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Learn in the below posts how Millennials are becoming the next generation of developers to enter the mainframe workforce, yet there are a slew of barriers preventing the majority of them from considering mainframe application development as a viable and enjoyable career, instead opting for distributed systems in areas such as mobile and web application development.

Because of the lack of mainframe education in American academics–where most colleges and universities have phased out their mainframe curricula or teach it as an historical subject–the mainframe has been painted in a poor light for Millennials. Organizations shouldn’t expect next-generation developers to file into mainframe shops and begin coding COBOL applications. For one, not enough Millennials are interested, and for another, most of them have never received a thorough–if any–mainframe education.

The onus of handling the shifting mainframe workforce, through replacing highly-skilled developers with Millennials and teaching those Millennial developers how to manage and advance mainframe IP, belongs to organizations. Fortunately, there are modern mainframe application development tools and processes available to help companies shift their cultures to align more with what next-generation developers seek in a career.

Compuware Interns Get New Perspectives of the Mainframe and Detroit

By | August 30th, 2016|Agile Dev, DevOps, Workforce|

Detroit was a new city for the Compuware interns, but it’s also becoming a new city to itself. And like Detroit, the mainframe is becoming a new platform equipped with the familiar culture, processes and tools millennials need to be successful, regardless of their experience levels.

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Recruiting the Mainframe Workforce: Hiring Millennial Developers

By | June 14th, 2016|Agile Dev, DevOps, Featured, Recruiting for Mainframe, Workforce|

When our journey towards mitigating the mainframe skills shortage at our company began, we responded to the foreshadowing of a major skills gap that needed our immediate attention; we realized the next generation of developers wasn’t going to come to us, and that we needed to go to them; and we created a plan for how we should begin reaching out to them.

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Millennialize the Mainframe: Q&A with Compuware Recruiter Leigh Ann Ulrey

By | May 24th, 2016|Millennialize the Mainframe, Workforce|

For a perspective of how Compuware goes about finding Millennial mainframe talent, I spoke with Leigh Ann Ulrey, responsible for Compuware’s Global Talent Acquisition. Ulrey is the first and last touchpoint for candidates in Compuware’s recruitment process, giving her a unique vantage point of the generational changeover between retiring mainframe experts and Millennial developers.

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