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contest project manager with
the IBM Academic Initiative, z
Systems*, was pleased to see
these youngsters involved in the
contest. "They'd code me under
the table any day," he says.

"I'm hoping that when
I shop my proļ¬le to mainframe
companies, whether it's IBM
itself or a software vendor,
I can stand out. I'm pretty sure
this will be a beacon
on my resume."

A Monster
The contest itself, which
included around 4,900
participants, is composed of
three parts. (See "2015 IBM
Master the Mainframe Contest"
below for more information.)
The first part, "Breaking the
Ice," includes screenshots and
directions that help contestants
navigate the mainframe user
interface and introduce them
to basic mainframe concepts.
The second part, "Practical
Experience," leverages the

-Kevin Matesi, winner of the 2014 U.S. and Canada
IBM Master the Mainframe contest

skills participants learned in part one to perform
programming and application development.
The third part, "Real-World Challenge," involves
developing programs that could actually be used in

2015 IBM Master the Mainframe Contest
Thanks to the success of the U.S. and Canada IBM Master the Mainframe
contest, other regional contests will be following the same format and using
a remotely located IBM z13* as the system of choice. Developed by Troy
Crutcher, global Master the Mainframe Contest project manager with the IBM
Academic Initiative, z Systems*, and his team, it's composed of three parts:
Part One: Breaking the Ice
IBM will provide contestants with screenshots and directions to guide
students on exactly what to do. This helps acquaint each contestant with
navigating the mainframe user interface, introduce them to basic mainframe concepts and familiarize each student with different aspects of
the mainframe.
Part Two: Practical Experience
Utilizing the skills each contestant learned in part one, the students will
perform extensive programming (advanced commands, system setup and
advanced system navigation) and application developing (C, Java*, COBOL,
assembler and REXX) tasks, as well as hands-on experience with multiple
OSs (Linux* on z Systems, z/VM*, z/OS*, z/Transaction Processing Facility).
Part Three: Real-World Challenge
This is the most challenging stage and requires the contestants to work over
weeks and months. Tasks from this stage are taken from real-life situations
encountered by experienced systems programmers, along with challenges
designed to identify the contestants with the most drive and determination.
For more information about the contest, visit:
ibm.com/systems/z/education/academic/masterthemainframe.

22 // MAY/JUNE 2015 ibmsystemsmag.com

-J.U.

production environments. By far
the most demanding aspect of
the contest, this part requires a
great deal of determination and
creativity, with judging based on
how well contestants perform
when approaching an actual
programming challenge.
"The first part contains maybe
six or seven simple steps. Part
two may have 12 to 15. Part
three is where it really becomes
difficult," Matesi says. "I think
I was able to finish the first two
parts in a day. It took me about a
month to complete the third part
because it's such a monster. You
have to actually write your own
interactive COBOL program to
read from a DB2* database and
create a variety of sales analysis
reports."
Even though this was the
second time he had entered the
contest (he was a runner-up the
first time), he was challenged,
despite having gained additional
mainframe skills thanks to
his schoolwork and teaching
assistant experience. But he was
happy to have done it, realizing
that the win will only bolster his
mainframe credentials.
"I'll use it as a catalyst to start
into my job hunt and I'm hoping
that when I shop my profile to


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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
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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
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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
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