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Mainframe skills - the new black ?

Discussion in 'News' started by UKDarkstar, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. UKDarkstar
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    Mainframe skills - the new black ?

    People possessing mainframe skills will be in high demand by key UK and European employers, says James O'Malley, Senior Director, Mainframe, CA. However, mainframes are changing and new skills are required.

    Recent research into 180 organisations across six European countries has demonstrated that the mainframe, a technology platform over 45 years old, remains a lynchpin of enterprise computing. Distributed networks have been integrated with mainframes to handle today's high-demand, 24/7 availability IT requirements.

    Whether it's a mobile phone call, visiting the cashpoint or printing bank statements for millions of customers, most large businesses wouldn't survive without their oldest but most reliable computing resource.

    Mainframes are also a highly cost-efficient IT option for organisations that want to drive down costs in the current 'down economy'. Far from being a dying breed, IT staff who possess mainframe skills will be in increasingly high demand by key UK and European employers.

    This is a surprising picture since mainframe hardly tops the list of top talking points. Why is it core to the enterprise? Why was mainframe ignored for many years? What type of training will be needed for this specialised area in the future?

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    1. JK2447
      Ah history repeating itself once again. The mainframe is dead . . . . thats what's been geetin said for the past 20 years. Trouble is, with the ability to support tens of thousands of users simultaneously, be the most scalable platform created by man able to address petabytes of storage, and with a 99.999999999% uptime. I don't think my beloved mainframes will be going anywhere, ever (ex big blue/civil servant)8)

      Do they have their place behind a nice GUI front end provided by a Linux or Windows machine? Sure, why not. But mainframes will always be at the heart of any business that absolutely needs hardly any downtime, so banks, government agency's :shades

      Good read DarkStar, rep'd :twisted:
    2. Fergal1982
      It would actually be safer if the government had more downtime to be honest. Least that way they couldnt lose the data on trains.

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