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About Mary Abdill
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Mary Abdill is the founder and president of Creative Data Movers, Inc., and brings to her company rich and diverse technical and training experience. Mary is a consultant, IT instructor, courseware developer, and popular stand-up instructor with specialized skills in the area of application design and development. She brings to her students a rich and diverse technical and training experience. A skilled and enthusiastic instructor, Mary teaches a wide variety of mainframe and web application development courses and workshops for IT developers, support personnel and end users.

New York University's School of Continuing Education recognized Mary's outstanding ability as an educator by presenting to her the School's Award for Teaching Excellence and promoting her to Adjunct Assistant Professor. Mary also has taught a number of courses at Columbia University.

Corporate on-site Boot Camps are one of Mary's specialties. She has designed, developed and taught numerous highly successful web application developer and mainframe application developer bootcamps ranging from a few months to many over six months long (5 days/week). The student audiences have ranged from C/C++ programmers learning COBOL, to mainframers enhancing their skills by learning web development, as well as recent IT graduates and students new to programming who learn to develop business applications. These were in-depth bootcamps that enhanced studentís existing skills as well as taught them good coding practices and industry standards. These bootcamps were all customized to the clientís existing computing environment and standards.

And Mary's courseware design skills are evident in the unique style she has developed for Creative Data Movers' instructional materials. She displayed similar expertise as co-author of four versions of Fast Access LOTUS 1-2-3, a Simon & Schuster self-study text on business applications of PC software.

Prior to forming her own company in 1984, Mary managed the Advanced Programming curriculum and developed the PC curriculum for a major communications company, addressing the training needs of system developers, programmers, operations and end users. Her area of expertise focuses on application development and programming, with strong abilities in the areas of systems and operations support.

As an application developer and technical consultant, Mary has developed systems from bookstore query and order systems to telephone data capture systems, registration systems, art-history database systems, and numerous report and update systems. She has provided consulting and training support for many major financial institutions including many financial institutions, banks and brokerage firms, utilities, insurance firms, retail industry companies, and nonprofit institutions.

Recently, Mary developed and recorded two technical eLearning courses, using Camtasia and a webcam. She has successfully taught many virtual training classes to remote students, once from her hotel room in January, 2011 when snow prevented students from reaching the classroom.

Mary Abdill is an excellent instructor! -- Areas of expertise include the following.

Mainframe and Utilities
  • COBOL - z/OS, and MVS
  • Enterprise COBOL
  • PL/1 (PL/I)
  • Assembler
  • Assembler Macros
  • Fortran
  • REXX
  • ISPF Dialog Developer (was Dialog Manager)
  • JCL and Utilities
  • DB2 Programming
  • DB2 Stored Procedures
  • QMF
  • SQL
  • CICS
  • CICS Utilities
  • BMS
  • SDF
  • SDF II
  • IMS Batch
  • IMS DB
  • IMS TM (was IMS DC)
  • Debugging
  • Oracle
  • SyncSort
  • SyncTOOL
  • WebSphere MQ (was MQSeries)
  • ICEMan
  • File-AID Online/TSO
  • File-AID Batch
  • File-AID DB2
  • File-AID IMS
  • FileAID
  • CAFC
  • CompareX
  • ChangeMan
  • TSO Edit Macros
  • VSAM COBOL Programming
  • VSAM Performance and Tuning
  • Xpediter
  • IBM Utilities
  • CA InterTest
  • Abend-AID
  • Debug Tool for z/OS
  • Incite Examiner
  • JSCAN - Jobscan
  • Marble DCD III
  • RACF
  • Attachmate Extra
  • Hummingbird
  • Rumba
  • OMVS/ISHELL (z/OS Unix System Services)
  • Batch Mainframe JAVA and related JCL

  • Web Development and PC
  • Java
  • Advanced Core Java
  • J2EE
  • Java EE
  • Servlets
  • JSPs
  • Java Design Patterns and Best Practices
  • Struts
  • Spring
  • JSFs
  • HTML
  • Oracle
  • DB2 LUW
  • DB2 Connect to Mainframe
  • XHTML and HTML 5
  • XML
  • XMLSpy
  • JavaScript
  • EJBs
  • Expression Language and the JSTL
  • IDEís include Eclipse, RDz, WSAD, RAD, WASP, TextPad, TextPad++, etc.
  • CSS
  • DOS
  • BAT files
  • MicroFocus Workstation
  • FTP
  • Lotus Notes
  • UNIX
  • Web Servers (WebSphere, Apache TomCat)
  • Remote Computing Concepts
  • Internet Web Application Development, as well as many associated design and development tools, such as Visio and RAD

  • Process and Planning
  • UML
  • OOAD Software Testing
  • A variety of testing and development tools
  • Microsoft Office

  • Bootcamps
  • Mary has taught 12 extensive, 6-to-8 month bootcamps for a major financial corporation. Bootcamps included both mainframe and web application development, and are highly customized to the client's standards and technical environment. Students are primarily new hires with degrees in some area of computer development. For the same corporation, she has taught an in-depth web development bootcamp to reskill experienced mainframers as distributed developers.
  • She has also taught numerous mainframe and web application development bootcamps at a major car rental corporation, telecommunications corporation, insurance companies, and a hospital. Her courseware is licensed and used by many other instructors in their bootcamps and stand-alone presentations.

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