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GSE UK conference 2022 proves mainframers are MAD: modern, adaptable and diverse.

GSE UK Region’s three-day in-person conference from 1-3 November 2022 was bigger and better than ever: more learning, more discussing, more networking, and more socialising.

“After such a challenging 2½ years, the GSE UK family finally came back together face-to-face, with almost 500 delegates, speakers and exhibitors attending,” says Mark Wilson, GSE UK Region & Conference Manager. “It was a brilliant event, almost certainly our best-ever.

“This is not ‘our’ conference in terms of GSE – it belongs to our members. It’s designed with them and for them, and they’re the community who make it such a success. I’d like to pay special thanks to our amazing volunteers and speakers, and in particular to our exhibitors and sponsors – without them, we wouldn’t be able to run a conference on this scale, with this level of ambition.”

  • Platinum Sponsors: BMC, IBM, Vanguard, Broadcom
  • Gold Sponsors: Enterprise Performance Strategies Inc. (Pivotor), Rocket Software, Vertali
  • Silver Sponsors: SMT Data, Velocity, Trident Services, Ensono, DataKinetics, CCA Software, Micro Focus, Beta Systems, IBA Group, Red Hat
  • 26 other vendors attending included TSG, Action Software, Macro 4, Planet Mainframe, Fitz Software, 21st Century Software, Colesoft, Mooody Cow, Veracode, Interskill

The packed programme included keynote sessions from industry leaders, old hands and next-generation mainframers, a fabulous technical agenda, with no less than 18 conference streams including a dedicated 101 stream, and diverse Lunch ‘n’ Learn sessions. John Siddall of Nationwide Building Society was voted Best User Speaker, while attendees voted John McKenny of BMC Software the conference’s Best Vendor Speaker,

Mark adds, “The formal gala dinner was a huge success, with the raffle raising more than £10,500 for our charities, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Alder Hey children’s hospital. An amazing achievement.

“We were keen to do everything we could to encourage interaction and engagement, not only in person and through activities like the photography competition, but also across social media. So every time someone engaged with or took part in any GSE UK social channels, they received one entry into a competition to win a three-day conference pass and hotel for next year.”

The next opportunity for GSE UK Region to meet is just around the corner: part two of ‘Mainframes are MAD – Modern, Adaptable, Diverse’ is the virtual event scheduled for 7-9 February 2023.

“I’d like to pay tribute to the GSE UK team who work immensely hard in organising this event. These are all volunteers who do all the work in their spare time, so it’s a real labour of love, from the conference planning committee and organisers to working group chairs, and everyone else involved. And do you know something? We’re already doing it all again, for next year. We hope to see you at our virtual event in February – and in person, once again, in autumn 2023.”

GSE UK Region Virtual Conference, February 2023 – more details here

GSE UK Region In-person Annual Conference 2023 – Whittlebury Hall, Northants, 31 Oct-2 Nov

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