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A conference evaluation email has been sent out to all attendees of the 2018 IUA Technical conference.  To see if anyone notices, we used the 2016 IUA/CA Technical Conference banner & dates.   Well, actually, we goofed !   Please disregard the banner!  and PLEASE fill out the survey as it helps us plan for the next IUA/CA Technical Conference!   


Thank you,

2018 IUA/CA Technical Conference Planning Committee

Greg Lotko gives the Keynoteat IUA IDMS conference

Greg Lotko gives the Keynote speech at the IUA IDMS Conference in Plano.


The IDMS team (slightly out of focus)

The IDMS Team on one slide (sorry its a bit blurred)


Greg Lotko's personal story in one diagram

The History of Greg's career:


Wednesday already?

Posted by Steve-Rundle May 9, 2018

Wednesday already? Wow! Where does the time go.

Here at the IUA IDMS Conference there has been a  day and a half of pre-conference education and we all had a nice cook out on the patio last night in the warm Texan sunshine.


Now the Conference has kicked off and Greg Lotko is giving an inspiring Keynote. He said that, if we have a need, call him immediately. He gave out his number and email saying "call me, or email at any time: In your hour of need, I want to be available to help if I can." That's nice.

The pre-conference education is finished:  A day and a half of really good classes, with lots of great questions, and answers !  and to finish things off, a BBQ on the patio in great Texan weather at the CA Plano offices.  The official start of the 2018 IUA Technical Conference will be in less than 2 hours.  We have a full agenda with great presenters!  Stay tuned for news and pictures !  


My IUA 2018 Conference

Posted by Steve-Rundle May 4, 2018

My  agenda for the conference is now created in lovely colours* in my Calendar :


IUA 2018- My Agenda



It looks packed with activities and there a lots of clashes. I think it's great but it looks tiring. I'll probably need a break when I get back.



* colours is correctly spelled for the UK .

2 new sessions have been confirmed for the joint CA - IUA CA IDMS Technical Conference in Plano, TX the week of May 7th - 11th 2018:


Resolving Emerging Security Directives With High-Performance Cryptography for CA IDMS Databases

Managing cryptography for applications using CA IDMS becomes especially challenging in consideration of the expanding scope of cryptography and key management policies along with auditing mandates. Fortunately, there is a solution designed to resolve these challenges and help lower the security risks for users and applications.   Attend this session and discover how the use of high-performance, hardware-accelerated cryptography with intuitive role-based separation of duties for cryptography and key management can be safely managed with ASPG MegaCryption for CA IDMS.


Making Life with IDMS E-Z

CA IDMS customers face a number of challenges.  Syncsort’s EZ-IDMS offerings can address these important issues for customers.  Come to this session to learn how EZ-IDMS can perform database REORG and RESTRUCTURE in a shrinking offline window, create multiple read and update CV configuration for performance, throughput and resilience, and how developers and end-users can have their own “VIRTUAL” full size database for development, testing and training with minimal DASD overhead.



As you can see, we have exciting presentations planned for the conference.  Stay tune, the final agenda will be published in the new few days!  


To register, click here : CA IDMS Technical Conference Registration

Hi all ! 

Here are the abstracts for 2 new sessions confirmed for the IUA Technical Conference May 7th to the 1th in Dallas, Tx.


  • Getting Started with CA IDMS SQL and CA IDMS Server
    • With the advent of Portfolio Simplification, all customers are now entitled to use CA IDMS SQL and CA IDMS Server.  CA IDMS SQL enables SQL access to existing CA IDMS databases, with no need for migration or replication.  CA IDMS Server provides industry standard JDBC and ODBC interfaces that enable access to CA IDMS databases and applications from Java and Windows.  Come to this session to learn how to configure and use these powerful features to leverage and extend your CA IDMS systems.


  • Help! My CA IDMS DBA is Retiring.  CA IDMS Database Administration for Newbies
    • Our IDMS DBA/Systems Programmer retired 2 years ago leaving me to pick up where he left off. This presentation is the basic story of what I’ve learned in 2 years and how I learned it.  These were my greatest concerns: What are the basic components of IDMS, its tools and database constructs?  Understanding the IDMS components, tools and constructs in relationship to DB2. How to diagnose a crashing IDMS system (and stop and start it)?  What DBA tasks will I need to do sooner rather than later?


More to come, stay tuned....


Registration is now open!   Just click on IUA Registration  #IUA_2018 #IUATechnicalConference


We are looking forward to the upcoming IUA/CA IDMS Technical User Group Conference (May 7-11) which is quickly approaching.  As mentioned in the recent registration announcement, the conference will feature Technical and Education Sessions for customer with all level of experience, including sessions that cater to those who are new to CA IDMS.  This year we will hold 1 ½ days of pre-con technical education followed by 2 ½ days of conference sessions with focused tracks to include AppDev and DBA content. 


Not only is this conference a great networking opportunity to exchange knowledge and ideas with other customers, it is a great opportunity to meet key CA management individuals.  Both Greg Lotko (SVP, Software Engineering) and Deb Carbo (Senior Director, Product Management) will be in attendance to share insight on our overall CA Mainframe Strategy and Direction. 


Please do not let this opportunity pass you by – register today! 


2018: An Eventful year

Posted by LauraRochon Jan 3, 2018

Happy New Year from the IUA ! 


The IUA/EIUA Board wishes you a year of health and happiness!   2018 will be an eventful year for the IUA/EIUA Board as we will be holding with CA's help another CA IDMS Technical Conference.   So save the date: May 7th to the 11th, in Plano, Texas! 


The preliminary agenda will be published in the next few weeks!  So stay tuned!

I wanted to thank all of you that participated with us in the CA IDMS 2017 Customer survey. We had a great response and in fact, CA IDMS exceeded the goals set for number of survey participants!


Obviously, there is no way we could have done that without your participation and great support.


Hopefully, you received direct responses from the CA IDMS team via the survey system in regard to your submissions.  In those responses, we indicated that we would be following up with all the survey participants.  We have setup this blog within the community, so that we can share the overall survey information and how we are using that information to plan the future for CA IDMS.


In some cases, we may also be reaching out to you individually to get more information on your comments and requests. Those individual direct communications have already started.


While the survey results are not ready to be published yet, CA IDMS did pretty well.  The survey participants listed some of our CA IDMS strengths as: 





Prompt Issue Resolution



And you also told us that we can improve:



Ease of use


As part of the survey, we also received product suggestions, comment, requests, etc.  and we appreciate that you all participated and are helping to set the future plans.


We are currently finishing up our 2017 year, but our goal will be to correlate all the ideas received from the survey and add them to the CA Communities ideation site for your review and further input.  Look for these to start appearing in January.  We will use an "NPS SURVEY" tag in the ideation title so that you will know where the idea originated.


Also, please mark your calendar for the IUA Technical Conference coming May 7-11, 2018 in Plano Texas.  It will be a great get together to share knowledge, tips and tricks and so much more on CA IDMS. 


Dave Ross

Framingham, MA


CA IDMS Survey

Posted by LauraRochon Nov 20, 2017

There's still time to answer the CA IDMS Survey ! 


Take the time to tell CA management what you think of CA IDMS... just clink on the link 



This is your opportunity to share your CA IDMS experiences with your CA IDMS peers at the IUA Technical conference in Plano Texas from May 7th to the 11th 2018.    


The IUA is seeking the best speakers for the conference, and you may be one of them! If you have a presentation that you would like considered, please email me at  If your presentation is selected, your conference registration fee will be waived.  Or if you don’t want to present but have an idea for a session, please tell us about it.

A survey with the proposed topics will follow in the coming week.  Please let us what you would like to see at the conference.


Thank you, and looking forward to seeing you in Plano!
The IUA Board

The Customer Feedback survey for CA IDMS is now open and will remain available through December 3, 2017.


Your feedback will help shape the future direction of CA IDMS. Customer feedback is extremely important to us at CA Technologies and we sincerely appreciate you taking a few moments to share your thoughts.  We will carefully review each survey and use its input to create action plans with the goal of improving your overall customer experience and the value you receive from your investment in CA Technologies and CA IDMS.


The brief survey should take no more than a few minutes of your time to complete.  Just click the link below to get started.


The IDMS team is looking forward to hearing from you and your thoughts on CA IDMS.


Thank you!!

The CA IDMS team


CA IDMS Survey Link

Save the dates NOW!


To provide the Technical Sessions and Education Classes that you have all come to expect, the IUA, in conjunction with CA Technologies, is pleased to announce that we will be having a Technical Conference in May 2018.


The IUA/CA IDMS Technical Conference will take place during the week of May 7th 2018, beginning on Monday after lunch, and finishing Friday at lunch time. The location of the conference will be either in the Boston, MA or the Dallas, TX areas, and will be announced before the end of 2017.   We are presently working on the technical sessions that will be presented and the education classes that will be offered. If you have any suggestions for topics or a presentation you would like to give, please let us know by replying to this blog entry.


We will publish the agenda just as soon as possible.   The hotels and conference registration information will be available in early 2018, once the location is determined. For now, reserve the dates so you do not miss this important conference!


Looking forward to seeing you all,
Laura Rochon
IUA International Chair


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