After events like SHARE Sacramento, I usually come away with new connections and new platform knowledge. But this time, my biggest take away was this: The next time you hear someone say people entering the workforce don’t want to work with mainframes, think again.
While we cannot control the future, we can do our best to shape it. I’d like to think that is one reason we gather for events like SHARE St. Louis. We leave knowing more than we did before and return to our organizations, ideally making improvements and moving our industry forward as a whole.
For many organizations, data is as much a terrifying liability as it is a valuable asset. My question is this: are we, as an industry, looking at data the wrong way? Are we missing a trick when it comes to understanding, managing, and securing our data?
Twelve years ago a friend and mentor of mine, who also happened to be my employer at the time, said something to me that would change my life. He said, “You think the mainframe is going away? I’m not going to try to convince you otherwise, you go do your own homework."