This is especially useful for those of you considering investing in the mainframe. It makes the point that the mainframe had virtualization first and that it continues to innovate with virtualization. Kind of an obvious point if you know the mainframe well, but maybe you know about virtualization on another platform and want to get the details on mainframe virtualization and why it could become the x86 virtualization of tomorrow.
At the IBM Impact 2011 conference in Las Vegas and at the IBM System z Symposium in Orlando we placed some of our IBM Destination z Business Partners in front of the camera to share their thoughts about Destination z and the benefits of membership..
Offering the mainframe computing industry’s ONLY up-to-date, comprehensive, e-learning curriculum, Interskill’s low-cost, versatile, mainframe training has formed the backbone of mainframe education initiatives for over 1,000 corporations and government bodies worldwide.
Hi Darren! Interskill is known for its leadership in serving the mainframe community. Why do customers rely on Interskill solutions?
Thanks for asking Marc. You may be surprised to know that Interskill’s mainframe e-learning is THE ONLY up-to-date, broad spectrum, e-learning curriculum available to the mainframe industry. Over the last 15 years we have worked with more than 1,000 corporations and government bodies worldwide to provide low-cost, high quality, incredibly versatile mainframe training solutions to their personnel. It really has become a mainframe education standard.
We currently have over 150 web delivered courses for mainframe operators and programmers totaling over 800 hours of course content. These courses span IBM’s z Operating System and mainframe programming languages, as well as Tivoli, CA and BMC products. It’s a very comprehensive training solution!
In this tough economy, mainframe managers are finding it almost impossible to provide their personnel with all the training they need. Despite dwindling budgets, Managers must not feel trapped into just cutting training! By prudently using the classroom method only when necessary and “bulking up” annual training programs with some of the versatile, new technology training methods now available, the cost savings can be astounding!
Bottom line: significantly more training for substantially less money!
I understand IBM and Interskill have joined to deliver some very exciting ways for folks to learn new skills or refresh their skills with the very latest information. Tell me more.
IBM clients worldwide can now get Interskill Learning’s mainframe e-learning through IBM’s Learning Portal as two different product types:
1)The Enterprise e-Learning Solution which is an ultra low-cost, versatile, comprehensive mainframe training resource that forms the backbone of an organization’s mainframe education program. It’s annual, enterprise-wide, mainframe education at just dollars per course!
And 2)Mini e-Learning Bundles aimed at individual users. There is a z/OS Mainframe Programming e-Learning Bundle (EZ120) and a z/OS Computer Operations e-Learning Bundle (EZ110) offering 3 months access to 50 courses.
Interskill recently joined Destination z and has decided to be a zZone sponsor at Impact 2010 this May in Las Vegas. Why is this an important show for Interskill and what exciting things will Interskill be sharing with us at Impact?
Impact 2010 is really going to be an exciting show for us.Impact 2010 is the premier event for aligning technology and business strategy. It’s designed to demystify information technology for the line-of-business executive. And it brings together over 5,000top IT and businessprofessionals from around the world to share best practices and new tricks of the trade. We know business leaders and customers around the world are looking for smarter ways of delivering education across their organizations quickly and cost effectively.As a zZone sponsor, we’re looking forward to demonstrating how Interskill offerings can help deliver education and training in new and cost effective ways to empower their workforce.
Interskill really changes the way companies can deal with any challenges in meeting skills requirements and training needs at a time when education and travel costs are really tight. What are some of the messages you'll be sharing to help customers thrive in today's economy?
In an ideal world, Mainframe Managers would want their people to train often, and train on all facets of their complex mainframe job roles. The two limiting factors are time and money: budgets not allowing for all the training needed and busy mainframe personnel not having the time to train on all the areas they need.
We can cut money out of the equation. For the cost of one day of classroom on only one mainframe topic, Managers can give their mainframers 12 months access to over 150 mainframe topics!So, rather than 3 classroom days per year, give personnel 2 classroom days and 12 months open access to 150 e-learning courses. Imagine the versatility and breadth of knowledge that mainframe team could have!
We can also cut time out of the equation. Utilizing e-Learning offers mainframe personnel the ability to train anywhere, anytime: courses are broken up into one hour “bite size” pieces that can be done in breaks, during lulls at work, in the evenings, at home … anytime. Over the course of a year, students can complete hundreds of hours of training on a multitude of topics!
The mainframe industry’s staple training has always been classroom type training. We need to be a little smarter and use e-learning for the heart of the training program and use classroom where it is needed rather than as a default. We can deliver many, many more times the training at the same cost or less.
What’s the best way for customers to find out more about Interskill solutions – or even take a test drive with some of your offerings?
Customers can go to the IBM.com website and find a page dedicated to System z e-Learning. There is a lot of information there plus a number of JCL, JES2, COBOL, CICS and PL/I course modules for customers to try.
Alternately customers can call their IBM Education representative or me for a chat. I think they’ll be amazed with just how simple this is and how much sense it makes.
Is there any one thought that you would like to leave IBM customers with?
I would simply ask that IBM customers never leave their mainframe personnel without training. Even in the short term, it hurts the personnel and it weakens the company on so many levels.
Try and investigate ways that you can train smarter: maximizing your budget dollar, your team’s time and your training ROI.
Great talking with you, Darren. If your going to be at IMPACT 2010 this year, don't forget to check out Interskill at the Impact 2010 zZone
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]
You might already know that SHARE is holding its next conference March 1-6 in Austin, Texas. What you might not have known is that IBM's very own System z Marketing and Strategy VP Karl Freund will be delivering the keynote, called "Building a Dynamic Infrastructure - Trends and Directions for System z". Karl is usually pretty dynamic himself, so don't miss that.
Also -- speaking of dynamic -- look for IBM Destination z while you are in the exhibitor area. I will be there personally, and you could win a massage on-site at SHARE if you participate in the contest we'll be running.
Also -- System z will soon be celebrating its 45th birthday, and you have a chance to share in the festivities. Check this out from Natalie Boike, the editor of IBM Systems Journal, Mainframe Edition:
"The March magazine will be widely available at the SHARE Conference in Austin March 1and it will highlight IBM's 45-Years of Innovation on the Mainframe as April marks the anniversary of the System/360. In 1964, IBM announced the product "as a new generation of electronic computing equipment" in 165 U.S. cities!
"The March IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe edition is publishing a special timeline pullout along with special Anniversary focused editorial. It's a good time to market within the pages of the magazine within this editorial environment. Beyond March, however, IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe edition is looking to review how the mainframe has changed the industry by collecting user, client and vendor memories through April 13, for potential publication in the magazine and on our Web site.
"Were you one of the 100,000 businessmen or women who attended the announcement meeting? Did you play a role in helping the System/360 evolve over the years? Amusing or earnest, momentous or trivial, we’d like to hear how the IBM mainframe has impacted your life.
"Share your story by e-mailing me (that is, Managing Editor Natalie Boike), at firstname.lastname@example.org."
See you at SHARE, and maybe in the pages of IBM Systems Magazine. Ciao for now.
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.
I just heard from Peter Brodsgaard, Founder and CEO of aMOD, about this webinar being co-sponsored by IBM and aMOD. aMOD is one of our newest IBM Destination z members. Here is an abstract of their presentation and a link to their website for more info and to register for the session on "Data Modernization solutions for your IBM mainframe platform with a special focus on Linux for System z."
ABSTRACT: The globalization of markets, the increase of data volumes, 24 X 7 operations and the rapidly changing business conditions requires up-to-date information for making the correct business decision in today’s ever changing world. This leads to the requirement of new solutions for data exchange especially with the support of a heterogeneous IT infrastructure in an IBM mainframe centric enterprise. This webinar focuses on our data modernization solutions tcVISION and tcACCESS that support this requirement. Through customer testimonials we will show the importance of having up-to-date information at your finger tips and how it can make your company more efficient and competitive.