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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," Matesi remarks.
Crutcher agrees that the contest
can indeed be a career launcher,
saying that the completion of part
two signifies that participants
have a pretty good handle on
the z Systems platform. As
he explains, "I have a lot of
companies I work with that want
contest resumes from those who
have at least completed part two
because they're going in saying,
'OK, I'm going to talk to this person
knowing that he or she has at least

20 to 40 hours of good mainframe
computing experience.' "
And this is good news for
organizations looking to hire
enterprise programmers and
systems administrators. Instead
of buying into the notion that
such employees are becoming
increasingly difficult to find, they
can now rest assured that a new
crop of mainframers-including
millennials-are waiting for the nod
and a productive seat at the table.

First-Class Treatment
As the winner of the 2014 Master
the Mainframe contest, Matesi
received a host of Master the

Mainframe-branded goodies. But the big prize, which
was also extended to the other four finalists, was
a trip to Poughkeepsie, New York, in March. There
they received a first-class tour of the IBM facilities
and spoke with high-level IBM executives and
mainframe experts.
"My trip to Poughkeepsie helped me see different
jobs involving the mainframe, because I only knew
what I have been taught, which is a very narrow
piece of the pie. So I took my IBM notepad with
me, asked a lot of questions and gained even more
exposure to the platform than I had in the past.
Thanks to that, I'll now be able to make better
decisions to help me widen my job search and
decide which job is right for me," Matesi says.
Jim Utsler is a senior writer for IBM Systems Magazine and
has been covering technology for more than 20 years.

New Countries and Dates
Because the IBM Master the Mainframe contest has become such a crucial part of many high school and college
students' enterprise-computing aspirations in the U.S. and Canada, it has been opened up to other budding
mainframers in the following countries: Angola, Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar,
Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.
The reason for these additions is simple, according to Troy Crutcher, global Master the Mainframe contest
project manager with the IBM Academic Initiative, z Systems*. "As enterprise systems are popping up in more
countries, it's very important to help fill the skills requirements with new contest participants. Using the contest
system globally, we are able to effectively reach these areas that have skills gaps that need to be filled," he says.
"Our ultimate goal is to reach each and every country around the world-and the moon if I can make that happen."
-J.U.
Key dates for the 2015 contest are:

REGION

REGISTRATION
OPEN DATE

CONTEST
START DATE

CONTEST
CLOSE DATE

Russia/Ukraine

1/12/2015

2/9/2015

4/3/2015

India

3/2/2015

3/16/2015

6/30/2015

MEA (Angola, Bahrain, Egypt, Kenya, Kuwait, Morocco,
Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal,
South Africa, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates)

3/9/2015

4/1/2015

5/29/2015

Brazil

4/6/2015

4/13/2014

7/12/2014

U.S. and Canada (U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico)

8/1/2015

10/5/2015

12/28/2015

China

9/1/2015

9/7/2015

10/31/2015

SSA (Spanish South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile,
Columbia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela)

9/14/2015

10/19/2015

12/28/2015

DACH (Austria, Germany and Switzerland)

9/21/2015

9/28/2015

12/4/2015

U.K.

9/21/2015

10/12/2015

1/6/2016

Spain

9/21/2015

10/19/2015

12/28/2015

BeNeLux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg)

9/21/2015

10/19/2015

1/13/2016

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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
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L10
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L14
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - L16
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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