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AB Suite User Conference

AB Suite® User Conference

About Agile Business Suite

Unisys Agile Business Suite (AB Suite®) is a Low code development platform for mission critical solutions. It helps organisations address change and capitalise on it rather than simply just respond. 

AB Suite supports the design, development, generation, and ongoing maintenance of high-performance, highly available, enterprise-class applications, providing a development environment which enables business and technical professionals to truly collaborate.

It encourages people to focus on what an application should do and not worry about how it should be coded or deployed. Agile Business Suite is composed of Developer executing on Windows and Runtime for each ClearPath® MCP, ClearPath® OS 2200 (Jan 2022) and Windows.

The AB Suite User Virtual Conference, 9th – 10th November 2021

Each year we run a conference for our AB Suite user community and this year over 150 people attended our virtual conference over 2 days in November 2021.

Due to on-going covid limitations, once again we were unable to deliver the event as a face-to-face format. So as with 2020, we delivered it as a virtual event. For this year we used a dedicated virtual event platform so that we could deliver a more interactive experience, enabling better levels of presentations showing both screen content and the presenters.

As with the previous event we have made available both the presentation decks, and the actual recordings of each session as well, and these are accessible directly from the agenda.

Event Information 

Below we have detailed the agenda over the 2 days with the speakers and a summary of the content and themes of each session. It includes which sessions took place on which day, and summarised the content and themes.

In addition, there are links at the end of each description to both the slide decks and the full recorded sessions, which also includes the Q and A’s at the end.

Why is testing slowing delivery? Why is my application so difficult to test?

Businesses are demanding more functionality, more quickly, and more frequently. In this session we will highlight some of the underlying causes why testing can prove to be challenging in terms of the scope, scale, time, and effort, required. We will use an analysis tool (MATRIX), developed by the Unisys U.K. services team and available as a tool or via a services engagement, to illustrate some of these causes and how they might be addressed.

 

Refactoring AB Suite Applications for reduced maintenance efforts

Refactoring applications is a well-recognised approach to improve their maintainability by, for example, reducing code duplication and testing requirements. This session highlights some of the modelling and coding features that AB Suite offers to enable clients to gradually refactor their applications – including examples based on client experiences - while avoiding those understandable fears.

 

Testing AB Suite Applications

Every organisation is seeking improved accuracy and faster turnaround for its application testing, whilst also aiming to lower the associated staff resource requirements. Automating the testing process is the obvious way to address these requirements. This session covers some of the automation tools and approaches that are available from Unisys and other vendors to test AB Suite applications, with examples of how some Unisys development organisations and clients have improved their testing outcomes by using them.

 

New Security Features in AB Suite

In AB Suite 8.0, we have new security features for both MCP and Windows runtime. Organizations have a need to safeguard and protect their sensitive data. Clients also have regulatory or audit requirement to encrypt sensitive data in databases. Personally identifiable information (PII), financial data, and other sensitive details communicated between client and server components need to be secured. This session covers off the new security features of AB Suite 8.0 for both MCP and Windows runtime. We will also cover security features of 7.0 release and recap of security features of prior releases.

AB Suite as a Low code development platform

451 Research Analyst Jay Lyman and Unisys's Thangathen Ponnusamy talk about the Low code development market. Ever-increasing demand for productivity is increasing awareness and adoption of low-code application platforms. It also covers AB Suite as Low code development platform.

  • Speakers - Jay Lyman, 451 Research Analyst and Thangathen Ponnusamy, Unisys
  • Recorded session

 

AB Suite Roadmap

This session provides a brief overview of 8.0 features and planned features for 9.0 release. It covers of the strategy and roadmap for user experience and enabling near 24x7 availability. It also covers off roadmap features like Auto Refactoring, High Performance Debugger, Static analysis of AB Suite code and Security Standards compliance.

 

Lar Cooperativa Agroindustrial, Paraná, Brazil

**As this contains specific information on the LAR business strategy and systems configuration, then as with a previous customer session in our ClearPath Future Matters conference, we are unable to share the presentation as it could then be open to re-circulation without the customers prior consent.**

 

Birds of a Feather session

This session provided an inclusive, informal environment for discussions on a wide variety of topics related to AB Suite.

  • Speakers (all Unisys) - Thangathen Ponnusamy, Grant McCauley, Howard Bell, Russell Pederick, Andy Wardle, Gary Taylor.
  • Recorded session

2020 Event Information

Below are links to the agenda and content from the previous AB Suite users virtual event that took place on October 13th – 15th 2020.

Day 1: 13 October 2020: Product Roadmap

  • Session 1: Understand how you can embrace AB Suite product evolution, strategy and roadmap, including areas such as cloud, DevOps, microservices and security.
  • Session 2: Learn what you can do in AB Suite that you are unable to do in EAE.

Day 2: 14 October 2020: Integration Capabilities

Drive lasting differentiation in today’s digital age by achieving greater integration with other business-critical applications.

  • Session 1: Integration technologies
  • Session 2: Practical examples

Day 3: 15 October 2020: Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)

Learn about AB Suite DevOps capabilities to become more agile while improving communication, integration and collaboration.

  • Session 1: Advanced debugging
  • Session 2: A day in the life of a developer

All the presentations detailed in the agenda can be accessed from the links below.

Day 1 - AB Suite Strategy and Roadmap
Understand how you can embrace AB Suite product evolution, strategy and roadmap.

Day 1 - Things you can do in AB Suite but not EAE
Learn what you can do in AB Suite that you are unable to do in EAE.

Day 2 - Interface Technologies
Drive lasting differentiation in today’s digital age by achieving greater integration with other business-critical applications.

Day 2 - AB Suite Interfaces - Practical Examples
Practical Examples of AB Suite Interfaces and their integration with other business-critical applications.

Day 3 - Debugger
How AB Suite DevOps capabilities enables greater agility while improving communication, integration and collaboration via advanced debugging.

Day 3 - Azure ALM with AB Suite
Learn about AB Suite DevOps capabilities in offering agility and better communications integration and collaboration with our day in the life of a developer presentation.

All the recordings detailed in the agenda can be accessed from the links below.

Day 1 - Product Update and Roadmap
This session lasted 55 minutes and details how you can embrace AB Suite product evolution, strategy and roadmap.

Day 1 - Things you can do in AB Suite but not EAE
This 62-minute session details what you can do in AB Suite that you are unable to do in EAE.

Day 2 - Interface Technologies
This 58-minute session shows how to drive lasting differentiation in today’s digital age by achieving greater integration with other business-critical applications.

Day 2 - Interfaces - Practical Examples
This session lasts 57 minutes and gives practical examples of AB Suite Interfaces and their integration with other business-critical applications.

Day 3 - Debugger
Lasting 70 minutes this shows how AB Suite DevOps capabilities enables greater agility while improving communication, integration and collaboration via advanced debugging.

Day 3 - Azure ALM with AB Suite
This 46-minute session will show a day in the life of a develop using AB Suite DevOps capabilities to increase agility and give better communications integration and collaboration.