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Posted by Jonathan Adams Feb 17, 2012
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Ground control to System Z

Commencing countdown, engines.....off?

 

It's the end of the mainframe era at NASA, as they unplugged their last mainframe earlier this month.

 

The mainframe had a storied history at the space giant.Mainframes kept track of materials for the Saturn missions. They guided the Apollo missions, And IBM developed the hierarchical database management system IMS for the mission that landed the first men on the moon.

 

Mainframes may be gone at NASA, but they are definitely not going away for businesses, government agencies, hospitals, and other organizations that need reliable, fast, and secure processing.

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Last week, we took a look at how universities are teaching mainframe skills to the next generation of IT professionals. This week, we see how one student in Canada won second place in mainframe mastery contest, besting almost 4,000 competitors. He had three months to complete a complicated assignment, and he finished it in 12 days.

 

Now that's the kind of IT professional we all want to hire!

 

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When was the first time you heard that the mainframe was going away? Chances are it was sometime in the 1990s or earlier. Those of us who have been around the industry for a while see the trends come and go, and we see the mainframe still there - evolving and handling more data than ever.

 

Those who are just starting their careers may think of the mainframe as a dinosaur, a dying (or already extinct) breed, a boring platform. But, finally, that perception is starting to change.

 

Check out this article from Forbes about how one university is teaching mainframe skills in a way that college students grasp (for example, a mainframe more than a bunch of iPhones duct-taped together).

 

What experiences have you had with the younger generation learning and using the mainframe?

 

The postings in this blog are my own and don't necessarily represent BMC's opinion or position.

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