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IBM Champions and IT’s Best-Kept Secret

It seems like just yesterday when I posted last to the Dz blog. Actually, it was April, but this year has flown on by. This is just a recap of a few of my pet Z community activities, and as seems to be the trend, to provide an update of my “IT’s Best-Kept Secret” presentation for students and/or employers to give to potential employee candidates. More on the pitch later.

This year I was thrilled to be named an IBM Champion for IBM Z. I was nominated based on my volunteer activities including presentations (can you guess which one?) to high school and college students, participation at career days to discuss career opportunities in technology and the mainframe, and as a participant on the planning committee for the annual VM Workshop. I understand the nomination period for IBM Champions is in process and will end at the end of October. Nominations forms can be found here.

At this year’s VM Workshop I did a two part presentation, the first being an update provided to me by IBM on tips, hints, and tools that employers can use to find people to replace their aging workforce, preferably before those employees walk out the door taking their skills with them. I then walked through the latest rendition of my “IT’s Best-Kept Secret” presentation which I have made available here on the Destination z website. The intent of walking through this presentation at the workshop was to illustrate how easy it is to introduce the mainframe to young minds, to illustrate the importance the mainframe has in business and their lives and of course to promote career opportunities for those who want to pursue them. I encourage you to have a look at the presentation, and contact me if you have questions, suggestions, or just want me to walk through it with you!

As the communications chair for the VM Workshop, I would be remiss not to mention that the date and place for the 2019 workshop have been locked down, and I can share with you that it will be held from June 26 – 29 on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Please visit the website for more information and/or to sign up for our email list so you will get the latest info as it becomes available. While the attendee costs haven’t been calculated yet, the workshop typically comes in at $150 or less for the two and a half days of sessions and networking around z/VM, z/VSE and Linux on IBM Z.

Marc I. Smith is a mainframe educational programs consultant with ProTech Training. He spent 28 of 33 years at IBM as a member of the IBM Z community. He began his mainframe career working with VM/HPO and VM/ESA development before moving on to planning and managing VM Early Support Programs (ESPs), marketing z/VSE and z/VM until moving into marketing and channel enablement positions within the IBM Z hardware family. He is one of the team members who brought Destination z into existence and managed the online community until his retirement from IBM in 2012. He was announced as an IBM Champion for 2018.

Posted: 10/16/2018 3:45:59 PM by Marc I. Smith

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