2017 Agenda Highlights

UNITE 2017 rescheduled to 30 October - 1 November in the same location due to Hurricane Irma.  The session information below has been updated as of September 25th.  Any additional changes will be posted as they occur.

The UNITE 2017 Conference opens Monday, October 30th at 1:00 PM with a strong focus on technology and security issues starting with the Keynote Address and continuing on with presentations on securing the enterprise, on the evolution of ClearPath Forward, and on using Unisys and complementary technology.

The Keynote address will be presented by Jack Koons, Global Director for Unisys Stealth technologies and security solutions.  Jack is a retired 25-year career full-spectrum Cyber Warfare Officer whose address is titled:  Zero Days and Zero Trust: Security, The Enterprise, and World of Change.  Jack will explore the threat landscape and discuss micro-segmentation tactics, techniques, and procedures to enhance security, mitigate threats, and ensure network resiliency. This presentation will also highlight rich vectors of ongoing and potential research in the field and provide references for organization action to improve your security posture.

Additional details on the Agenda schedule and abstracts for each session is available through this link to the UNITE Personal Schedule System where you are also able to create your own personal agenda for the conference. 

Direct Links to OS 2200, MCP, and AB Suite/EAE interest sessions follow the Management and Planning sessions information.

These Management and Planning (MTP) sessions should be of value and interest to all attendees:

ClearPath Forward Platform Infrastructure Advancements and Evolution
 The choices to support ClearPath-based applications are evolving to provide multiple options for performance and capabilities.   This session will review the recently announced ClearPath Forward platform offerings, updates to the ClearPath Forward Fabric and specialty partition solutions, and considerations for choosing the best infrastructure for ClearPath development and production environments.


Unisys Stealth Security Solutions Advanced Microsegmentation and Adaptive Security Architectures for a New Enterprise Reality
The role of micro-segmentation, particularly when combined with advanced encryption and software defined networking, represents a powerful enterprise security solution in a world of increasing connectivity and risk to include the emerging world of IoT/IoE. This presentation will lay out the Unisys Stealth portfolio and highlights its benefits to the UNITE community.

Using Machine Learning Algorithms to Predict Cyber Threats
In this session, we will present one of the most challenging problems in the cyber-security center: how to use advanced analytics to implement: advanced threat prediction, high detection accuracy, low false-positive rates and improved risk prioritization. Today, organizations are resource-constrained and overwhelmed with high volumes of data. The majority of Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) alarms turn out to be false. These false alarms are wasteful because they require the attention of security experts yet add no value to our cyber-security posture.

Our cyber threat intelligence capabilities use machine-learning algorithms to provide greater accuracy and lower positive rates for security alerts. Unisys Advanced Cyber Analytics helps companies meet the challenge of advanced threats via machine-learning based products that are tailored to each client's network and organizational needs. In this session, we will demonstrate how machine-learning is applied to enhance accuracy predicting the cyber threats and malicious behavior in the network.

OS 2200 Interest Sessions

MCP Interest Sessions

AB Suite/EAE Interest Sessions

In addition to the Management and Planning sessions above, the following should be of interest to OS 2200 oriented attendees:

ClearPath OS 2200 Release 17.0
Unisys continues to innovate and develop new technology solutions to support your applications and contribute to your business agility and performance. In this session, you will get an update on ClearPath OS 2200s latest release, the new ClearPath OS 2200 17.0.  This major release of the operating environment for ClearPath Forward Dorado systems builds on its proven, business-critical leadership by delivering new advances in performance, scalability, availability, resilience, security, application agility, and integration.

Automated Fail Over Supporting Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Automation in information technology infrastructures is key to eliminating errors, reducing risk and ensuring efficiency. This is only more true as complexity and scale increase in very large operations.  Supporting the most critical operations, especially disaster recovery and business continuity -- in other words, system availability -- requires the most thoughtful application of technologies available to those responsible for managing the data center.

Increasing Business Value with Machine Learning Algorithms
Leverage the key analytic approaches and techniques to significantly improve business intelligence and decision making through data driven analysis using learning algorithms, cognitive computing,  networking modeling, segmentation analysis, and predictive analytics. We will also present a couple of real life business examples of how these techniques can improve organization operation and we will provide a framework to develop an analytic strategy at your organization.

ClearPath MCP and OS2200 Your Future Workforce is Available NOW!!
Are you facing concerns about the demographics of the resources that support your ClearPath environment?  Do your resources have to spend too much time managing the operations of the system instead of spending time working on the projects that are critical to the future of your business?  What is the best way to address these and other concerns about the future of your ClearPath environment?

This session will provide a high level over view of key Unisys and 3rd party products and services that will help you automate your ClearPath environment and will allow you to free up critical skills.  We will spend some time exploring these products and services and the benefits that they can provide to your organization.

Intentful Services Architecture
Intentful services architecture:  Dont let SOA stand for Spaghetti Oriented Architecture in your modernization initiative.  Identifying and defining a services architecture is critical to enterprise     application modernization.  ClearPath Forward systems provide an expansive array of capabilities, they integrate mobile, web, and web services technologies. They feature application and data integration, automation, development, and database tools. The ClearPath brings everything together to help you continuously deliver agile, secure application experiences.  In this session, well discuss why a well defined services architecture is key to the success of any application modernization initiative.  How the right services architecture will allow you to leverage the ClearPath capabilities in an intentful way, avoid the risk of Spaghetti Oriented Architecture, and enable you to effectively evolve your applications and increase ROI of your existing investment.

Concepts of Web Services Security

Because Web Services represents loosely coupled communication between     dissimilar systems, an Enterprise Service Oriented Architecture (implemented using Web Services) adds a new set of security considerations that are not present for transactions processed totally "in box".  This presentation will review the nomenclature and examine the basic components of Web Services communication.  This architecture will then be analyzed in terms of its inherent security (or lack there-of) and what must be done to make Web Services communication robust from a security standpoint.  While the presentation will use some MCP examples, the information in the session is generic and applies to any platform that supports Web Services.

    The presentation will include the following key considerations:

  •     Web Services Nomenclature
  •     Web Services Architecture/Components
  •     Communication Privacy (encryption)
  •     Message Integrity
  •     Authentication
  •     Authorization (Access Control)
  •     WS-Security Protocol

Rethinking the Mainframe application skillset challenge
There are plenty of articles about the shortage of Mainframe application skills but not much coverage on how to address this challenge.  How companies traditionally recruit and hire developers may not be effective in filling mainframe skill set needs.  In this session, we will look at ways to attract, recruit and onboard the next generation work force to Forward products that can help new developers be productive sooner as well as help experienced developers increase productivity.   We will also look at ClearPath services that can assist you in addressing your mainframe application skill set challenges.  

 Working with XML and JSON in your COBOL and C Applications
XML and JSON have become the de facto standard for applications to exchange data.  This session will cover:

    - XML and JSON ... what they are and why they are used.
    - The purpose of Schema, WSDL and Swagger files.
    - How companies are using XML and JSON in their COBOL and C applications.
    - How XML Thunder makes working with XML and JSON as easy as 1-2-3.

Mobility in US Federal Government using ClearPath Forward

Mobility in government is high priority for the US Federal Government agencies as there is a growing demand for offering business and citizen services through mobile devices. One of the Federal Government agencies, a pioneer in using and deploying the latest technologies, used the Unisys ClearPath Forward platform to build Mobile Apps for serving their business mission and also enabling their customers business functions using mobile device features. This presentation will cover how the Federal government agency used ClearPath Forward technology to develop and deploy the award winning mobile apps which bring much business value to the agency and how they are able to use this technology to better serve their agency customers.

In addition to the Management and Planning sessions above, the following should be of interest to MCP oriented attendees:

ClearPath MCP Software Update

During 2017 Unisys is refreshing the ClearPath MCP software offerings with new releases of the ClearPath MCP system software, Data Exchange, Application Integration Services, ClearPath Visual IDE and many other products.

In this session you will learn about new capabilities for application scalability, protecting sensitive data in databases, automating audit and regulatory compliance activities, expanding interoperability and optimizing your IT infrastructure.

    Highlights include:

  •     ClearPath MCP Release 18.0
  •     Database Encryption
  •     TCP/IP and BNA performance improvements
  •     Data Exchange Release 4.0
  •     ClearPath Software Series

Understanding MCP in a Virtualized Private Cloud

MCP Software Series allows you to choose your hardware and your deployment method, including running on VMware and Hyper-V. What does it take do that? What security issues do you need to understand? How will procedures change? What else do you need to consider? This session will address all those questions and more.

Unisys Stealth Security Solutions Advanced Microsegmentation and Adaptive Security Architectures for a New Enterprise Reality
The role of micro-segmentation, particularly when combined with advanced encryption and software defined networking, represents a powerful enterprise security solution in a world of increasing connectivity and risk to include the emerging world of IoT/IoE. This presentation will lay out the Unisys Stealth portfolio and highlights its benefits to the UNITE community.

ClearPath Data Integration in a Hybrid World-- Unisys Data Exchange

To be relevant in a “Hybrid World,” ClearPath systems must continuously integrate mission critical data in near real-time.  Going forward, not only is this data integration required between different vendors and platforms, but also utilizing cloud-capable technologies.   Come see how Unisys Data Exchange can integrate your data through an informative presentation and a short live-demo utilizing MCP Software Edition  Running on VMware.

Mobility in US Federal Government using ClearPath Forward

Mobility in government is high priority for the US Federal Government agencies as there is a growing demand for offering business and citizen services through mobile devices. One of the Federal Government agencies, a pioneer in using and deploying the latest technologies, used the Unisys ClearPath Forward platform to build Mobile Apps for serving their business mission and also enabling their customers business functions using mobile device features. This presentation will cover how the Federal government agency used ClearPath Forward technology to develop and deploy the award winning mobile apps which bring many business value to the agency and how they are able to use this technology to better serve their agency customers.

Increasing Business Value with Machine Learning Algorithms
Leverage the key analytic approaches and techniques to significantly improve business intelligence and decision making through data driven analysis using learning algorithms, cognitive computing, networking modeling, segmentation analysis, and predictive analytics. We will also present a couple of real life business examples of how these techniques can improve organization operation and we will provide a framework to develop an analytic strategy at your organization.

Multi-Factor Authentication at the University of Washington

In today's hybrid computing environment phishing scams are everywhere.  The intent is often to capture a user's credentials so that the phisher can then access that user's computer accounts. One way to guard against this is to require two factors of authentication.

 At the University of Washington, we have been requiring two-factor authentication to access our MCP systems for over 25 years. This presentation will cover the evolution of these protections through multiple vendors starting with RSA and currently with Duo.

The presentation will cover current technologies that support multi-factor authentication. It will describe the architecture we've applied to allow multiple applications to implement two-factor authentication.  Finally, it will cover changes we've made to USERDATA, MARC, CANDE, NXEdit, and SURE to support multi-factor authentication.

Securing Communications with SSH, SFTP, IPSec, etc

At the University of Washington, our MCP applications do not exist in an isolated, physically secure environment -- data is constantly shared with applications running on Windows, Linux, and Unix servers. There are no printers physically located in the same room as the MCP systems. End users connect from a variety of platforms.

In this redux presentation from 2016, I will describe how we've been incorporating the use of SSH, SFTP, SSL, IPsec, TCP/IP security rules, and other techniques to secure communications within our ClearPath MCP complex.

Concepts of Web Services Security

Because Web Services represents loosely coupled communication between     dissimilar systems, an Enterprise Service Oriented Architecture (implemented using Web Services) adds a new set of security considerations that are not present for transactions processed totally "in box".  This presentation will review the nomenclature and examine the basic components of Web Services communication.  This architecture will then be analyzed in terms of its inherent security (or lack there-of) and what must be done to make Web Services communication robust from a security standpoint.  While the presentation will use some MCP examples, the information in the session is generic and applies to any platform that supports Web Services.

    The presentation will include the following key considerations:

  •     Web Services Nomenclature
  •     Web Services Architecture/Components
  •     Communication Privacy (encryption)
  •     Message Integrity
  •     Authentication
  •     Authorization (Access Control)
  •     WS-Security Protocol

 VTL Update:  Data Protection in a Virtual World

Now more than ever, organizations are looking for virtualized solutions that leverage industry-standard x86 servers and the Microsoft Windows 2012 operating system for their entry level processing environments.  Demand for virtualization doesn’t mean that you have to compromise security, or even an enterprise-class operating environment, just because you want flexibility in your infrastructure. There is a place for dedicated hardware for host applications, but now you have options when it comes to your ClearPath MCP environment and how it’s backed up.  The solution stack for your MCP environment now includes a virtualized backup and recovery system, building upon existing tools and skill sets in which your organization has already invested with Unisys.

Implementing a virtualized tape library system has never been easier, and now you can rest easy at night that your ClearPath backup and recovery system is cost effective, secure, and complete.

Optimizing your MCP Environment to meet your SLAs--MCP Workload Management

Unisys MCP Workload Management is a flexible and powerful tool for reporting, monitoring, and managing your ClearPath MCP environment.  Find out how your MIPS are being spent.  Monitor for run-away programs.  Manage workloads to meet SLAs.  Come see how WLM can help you get the most from your ClearPath MCP system including new WLM features released in MCP 18.0 (591).

Porting a C Application is Worth Considering

You've heard that C on MCP is SLOW, but compared to what? A Web Service? The XML Parser? A JNI library? An AIS library? We recently stumbled on a use-case for porting a C application: a web service that returns a response in JSON or XML format -- except the JSON wasn't properly formatted for the WEBAPPSUPPORT JSON to XML translator, and the XML was really just HTML in an XML wrapper. In this presentation I will explain how I ported a light-weight, open-source JSON parser, written in ANSI C, to the MCP using the same techniques that Unisys used in the E-Mode JVM and the REGEX expression engine.

Get a GREP - Regular Expressions for the MCP

Regular expressions are a powerful pattern-matching mechanism that first came to prominence in the classic Unix utility "grep." They are essentially wildcard patterns on steroids. Regular expressions are frequently incorporated into file system tools and text editors for Windows, Unix,  and Linux systems. Since MCP 13, an API for Perl Compatible Regular Expressions (PCRE) has been available in the MCP's WEBAPPSUPPORT library.

The speaker will present the components of the MCP regular expression API and describe how they can be used within MCP applications to search for simple and complex character patterns in strings and files. The speaker will also present a home-grown library for MCP directory searching, and together with the regular expression API, demonstrate a utility program that does basic grep-like searching across a directory of MCP files.

Using the New MCPSQL

The DMSQL relational interface for DMSII data bases has been available for more than a dozen years. A rewrite of DMSQL, named MCPSQL, has been available since 2014 as a separately licensed product. Starting in MCP 18, however, Unisys has unbundled MCPSQL and deprecated the older DMSQL in favor of it. MCPSQL includes a replacement for the DMSQL JDBC driver, plus a new ODBC driver.

The speaker will present an overview of the new MCPSQL interface to DMSII.  The session will cover MCPSQL features, differences from DMSQL, installation and configuration of MCPSQL and its ODBC driver, demonstrations of the MCPSQL tools and APIs, and a brief review of performance differences between DMSQL and MCPSQL. This session will not address the JDBC driver, nor the definition of a true relational data base using SQL DD

A new “turbo” tool for MCP Security Administrators!

In MCP18.0 Unisys released a ‘new product’ within the SecurityCenter installation package to improve the security administrators experience.  That product is Locum AdminDesk Basic, part of the Locum360 suite of integrated security solutions. AND! It can be used free of charge by MCP security administrators as an alternative tool for managing and administering their site’s security policy, the Userdatafile and the     COMS Cfile. This presentation outlines the scope of the product, together with a brief look at the functionality offered and the installation procedure.

Because the full function AdminDesk is already used by Locum Safe & Secure users, this session will be of most benefit to non-Safe & Secure users.

I Didn't Know You Could Do That (IDKYCDT)

I Didn't Know You Could Do That! (2017 Edition)

It's time once again to sweat the small stuff. Like all mature computer systems, MCP systems have a lot of features and capabilities. Some of these are not obvious, or at least not very well known. Everyone has their favorite set of Tips & Tricks to make better use of the system, but no one knows all of them.

This presentation has a number of short offerings by multiple speakers, each describing a simple Tip or Trick you can take back to your shop and put to immediate use. There will be a brief write-up available on each one, and ample time for questions from the audience. At the end, a vote will be held to select Best Trick. Come have some fun and learn something you didn't know before.

This year we are going to add a new twist to this popular session. In addition to presentations on Things I Didn't Know I Could Do with the MCP, we are asking audience members to dig into their experience and give us their ideas for Things I Wish I Could Do with the MCP.  No real preparation is necessary -- just come with one small-to-medium sized wish you would like to see fulfilled. Perhaps a solution is already out there.  Perhaps this will inspire someone to develop a solution. Perhaps this should be an NSF for Unisys. We don't know what is going to happen -- which is why we're doing this.

 

In addition to the Management and Planning sessions and MCP sessions above, the following should be of interest to EAE and AB Suite oriented attendees:

AB Suite Release 6.1 Technical Update

AB Suite 6.1 was released this past December. Many clients have already started using it, and reaping the benefits of DevOps support, new DMS II features, MCP Interoperability features, improvements in the development experience and new XML and Client Frameworks. This session will provide an overview of some of the key features in this release. 

More than just Cool Web Pages or an App

“No man is an island.” Similarly, few applications can stand entirely on their own. They require inputs – from end users, from other applications, from other computers and machines. They also produce outputs – that go to end users, other applications, other computers and other types of machines. In this session we will learn about some of the strange and wonderful ways people have been interacting with their EAE and AB Suite applications. You’ve heard of IOT? Well, we’ve been integrating with a lot of weird “things” for a long time. 

DevOps – Bringing Developers, Operations, and even Users closer together

EAE has always embraced a culture of agile development (with a little “a”), and automating application build and release processes. Recent additions of source change management with Microsoft Team Foundation Server bring it a few steps closer to what most people think of today as “DevOps”. AB Suite goes even further with deeper integration into the build, test and change management capabilities of Visual Studio with Team Foundation Server. We will go through an overview of the change management and DevOps features in EAE and AB Suite, and then open up discussion with the users in attendance about how they do development and coordinate the release of complex application updates. 

EAE And AB Suite Birds of a Feather

An open discussion session of users of both the EAE and AB Suite products.  We'll catch up on what sites are doing and where they are with the use of each product. This session also offers an opportunity to share and discuss specific challenges at your site.

 

We hope to see you in Atlanta at UNITE 2017!