UNITE Announces Best of Conference Webcasts

UNITE is resuming its annual series of BEST of UNITE Conference webcasts. These will include:

Business Information Server for ClearPath OS 2200:
Product Review of the Release 47
Thursday, December 9, 2010
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST
Richard Goldberg, System Engineer, Unisys Corporation
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Unisys Business Information Server (BIS), formerly MAPPER, is a rapid-application development and information access tool that has been available for many years, but new features and functionality, such as integration with mobile devices and Java connectivity, are being added all the time.

The upcoming BIS for ClearPath OS 2200 release 47R1 contains dozens of new features. This presentation will detail many of those new features, and give examples of how each feature can be used.

Goldberg, a Unisys employee for 32 years, joined the BIS 2200 development organization in 1996. He has been a major contributor in enhancing BIS 2200 security and scalability.

Using - Really Using - COBOL-85
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST
Paul Kimpel, President, Paradigm Corporation
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If you are like this speaker, you switched to the COBOL-85 compiler a long time ago, but kept coding in the same style you used for COBOL-74. This was so easy to do, COBOL-85 being a superset of COBOL-74, and retaining essentially all of the MCP extensions to the standard language. The super part of that superset is really super, however. COBOL-85 contains a rich collection of features that allow us to write cleaner, clearer, and more maintainable programs. 25 years after the introduction of those features, it's high time we all started using them.

The speaker will review the additions in COBOL-85 syntax that allow us to write programs in a much different way than with earlier COBOL dialects. This review will focus on the much-improved flow-of-control constructs, data declaration and manipulation enhancements, and the intrinsic functions. Based on these features, the speaker will discuss the new style of programming he has developed over the past few years, along with examples of that new style and how, for him, it has replaced some of the really ugly stuff you had to do in COBOL-74.

While this presentation is specifically oriented to COBOL-85 for the MCP, programmers for other platforms will find much of this presentation applicable to COBOL-85 in their environment.

Kimpel started his career with Burroughs in 1970 on the then-new B6500, working with Large Systems at Burroughs and a few user sites through the 1970s. He started his own company in 1979 and continues to provide consulting, training, support, and custom software development services for ClearPath MCP systems. His main interests are in the areas of data base and transaction processing system design, web-enabled user interfaces, integration of MCP and Microsoft environments, TCP/IP networking, and object-oriented programming.

How to Secure a ClearPath OS 2200 Server
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST
Dr. Glen Newton, Software Engineer, Unisys Corporation
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ClearPath OS 2200 servers offer security that is unsurpassed in the industry. By taking advantage of OS 2200 security options, you can satisfy a comprehensive site security policy and meet the security compliance requirements of the Payment Card Industry (the PCI DSS) and other regulations and standards. In this presentation, you will learn how to go about securing an OS 2200 server, from front end users to back end monitoring and reporting. The presentation focuses on technical features that help you to protect the privacy and integrity of the business- critical data on your ClearPath OS 2200 servers

Newton earned his Ph.D. in computer science in 1973 and his Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification in 2008. He joined Unisys in 1976 after serving as on the Washington State University Computer Science Department faculty. At Unisys, Newton has contributed to advanced computer architecture and operations management projects and helped define the direction for ClearPath security. His current interests are in the areas of security compliance, access control, intrusion detection, and cryptography.

An Agile Business Suite User Case Study
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST
Jim Nichols, Consultant, Unisys Corporation
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You have an application in production, but need to have a test version of the application available for functional testing and for use with the Debugger. Generating the test version of the application is no problem, but how can you get meaningful data into the database to add value to the testing that takes place? Find out how one customer approached this to insure that they could achieve the same quality testing that they were able to achieve in their Enterprise Application Environment (EAE) environment. This webcast is for Agile Business Suite and Enterprise Application Environment users.

Nichols has worked at Unisys for over 26 years, including 17 years with the Client Support Center, supporting the EAE (previously LINCII) and Agile Business Suite software. Currently, he works in the TCIS organization, providing consulting services for EAE and Agile Business Suite customers. In those roles, he has not only worked with clients on problem resolution, but has conducted numerous onsite training sessions on the EAE and AB Suite software. Nichols has previously done presentations via webcast and at UNITE.