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Mainframe Skills: A review

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Why talking about Mainframe skills

Those following my blog know that I’m covering from time to time mainframe topics. I just think it is an interesting area to keep an eye on. Some key topics I covered in the past were Successful Skillsz Scholarship or  Cobol. So, as I got pinged last week from a client around mainframe courses I thought it is time to focus a blog entry on this topic.

Insights into Germany (and the world)

Keeping this global blog interesting is always difficult thinking of which detail to present. Worldwide numbers are not giving insight into a single country. But data of one country may not be representative of the world. So, I looked once more back to my older entries an most were global. Therefore I decided to go this time with a snapshot of Germany. And this fits as a recent discussion was initiated by Germany. The data below is showing the student days of mainframe training sold by IBMs Training Partners in Germany. And for those not from Germany: the graph is representative of most countries. Those working in the area know that there are cycles with every new release of Mainframe. So, it is not surprising that we’re seeing some up and down.

Outlook

The chart is speaking a clear language. The overall trend is positive. And this is matching observations from older reviews. Looking behind the numbers we can see a shift towards much more digital training in addition to classroom delivery. We do not have a detailed investigation, but it seems this observation fits the generation change in the mainframe area.

 

Program Director, Business Development for Training & Skills

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