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frame jobs available. I wonder how
many more of those positions have
opened up."
Smith's solution? Creating authentic and genuine relationships
through mentorship opportunities.

Byron Smith is
photographed in
Washington, D.C.

Diversify Your Mindset

Advocating at all Costs
Senior Mainframe Security Engineer at M&T Bank and
IBM Champion Byron Smith promotes the mainframe
through mentorship and creative opportunities
By Rebecca Lubecki

A

sk Byron Smith why he's so
passionate about engaging
others in the mainframe
and he'll tell you: "The mainframe
ecosystem is the backbone of today's society. Without the mainframe, there would not be as much
possible today. A lot of things
would be affected."

Mentoring Matters
During his first internship at IBM as
a systems programmer in Poughkeepsie, New York, he immediately
recognized that the mainframe was
a platform worth championing.
"In the past decade, I've been

advocating because I realized
as an intern that we need more
mainframers. We're going to need
an entire re-architecture of the
mainframe ecosystem because the
average age for a mainframe engineer is 55," he says. "That means a
lot of jobs will open up in five to 10
years when they retire."
Smith notes that of one of the
biggest challenges his industry
was facing was the need to recruit
younger talent. If a position opens,
it needs to be filled in order for that
company to continue to operate.
"I recall learning then that by
2020 there would be 84,000 main-

The New to Z Community is a new
organization that serves as a resource and networking hub for aspiring engineers to start building their
mainframe careers. Smith describes
it as a one-stop shop, whether a professional is looking for information
on product development or connecting with a subject matter expert on a
topic of interest.
"The intent here," Smith says,
"is to be open-minded, possibly be
a mentor and to also give guidance
to new students or professionals
who are migrating to the mainframe platform."
A portion of networking and
mentoring involves attending conferences and other events, activities
that have been disrupted as of late.
While Smith admits it's been a challenge, he's adamant things remain
intact through virtual events and
continuing to promote resources for
mainframe newcomers.
Getting creative in recruiting
young talent isn't new for Smith.
He remembers hosting a workshop
that introduced the mainframe
and National Society of Black
Engineers to students. During that
time, a shot of the actress portraying NASA programming pioneer
Dorothy Vaughan standing in front
of an IBM 7090 in the film "Hidden
Figures" was shown. Afterward,
a student reached out to him to
express his interest in getting involved with the mainframe.
"We show that we want you to be
yourself. We want you to be genuine,
explain your passion," he says. "For
me, and the generation after me,
we have to go a different route. We
have to spice it up a bit. We have to
change the game."

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