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Education a Continuous Process

By Destination Z posted Mon December 23, 2019 03:23 PM

If you’re a fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger, I’ll bet the most memorable line in the movies is of course, “I’ll be back!”  That said, after five years of retirement from IBM, and missing the z Systems community, I’d like to let you know that “I’m back!” 

As many of you may remember from prior blog entries over the last few years, I have attended SHARE in Anaheim and San Antonio to help out the Destination z team in reaching out to members and helping make sure they had an opportunity to get their caricature done and join Destination z. What fun that was. I have also been involved from time to time with the annual VM Workshop, including update presentations on the IBM Academic Initiative for z Systems.

As many of you also may know, I was very involved in the IBM Academic Initiative recruiting colleges and universities to bring back mainframe courses, as well as doing guest lectures or presentations at high school events and classes. I’m not a mainframe bigot, no way!

That involvement and interest with educational opportunities spawned a conversation, which resulted in an opportunity to work as an educational programs consultant. I continue to read articles about the still-growing need for mainframe skills in the industry, and I’m thrilled to have an opportunity to help the z community further in acquiring the skills they need. I consider myself back in the mainframe community for a while longer.

Again this year, I will be at the VM Workshop at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, from June 22 to 24,  and of course I would love to have an opportunity to catch up with you there as we continue our own education in the field. As always, this mini-conference is inexpensive ($100 for early birds), and includes three days of education on z/VM, z/VSE and Linux on z, and the enrollment fee includes meals and a polo shirt. Talk about a bargain. Anyone (including students) interested in learning more, or are so excited by the prospect that you want to enroll right away, can do so now. See you there.

Marc I. Smith is an Educational Programs Consultant with ProTech Training. He spent 28 of 33 years at IBM as a member of the mainframe z Systems community. He began his mainframe career working with VM/HPO and VM/ESA development before moving on to planning and managing VM Early Support Programs (ESPs), marketing z/VSE and z/VM until moving into marketing and channel enablement positions within the System z (now z Systems) hardware family. He is one of the team members who brought Destination z into existence and managed the online community until his retirement from IBM in 2012.