Evangelizing Mainframe

Revealing IT’s Best-Kept Secret to Students

The 'It’s all about “z” Community' presentation by Marc Smith is used to enlighten students to the existence and importance of IBM’s mainframe computing platform.

Posted: 6/13/2017 12:00:48 AM by Marc Smith

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Do Mainframers Have a False Sense of Security?

Are mainframers missing a trick by continuing to rely on passwords for authorizing access, despite the fact that IBM is now supporting more secure multi-factor authentication methods in the z/OS environment?

Posted: 6/6/2017 12:00:53 AM by Keith Banham

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Mobile Devices = Mainframe Productivity

Mobile device management tools provide security for access to enterprise-level systems, making mobile device usage practical for the mainframe.

Posted: 5/23/2017 12:39:35 AM by John Kelley

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What’s Next for Mainframes

Mainframes have been with us for over 50 years, but what we do with them and what we expect them to be able to do has been changing all that time.

Posted: 5/16/2017 1:00:49 AM by Trevor Eddolls

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The Mainframe Isn’t Dead, but It Still Needs Protection

Only when you understand the concerns and assumptions people have about the mainframe can you begin to address and counter them. You can make a difference. 

Posted: 5/9/2017 12:00:46 AM by Denise P. Kalm

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Corporate Culture

It used to be that mainframers worked on mainframes. They didn’t really know or care which company they worked for—they just worked on the mainframe. They were experts in CICS, IMS and/or DB2—and one company was pretty much like another.

Posted: 4/18/2017 12:30:00 AM by Trevor Eddolls

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Generation Z Mainframers—Not the Unicorns We Think They Are

Hiring new mainframers is different than choosing programmers and engineers in other areas. How can hiring managers assess whether or not a candidate is any good when he or she has absolutely no relevant samples of work to show? 

Posted: 4/11/2017 12:03:03 AM by Kyle Beausoleil

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Education a Continuous Process

Opportunities abound to take advantage for no-cost and low-cost educational events, and conversations with fellow mainframes is priceless.

Posted: 4/4/2017 12:00:27 AM by Marc I. Smith

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LEAD-IT: Redefining the Pathway to Mainframe Careers

LEAD-IT (Leadership, Empowerment, Apprenticeship and Diversity in Information Technology) is a partnership led by North Carolina A&T University. The partnership includes SHARE, IBM and a community of leaders in the enterprise IT industry who are collaborating under a U.S. Department of Labor contract to develop and implement Registered Mainframe Apprenticeships.

Posted: 3/31/2017 12:00:55 AM by Sarah Amdor

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Rules of Job Hunting and Social Networking

Which rules of conduct should you be following when reaching out regarding potential business on social networks or applying for a new job at a prospective employer?

Posted: 3/21/2017 12:00:16 AM by Scott Steinberg

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