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VME Through the Ages

30th Anniversary Spring Conference

Programme Notes

Keynote Address : VME Through the Ages
Brian Warboys, Professor of Software Engineering, Manchester University

Brian Warboys has been the Professor of Software Engineering in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Manchester since 1985. Previously, since 1963, he worked for ICL and was Chief Designer of VME during its formative years in the 1970's. He was appointed the first ICL Fellow in 1984. This experience led to an ongoing research interest in the problems of designing very large software systems.

Fujitsu Strategy and Future Directions.
Neil Stevenson, Director, Core Services Division

Neil Stevenson will be discussing and clarifying Fujitsu's VME strategy and roadmap. He will also be unveiling a number of new initiatives and developments that will be of significant interest to the VME customer base.

Neil Stevenson is a director of Fujitsu Services, Core Services Division, employing approximately 8,000 staff. His responsibilities include the supply of all infrastructure hardware, software and associated services. This includes the design, development and supply of VME servers and software. He is a non-executive director of Kainos, a software and services company specialising in eCRM and Meridio Holdings Ltd., a software company specialising in document and records management. Based in Manchester, he is a member of the North West Business Leadership Team.

Fujitsu Services Product and Services Update
John Popplewell, Distinguished Engineer, Fujitsu Services

This is the annual Conference session giving detail on evolving products and services.

John Popplewell is a senior architect working for Fujitsu Services' High Performance unit in Manchester. He has many years of resolving VME performance problems at customer sites. He is a veteran of previous AXIS conferences.

Reflections on VME and Future Perspectives
Ed Wilson,formerly Chief Architect, Inland Revenue

In what promises to be a thought-provoking reminisce over the good (and bad) of VME and mainframes Ed hopes to shed some light on what the real challenges for the IT industry are without being so presumptuous as claiming to be able to solve them! This will draw extensively on his experience at the Inland Revenue in working closely with ICL (and later Fujitsu).

Ed Wilson joined the Inland Revenue in 1962 until he worked out what he wanted to do with his life. Now that he is recently retired after a fascinating 41 years in IT (or ADP - Automatic Data Processing as it was called then) he is trying to find out! But if you want to talk to him about Rock'n'Roll records or his 6000-species strong world-list of bird species then prepared to be "anorak-ed". His time with Inland Revenue Computing involved some of the largest and most-demanding Civil Administration IT Systems in the world which much of the time managed to avoid the more lurid press headlines. He was involved with ICL in the first operational VME systems (New Range); and then with Project Heineken (validates the parts that others cannot reach). He takes a very jaundiced view about the modern 'fads' like Client / Server computing; PC Computing; Linux; and RUP

Supplier Presentation
Fujitsu Siemens

VME Academy Awards

Websphere and Integration
Andy Heys, Software Technical Architect - Software Solutions,IBM Software Business; North Region

This presentation will cover the IBM approach to integration through the WebSphere product family and specifically discuss how we can integrate VME application domains into the WebSphere platform and thus with other application domains.

Andy Heys works for the IBM Software Business as a software architect aligned with UK central government customers. His main focus is around service oriented architectures and the challenges of integrating the many application and technology domains within a government enterprise (and the extended enterprise) to support end-to-end business processes and related concepts such as Business Activity Monitoring and Business Performance Management.

Competition Prizegiving

There will be at least one Competition based on the Conference and Exhibition with a significant prize to be awarded.

Guided Tour of the Manchester United Football Club
Further information about MUFC can be found at their web site:

Tuesday Afternoon Workshops

Workshop 1: Everything you wanted to know about VME Communications but were afraid to ask
Derek Harrison, Fujitsu Services

There will be mention of OSI CLNS as a prelude to TCP/IP and rfc1006. The 'Golden Rules' for setting up TCP/IP will be covered as Derek illustrates the session with traces from Netcon and INET. DNS and LPR will be discussed along with the pros and cons of running resolver.

Derek has worked in VME Comms and Networking for over a quarter of a century. His affinity for monitors and scopes allows him to start with the plumbing and work his way up from there adopting an end-to-end approach.

Workshop 2: IT Service Management and BS15000 Standard
John Groom, MISM

How good is your ITSM? Can you claim that you manage your IT services, or those of your clients, in line with established best practices? Can you provide independent proof that your ITSM processes are 'up to standard'? BS15000 is the first formal standard for those IT Service Management (ITSM) processes needed to ensure effective delivery of IS/IT services that support an organisation's business requirements. This workshop will look at BS1500 in terms of why and how it came about, what it covers, and why you should seek certification for yourself or expect your outsourced service provider to be certified.

John Groom was, until recently, responsible for OGC's best practice guidance for ITSM - ITIL, and was OGC's representative in the development of BS15000. Now an independent consultant, John helps organizations to improve their IT service management, delivery and support, whether provided internally or by an external service provider, and hence improve performance whilst reducing costs. His recent customers include UK central and local government, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) service providers in UK and India, and a major UK financial institution.

Workshop 3:VME Masterclass
Margaret Leigh, and John Popplewell, Fujitsu Services

This popular Masterclass is here again having made a welcome return to AXiS Conference last year.

Margaret Leigh joined ICL in 1986 with fifteen years experience in designing and implementing applications software. Over the next 10 years, she was involved in the validation of most of the hardware and software products released by HPS, becoming the validation strategist for the Product Validation & Release group. She is now one of the Systems Architects responsible for the technical coherence of all products and services associated with OpenVME

Travel Directions

To Old Trafford by car:

From the Clockwise M60: Leave the Motorway at Junction 7 to join the A56 Manchester bound. Remain on the A56 following the signs for Manchester United. Turn left into Sir Matt Busby Way. Car parking is on the right in front of the stadium.

From the Anti-clockwise M60: Leave the M60 at Junction 9 and join Parkway (A5081) towards Trafford Park. At the first island take the 3rd exit onto Village Way and remain on this road until the next island (controlled by traffic lights). At this island take the second exit and then join Wharfside Way. Turn right at the junction with Sir Matt Busby Way, car parking is on the left in front of the stadium.

To West Gorton by car:

From Junction 4 on M60 take exit A57 (signposted Manchester City Centre) and continue on A57 for 3 miles. Turn right onto Clowes Street for approx 200 yds. Turn left onto Wenlock Way. Fujitsu Services approx 200 yds on left. NB. Arrangements need to be made in advance for parking.

Rail: Manchester Piccadilly

Metrolink: Station 'Old Trafford'

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