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Put Security on Your Resume

It’s a keyword world out there. Whether you are looking for your next job or building a case for a promotion or transfer, the keywords you define on your resume, LinkedIn profile and application really matter. To demonstrate your ability to keep up in the field, terms like Cloud, Big Data, mobile, SaaS, data science, etc., help you stand out. And given the recent hacking issues with Experian and Uber (and more), security is one of the most valuable abilities you can claim. …

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Mainframe Branding Insanity

Prompted by IBM’s rename of “System z” to “z Systems,” last year’s “zWhat (or z/What??)” by Phil Smith III discussed IBM branding. Remarkably, that story is already out of date: With its July 2017 z14 announcement, IBM renamed the mainframe line yet again, this time to “IBM Z”—and yes, that’s a capital “Z,” for the first time…

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At a time when IBM promised that automatic pervasive encryption on the new IBM Z would spell an end to worries about security, an Israeli company recently stepped forward to insist that the z14, or just Z, can’t do the entire job. Pervasive encryption can be undermined by Advanced Persistent Threats (APT), which co-op legit users as they access protected data. Illusive Networks introduced its security tool, Mainframe Guard, at Sibos in Toronto…

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Thinking about the mainframe, but not sure if you want a purely technical role? The great news in the mainframe world is that there are jobs that play in that space without requiring you to be a technical guru. For too long, the storied reputation of the mainframe had everyone assuming that you needed to “apprentice” for at least 20 years to be of value. While it’s no longer true for most of the available jobs, it’s certainly not the case if you’re interested in the role of business analyst. This position is perfect for those who love to be creative, work with others and ensure a competitive edge with your technology…

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