The Mainframe Is Dead. Long Live the Mainframe!
Keywords:Mainframe, Enterprise Computing, Enterprise Systems, Education, COBOL
Many have predicted the death of the mainframe over the last 10 to 20 years, yet it is still is a large part of enterprise computing today. Companies not only use the mainframe for “legacy” applications, but are also developing new ap- plications for mainframes, resulting in a rise in mainframe sales. These increases, along with an aging mainframe work- force and academia’s move away from mainframe-related curricula and courses, has resulted in a shortage of workers trained in mainframe applications. In this paper we report on a U.S.-based survey of industry and academia that con-firms the existence of this problem. We conclude with some possible future research directions to explore as possible so- lutions to this potential dilemma.
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