IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 24

"We always look for a passion
for technology. It could be
someone who is a keen
gamer or took apart their
PC to see what was inside
or provides tech support
for their family."
-Paul Cashen, managing director,
Per Scholas Cincinnati

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of the issue around mainframe
skills via her clients in the Cincinnati business community.
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help out companies with mainframe recruiting problems which
I took notice of," Speed says. "My
previous employer had been clear
that they had no interest, but most
people in this space are over 50 and
thinking about retirement. We need
a new pipeline of talent."
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them for an in-demand career.
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Christy Schroeder. "It was a risk
for everyone involved as we didn't
know how it would turn out, but
in the end, more than 100 people
applied for a place."
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the pilot program, although only six
would eventually start the course.
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"What you need are
problem solvers and
analytical thinkers with
the right soft skills.
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trained."
-Alicia Speed, technology recruiting
manager, Russell Tobin



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Room for imporovement
Currents: The big redesign unveil
Currents: ExxonMobil and IBM improce the mobile app user experience
Currents: 8 emerging storage trends of 2018
Currents: Solutions
Currents: Remembering Dr. John Ehrman: The father of IBM High Level Assembler
Partner POV: DevOps requires quality, velocity and efficiency to transform software delivery life cycles
Cover Story: Enabling opportunity: Get the most out of IBM Z with Secure Service Containers and a consumption-based pricing model
Feature 1: Skilling up: How Russell Tobin, Per Scholas and IBM brought new talent into the mainframe workforce
TECH Showcase: How to reap the full benefits of virtual tape storage, properly measure its performance and choose the right strategy for your business
Techbits: Banco do Brasil improves processes after migrating to the IBM Db2 Utilities Suite for z/OS
Techbits: Multifactor authentication is a user-friendly upgrade to password-only systems
Beyond the Box: The mainframe Playground Education Initiative opens the mainframe to the next generation
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Power Systems
2018 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Intro
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Cover1
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Cover2
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 1
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 2
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 3
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 5
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Editor's Desk: Room for imporovement
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 7
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Currents: The big redesign unveil
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Currents: ExxonMobil and IBM improce the mobile app user experience
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Beyond the Box: The mainframe Playground Education Initiative opens the mainframe to the next generation
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 11
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Currents: Solutions
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Currents: Remembering Dr. John Ehrman: The father of IBM High Level Assembler
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Partner POV: DevOps requires quality, velocity and efficiency to transform software delivery life cycles
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 15
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Cover Story: Enabling opportunity: Get the most out of IBM Z with Secure Service Containers and a consumption-based pricing model
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 17
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 18
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 19
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 20
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 21
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Feature 1: Skilling up: How Russell Tobin, Per Scholas and IBM brought new talent into the mainframe workforce
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 23
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 24
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 25
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 26
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 27
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 28
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - TECH Showcase: How to reap the full benefits of virtual tape storage, properly measure its performance and choose the right strategy for your business
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 30
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 31
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 32
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 33
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 34
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 35
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Techbits: Banco do Brasil improves processes after migrating to the IBM Db2 Utilities Suite for z/OS
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 37
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Techbits: Multifactor authentication is a user-friendly upgrade to password-only systems
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 39
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 40
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Cover3
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Cover4
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Power Systems
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 2018 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - SE2
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - SE3
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