Gartner Research

Top 10 Strategies to Ensure You Have Mainframe Skills Through 2025

Published: 06 October 2015

ID: G00276887

Analyst(s): Mike Chuba


This research details 10 action items that infrastructure and operations leaders should take now to ensure that they have the I&O skills to support their mainframe environment in the years ahead.

Table Of Contents


  • 1. Work with your human resources department to determine how deficient your mainframe workforce might be and how soon.
  • 2. Mine the z Systems Job Connector board.
  • 3. Provision skills from third parties to fill gaps and supplement existing staff.
  • 4. Get involved with IBM's Academic Initiative program.
  • 5. Launch a formal intern program with one of your local schools.
  • 6. Bring IBM's course material in-house and tailor it to do your own training.
  • 7. Cross-train current staff.
  • 8. Continue to automate wherever possible in order to reduce the need for labor.
  • 9. Actively participate in user organizations, such as Share (z Systems user group), to nurture next-generation talent.
  • 10. Selectively migrate away from products that there may be no way to support in the future.

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