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What IBM Is Doing to Help
IBM has several resources available for people who wish to start or continue
a career working with the mainframe, as well as for clients who are looking to
hire new talent. Christy Schroeder, worldwide z Systems* skills client leader,
IBM, says clients are usually surprised by the number of options IBM makes
available to them. "Instead of being worried about finding talent, they become
optimistic and confident that they will find the young people they need to work
on z Systems," she says. Resources include:
IBM Academic Initiative for z Systems (ibm.co/2bVGn9H)
The program's mission is to equip schools with materials, technology and
resources they need; educate students on z Systems technology and OSes;
and connect educators with their local business community so clients can
employ students in internships and full-time jobs.
The z Jobs Connector (bit.ly/1RxEuMq)
Clients can post IBM z* job openings at no charge, and students or recent
college graduates can post their resumes at no charge.
University Ambassador Program
IBM's z university ambassadors support faculty in anything related to teaching
z Systems; clients can send their job postings to the ambassadors, who alert
the professors about potential job opportunities for their students. Email Greg
Lacey, manager of the program, at lacey@us.ibm.com for more information.
z/OS Introduction and Workshop (ibm.co/2clzFcw)
This free workshop can be taken remotely or at the IBM Dallas Innovation
Center. It provides z/OS* hands-on navigation, OS fundamentals and exposure
to the application development environment.
IBM Training and Skills Website (ibm.co/2bVGnX9)
It offers learning road maps and articles on z Systems.
Master the Mainframe (ibm.biz/mtmcontest)
The contest has connected new mainframe talent to potential employers since
its inception. Schroeder says over 10,000 students participated in the 2015
worldwide Master the Mainframe contest, and the contest's system is also
available to the public as a learning system.
zSkills Corp (zskillscorp.com)
Ron Fresquez's company is deeply involved in connecting clients to new
mainframe talent. Fresquez vets participants of the Master the Mainframe
contest's second and third stages, and provides clients with a list of potential
candidates based on the job requirements.
Other Resources
Other groups and resources include the Student Developer Community
(developer.ibm.com/students), zNextGen (share.org/zNextGen), Destination z
(destinationz.org) and the Marist Institute for Data Center Professionals
(idcp.marist.edu). The list of schools that offer mainframe courses can be
found at ibm.biz/mainframeschools.
-C.V.

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management and technology from
Syracuse University, Syracuse,
New York, in May 2015. She
believes college students are
unaware the mainframe exists.
"I think the initiatives IBM has
taken-for example, with the
Master the Mainframe contest-
are a great way to expose this old
yet crucial technology to young
people," Kabir says. "This contest
is also connecting employers to
potential young mainframers,
and that's a great opportunity for
young mainframers to find work
opportunities."
Grinnell agrees that many new
hires have limited mainframe
knowledge and experience. He
says ADP recruits heavily from
Marist College because the college
offers many mainframe classes.
Standout candidates at ADP have
often taken some mainframe
coursework, have at least a
conceptual understanding of
z/OS* and its major subsystems,
and/or have participated in
Master the Mainframe.
For the platform to stay vibrant,
new mainframers engaged in
its success are necessary. "The
mainframe is a very complex and
intelligent piece of technology
that has been beneficial to organizations for generations; the only
way its future will still be bright
is if young workers are involved
with it, learning about it and are
excited about it," Kabir says.
By employing the younger
generation, Kabir says companies
can get a better understanding of
how to serve that demographic
as customers. But first, she says,
companies must get millennials
interested in the technology by
advertising how pertinent the


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016

Editor's Desk: Mastering their craft
IBM Perspective: Expanding mainframe ecosystem creates opportunities for Gen Z
Partner PoV: Workplace Diversity: Attract the best talent by encouraging more options for women
IT Today: Financial Feasibility: IBM Global Financing designs customized solutions for technology investments
Currents: Giving Data Structure: Find the right database management systems to maximize information
Case Study: Investing in a Difference: Primerica Life Insurance Co. improves processing and performance
Cover Story: Sparking Student Interest: IBM Master the Mainframe World Championship exposes top students to analytics and data storage
Feature: The Modern Mainframer: The IBM z platform attracts recent grads to its orbit
Women in Tech: Taking a Seat at the IT Table: Women meet challenges, savor successes in the IT field
Tech Corner: Get in the Cloud: z/OS solutions can connect to the cloud through REST interfaces
Solutions: API Integration Platform 3.0, OpenLegacy; Ivory Service Architect V5.1, GT Software
Stop Run: Code Your Own Way: High school girls take charge of their futures
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
Linux on z Systems E-book
2016 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Cover1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Editor's Desk: Mastering their craft
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - IBM Perspective: Expanding mainframe ecosystem creates opportunities for Gen Z
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Partner PoV: Workplace Diversity: Attract the best talent by encouraging more options for women
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 10
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - IT Today: Financial Feasibility: IBM Global Financing designs customized solutions for technology investments
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Currents: Giving Data Structure: Find the right database management systems to maximize information
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 16
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Case Study: Investing in a Difference: Primerica Life Insurance Co. improves processing and performance
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 20
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 22
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Cover Story: Sparking Student Interest: IBM Master the Mainframe World Championship exposes top students to analytics and data storage
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 26
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Feature: The Modern Mainframer: The IBM z platform attracts recent grads to its orbit
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 30
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 32
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Women in Tech: Taking a Seat at the IT Table: Women meet challenges, savor successes in the IT field
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 34
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 36
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 38
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 40
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 41
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 42
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 43
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Tech Corner: Get in the Cloud: z/OS solutions can connect to the cloud through REST interfaces
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 45
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 46
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Solutions: API Integration Platform 3.0, OpenLegacy; Ivory Service Architect V5.1, GT Software
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Stop Run: Code Your Own Way: High school girls take charge of their futures
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - RF2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Linux on z Systems E-book
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L6
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L8
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L10
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L14
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L16
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L18
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L20
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L22
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 2016 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - SE2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - SE3
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