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A bill has recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives (Modernizing Government Technology or MGT) that calls for updating out of date IT systems and technologies. Should the bill pass through the Senate, it is certain that many installed mainframe systems could be targeted for replacement because of the perceived notion that "old" systems should be replaced with new systems. But that is not necessarily true, according to a recent article that appeared in GCN (Government Computer News) titled, "As the MGT Act Rolls Forward, It's Time to Debunk Mainframe Myths." Written by Compuware's Director of Federal, State and Local Government Solutions, Claire Bailey, the article lists five common myths about the mainframe and systematically shoots huge holes through all of them. The five myths are:…

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You’ve just graduated and are looking for that important first job.  With some experience developing apps with friends and a comfort level with PCs and maybe UNIX, you enter a job market filled with others who have exactly the same qualifications as you do.  At the same time, you’re competing with generations of people who are more experienced in modern tech and they aren’t going anywhere.  It’s a crowded field.  But there is a way to compete successfully for tech job and build a solid career for yourself…

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Warren Buffet’s recent sell-off of IBM stock started another round of discussions about the credentials of "Big Blue." The press clippings about IBM’s fiscal performance, combined with the musings of trade journalists, mean you could be forgiven for thinking this might end badly for the mainframe world. After all, 20 quarters of IBM missing revenue targets coupled with unprecedented choice in the server market is making life very hard for the most venerable of machines.   …

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One of the challenges of working in the modern world is adjusting to a faster and faster speed of computing. Globalization and mobile technology mean instant communications and near-instantaneous reactions are the minimum benchmark a firm must meet to keep up. Luckily, the business world has the mainframe, the fastest and arguably one of the most powerful computer platforms available. Mainframes are more than capable of processing all the instantaneous interactions our digital-age business world requires, from communication across systems, to logging transactions, to performing analytics in real time…

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What’s A Mainframer?

Help influence the pathway for the next generation of mainframers by taking the LEAD-IT job competency survey to share your knowledge and insights. LEAD-IT is a collaboration between a Community of Leaders in the enterprise IT industry working to develop a registered mainframe apprenticeship program to increase participation in the field by underrepresented minorities and women.
 
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Nothing has been more discussed in the IT world over the last few years than "the cloud." And, as you have read many times on this Website, IBM has been a big advocate of the cloud, as have most all major IT vendors. But, for many large enterprises, the idea of moving large chunks of their IT business to the cloud seemed a little scary. Most were were following its progress and have been happy to let other companies try it first so they could gauge its success. Well, one company jumped in with both feet after some arm twisting and help from IBM—that company is Chubb. Chubb is a forward leaning insurance company that is always looking to gain an edge over its competitors. I recently read an interesting article about this very topic on the Enterprise Cloud News Website. It was written by Mitch Wagner and the title is, Mainframe Cloud? That's Nuts! I have taken the liberty of re-posting it here…

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