zNextGen Project Opening and Keynote: Why I Am a Millennial Mainframer
Project and Program: Enterprise-wide
, zNextGen Project
, SHARE San Jose 2017
This is the opening session for the zNextGen Project, open to all attendees. The project officers will take about 10 minutes to introduce the zNextGen community, describe our mission and welcome back returning members. This time will also be used to point out important zNextGen meeting points and activities throughout the week, as well as recommended technical sessions.
Millennials are often known for being tech-savvy, open-minded, multitaskers, and sometimes even overconfident. However, millennials are not exactly known for their z or mainframe skills. So much so, more experienced mainframers often wonder if millennials would even want to become mainframers.
I am one such millennial, with no previous mainframe background, yet I chose to become a z/OS developer for IBM, and I am so glad I did! So what would make other millennials consider the mainframe path? What made me consider mainframes? Come and hear about my journey and the millennial characteristics that helped me decide to take the mainframe path. Armed with this knowledge, you can attract the right set of millennials to strengthen your mainframe team.-Luisa Martinez-IBM; Holden E. O'Neal-SAS Institute
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