Sunday, September 24

7:00 PM

Plex in the City Meetup

Informal “Plex in the City” style meetup for folks arriving for the training. We will be gathering at Mango’s South Beach, a short distance from the hotel. This is a well known Miami destination that we are told you don’t want to miss. Dinner is also available there (not supplied by the conference). You do not need a reservation on Sunday evenings.

Monday, September 25 – Training

7:00 AM – 9:00AM

REGISTRATION/ HOSPITALITY DESK OPEN

Location: Outside Sunset Ballroom

7:00AM – 9:00AM

TRAINING DAY BREAKFAST

Location: Terrace

9:00AM – 11:45AM

CA Plex Recent Features Training (Track 1)

Are you using CA Plex? Then this training is not to be missed. Then we will do a deep dive into upgrading to Plex 7.2.1 and considerations around migrating C++ to C#/Java – including components, database access, and performance. This will be a hands on session; bring your laptop with Plex installed.

Location: Sunset

9:00AM – 11:45AM

CA 2E Recent Features Training (Track 2)

Do you want to move from a traditional DDS database to an SQL-type database, and still continue using your existing application? Do you want to use meaningful names on your SQL/DDL databases instead of implementation names? Do you want to be able to generate SQL/DDL type objects into any library of your choice? These are now possible with the latest release of CA 2E – r8.7. We will walk you through the important features of CA 2E 8.7 and also have a hands-on session to try out these new features. Bring your laptop with 5250 emulator installed.

Location: North Studio B

12:00PM – 1:15PM

TRAINING LUNCH

Location: Terrace

1:15PM – 5:00PM

CA Plex – Designing Modern Web/Mobile UX Apps (Track 1)

This hands on workshop will allow you to develop modern web/Mobile UXs from a CA Plex application using CMFirst WebClient. You will be able to visualize your CA Plex application and its data in a whole new way. We will preview some of CM WebClient’s new business intelligence functionality in this session. In addition, we will be using Docker to provide a training environment – if you are curious about this hot new deployment technology, this might be the session for you. Bring your laptop with CA Plex installed.

Location: Sunset

1:15PM – 5:00PM

CA 2E Advanced Topics (Track 2)

In this hands-on session we will cover more advanced 2E topics. The main focus is how to enhance your 2E model to take advantage of Templates, but we will also cover other items like building a permanent notepad, building spreadsheets, chats, and visualizing your database schema in Visio. Bring your laptop with 5250 emulator, and your toughest questions and problems for the CA 2E experts.

Location: North Studio B

3:00PM – 3:30PM

Coffee Break

Location: Outside Mondrian Area

6:30PM

WELCOME RECEPTION

This is the main conference-sponsored social event, and we hope everyone can make it. We will be gathering outside the Mondrian South Beach hotel for Mojitos and local Miami snacks, with a view of the beach and ocean. At 7:00pm we will have a Mojito-making contest for 10 lucky individuals, if you are interested in being a participant, tweet your interest to #plex2e, and 10 individuals will be selected from the most active conference tweeters. The winner will receive special recognition from the conference. In addition, Sponsor CM First is providing hand-rolled cigars that can be enjoyed on the beach.

If you are still hungry, a group will be headed to Yuca Lounge for dinner after the event (not supplied by the conference).

Tuesday, September 26 – Conference

7:00 AM – 5:00PM

REGISTRATION/ HOSPITALITY DESK OPEN

Location: Outside Sunset Ballroom

7:00 AM – 9:00AM

BREAKFAST & EXHIBITS OPEN

Visit with our Sponsors.

Location: Terrace

9:00AM – 9:15AM

WELCOME TO THE CONFERENCE (All Tracks)

Welcome from the CA 2E and CA Plex user community president and the conference sponsors.

Location: Sunset

9:15AM – 10:15AM

CA 2E and CA Plex Status and Plans Keynote (All Tracks)

The CA 2E and CA Plex Product Manager will discuss the status and plans for CA’s Archtected Rapid Application Development platforms: CA 2E (Synon) and CA Plex.

Location: Sunset

10:30AM – 11:30AM

Developing Modern Web Apps Using CM WebClient (Track 1)

This session will show some of the newer CMFirst WebClient features to enhance your CA Plex UI, including new data visualization capability. We will also discuss UI design philosophies and creating a modern, intuitive application using CMFirst WebClient.

Location: Sunset

10:30AM – 11:30AM

Restful Web Services support in CA 2E (Track 2)

In this session, we will look at the Web Services features of CA 2E. In addition to discussing how to use the current feature set in product projects, CA’s Arun Painuly will demo a preview of how you will be able to access RESTful Web Services in an upcoming product update.

Location: North Studio B

11:30AM – 1:00PM

LUNCH & TRIVIA

Join us for lunch and a fun game of trivia.

Location: Terrace

Mark O’Brien and Friends

1:15PM – 2:15PM

Automated Functional and Load Testing for Enterprise Apps (Track 1)

Organizations that are making major changes to or replatforming an application need to dedicate considerable resources ot the QA effort. In this session we will show best practices on automated testing of enterprise apps from a functional and load perspective. We will also discuss database compare technology for the IBM i.

Location: Sunset

1:15PM – 2:15PM

Moving CA 2E Workload to the Cloud (Track 2)

In this session we will look at rehosting IBM I apps to the cloud from different perspectives, both rehosting workload to IBM i servers and transforming workload to commodity servers like AWS. Abacus and CM FIrst will present different solutions that CA 2E customers are currently using to get to the cloud.

Location: North Studio A

1:15PM – 2:15PM

SCRUM/Agile Estimation Best Practice (Track 3)

Interested in Agile/SCRUM techniques, but not sure how to get there? This Spanish language talk will talk through some fundamentals, and give you some tools for estimating your projects.

Location: North Studio B

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.

Location: Sunset

Moderated

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.

Location: North Studio A

Moderated

2:30PM – 3:30PM

The Evolution of Application Development(Track 3)

Low-code development platforms enable accelerated delivery of business applications by reducing the amount of hand-coding required. Yes, CA 2E and CA Plex were pioneers of this technique but now other possibilities exists. Rolf Stephan will speak on the past, present, and future of this trend.

Location: North Studio B

3:30PM – 4:00PM

COFFEE BREAK

4:00PM – 5:00PM

CA Plex C# and XAML (Track 1)

Interested in migrating your CA Plex C++ application to a modern C# .NET and XAML app? Learn how this can be accomplished, with real life examples.

Location: Sunset

4:00PM – 5:00PM

Documenting CA 2E Applications

The first step to modernization or major application changes is to create some clear documention of the assets in your model. Darryl Millington of Hawkbridge will demonstrate techniques for automatically documenting CA 2E applications quickly and affordably.

Location: North Studio B

4:00PM – 5:00PM

Caso de Exito: Sistema de Envios utilizando CM WebClient

Spanish language attendees will learn more about CM WebClient.

En esta sesión se describirá como se implementó un sistema de tracking de mensajería, utilizando totalmente el desarrollo de aplicaciones Web y Aplicación para tracking para los encargados de la distribución de paquetes.

Ponente (Speaker): Hugo Rodriguez, CEO, SODISA. Hugo cuenta con amplia experiencia en desarrollo de aplicaciones con CA Plex y CM WebClient.

Location: North Studio A

6:30PM

Bodega Happy Hour

Join us for a conference Happy Hour at Bodega. From 6:30-7:30, the conference will supply beer and wine, and then you are on your own to purchase and enjoy over-the-top Mexican street food and authentic beverages, all in a tricked out taco truck interior. This is not to be missed!

Wednesday, September 27 – Conference

7:00AM – 6:00PM

REGISTRATION/ HOSPITALITY DESK OPEN

Location: Outside Sunset Ballroom

7:00 AM – 9:00AM

BREAKFAST & EXHIBITS OPEN

Location: Terrace

9:00AM – 10:00AM

Scale up & Extend – CA Plex (Track 1)

The session will take you through CA Plex developments
– CA Plex r7.2.1 offerings – complier upgrade, latest compatible third parties certifications.
– Potential Scalability improvements within Plex – 32 bit application
– PoC on improved Plex Model Configuration handling

Location: Sunset

9:00AM – 10:00AM

Using SQL in CA 2E – Latest best practices (Track 2)

In this session we will cover how you can enhance your existing 2E model to take advantage of generating SQL created Files and Access Paths, and also how you can take advantage of SQL statements inside your generated functions. We will cover what model values and items need to be adjusted for this process to be successful.

Location: North Studio A

10:15AM – 11:15AM

Modernization GUI with CM First WebClient – a SaaS solution (Track 1)

Walter+Partner used CM WebClient to transform a complex CA Plex client-server solution, developed over a period of 20 years. we will discuss how this was accomplished efficiently, easily, and rapidly into the latest state-of-art SaaS solution. We will demonstrate the implementation of the complete integrated web functionality in our existing Plex application, which should be feasible for every experienced Plex developer.

Location: Sunset

10:15AM – 11:15AM

Customer Experiences – Replatforming CA 2E (Track 2)

In this session we will explore three different success stories around migrating CA 2E models and RPG/COBOL from IBM i to modern Java-based web apps running on Windows, Unix, and Linux. Three CA customers will discuss their projects, demo their migrated applications and finish with lesson learned. The session will conclude with a round table discussion, so bring your questions!

Location: North Studio A

Mark O’Brien, Customer Speakers

10:15AM – 11:15AM

Matchpoint & DevOps (Track 3)

In this session we will go over the new MatchPoint features  and roadmap. We will discuss the recently released version 5.5, and give a preview of the upcoming 6.1 and 6.5 releases. The 6.5 release will have a Windows platform option so an IBM I will no longer be required.

Location: North Studio B

11:30AM – 1:00PM

LUNCH & INDUSTRY KEYNOTE

Join us for lunch.

Location: Terrace

TBA

1:15PM – 2:15PM

Unconference CA Plex Session (Track 1)

Attendees will vote on the topics they want to hear more about. Presented in round table format.

Location: Sunset

Moderated

1:15PM – 2:15PM

Unconference CA 2E Session (Track 2)

Attendees will vote on the topics they want to hear more about. Presented in round table format.

Location: North Studio A

Moderated

1:15PM – 2:15PM

Pasando de 2E a CA Plex usando CM WebClient.

Spanish language customer presentation about CA Plex migration using CM WebClient.

En esta sesión se mostrara el punto de vista del personal a cargo de la remanufactura de las aplicaciones realizadas en 2E, migradas a CA Plex y usando el ambiente de desarrollo de CM WebClient

Ponente (Speaker): Ramon Castillo, Director de Producto, SODISA, quien cuenta con vasta experiencia en desarrollo de aplicaciones en CA Plex y WebClient.

Location: North Studio B

2:30PM – 3:30PM

Publishing and consuming REST services in Plex (Track 1)

In this talk we will demonstrate how you can use CM WebClient HSync to quickly and easily publish and document a REST API based on your Plex model.

Location: Sunset

2:30PM – 3:30PM

Under the Hood – Migrating CA 2E Off Platform (Track 2)

Lets look at some of the technical details of moving RPG/COBOL generated apps to Java and the cloud, with practical examples of challenges and solutions. Alternative database to DB2, such as SQL Server and Oracle, will be discussed in detail.

Location: North Studio A

2:30PM – 3:30PM

Best of Spanish Sessions in English (Track 3)

This session will consist of the most requested Spanish langauge topics, summarized in English.

Location: North Studio B

Moderated

3:30PM – 4:00PM

COFFEE BREAK

4:00PM – 5:00PM

Ask the Experts / Wrap-Up

Join us for a panel of CA Technologies and vendor experts.

Location: Sunset

Moderated

6:30PM

Final Night In Miami

For the final night of the conference, an informal group will be heading to CVI.CHE 105 Southbeach, a highly acclaimed and affordable cheviche spot nearby. The conference has made a reservation, but dinner is on your own.

We hope you will have a productive and fun time in Miami.

Thursday, September 28 – Modernization Deep Dives

7:00 AM – 9:00AM

BREAKFAST

9:00AM – 12:00PM

Utilizing BPM for Modernization (Track 1)

BPM and other low code techniques can be used as a path to modernize all sorts of enterprise systems, CA 2E, CA Plex, hand coded, and hard-to-use SAP and Oracle packages. This will be hand-on training on how to approach this type of modernization initiative.

Location: North Studio A

9:00AM – 12:00PM

CA 2E Modernization & Replatforming (Track 2)

In this hands-on workshop, we will go through a typical CA 2E modernization and replatforming from start to finish. We will start with estimation and scoping, discuss automated transformation techniques and manual refactoring, and end with a discussion of functional and load testing of your migrated application.

Location: North Studio B

12:00PM

Conference adjourns