Master the Mainframe 2014 Is Underway

Master the Mainframe 2014 Is Underway

With the 2014 iteration of the Master the Mainframe contest underway and running through Dec. 31, the clock is ticking to enter in the mainframe contest phenomenon that’s growing larger every year.

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October 22, 2014 |

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Master the Mainframe 2014 Is Underway

Master the Mainframe 2014 Is Underway

With the 2014 iteration of the Master the Mainframe contest underway and running through Dec. 31, the clock is ticking to enter in the mainframe contest phenomenon that’s growing larger every year.

October 22, 2014 |
The Luckiest Man in the World

The Luckiest Man in the World

The 2014 Master the Mainframe World Championship winner concepted his entry right before the competition started.

May 21, 2014 |
A Massive Learning Opportunity

A Massive Learning Opportunity

Three new Massive Open Online Courses for students and professionals interested in learning about enterprise computing were announced as part of the IBM System z Academic Initiative.

April 08, 2014 |
Creating Opportunities

Creating Opportunities

Twelve winners were announced for the 2013 IBM Destination z Enterprise Computing Scholarship in January.

February 20, 2014 |
One With the Mainframe

One With the Mainframe

There are those who come to the IBM mainframe world hesitantly, mystified, even defiant. There are others who come into this world embracing the platform. Subashree Ramachandran is one of the latter.

January 03, 2014 |
Sixth Annual Mainframe Scholarship

Sixth Annual Mainframe Scholarship

October marks the start of the sixth annual IBM Destination z Enterprise Computing Scholarship acceptance and selection process, an impressive run for a scholarship program dedicated to cultivating the next generation of mainframe professionals. Add to that impressive mark the fact the 2012 scholarship attracted a record 31 applicants, with 10 selected winners, and you start to realize there’s more to this platform than meets the eye.

October 30, 2013 |
Developing Mainframe Toughness

Developing Mainframe Toughness

West Texas A&M University professor H. Paul Haiduk has developed a reputation as both a staunch mainframe advocate and a tough, yet effective, educator. Accordingly, WTAMU’s exacting IT program standards are tough and demanding, and it’s those standards that routinely produce IT students in general and mainframe students in particular who excel in their eventual career paths.

October 09, 2013 |
No Longer ‘Old School’

No Longer ‘Old School’

For more than a decade, the IBM System z Academic Initiative has combined global school enablement, a worldwide jobs board, a skills helpdesk and mainframe contests, with client services such as roundtables, career days and internships.

August 14, 2013 |
Climbing the System z Ladder

Climbing the System z Ladder

We’re pleased to introduce another fresh face to the mainframe, Patricio Reynaga, a May 2012 graduate of ... West Texas A&M University.

February 13, 2013 |
The Right Direction

The Right Direction

Ten students were named winners of the 2012 IBM Destination z Enterprise Computing Scholarship in January. The top honor went to Chris Richardson of the University of South Carolina.

February 06, 2013 |
Filling the Generation Gap

Filling the Generation Gap

"I welcome the challenge to step into the generation gap and look forward to learning as much as I can from Big Iron veterans,” says Vance Morris.

December 05, 2012 |
Scholarship Program Returns

Scholarship Program Returns

The fifth annual IBM Destination z Enterprise Computing Scholarship is targets aspiring enterprise computing students seeking to alleviate some educational expenses, while simultaneously padding their resumes with an impressive mainframe-specific asterisk.

November 12, 2012 |
The Path Less Traveled

The Path Less Traveled

There’s considerable demand for new IT blood to replace mainframe professionals. In some cases, the new IT blood isn’t all that “new,” so to speak. Take Bartis Hawley-Wall, for example.

October 24, 2012 |
The Next Generation

The Next Generation

With IBM’s mainframe turning 48 years old this year and its pool of experts graying—future resources are becoming a real concern. Who is going to take over caring for the most reliable server platform in history?

July 18, 2012 |
Not Your Father’s Mainframe

Not Your Father’s Mainframe

After decades of evolution and innovation, the modern mainframe is capable of more than ever. A leader in energy efficiency, cloud capabilities, virtualization, security, availability and more, it's anything but old-fashioned.

July 09, 2012 |
Myth Busting

Myth Busting

The demise of IBM’s mainframe has been predicted since the ’90s, yet despite negative press, the platform continues to thrive, with new education initiatives, hybrid capabilities, green computing and a steadfast commitment that has lasted for 48 years.

June 27, 2012 |
A Brief History of the Mainframe World

A Brief History of the Mainframe World

For decades, the mainframe platform has been powering the world’s financial systems, yet it rarely received the accolades it deserves. This series will address many of the myths about the mainframe and explore the latest generation, the IBM zEnterprise System.

June 20, 2012 |
Stand Out From the Crowd

Stand Out From the Crowd

For younger IT professionals considering a potentially lucrative career working with mainframe, it’s instructive to point out some mainframe fundamentals they should develop.

May 16, 2012 |
Demand Grows for System z Skills

Demand Grows for System z Skills

People with mainframe skills tend to stand out in the IT crowd, the experts say. If that’s not enough, they stress that many mainframe jobs pay well into the six figures.

May 02, 2012 |
Selling Students on the Mainframe

Selling Students on the Mainframe

At the enterprise computing level, perhaps no other piece of hardware is as much a victim of its own success as the IBM mainframe. While some IT newcomers see it as archaic, in reality, the mainframe continues to be the platform of choice for many of the world’s largest organizations.

April 09, 2012 |
Maintain Your Competitive Edge

Maintain Your Competitive Edge

Knowledge and skills aren’t just requirements for finding a new job—they're essential for keeping the one you’ve got or advancing in it.

March 05, 2012 |
Dz Scholarship Winner Plans to ‘Finish Strong’

Dz Scholarship Winner Plans to ‘Finish Strong’

A dozen aspiring mainframers were recognized earlier this month with 2011 Destination z Enterprise Computing Scholarships; the top honor—the Greg Zaubi Memorial Scholarship—went to Vance Morris, an undergraduate at West Texas A&M University.

January 17, 2012 |
Scholarship Helps Clarify Student's Career Path

Scholarship Helps Clarify Student's Career Path

In three short years, the Destination z Enterprise Computing Scholarship program has recognized dozens of mainframe students and awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships.

November 15, 2011 |
Destination z Scholarship Makes Lasting Impact

Destination z Scholarship Makes Lasting Impact

Applications are now being accepted for the 2011 Destination z Enterprise Computing Scholarship, which provides thousands of dollars in awards annually to encourage and enable students’ pursuit of mainframe-related IT careers.

October 25, 2011 |
Growing the Mainframe

Growing the Mainframe

The majority of students are unaware of what an IBM System z mainframe is, much less how important the computing platform is to industry and to their daily life. They don’t realize the future employment opportunities for those who pursue an education that includes mainframe topics.

July 20, 2011 |
Academic Initiative Helps Students Embrace IBM System z

Academic Initiative Helps Students Embrace IBM System z

For IBM clients, ISVs and Business Partners with an interest in the future of the System z platform, the IBM Academic Initiative System z program offers a wealth of resources

July 01, 2011
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