Category Archives: 2020

DevOps for Mainframes

DevOps for Mainframes
Yuliya Varonina and 
Tatiana Ihnashchenka
IBA Group



Time & Date: 5 PM, Monday, 07 Dec 2020
Location: On-Line/PDF Slides, Okanagan College, Kelowna BC

Talk Abstract:

DevOps has become a buzzword in the last few years. A number of companies, and development and product teams achieved quite impressive results in this area, making cultural changes, transforming their processes and practices, and introducing new roles, tools and techniques.

In this presentation, we will introduce the world of mainframe and problems legacy technologies face in today’s world. However, mainframe-based software has been designed several years ago; its development still requires well organized and automated processes. We will talk about solutions and technologies required for DevOps transformation on a mainframe and how we implement the changes.

During the session you will learn:
– Mainframe position in today’s technology world
– Which skills are required for software development and support on a mainframe
– What is DevOps and DevOps for mainframe
– What tools are used for building CI/CD pipelines around mainframe infrastructure
– Things to factor when selecting tools for DevOps
– Approaches to DevOps implementation in large organizations

Speakers Biography: 

Yuliya has been working at IBA Group since 2017. Her current position is a DevOps Engineer & Scrum Master. Previously – SDET on Python. She is engaged in Z stack development, DevOps building, agile engineering, and test automation. In addition, she is a Scrum Master for two big scrum teams and an active conference speaker. In past years, she solved problems of building and testing backends and infrastructure of z teams and created CI with related infrastructure for a complex mainframe system that included C, Java, DB2, and TWSz.

For the past three years, Tatiana has been working on CI/CD development for mainframe-based applications. She is engaged in test infrastructure development and support. Currently, she is working on DevOps tools integration and development of the test constructor approach. Codes mostly in Java and Groovy

For further information please contact: Youry Khmelevsky (email: youry at


Francis Bailey

Amazon Web Services

Tips for Entering the Industry as Computer Information Systems New Grad

Time & Date: 5 PM, Wednesday, October 21st, 2020
Location: On-Line, Okanagan College, Kelowna BC

Talk Abstract:

Entering the industry after graduation can be a daunting task as you face the challenges of finding and applying for jobs, interviewing, and succeeding once you’re on the job. This talk aims to provide advice on getting hired and to enable open discussion for you to have any pressing questions answered about the industry, hiring processes and day-to-day work life.

Speakers Biography: 

Francis is a former student at Okanagan College and is currently a Software Engineer at Amazon Web Services.

For further information please contact: Youry Khmelevsky (email: youry at

Presentation of IEEE Vancouver Life Member Affinity Group

S. Carl Zanon
Chair Life Member Affinity Group
IEEE Vancouver Section

Presentation of IEEE Vancouver Life Member Affinity Group

Time & Date: 5 PM, Monday, March 16th, 2020
Location: E103, Okanagan College, Kelowna BC

Talk Abstract: Carl will talk about the IEEE Vancouver Life Members Affinity Group (LMAG). The invited IEEE Okanagan Subsection Life Members are to introduce themselves and state their primary areas in their careers. The difference between the Senior Member and Life Member will be described.

IEEE recognizes four groups of members that have common interests and need an opportunity to get together at the local level; Consultants Network, Life Members, Women in Engineering and Young professionals.

Upcoming LMAG events will be described, and potential LMAG events will be discussed.

Speakers Biography: In November 2019 Carl Zanon joined the Vancouver Section as its new Life Member Affinity Group Chair. Carl graduated from UBC’s EE class of 1959.  He has an extensive background in electrical engineering, consulting, and senior management. Over the course of his career, Carl held positions in five provinces and worked abroad in Massachusetts. His leadership experience makes him well-suited for his new role in the IEEE Vancouver Section.

In 1990 he co-authored a book “Advancing Production Management with Standard Cost and Operational Analysis. After Carl’s retirement in 2001 from Western Star Trucks, he entered the consulting field with the Business Development Bank of Canada and instructed the Situational Leadership© Series at the Okanagan College; 2002 to 2016.

He attended the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in June 1953 representing BC (Nelson) in the 12 Sea Cadet Contingent. The young cadets sailed from Halifax on carrier HMCS Magnificent. He enrolled in the UNTD navy program at UBC; commissioned in 1958.

Carl and his wife Carol are active in the City of West Kelowna.

For further information please contact: Youry Khmelevsky (email: youry at
Refreshments  will be provided