2020 Agenda Highlights

The UNITE 2020 Conference opens Monday, November 16th at 10:30 AM with a Welcome Ice Breaker session to introduce our virtual conference which is focused on Empowering Your On-going Digital Evolution.

We will also explore the substantial improvements and capabilities available from Unisys and Partners to assist in meeting the new challenges we've been facing in 2020, starting with the Opening General Session: ClearPath Forward Strategic Direction.   We'll continue with presentations on ClearPath product updates, transforming IT into the Cloud, securing your enterprise and the USA infrastructure, and discussion of some real world experiences in meeting the "new normal".

Read on to see details on the extensive agenda and information on the Personal Schedule System where you can build your personal agenda.  Don't forget to visit the "UNITE 2020 Keynotes" page for additional sessions


Additional details on the Agenda, schedule, and description for each session is available through the new on-line UNITE Agenda System which replaces the paper documents (agenda, Conference at a Glance, and Evaluation form) used at previous conferences.

Know that the sessions listed on this page are not all the sessions that will be presented at the conference.  These are sessions that UNITE believes will be of significant value to attendees and represent the topics that will be featured at the conference.  If there is a topic that you would like to see at the conference, please send an email to Conf.Plan@unite.org and ask about it.  It may already be on the schedule.


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

ClearPath Public and Private Cloud Experiences Discussion

This will be a facilitated discussion with people who have experience deploying ClearPath Systems into private and public cloud environments.

Challenges of Transitioning To/From a Remote Work Force

With the Pandemic Stay At Home Orders, transition to remote work was unexpected for many organizations and their staff.  How did this work out for your organization?  Were you prepared (Pandemic BC Plan?) for rapidly ramping up remote workers? Are you considering making the move to WFH permanent for most of the staff?  Any consideration for tooling to monitor remote worker productivity?  How will you change the plan for the next event?

BC/DR and the Pandemic Plan

Discussion of the plans and how we all worked through the pandemic.  Did we declare a pandemic and put the plan into place (or a BC/DR plan for that matter)?  Were there any unforeseen challenges?  Has the pandemic experience changed our plans and future preparedness posture?  This can also include a discussion on how this event and the challenges were faced deploying remote workers.

Security in the “Cloud”

It’s a scary and dangerous world up there and you’re still responsible for integrity and security of your and your customers’ data and PII/PCI.  So what must we do for Compliance and also to actually protect ourselves and our customers.


OS 2200 Interest Sessions

Common OS 2200 and MCP Sessions

MCP Interest Sessions

AB Suite/EAE Interest Sessions


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

Opening General Session: ClearPath Forward Strategic Direction

This session will provide a strategic overview of the key initiatives for the ClearPath Forward program across the full portfolio of products.

ClearPath: Keeping Everything Running Smoothly

ClearPath applications are important parts of your business. Creating that smooth running environment is something you have developed over many years. With that, your long-term knowledgeable employees are both great assets and a potential concern, what happens if or when they leave. As the generation that developed many of our ClearPath application or that provides operations and administrative support retires, determining the best way to replace those skills, and transition those responsibilities has been concern for some and a surprise for others.

Extend your ClearPath Environment to Support Your Digital Transformation

Your ClearPath environment supports your business critical applications today. Wherever your digital transformation journey may take you, you can continue to leverage this investment by extending your ClearPath environment, your “Systems of Record”, in support of your digital initiative. In this session, we’ll discuss how you can leverage what you have while minimizing risk and time.

VTL Update – Our head is in the clouds

Please join DSI for a VTL update. What’s new? Lots. A whole new product line, the DSI540 series and Restore V6. New cloud capabilities and cloud integration features. A lot has happened since we last talked.


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

ClearPath OS 2200 Product Update and Highlights

Unisys will provide the latest information on Dorado Systems, OS 2200 Software Series and OS 2200
Operating System products. We will discuss the current product portfolio as well as an outlook for future plans.

Multi-Factor Authentication for the OS 2200

We'll take a quick look at current authentication options for ClearPath OS 2200, then go into multi-factor authentication on the horizon and future considerations. We'll also delve into how to create your own authentication module.

ClearPath Extension Kit for OS 2200 Overview

Learn how ClearPath Extension Kit for OS 2200 is empowering your ClearPath system by leveraging industry prevalent skill sets when enhancing existing ClearPath applications or developing new ones. This session will include an overview of the technology as well as a demonstration of some of the features.

OS 2200 Clinic

Come and ask the Unisys experts any questions you might have. Or, just come to listen, and share your
experiences with other attendees.


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

ClearPath MCP / Libra Product Update including Software Series

Latest information regarding ClearPath MCP, ClearPath MCP Software Series, and ClearPath Libra integrated platforms will be discussed.  Overviews of the enhancements made to security, Extension Kit, and ClearPath MCP Software Series support on the Azure public cloud, will be presented.

ClearPath MCP Software Series and Support for Azure

ClearPath MCP has sprinted through 2020 with introductions of enhancements to existing software series solutions. This year we have enhanced capabilities designed to increasingly open MCP to operating environments and provide flexibility and agility. This is the session to get the all the latest news and updates on ClearPath MCP Software Series and how you can move to the public cloud.

In this session you will learn about the latest ClearPath MCP software capabilities that can assist you in:

  • Using ClearPath MCP in existing open computing environments
  • Optimizing your data center operations and including MCP in the Azure public cloud
  • Moving outside of your data center to take advantage of economies of scale
  • Leveraging contemporary environments to extend and maintain the ClearPath MCP environment

This presentation will highlight the new capabilities introduced with ClearPath MCP Software Series.

ClearPath Extension Kit for MCP and Demonstration

Discover how ClearPath Extension Kit for MCP empowers your organization to leverage industry prevalent skill sets when enhancing existing ClearPath applications or developing new ones. This presentation will provide an overview of the technology that enables programs written in industry standard Python to run on ClearPath MCP platforms.  The extraordinarily tight integration with the MCP environment brings you the best of both worlds. Come and witness what's possible and unlock your creativity.

Migrating MCP Backup and Archive Services Off of Tape

Last year I presented the MCP place in secure digital transformation.  One aspect of that transformation was integrating our MCP platform services to run on infrastructure shared by Linux and Windows platforms.

To accomplish this we decided to remove the applications and services dependencies on enterprise tape services. This positions us to have one less data center dependency when looking at future hosting options.

This presentation will cover:

  • Why we made that choice;
  • A review of backup, archive, and restore principles;
  • How we modeled our tape business use cases
  • How each use case was migrated
  • Where we plan to go from here.

MCP Clinic

Come and ask the Unisys experts any questions you might have. Or, just come to listen, and share your experiences with other attendees. This is a unique opportunity to ask questions directly to the Unisys MCP Engineering team, and learn from the years of wisdom of other Unisys users. As always, this is the session not to miss.

I Didn't Know You Could Do That! (2020 Edition)

It's time once again to sweat the small stuff. Like all mature computer environments, 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 them all.

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. A vote will be held to select Best Trick. Requests for "I Wish I Could Do That" features from the audience will be welcome at the end. Come have some fun and learn something you     didn't know before.


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:

A Day In The Life of AB Suite Developer (Azure DevOps with AB Suite)

In this session, learn about AB Suite DevOps capabilities to become more agile and delivering higher-quality releases. We cover typical activities in a day in the life of AB Suite developer using Azure DevOps.

AB Suite in the Cloud

When it comes to the Cloud, what do you want to do?  Whether it is a small, two or three person IT shop, or the largest banks, governments, and retail outlets, nearly every organization we hear from has an interest in “the Cloud”.  What does that really mean for your organization?  As an AB Suite user you may be surprised at just how much you can do, and in this session we will describe the product features and services that can help you realize your cloud-related goals.  We will give you some examples of what people are doing now, and their plans for the near future.  It you have plans to move some of your IT processing to a cloud environment, or if you are just curious about it, be sure to be there.

EAE/AB Suite Birds of a Feather

Join other users of EAE and AB Suite in an open discussion of what's going on with EAE and AB Suite at your site. Share what you've been up to and what your plans are for the product.

 

We look forward to seeing you at UNITE 2020!