I often am asked how can a person studying engineering use his summer
vacation time to learn mainframe. This article is written to describe
the process so that students can learn this interesting technology. This
article will not go in details on how mainframe education can help you,
can give you some insight.
Though the request often comes from engineering &
MCA students, please note that the process described below is available
to all students. So if you are studying in school or doing your PhD in "Hindi",
you can follow this process to learn mainframe (assuming that you are
interested enough). The only condition is that you need to be a student
or a faculty i.e. connected to academics.
are some colleges and university where mainframe education is offered
as a part of curriculum. Anna University offers a course on M.Tech in
Mainframe Technology (http://www.autcbe.ac.in/courses.aspx). Others like Madurai Kamraj University offers it as an elective. Some other university like Bengal University of Science and Technology, Shibpur, Howrah, IIT-Guwahati &
MS RIT, Bangalore, has students doing their project on Mainframe. If
you are studying in such a University then you should directly plugin to
the system being offered by your college/institute.
awareness and penetration of mainframe education is bit low in India
(compared to India's volume of education system). Hence we have students
who are interested to learn mainframe technology but have no clue where
to start. So if you are a student based in India & you are interested in learning Mainframe - read on.
If you are a student outside India - similar process will apply to you.
You need to get the contact point for your country).
Step 1: Register in developerWorksStep 2: Get Training Materials
If you are not yet registered in dW, it is time to get that done.
Many training Materials are freely available in net. Some of the key ones are:Step 3: Introduce Mainframe Academic Initiative (MAI) to your University
Mainframe Academic Initiative (http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/university/systemz/teach.html
offers learning materials to faculty. These are complete set of
learning materials and include suggested Lab Work and Exam Problems.
Some of the presentations have voice in it - hence it gives a feel of
attending a real class.
Faculty can also
request mainframe IDs for their students. The IDs can be be used to get
hands-on practice on a REAL Mainframe (not a simulated stuff).
As these "goodies"
are only available via a faculty, students often need to interlock with
a faculty who will drive Mainframe Education in the campus. The faculty
can support the student by giving then assignments / projects on
occasion, I have noticed in some institutes that a faculty may not be
keen to learn mainframe and support the student in learning the skill.
However the students are quite interested to learn & have talked with the faculty to help them by giving e-books &
presentations from MAI site and also a MF ID so that they can self
study and do a mainframe based project / clear z01 certification.
Sometimes these students find a mentor from their friend / relative who
has mainframe experience and can guide them.
The above steps will give you the framework to learn mainframe. However I always ask students to target z01 certification as a goal.
It is free in 2011 and why miss a $95 value. In 2010 quite a few
students cleared z01 and hopefully in 2011 the number will be
exponentially higher. More information on z01 Certification is at https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/university/systemz/masterytest/index.html.
Students who clear z01 can post their CV in http://systemzjobs.com. WOW - Why did I not have such facilities when I was a student
Have Questions? Please post it as a comment so that the answer can be public.
Faculty who want to start Mainframe Education in India can email entindia @ in . ibm . com