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Mark your calendars for AWS Mainframe Modernization sessions @ re: Invent 2023

In just a few weeks, Amazon Web Services (AWS) will host its 12th annual re:Invent for both in-person and virtual attendees. Join us in Las Vegas from November 27th through December 1st for a full week of keynotes, leadership sessions, breakout content, lightning talks and technical deep dives. In the exciting line-up of mainframe-related sessions, we will be sharing the latest developments in mainframe application modernization, how AWS is working with partners and providing multiple pathways for customers to drive innovation and modernize mainframe applications, and highlight customer success stories. This blog post features a summary of all AWS-led mainframe sessions to make it easier for you to register your customer for these sessions and to mark your calendars.


We also have a customer only event to support networking on Tuesday, Nov 28th at Madame Tussauds. This networking dinner is a unique opportunity for customers to connect with their peers in an informal setting to discuss the common challenges, key lessons learned from their projects, and how AWS and partners helped on their cloud journey. Additionally, they will have an opportunity to directly connect with AWS leadership including Bill Platt, Ilia Gilderman, Phil De Valence, Madhavi Reddy, Rao Panchomarthi, David Turrettini and Murat Yanar.

Please register for the customer only event here.

Know Before You Go – AWS Mainframe Modernization Sessions

At re:Invent this year the AWS Mainframe Modernization team will have two breakout sessions, one lightning talk, one chalk talk and two workshops. Make sure to favorite the following sessions in the session catalogue and reserve seats.

Build well-architected mainframe applications on AWS cloud ENT308
Session Type: Workshop | Level 300-Advanced
Monday, Nov. 27 | 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM (PDT)
MGM Grand | Level 1 Grand 118
In this workshop, work with a legacy COBOL application that has already been modernized into a Java Springboot application using the AWS Mainframe Modernization Automated Refactor with AWS Blu Age. Experiment with how the transformed application adopting AWS well-architected design principles and running on the AWS Mainframe Modernization service can be secure, scalable, compliant, and streamlined for DevOps. You must bring your laptop to participate.
Featured Speakers
Arunkumar Selvam, Sr. Migration Engineer, Mainframe Modernization, AWS
Souma Ghosh, Sr. Specialist SA, Mainframe Modernization, AWS

Mainframe DevOps and testing with AWS Cloud ENT205-R & ENT205-R1

Session Type: Chalk Talk | Level 200 – Intermediate
Session: Monday, Nov 27 |4:30-5:30pm (PDT) | Caesers Forum| Forum 126

Repeat session: Tuesday, Nov. 28 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (PDT) |Caesars Forum | Level 1 | Forum 104
Automation and DevOps are transforming how modern applications are developed. Mainframe applications can also take advantage of this innovation. This interactive chalk talk explores how you can modernize mainframe applications and create CI/CD pipelines to enable DevOps using the AWS Mainframe Modernization service. Also, learn how to enable regression testing of application code changes on mainframe or AWS Cloud. The use cases include cloud-based DevOps for applications running on mainframes, mainframe application testing, and continuous testing of applications.
Featured Speakers
Vaidy Sankaran, Sr. Modernization Arch., AWS
Didier Durand, Principal Mainframe Architect, Mainframe Modernization, AWS

Seamless, automated testing to accelerate AWS Mainframe Modernization ENT310-R & ENT310-R1
Session Type: Workshop | Level 300-Advanced
Monday, Nov. 27 | 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM (PDT)| Mandalay Bay | S Pacific F
Repeat Session: Wednesday, Nov. 29 | 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM (PDT)| MGM Grand | Level 1 | Grand 117
In this workshop, use a mainframe application transformed with the AWS Mainframe Modernization Replatform with Micro Focus and validate the functional equivalence between the source application on the mainframe and the transformed application on AWS Cloud using AWS Mainframe Modernization. Learn how the automated application testing reduces your application testing efforts during modernization and after modernization as the new application is recursively updated on AWS Cloud. Join this hands-on workshop to experience application testing with AWS Mainframe Modernization. You must bring your laptop to participate.
Featured Speakers
Paulo Vitor Pereira, Tech Leader, Mainframe/Legacy, AWS
Warren Tan, Sr. Specialist SA, Mainframe Modernization, AWS

Modernizing large-scale mainframes with AWS Mainframe Modernization ENT203
Session Type: Workshop | Level 200-Intermediate
Wednesday, Nov. 29 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (PDT)
MGM Grand | Level 3 | Premier 318
Automated refactoring or replatforming accelerates the modernization of mainframe applications. Whether you want to create agile services, refresh the application language and stack, or boost the adoption of cloud services and best practices, AWS Mainframe Modernization transforms application assets with speed and quality. Join this session to learn how customers have transformed legacy applications and received business value from modernizing mainframe applications with AWS. Learn about the latest AWS Mainframe Modernization innovations and how you can increase the speed of your transformation by making modernized applications run natively on the AWS Cloud.
Featured Speakers
Madhavi Reddy, Director WW Mainframe Modernization, AWS
Thiago Morais, Head of Cloud Platform and cCTO, Itau
KC O’Connor, Sr. Director, Tech Strategy & Modernization, Cigna

AWS Mainframe Modernization Automated Refactor Transformation Center ENT234
Session Type: Lightning Talk | Level 200-Intermediate
Wednesday, Nov. 29 | 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM (PDT)
Venetian | Level 2 | Hall B, Expo, Theater 1, Booth #422, Infrastructure Solutions Zone
In this follow-up demonstration to ENT203, learn how to implement large-scale modernization of mainframe or midrange applications with the AWS Mainframe Modernization service. Use a fully managed cloud-native runtime environment with integrated automated refactor toolchain to transform a legacy application written in COBOL into a modern Java application. The transformation preserves business functions and data accesses of the legacy applications while enhancing scalability, agility, and maintainability of the application in line with business needs.
Featured Speakers
Xavier Plot, Principal Business Developer, AWS Blu Age, AWS

Drive innovation with AWS Mainframe Modernization Data Replication ENT204
Session Type: Breakout Session | Level 200-Intermediate
Thursday, Nov. 30 | 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM (PDT)
MGM Grand | Level 3 | Premier 318
Mainframe applications can deliver business value if they are augmented with phased modernization, complemented by data analytics and AI/ML, and deployed for new channels using the AWS Cloud. AWS Mainframe Modernization Data Replication with Precisely offers near real-time data replication of mainframe data to AWS to augment mainframe applications while maintaining data completeness, accuracy, and integrity to unlock cloud-based innovation. Join this session to learn how customers have utilized mainframe data with cloud-native applications and services. Learn about the latest in data replication and how you can supercharge mainframe applications by tapping into the AWS Cloud.
Featured Speakers
Rao Panchomarthi, Head of WW SA, Mainframe Modernization, AWS
Sireesh Babu Kilaru, Director of Engineering, Citizens Bank
Tendü Yoğurtçu, CTO, Precisely

Enterprise & Migration Kiosk at the AWS Village: In addition to attending the sessions, come and meet Mainframe Experts at Enterprise & Migration Kiosk at the AWS Village at the Venetian (Campus Map), Monday 4 pm to Thursday 4pm PT.

Explore our website to learn more about AWS Mainframe Modernization. We look forward to seeing you at AWS re: Invent 2023!