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Capacity Management, Machine Learning, and Mainframe at CMG Impact 2019

This year, CMG Impact 2019 was held on the week of February 18th in Seattle Washington. It’s the first CMG event since 2017 as they changed the timing to the beginning of the calendar year. The thought behind the change was to allow people to attend without having their company’s budget hours expended since it typically follows Thanksgiving.

CMG has traditionally been geared towards the mainframe platform with an emphasis on Capacity and Performance management. This year the CMG Board wanted to expand the scope to attract more people to the conference. Along with the mainframe, there were many presentations on the use of AI and Machine Learning within the enterprise. It was not only centered on the Capacity and Performance Management aspects but also on how enterprises are embracing it for various functions within their organization.

My presentation this year was on Capacity Management and Machine learning. The purpose was on how Machine Learning could enhance and advance Capacity Management with organizations. It was well received with around 40 people attending the presentation. It’s always fun presenting at the conferences as I see many familiar faces and some new ones. The dialogue and exchange of ideas is one of the best parts of attending the conference.

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There was a question on performance for VMware that an individual from a large financial company and I had been discussing for the past 3 to 4 years. This year he found a correlation between a couple of metrics, the missing metric we needed was found. It was in relation to VMware, the performance of the VMware guests and hosts, and the CPU consumption. This type of interaction was valuable for both of us.

Seattle is a diverse city with many local attractions such as the Space Needle and Pike Place Market. There is a heavy music influence with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters and Soundgarden to name a few. Along with the seafood choices you can’t go wrong. One item I always enjoy is heading to the airport from my trips to Seattle and seeing Mt. Rainier in the distance. This year I got to see it just before sunset and it was beautiful.

Next year CMG is in Las Vegas. I look forward to seeing what changes they have in store for the conference and presenting again if I have a paper accepted.

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