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.
It’s more than just a passing fad when nearly three-quarters of mainframe users are considering or in the midst of big data projects.
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While anniversaries are often a time for reflecting on the past, Computer Business Review (CBR) seized the celebration of the mainframe’s five decades as an opportunity to peer into its future.
CBR identified five reasons why the mainframe is designed for the long haul...