, who will introduce our sponsors.

Moderator: Mark O’Brien

9:15AM – 10:15AM

CA Technologies, a Broadcom Company – Status and Plans Keynote (All Tracks)

CA/Broadcom Senior Product Manager Dheeraj Pershad will kick off the conference with a discussion status and plans for CA/Broadcom in general, and specifics around CA 2E (Synon), CA Plex, and CA Live API Creator. If you have questions about the CA/Broadcom acquisition and how it affects your development, this is your chance to get them answered.

Speakers: Dheeraj Pershad, CA/Broadcom Principal Product Manager

10:30AM – 11:30AM

Developing Modern Web Apps Using CM WebClient (Track 1)

This session will show some of the newer CM WebClient features to generate modern browser, mobile, and web service apps directly from CA Plex models. We will look at many use case patterns, including single sign on authentication, device data storage, and some advance CM WebClient patterns.

10:30AM – 11:30AM

Developing API’s for IBM i (Track 2)

Thinking about APIs is the most logical first step in an enterprise’s digital transformation journey. CA Live API Creator is an award winning product with an integrated offering enabling developers to:

  • Create APIs for existing assets (DB2 for IBM i, SQL Server, Oracle, and many others)
  • Integrate data across disparate data sources- SQL/NoSQL, Cloud/On-prem, IBM/Non- IBM
  • Augment existing applications with new business logic

Come see the details on how to integrate your CA 2E and native IBM i applications with using enterprise class API’s.

Speaker: Tyler Band

11:30PM – 1:00PM

LUNCH with Keynote

Keynote: Evolution of Application Development
Join us for lunch and a keynote address from Gold Sponsor Axon Ivy’s Rolf Stephan, COO. Rolf will discuss current trends in application development and digital process automation, and the tremendous ROI opportunity that these technologies represent. If you are curious about how RPA (Robotic Process Automation), DPA (Digital Process Automation), and the Low Code revolution can help move your legacy app forward, this is your chance to hear from front lines of modern app development.

Rolf Stephan, COO of Axon Ivy

1:15PM – 2:15PM

Legacy Modernization (Track 1 and 2)

We are very excited to bring you a industry expert to lead a discussion on the modernization of legacy applications. Don Estes, VP and head of ATOS Legacy Modernization Practice will discuss how companies around the world are getting a handle on their technical debt, and moving legacy code bases into the modern day with new techniques around estimation, automated application mapping, business rule discovery, and more. Don has led several successful modernization teams in both government and private sector, so bring your toughest 2E and Plex modernization challenges into the discussion.

Don Estes, VP, ATOS Legacy Modernization Practice

1:15PM – 2:15PM

Automated Functional and Load Testing for Enterprise Apps (Track 3)

Organizations that are making major changes to enterprise applications need to dedicate considerable resources to the QA effort. In this session we will show best practices on automated testing of CA 2E and CA Plex enterprise apps from a functional and load perspective. We will also discuss database compare technology for the IBM i and the approaches for testing stored procedures.

Speaker: Eric Giron

2:30PM – 3:30PM

CA Plex Lightning Talks (Track 1)

This popular session will give attendees a chance to give a lightning 5-10 minute talk to share and discuss their CA Plex tips and experiences. We currently have a few slots available. Contact us at info@plex2e.com if you have something to share.

Moderator: Christoph Heinrich

2:30PM – 3:30PM

CA 2E Lightning Talks (Track 2)

This popular session will give attendees a chance to give a lightning 5-10 minute talk to share and discuss their CA 2E tips and experiences. We currently have a few slots available. Contact us at info@plex2e.com if you have something to share.

Moderator: Amy Lugibihl

2:30PM – 3:30PM

IBM Guardium Demo for IBM I (Track 3)

In this session, IBM will present the IBM Guardium product family – the best option for securing personal data on IBM i DB2, SQL Server, Oracle, and other databases.

3:30PM – 4:00PM

Coffee and Networking Break

4:00PM – 5:00PM

Application Discovery, CA Plex and 2E (Tracks 1 and 2)

Many 2E and Plex customers have discovered the limitations of the built-in documentation of their models, especially for large and complex applications with complex data lineage and interconnected business rules. In this session we will present a important new technology to document your model applications using CM evolveIT. CM evolveIT is an advanced technology that uses graph-based database and object queries to provide insight into Enterprise Applications including CA Plex, CA 2E, COBOL, and other languages. This deep insight can be invaluable to companies that are modernizing or re-platforming enterprise applications.

4:00PM – 5:00PM

Spanish Case Studies (Track 3)

Sponsor Sodisa will host Spanish-language customer success stories using CA 2E and CA Plex.

Moderator: Hugo Rodriguez

6:00PM – 8:00PM

Plex and 2E in the city
Carrying on the tradition of “Plex in the City”, join the community for a fun night of networking in Fort Lauderdale courtesy of our sponsors.

Wednesday, May 1 – Conference

The second day of the conference will feature a keynote from IBM, and will continue with more relevant information on the CA 2E and CA Plex products and surround technologies. We will conclude the conference with the always popular technical roundtable – stump the expert from CA/Broadcom and Sponsors with your toughest challenges.

8:00AM – 9:00AM

Registration/Hospitality Desk Open

8:00AM – 9:00AM

Breakfast & Networking Open
Have one-on-one meetings with any of our Sponsors and with your peer developers.

9:00AM – 10:00AM

Scale up & Extend – CA Plex and 2e (Track 1 and 2)

In this session, Principal Product Manager Dheeraj Pershad nd CA/Broadcom engineering staff will walk you through what they intend to build in the coming year on CA Plex and CA 2E. They need your help in stack ranking the new features. We will use a popular 100$ bill stack rank technique to ensure we capture your intent well.

10:15AM – 11:15AM

Customer Stories CA Plex (Track 1)

Join us for a roundtable discussion of your challenges and successes using the CA Plex product.

Moderator: John Rhodes

10:15AM – 11:15AM

Customer Stories CA 2E (Track 2)

Join us for a roundtable discussion of your challenges and successes using the CA 2E product.

Moderator: Mark O’Brien

10:15AM – 11:15AM

Customer Stories DevOps (Track 3)

Join us for a roundtable discussion of your challenges and successes with DevOps.

Moderator: Hugo Rodriguez

11:30AM – 1:00PM

Lunch & IBM Keynote
Join us for lunch and an exciting IBM Security Keynote by IBM’s Security Experts. They will discuss the current challenges and technologies for securing your application data in the face of increasing threats.

1:15PM – 2:15PM

CA Plex (Track 1)

CA Broadcom will discuss CA Plex 7.3, and the upcoming Freemium version of CA Plex. Bring your technical questions for Arun.

1:15PM – 2:15PM

CA 2E (Track 2)

Jonathan Bolton’s talk will focus on how Execute User Source objects can be utilized in RP4 action diagrams to implement and utilize “cutting edge” programming techniques that will increase the versatility of your projects.  The use of freeware utilities incorporated into 2E functions to parse data into either a SOAP XML request or a JSON packet and then consume the appropriate web service will be demonstrated. He will also demonstrated use of advanced email techniques.

Jonathan Bolton

1:15PM – 2:15PM

RPA and Digital Process Automation (Track 3)

Gold Sponsor Axon will present new ways to bring your enterprise applications into the future using Axon Ivy, the model based platform of the future. Axon Ivy has been recognized by both Gartner and Forrester analysts as one of the top tools in this area, and with Axon’s roots back into CA 2E and CA Plex it can be a natural fit for modernizing legacy apps on IBMi. Hot topics such as digital/robotic process automation will be covered in detail.

2:30PM – 3:30PM

CA Plex and 2E “Unconference” (Tracks 1 and 2)

This is an “Unconference” session where attendees can propose topics not covered by the current agenda. CA/Broadcom, CM First, Axon Ivy, and the other experts in CA Plex will be in attendance and ready to speak extemporaneously.

TBD

2:30PM – 3:30PM

CA 2E (Track 2)

This is an “Unconference” session where attendees can propose topics not covered by the current agenda. CA/Broadcom, CM First, Axon Ivy, and the other experts in CA Plex will be in attendance and ready to speak extemporaneously.

Moderator Mark O’Brien

2:30PM – 3:30PM

Spanish / English Bilingual Lightning Talks (Track 3)

This popular Spanish language session hosted by long time sponsor Sodisa will give attendees a chance to give a lightning 5-10 minute talk to share and discuss their CA 2E and CA tips and experiences. We currently have a few slots available. Contact us at info@plex2e.com if you have something to share. Session will be conducted in Spanish.

Moderator: Hugo Rodriguez

3:30PM – 4:00PM

Coffee and Networking Break

4:00PM – 5:00PM

Ask the Experts / Wrap-Up (All Tracks)

Join us for a panel of CA Technologies / Broadcom and partner vendor experts. We will talk about ways to make the community and the next conference even better.

6:00PM – 10:00PM

Enjoy Beautiful Fort Lauderdale
Have fun in the area on your own on the beach or visiting the Ft Lauderdale / Miami area, in anticipation of Thursday’s deep dives.

Thursday, May 2 – Modernization Deep Dives

The last day of the conference will feature small group deep dives into CA Plex and CA 2E modernization topics. The conference will conclude at noon.

8:00AM – 9:00AM

Networking Breakfast

9:00AM – 12:00PM

The evolution of CA Plex and CA 2E development (Track 1)

In this hands-on workshop, we will explore techniques to take your CA Plex and CA 2E applications into the future, using API’s, Digital Process Automation, and the next generation low code platform Axon Ivy.

9:00AM – 12:00PM

Re-platforming CA IBM I Applications (Track 2)

In this hands-on workshop, we will go through a typical CA 2E modernization and hardware re-platforming from start to finish. We will cover common challenges encountered in modernization projects – including regression testing, performance, user experience, and much more.

Instructors: Roger Hammer, Eric Giron

9:00AM – 12:00PM

Securing IBM I Applications (Track 3)

In this hands-on workshop, IBM will lead a deep dive into the IBM Guardium family to discover, classify, and secure data that exists on the IBMi and other platforms. After this session, you have underpinnings to pursue an IBM technical certification in security.

12:00PM

Conference Adjourns