One lingering question has persisted in conversations about the future of mainframe: What’s the best way to improve the perception of the industry in the eyes of younger IT talent so they see the mainframe as attractive as any other modern computing system?
One of the many projects that make up SHARE is the zNextGen project, whose mission is to expose younger mainframe programmers to technical concepts and provide career development education and opportunities.
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.
As the mainframe industry faces a looming skills gap, there’s also a pervasive lack of awareness among IT students that a career in mainframe is a possibility. That’s why SHARE’s Student Career Day is such an important initiative.
Misty Decker, Program Manager for the IBM Z Academic Initiative, co