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In the blog series below, learn why mainframe shops must Millennialize the mainframe. The mainframe skills shortage looming over enterprises is making it more important than ever for IT organizations to devise a strategy for recruiting the next generation of talented developers. But onboarding Millennials for mainframe development isn’t as straightforward as it seems to be for organizations operating within the distributed systems arena.

To Millennialize the mainframe is  to alter a development approach that has constituted mainframe application development since the platform’s inception. However, this is the stark reality we’ve arrived at due to the increasing pace of the digital economy. But by bringing to the mainframe a modernized set of tools and processes that next-generation developers are familiar and skilled with, organizations can Millennialize the mainframe and make it a platform operable for programmers who’ve been taught languages like Java as opposed to COBOL, and who’ve developed in environments like Eclipse as opposed to ISPF.

So will you take the journey to Millennialize the mainframe, or risk leaving it unattended to by the next generation of developers who refuse to operate on a platform leveraging old tools and processes? There’s a clear path, and we provide an overview of it in this series.

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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Millennialize the Mainframe: Innovation with Java and Eclipse

By | May 5th, 2016|Agile Dev, DevOps, Millennialize the Mainframe, Workforce|

At first, the juxtaposition of mainframe and Eclipse seems counterintuitive—different syntaxes, different cultures, different generations. But the introduction of Java to the mainframe is blurring the line between developers who represent these differences.

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Millennialize the Mainframe: Transferring Technical Skills

By | March 16th, 2016|Agile Dev, App Performance, COBOL, DevOps, Millennialize the Mainframe, Workforce|

It’s becoming easier for Millennial developers to apply their programming skills to the mainframe. Just look at Justin Lewis, a Millennial software developer at Compuware who has leveraged his technical acumen to help the company mainstream the mainframe, bringing it into cross-platform DevOps processes.

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Millennialize the Mainframe: A Modern Mainframe Development Perspective

By | February 24th, 2016|Agile Dev, DevOps, Millennialize the Mainframe, Workforce|

Many Millennials still perceive working with mainframe technology as a career dead end. But the opposite is true at Compuware, a company doing well to hire and empower Millennials who view working with the mainframe as a challenge with the reward of opportunity.

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