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Continuity and the Mainframe Ecosystem

Reg Harbeck

November 1, 2023

I was just chatting with a colleague from a small mainframe software startup, and we were brainstorming about how to get organizations that have mainframes to wake up and invest in the future of the platform. During our conversation, I mentioned the “Mainframe Continuity Planning” white paper I’d written in 2004 about the need to […]


COMMON Education Foundation: Connecting with the Next Generation of IT Talent

Victoria Schutz

September 28, 2023

As the older generation of IT professionals looks toward retirement, filling the gaps left behind can be challenging. COMMON Education Foundation (CEF) seeks to help solve that challenge, connecting the next generation of IT talent with employers and educational resources. Laura Ubelhor, owner of Consultech Services Inc. and secretary of CEF, has been working with […]


Shared Lives, Shared Careers…But Separate Offices

Charlie Guarino

September 1, 2023

This transcript is lightly edited for clarity. Charlie Guarino: Hi everybody. Welcome to another edition of TechTalk SMB. I’m sitting here today with a couple of luminaries, in my opinion, in the IBM i community, people who when you first come to think of education in our community, advancing the platform certainly in many different […]


Women of COBOL Episode 5: COBOL Is for Anyone – Transitioning to IT From Alternate Career Paths


October 28, 2022

Misty Decker: Hi and welcome to Episode 5 of of Women of COBOL. I’m delighted to have this conversation. Today we’re going to chat with two young women who have just launched their COBOL careers, about two years each, and we’re going to compare notes of what it’s like learning COBOL and launching a COBOL […]


Making the Mainframe More Accessible to New Technologists

Emma Pitzl

October 19, 2022

When high schooler Enzo Damato had the chance to buy a used mainframe for $100 in 2020, his parents weren’t exactly ready to set up an electric substation at their house and give up their garage. But fast-forward to 2022: Damato has gotten his wish—the garage is home to a z114 mainframe. Starting the Mainframe […]


Women of COBOL Episode 4: Creative Solutions for Closing the Mainframe Skills Gap


September 12, 2022

Misty Decker: Hi and welcome to this episode of Women of COBOL. Today we are talking about changing lives through COBOL. I’m so excited about this one; I hope you are, too. Let me introduce our two guests. Today we’re going to chat with Magie Hall, assistant professor of Strategic Business Analytics at WU Vienna. […]


Women of COBOL Episode 2: Looking to the Next Generation


June 8, 2022

Misty Decker: Hi and welcome to Women of COBOL hosted by TechChannel. I’m your host, Misty Decker, and today I am pleased to be joined by two amazing women of COBOL. We’re going to chat about COBOL and getting young people involved and how to help them find really prosperous COBOL careers. So first let […]


With Uncertainty, Comes Opportunity: The Shifting IBM Z Workforce

Reg Harbeck

February 23, 2022

Reg Harbeck: Hi. I'm Reg Harbeck and I'm here for the second of a pair of podcasts with Jeff Cherrington. On our first podcast we sort of talked about the background of ASG [Technologies] and Rocket Software and just all that you know, happened in the history of mainframe computing and enterprise computing and how […]

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How Collaboration and Education Can Help Close the IBM Z and COBOL Skills Gap

February 7, 2022

How do we maintain interest from new IBM Z and COBOL talent? The keys seem to be: education, collaboration and fun. Dr. Cameron Seay, for example, has taught both COBOL and IBM Z at different schools. It’s not that no one is interested in learning about them; it’s just that the information needs to be […]


Women of COBOL Episode 1: Overturning Biases on COBOL and Women in Tech


November 15, 2021

Announcing the first episode in our TechChannel-hosted video series spotlighting women of COBOL, moderated by Misty Decker! This episode’s guests include: Moderator: Misty Decker, product marketing director, Micro Focus Maemalynn Meanor, senior PR manager, The Linux Foundation and Open Mainframe Project Keelia Estrada Moeller, senior editor, TechChannel Transcript Misty Decker: Hi and welcome to our very first episode of […]