As we turn the calendar to a new page, Planet Mainframe is thrilled to announce the commencement of Talent and Training Month—a special period dedicated to celebrating and exploring the individuals, programs, and opportunities within the world of mainframe computing.
The mainframe industry, often perceived as the powerhouse behind critical business operations, is at a crossroads. With a significant portion of its workforce nearing retirement, there’s an urgent need to pass the torch to a new generation of mainframe professionals. This situation presents not just a challenge, but an immense opportunity for aspiring tech enthusiasts to step into roles that lie at the heart of global finance, data management, and enterprise computing.
During Talent and Training Month, we will shine a spotlight on the diverse talent that fuels this industry. From seasoned professionals who’ve witnessed the evolution of mainframes to the fresh faces bringing new perspectives and skills to the field, we’ll share stories and insights that underscore the human element behind these computing juggernauts.
Central to this month’s theme is the focus on training and development. Mainframe technology, though robust and reliable, is also complex and nuanced. Nurturing the next generation of mainframe experts requires a concerted effort in education and hands-on training. We’ll delve into the various programs and initiatives designed to equip individuals with the skills needed to thrive in this field. From university partnerships to corporate training programs, we’ll explore how the industry is addressing the skills gap.
There’s a world of opportunities waiting in the mainframe sector. This month, we aim to demystify the career paths available in this field. Whether it’s system administration, programming, security, or database management, the mainframe ecosystem is rich with possibilities for career growth and innovation.
Talent and Training Month isn’t just about discussion—it’s a call for you to engage. This month, we hope you will take time to connect with peers, access training for your own professional development, and consider how you can mentor others in the industry. Building a strong community is key to sustaining the vitality and relevance of mainframes in the modern tech landscape.
As we embark on this exciting month at Planet Mainframe, we invite you to join us in this journey of discovery and learning. Whether you’re a seasoned mainframe expert, a student curious about this field, or somewhere in between, Talent and Training Month is for you. Together, let’s celebrate the people who make mainframes what they are today and nurture the talent that will drive them forward into the future.
Welcome to Talent and Training Month—the future of mainframes begins with people like you.
Amanda Hendley is the Managing Editor of Planet Mainframe and Co-host of the iTech-Ed Mainframe User Groups. She has always been a part of the technology community having spent eleven years at Technology Association of Georgia and six years at Computer Measurement Group. Amanda is a Georgia Tech graduate and enjoys spending her free time renovating homes and volunteering with SEGSPrescue.org in Atlanta, Georgia.