IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 47

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"Training is not an expense, it is an
investment. Investment in training will
get paid back by your employees."
-Amy Purdy, director, Technical Training, IBM Systems

If your expert senior people
have been working on z/OS* for
several years, for instance, but
they want to get into Linux* on
z Systems*, they'll want to set
aside the time for a course on
Linux fundamentals. Investing in
talented employees encourages
them to stay, she adds.
Training new hires can be
different from educating experienced professionals, and often an
immersive "boot camp" approach
works well. Many new hires are
millennials who are very comfortable with technology and expect
to have training given to them
continuously, Purdy notes. They
learn differently than more senior
employees who have been in the
workplace longer. Millennials
will likely find ILO or self-paced
instruction to be a good fit.
Managers should regularly
ask employees about their
educational needs and make
suggestions. Such periodic
assessments benefit everyone,
but are particularly essential for
new employees or people who are
changing jobs within the company. "You may have been with
the company for 25 years, but
if you are moving to a new job,
that is a perfect opportunity to
take advantage of training to fill
knowledge gaps," Purdy says.

Maximum Investment
When your employees are attending training, they must be fully
focused on that training. Your
investment will be maximized if
employees aren't distracted by

instant messaging or emails. That
applies to training in a classroom
or in a self-paced environment.
"Let the employee get immersed in
the training," Purdy advises.
Get creative about integrating
self-paced training. If someone is
flying to a client site, download
a course and use the time on the
plane for training. More options
are in the works like mobile
content delivery to make training
even more accessible. "If you can
read a chapter on your mobile
device while you're in a taxi going
to the airport, that couldn't hurt,"
Purdy says. "The idea that if it's
not in a classroom, it doesn't
count is incorrect. It does count."
Managers should view training
as part of the solution. They can
begin the conversation about the
training class with the employee
and then figure out the best way to
deliver the necessary instruction.
Everyone learns differently
and at a different pace. For some
people, on-the-job training might
be all they need. For others,
online or self-paced training can
supplement what they are learning on the job. Training is more
available, flexible and affordable
than ever. Companies can get
their employees the training they
need by asking questions and
being willing to venture into new
modalities. It's an investment that
will pay back in improved performance, employee retention and a
more motivated workforce.
Shirley S. Savage is a Maine-based
freelance writer.

Protect Critical
Data with System z
Security Training
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Transforming today
IBM Perspective: Move at the speed of z
SHARE Outlook: Celebrating 60 years of people and enterprise computing
TechBits: A mixed bag for cyber security
Partner PoV: Take advantage of data virtualization to boost business intelligence
Trends: Workload-specific open-source solutions offer flexibility for success
Currents: IBM zEnterprise Systems leads in uptime and reliability, ITIC survey finds
R&D: Bluemix makes it easy to build applications securely and quickly in the cloud
IT Today: Is your infrastructure prepared for cloud, analytics, mobile, security and social?
Cover Story: Transforming IBM Systems: Senior VP Tom Rosamilia leads a technology sea change at IBM
Feature: Finding Insightful Information: IBM offers cost-effective solutions to keep mobile analytics on the mainframe
Feature: Propel Your Cloud Infrastructure: Transformational IBM Spectrum Accelerate brings software-defined high-function storage
Tech Showcase: Today's flexible training options fit time and budget constraints
Administrator: How IBM zHyperWrite improves performance
Solutions: Alignia; Intelligent Capping for zEnterprise; MegaCryption 6.4.1; JES2RSS; zOSEM 6.2; SecureData z/Protect 4.3.0; DR/DFI 4.5
Stop Run: An IBM Distinguished Engineer bonds with his family while visiting US historical sites
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2015 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - Cover1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - Editor's Desk: Transforming today
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - IBM Perspective: Move at the speed of z
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - SHARE Outlook: Celebrating 60 years of people and enterprise computing
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - TechBits: A mixed bag for cyber security
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - Partner PoV: Take advantage of data virtualization to boost business intelligence
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - Trends: Workload-specific open-source solutions offer flexibility for success
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 18
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - Currents: IBM zEnterprise Systems leads in uptime and reliability, ITIC survey finds
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 20
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - R&D: Bluemix makes it easy to build applications securely and quickly in the cloud
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 22
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - IT Today: Is your infrastructure prepared for cloud, analytics, mobile, security and social?
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 26
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - Cover Story: Transforming IBM Systems: Senior VP Tom Rosamilia leads a technology sea change at IBM
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 30
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 32
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 33
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - Feature: Finding Insightful Information: IBM offers cost-effective solutions to keep mobile analytics on the mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 36
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - Feature: Propel Your Cloud Infrastructure: Transformational IBM Spectrum Accelerate brings software-defined high-function storage
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 39
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 40
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 41
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 42
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - Tech Showcase: Today's flexible training options fit time and budget constraints
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 44
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 45
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 46
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 47
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - Administrator: How IBM zHyperWrite improves performance
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 49
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 50
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 51
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 52
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - Solutions: Alignia; Intelligent Capping for zEnterprise; MegaCryption 6.4.1; JES2RSS; zOSEM 6.2; SecureData z/Protect 4.3.0; DR/DFI 4.5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 54
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 55
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - Stop Run: An IBM Distinguished Engineer bonds with his family while visiting US historical sites
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - 2015 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - SE2
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