IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 21

Mastering the

Mainframe
IBM contest connects millennials to the
mainframe and potential employers
By Jim Utsler k Photography by Nicole Radja

W

ith the recent announcement of the IBM z13*
server, which was built for
the mobile economy, the platform
is increasingly of interest to the
millennial generation.
Kevin Matesi, winner of the
2014 U.S. (including Puerto
Rico) and Canada IBM Master
the Mainframe contest, is proof
enough of that. At 25 years
old, he's looking forward to
a long and fruitful career in
enterprise computing, saying,
"many big organizations,
whether in finance, insurance
or government, rely on the
mainframe and they're actively
looking for people like me."
According to him, he isn't an
aberration. As a recent master's
graduate in computer science

from Northern Illinois University,
where he was also a teaching
assistant, he's witnessed younger
students expressing an interest in
the mainframe.
"There were several students
coming in to ask for help. I could
tell they were genuinely interested
in why their programs weren't
working and how to correct
them, rather than a quick fix.
This was an indication that they
were taking an interest in the
mainframe. And I tried to spark
that interest, telling them it could
be as awesome for them as it has
been for me," says Matesi, who
has a bachelor's degree in English
from the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign.
This also applies to students
who aren't yet of college age.

In fact, two of the top five 2014
Master the Mainframe contest
winners were high schoolers.
The contest is open to college
and high school students who
are sponsored by IBM-approved
educators. Troy Crutcher,
global Master the Mainframe

TAKEAWAY
s

/PEN TO COLLEGE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
the Master the Mainframe contest consists of
three parts, each increasingly more difficult.

s

-ANY COMPANIES SEEK CONTESTANTS WHO HAVE
completed part two of the contest, as it shows a
good understanding of the z Systems platform.

s

4HE  53 AND #ANADA )"- -ASTER THE
Mainframe winner has witnessed many students take a genuine interest in the mainframe
to improve their problem-solving skills and get
a deeper understanding of the system.

World Championship
In April 2014, IBM ran the first Master the Mainframe World Championship for the top 1 percent of contestants
who outperformed in the country-level Master the Mainframe contests. The contestants were tested on their
enterprise computing technical knowledge, their understanding of business opportunities and threats associated with technology choices, and the quality and functionality of the mobile application they built running on
IBM z Systems*. In January, IBM announced plans to repeat the z Systems World Championship in spring 2016.
Keep up to date on the World Championship at ibm.com/systems/z/education/academic/
masterthemainframe/highlights/

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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015

Table of Contents
IBM Perspective: A mainframe built for Generation Z
Editor's Desk: Optimistic future
Partner PoV: Now is the time for multifactor authentication
Infographic: Myths, exaggerations and uncomfortable truths
Currents: TCO for an IBM z13 cloud is lower than an x86 or public cloud, according to an IBM study
R&D: IBM Research is working to better diagnose osteoporosis -- and make computing more economical
Cover Story: Mastering the Mainframe: IBM contest connects millennials to the mainframe and potential employers
Feature: The Millennial Career Guidebook: Six groups and resources to help mainframers starting their careers
Feature: Mainframe Within Reach: IBM provides a rich set of solutions designed to help new mainframe programmers
Tech Showcase: IBM X-Force report reveals challenges and strategies to succeed in the new computing environment
Tech Corner: New IBM z13 chip improves throughput and analytics performance
Solutions: ReACT V4.0; Ivory Service Architect V4.6
Stop Run: Running and fencing keep IBMer active
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2015 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
Linux on z E-book
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Cover1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - IBM Perspective: A mainframe built for Generation Z
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Editor's Desk: Optimistic future
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Partner PoV: Now is the time for multifactor authentication
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Infographic: Myths, exaggerations and uncomfortable truths
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Currents: TCO for an IBM z13 cloud is lower than an x86 or public cloud, according to an IBM study
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 14
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - R&D: IBM Research is working to better diagnose osteoporosis -- and make computing more economical
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 18
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Cover Story: Mastering the Mainframe: IBM contest connects millennials to the mainframe and potential employers
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 22
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Feature: The Millennial Career Guidebook: Six groups and resources to help mainframers starting their careers
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 26
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 28
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Feature: Mainframe Within Reach: IBM provides a rich set of solutions designed to help new mainframe programmers
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 32
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Tech Showcase: IBM X-Force report reveals challenges and strategies to succeed in the new computing environment
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 34
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 36
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 38
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 39
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 40
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 41
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Tech Corner: New IBM z13 chip improves throughput and analytics performance
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 43
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 44
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 45
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 46
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Solutions: ReACT V4.0; Ivory Service Architect V4.6
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Stop Run: Running and fencing keep IBMer active
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - RF2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - Linux on z E-book
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L6
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L8
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L18
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L20
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - 2015 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - SE2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - SE3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - SE4
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