Evangelizing Mainframe

Opening Up Mainframes to the Next Generation of Software Engineers

In the process of enabling mainframes to become platform agnostic by porting newer languages to z/OS and expanding mainframe skills into new roles, the mainframe industry is making these powerful machines evergreen.

Posted: 6/28/2018 11:42:53 AM by Jennifer Nelson

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The Mainframe Playground Provides Free, Hands on Education

IBM and many other companies put a lot of effort into training a new generation of mainframers.To help in this transition the Mainframe Playground Education Initiative was started. It's a website with real-world, practical assignments everyone can do at their own pace on any test z/OS system.

Posted: 6/4/2018 8:01:41 AM by Jan Sądek

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Data Lineage Matters More Than Ever

Almost daily, we read about another data breach or exposure—where data that belongs to us can lead to identity theft. That’s a scary thought. As IT people, we have the ability and the responsibility to ensure that our companies aren’t the ones on the front page of the daily newspaper. Data is the key to this effort. We have to understand how people can get to our data. And that means understanding “data lineage.”

Posted: 5/1/2018 1:00:00 AM by Denise P. Kalm

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People Said I Was Crazy to Choose a Mainframe Career

Like any big career decision, Sarah Khalid's choice to retrain as a mainframe developer was not easy, but it worked out as an opportunity to expand her capabilities. 

Posted: 4/24/2018 10:45:00 AM by Sarah Khalid

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The Costs of Data Breaches for You

As personally identifiable information (PII) grows both in value and ubiquity, more bad actors will try to hack it. It’s a game of catching up with the hackers’ new innovations and plugging the holes once we detect them. While it’s a challenge for us in IT, it’s also a big personal challenge imposing significant costs for everyone.

Posted: 4/18/2018 8:48:43 AM by Denise P. Kalm

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Skills and Training Improvement Opportunities

Employers who also see the threat of their aging workforce, and those employers who don’t yet have their new mainframes staffed, will need to start bringing in next-geners to start ramping up their skills.

Posted: 4/13/2018 8:40:28 AM by Marc Smith

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The Mainframe’s Branding Problem Contributed to a Talent Crisis

Today’s largest global organizations rely on mainframes, but even though mainframes have proven their relevance time and time again, few science, technology, engineering and mathematics students are choosing careers in mainframe technology.

Posted: 4/3/2018 12:30:28 AM by Ken Harper

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Successfully Organize with Mainframe Mobile Apps

To keep in line with the modernization today’s mainframes are known for, there are mobile apps available to help. Let’s look at some of the best mainframe apps that every mainframe professional should know about.

Posted: 2/27/2018 12:00:43 AM by Hemanth Rama

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Arcati Mainframe Yearbook 2018

Arcati Mainframe Yearbook 2018 is over 170 pages long, with useful information for the newest and the most experienced mainframers around.

Posted: 2/20/2018 8:00:00 AM by Trevor Eddolls

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Is Data in Motion and Data at Rest Secure

Data is far more valuable now. Detailed, in-depth customer information is housed in corporate databases around the world, as our trade secrets, corporate plans and even federal and state secrets can be found on computer systems.

Posted: 2/6/2018 12:00:21 AM by Denise P. Kalm

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