IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - 8

CURRENTS
Some students were brought to
the VM Workshop (vmworkshop.
org) hosted this year at Virginia
Commonwealth University. These
students from Bergen Community
College in New Jersey attended sessions and networked with the professionals. In return, they shared
their excitement regarding what
they're learning and the opportunities they're gaining.
In addition, at the TechU and
SHARE conferences, IBM hosted
panel discussions with students
who are studying the mainframe as
well as new hires from several industries who shared stories on how
they discovered the mainframe,
started down their career path and
how they're integrating into the
workforce.

IT's Best-Kept Secret

Bringing New Talent to the
Mainframe Workforce
By Marc I. Smith

I

n 2007 when I became the
"manager" of the IBM
Destination z community
website, coupled with my work to
recruit schools in Texas to teach
mainframe courses as part of the
IBM Academic Initiative for Z, a
door was opened for me to start
attending conferences such as
SHARE (share.org), IBM TechU
(ibm.co/2PhRDmh), and others.
At that time, it was obvious that
the workforce was aging rapidly.
As you looked around the main
tent sessions, you saw a prominence of grey and white hair. Fast
forward to both the TechU 2019 in
Atlanta, and SHARE 2019 in Pittsburgh to find that the population

of mainframe workers is, in fact,
getting younger. Many are starting
straight out of college!

New IBM Z Talent
For those of us who have been
working to bring younger workers
into the IBM Z* fold, this is a pat on
the back, but we are not done yet.
According to The Washington Post,
(wapo.st/2zpjCWj) 10,000 baby
boomers retire each day worldwide, and a shortage of qualified
graduates are available to take their
place. However, with an estimated
84,000 mainframe job openings
(ibm.co/2MIwIqG) in 2020, it's
apparent that a shortage of IBM Z
skills will continue.

Marc I. Smith is a mainframe educational programs consultant with ProTech
Training. He is one of the IBM team members who founded Destination z. Marc
was named an IBM Champion for 2018 and again in 2019.
8 | JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020 IBMSYSTEMSMAG.COM

At the SHARE event in Pittsburgh
this past August, I gave a session
that shared "IT's Best-Kept Secret"
to attendees with the goal of spreading awareness of IBM Z to students.
The presentation is targeted to high
school and college students in an
effort to make them aware that the
IBM Z platform exists and explain
what it is, who uses it and the career
opportunities that it represents
My own experiences in regard to
my student audiences shows that
90% of the students, especially in
high school, have no idea what IBM
is, much less anything about the
mainframe. College students may
have heard of IBM, especially if
they're already taking courses. Because IBM is strictly B2B now with
no consumer goods on the market,
the brand is largely unknown to
young people.
My message here is that if you
want to go out to your local schools
to help enlighten young minds
about "IT's Best-Kept Secret" and
help steer students toward some of
the IBM Academic Initiative schools
that IBM has been working to secure and promote. 


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Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: A new IBM Z cloud era
Currents: Bringing new talent to the mainframe workforce
Currents: On the web
Currents: Accessing electricity in Africa
Currents: Solutions
Currents: AI keeps pets engaged and entertained
Partner POV: The flexibility of z/OS means industry interoperability, but with it comes application programming risks
Hot Topics: Networking support and best practices for zCX
Cover Story: IBM Z Integration: The Next Chapter of the Cloud Journey: Data protection, privacy and enhanced functionality enable enterprises to confidently expose data and applications to the cloud
Feature 1: Cutting-Edge Innovation: Red Hat OpenShift, IBM Cloud Paks and more facilitate digital transformation
Feature 2: DevOps and IBM Z: You've Come a Long Way: IBM's three-pronged DevOps approach helps organizations leverage the IBM Z platform, tools and open-source strategies
TECH Showcase: Leveraging IBM z15, Parallel Sysplex, IBM Z Open Development, zCX and more is key for modernization
Techbits: IBM Lab Services enables next-gen IBM Z and LinuxONE systems
Techbits: Ask the Expert: EKMF and pervasive encryption
Beyond the Box: Everledger CEO and Founder Leanne Kemp on running an organization with purpose
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for IBM Z
2020 IBM Z Solutions Directory
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - Intro
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - Cover1
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - Cover2
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - 1
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - 2
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - 3
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - 5
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - Editor's Desk: A new IBM Z cloud era
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - 7
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - Currents: Bringing new talent to the mainframe workforce
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - Currents: Solutions
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - Currents: AI keeps pets engaged and entertained
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - 11
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - 12
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - 13
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - Partner POV: The flexibility of z/OS means industry interoperability, but with it comes application programming risks
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - 15
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - Hot Topics: Networking support and best practices for zCX
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - 17
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - 18
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - 19
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - Cover Story: IBM Z Integration: The Next Chapter of the Cloud Journey: Data protection, privacy and enhanced functionality enable enterprises to confidently expose data and applications to the cloud
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IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - Feature 1: Cutting-Edge Innovation: Red Hat OpenShift, IBM Cloud Paks and more facilitate digital transformation
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - 27
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - 28
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - 29
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IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - 31
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - Feature 2: DevOps and IBM Z: You've Come a Long Way: IBM's three-pronged DevOps approach helps organizations leverage the IBM Z platform, tools and open-source strategies
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IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - TECH Showcase: Leveraging IBM z15, Parallel Sysplex, IBM Z Open Development, zCX and more is key for modernization
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IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - 42
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - 43
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - 44
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - Techbits: IBM Lab Services enables next-gen IBM Z and LinuxONE systems
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - 46
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - Techbits: Ask the Expert: EKMF and pervasive encryption
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - Beyond the Box: Everledger CEO and Founder Leanne Kemp on running an organization with purpose
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - Cover3
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - Cover4
IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for IBM Z
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IBM Systems magazine - January/February 2020 - 2020 IBM Z Solutions Directory
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