It’s a milestone year for the mainframe, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014. The platform’s evolution over the past 50 years is remarkable, as is its continued relevance among the most data-heavy industries.
Many, if not most, or all, mainframers are steadfastly "old school" about acquiring skills. That is, rather than learning, using, referencing, and servicing systems the way youngsters do with new smartphones – by experimentation – we read documentation.
While much has been (inaccurately) written about the mainframe’s demise, the real crisis is around the prevalence of skilled developers who will understand how to work on it in the future, said Compuware’s Ian Clarke in a recent Q&A with TechRadar Pro.