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Interestingly, the students'
varied backgrounds-some with
no computer science knowledge-
made them quick and agile
learners. And although the
Mainframe Academy was a big
investment in time and resources
for the company (one year of
planning, plus six months of
training in the classroom and realtime assignments with coaching
from mentors), it paid off quickly
in a number of ways. For example,
Pacific Life is:
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between new developers and
their more seasoned mentors
that result in more efficiently
developed applications

Investing in the Future
The Mainframe Academy, which
began in June 2015, includes
several components. One was
the formal learning sessions led
by LearnQuest. Starting with
basic mainframe concepts, the
students became increasingly
immersed in system operations
and programming.
"The Mainframe Academy was
set up in such a way that it was
easy for us to apply what we had
learned in the classroom to our
departments," says Rebecca Hunt,
Mainframe Academy graduate
and developer in the retirement
solutions division. "We had a

"We've not only been successful in finding people to
develop as mainframe developers, but the quality of
that talent is such that they will be leaders in driving
our culture and our future strategies."
-Phil Teeter, senior vice president of IT, retirement solutions division, Pacific Life Insurance Co.

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For its Mainframe
Academy
program,
Pacific Life had
over

150
applicants,
of which

60
were chosen
as potential
candidates, and

8
as final students

couple of weeks of formal training
and a couple of weeks of handson work. That went on during the
entire process, which was great
because we could see how the
classroom learning would apply to
our work at Pacific Life."
In addition to technical
topics, students also went
through project management
and presentation skills training.
According to Salzman, this will
help program graduates as they
work within teams and offer ideas
to larger groups, giving them the
confidence to connect with and
engage their audiences.
In December 2015, all eight
students graduated from the
academy and are now embedded
full time with the application
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those who did have some
programming experience, such as
David Chamberlain, a developer
in the life insurance division,
learned more than they expected.
"I had done programming in other
languages but never worked on
a mainframe before," he says.
"They made it accessible, and
I was very impressed with the
whole program."
As far as Pacific Life
is concerned, the
Mainframe Academy was a
success. Although the program's
graduates aren't compelled to
stay with Pacific Life, neither
Chamberlain nor Hunt currently

has plans to move on. They want to
return the investment the company
made in them by mentoring future
Mainframe Academy graduates.
"We see this as a multiyear
initiative," says Sharon Matthews,
vice president of IT in the life
insurance division. "We built a
model that showed we would have
to run the Mainframe Academy
every three to four years to keep
up with the folks that are going to
be retiring. We'll be busy running
Mainframe Academies for several
years out."

Community Approach
Companies in every industry must
look toward the future. Internal
mainframe training programs
can help strengthen their existing
talent pool and ameliorate
the attrition of experienced
programmers. And as these new
mainframe developers venture
into the world, they're supporting
z Systems as a viable platform for
the entire mainframe community.
"We've not only been successful
in finding people to develop as
mainframe developers, but the
quality of that talent is such that
they will be leaders in driving our
culture and our future strategies,"
Teeter says.
Jim Utsler is a senior writer for
IBM Systems Magazine and has been
covering technology for more than
20 years.

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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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