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greater responsibilities as those
opportunities present themselves."

The Longevity Pipeline
In business for over 145 years,
the Newport Beach, Californiabased company offers a variety
of financial services for both
individual and institutional
clients through its life insurance
and retirement solutions divisions
as well as several subsidiaries.
In addition to life insurance
products, it also has a hand
in the wealth accumulation
and preservation financial
segments, including annuities,
mutual funds, and investment
products and services for
businesses-all sold through an
extensive network of third-party
financial professionals.
A company as large and diverse
as Pacific Life has a significant
IT presence, including on the
z Systems* platform. The company
recently purchased two IBM z13s*
servers because of its growth and
need for more processing power.
Supporting this environment
is a large, mainframe-focused IT
team, made up of both in-house
and contracted employees. Many
have worked at the company for
at least a decade-and sometimes
much longer-which has pros and
cons. The team is dedicated and
knows the applications inside and
out, but 25 percent are eligible
for retirement within the next five
years, and 81 percent are eligible
in 15 years.
"When we had openings,
even for junior positions, we
weren't getting resumes from
recent grads or even people just
five years into their careers,
but from those who have been
in the industry for 15, 20 and
even 30 years," notes Michelle
Kinney, assistant vice president,
application development. "That
doesn't help much with our
longevity pipeline."

Pacific Life recognized this
challenge over a decade ago when
it launched FutureTech. A huge
success, that first-generation
program acted as a blueprint for
the Mainframe Academy-which
was additionally supported
by LearnQuest, an IBM Global
Training Provider-and its
formal classroom training. "It
was reassuring to start with
a framework that was tested
and successful. We improved
it based on feedback from past
participants, which included
expanding our recruiting efforts
beyond our internal employee
pool," Salzman says.
This allowed the company
to reach a broader audience of

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potential candidates, thanks
to both internal and external
communication efforts. Within
a month or so, Pacific Life had
over 150 applicants (where no
prior programming experience
was necessary), of which
60 were chosen as potential
candidates and eight as final
Mainframe Academy students.
"What surprised me was that
we found people who previously
hadn't considered technology
careers until we presented them
with the opportunity. Seeing how
well they did on the aptitude
test and in the classes was
fantastic," remarks Brian Pead,
assistant vice president,
annuities applications.


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Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Security from every angle
IBM Perspective: Creating a secure foundation for hybrid cloud
Techbits: 'W' is for 'Watson'
Partner PoV: Get everyone in your organization on board with DevOps
It Today: Use analytics to improve DevOps effectiveness
Trends: Analytics can be your best defense against corporate fraud
R&D: IBM's data privacy and consent management technology provides greater control
Case Study: Head of the Class: Pacific Life gets ahead of retirement with Mainframe Academy training program
Cover Story: Defending Digital Domains: The z Systems mainframe proves to be a formidable defense system against cyberthieves
Feature: Securable z Systems: IBM offers platform-specific security solutions to address business needs and demands
Tech Showcase: A comprehensive backup and recovery solution is needed with always-available date
Sponsored Advertising Content: HotTECH Products
Tech Corner: Overview: The latest CICS and IMS updates place z Systems at the center of the API economy
Tech Corner: IMS: IBM IMS helps support innovation to stay competitive
Tech Corner: CICS: Getting started with architecting Java Enterprise Edition in CICS Transaction Server
Solutions: SUPERMON for Tubes, zHISR 2.7
Stop Run: IBMer finds his balance with hiking and mountaineering
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2016 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Cover1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Editor's Desk: Security from every angle
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - IBM Perspective: Creating a secure foundation for hybrid cloud
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Techbits: 'W' is for 'Watson'
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Partner PoV: Get everyone in your organization on board with DevOps
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - It Today: Use analytics to improve DevOps effectiveness
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 16
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Trends: Analytics can be your best defense against corporate fraud
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - R&D: IBM's data privacy and consent management technology provides greater control
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 22
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Case Study: Head of the Class: Pacific Life gets ahead of retirement with Mainframe Academy training program
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 26
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Cover Story: Defending Digital Domains: The z Systems mainframe proves to be a formidable defense system against cyberthieves
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 30
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 32
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 33
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Feature: Securable z Systems: IBM offers platform-specific security solutions to address business needs and demands
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 36
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 38
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Tech Showcase: A comprehensive backup and recovery solution is needed with always-available date
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 40
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 41
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 42
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 43
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Sponsored Advertising Content: HotTECH Products
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 45
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 46
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 47
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 48
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 49
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Tech Corner: Overview: The latest CICS and IMS updates place z Systems at the center of the API economy
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 51
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 52
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 53
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Tech Corner: IMS: IBM IMS helps support innovation to stay competitive
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 55
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 56
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 57
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Tech Corner: CICS: Getting started with architecting Java Enterprise Edition in CICS Transaction Server
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 59
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 60
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 61
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 62
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Solutions: SUPERMON for Tubes, zHISR 2.7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Stop Run: IBMer finds his balance with hiking and mountaineering
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 2016 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
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