IBM announced that more than 1,000 schools around the world are teaching students mainframe skills, both assisting students in getting jobs in big systems environments and extending the life of the mainframe.
IBM officials said 1,067 schools worldwide are recognizing the vast number of job opportunities available in enterprise computing and the importance of teaching students key systems technology like the IBM System z mainframe. Spanning 66 countries from the United States to China and India, these 1,067 schools are teaching courses and offering labs in IBM’s mainframe technology.
Known as the IBM System z Academic Initiative, the program allows schools either to use their own mainframe resources or access them at no cost from IBM using cloud computing technologies. The program also provides remote access to non-IBM software that runs on the mainframe, enabling professors to demonstrate more software applications for System z. IBM’s cloud delivery model gives schools anytime anywhere access to mainframe resources.
Additionally, schools no longer need to maintain enterprise systems environments on campus to expose students to commercial systems like the IBM mainframe.