You know, I'm sitting here and it occurred to me that I didn't mention the career day at the Lone Star College - Tomball, in Tomball, Texas (near Houston).
IBM arranged to bring their IBM System z10 BC demo machine to the campus, hooked it up. Tomball arranged to bring in about 70 students to see the z10, and for faculty members and College Students, IBM conducted a Linux Workshop where using the z10 mainframe the students installed Linux on the machine using z/VM (z/Virtual Machine).
The event was conducted to kick-off Tomball's efforts to begin teaching mainframe topics as part of their CS workforce program and potentially as part of their CS degree program. Tomball is a recent member of the IBM Academic Initiative, System z program and I look forward to watching as they build their program.[Read More]
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On Wednesday the 4th of March IBM and SHARE provided an opportunity for high school and college students to come to SHARE to hear about the industries "Best Kept Secret", the IBM System z. It is AMAZING how few High School and College Students know how often their daily lives may be influenced by the "Mainframe".
Anyway, after a one hour presentation (Starting with a welcome for Karl Freund, VP of IBM System z Marketing and Strategy), the students were led down to the SHARE Technology Exchange (Exhibit Hall) to see an operating mainframe and to talk with IBM experts, vendor reps and customers who were willing to talk to the students (most of them).
Initial feedback from students and instructors was that the experience was well received, appreciated, and several students are now very interested and want to pursue Enterprise Computing topics in their studies.
All in all, a great event. With over 100 participants, we continue to spread the word that we are a lean, green, computing platform (Machine) :-)[Read More]
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As I told you in February, SHARE was here in Austin (where I happen to live) and IBM Destination z ran a promotion I called the zZingo card. Attendees who visited with 13 of our IBM Destination z members where treated to a relaxing massage during exhibit hours.
Needless to say that those who took advantage of the offer felt the effort to visit all the exhibitors was well worth the effort.
Watch this space, i will let you know of any similar offerings we may conjure up in the coming months.