|FROM ||Ruben Safir
|SUBJECT ||Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] NYLXS Meeting
IBM, Linux Foundation, Universities Partner on Open Source Mainframe
Aug 14, 2014 Christopher Tozzi
| The VAR Guy
IBM, the Linux Foundation, Marist College and Syracuse University are
offering MOOCs to train the next generation of administrators for
IBM says the channel is in dire need of more
professionals with mainframe server administration expertise, and just
in time for the new school year, it is promoting a partnership with the
Linux Foundation , Marist College
and Syracuse University to
deliver those skills through a new series of MOOCs on open source
As one of the oldest computing platforms around, mainframes can appear
lackluster in the age of the cloud, ultra-sleek smartphones and wearable
computing. But "the need for a trained and modernized mainframe
workforce has never been higher," IBM said in a recent statement.
The company backed up the claim with data from a Compuware study
that found a "looming skills shortage of mainframe developers,"
according to two-thirds of CIOs surveyed. Adding to the challenge, the
report concluded, is the diversification of modern mainframe workloads,
which have evolved considerably in recent years.
IBM and its partners hope that MOOCs, or massively open online courses
in which anyone can enroll for free and attend class over the Internet,
will help prevent a skills gap that could hurt its mainframe business.
And while it's hard to predict how many students in a free MOOC will go
on to careers in the mainframe world, the courses have already garnered
a lot of attention. More than 140,000 people have enrolled so far in the
Linux Foundation's Intro to Linux
MOOC, while around 500 have taken the MOOCs on mainframe computing
offered this summer by Syracuse University and Marist.
On 08/14/2014 12:10 AM, Ruben Safir wrote:
> Nobody is coming?
> On Tue, Aug 05, 2014 at 04:36:22PM -0400, Ruben Safir wrote:
>> "The first step toward getting things done is to get your own house in
>> order. Politicize your local computer groups. Don't flinch from making
>> the political imperatives of protecting the fundamental rights needed
>> for free software's survival a top priority of your user group's
>> mission. If you're not prepared to accept the challenge of protecting
>> the basic freedoms needed to ensure the future of free software,
>> uninhibited by wiretapping and censorship, then you need to step aside.
>> There are plenty of Radio Controlled Model Airplane groups around for
>> you to exercise your interest in technology. Free software is serious
>> business, and we need people committed to the general principles of
>> freedom in the digital age."
>> The next meeting and INSTALLFEST is next
>> August 14th, 2014
>> Thursday at 7:30PM
>> at 1580 East 19th Street Apartment 1-E
>> Brooklyn, US
>> Kings Highway station on the B and Q line.
>> Refreshments will be served.
>> Network available.