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IBM Nurtures Mainframe Workforce With World Championship

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A logo for the Master the Mainframe contest.

The Master the Mainframe coding contest is aimed at igniting student interest in Big Iron.

Credit: IBM

IBM recently announced its first-ever "Master the Mainframe" world championship, in which university students who are winners of regional qualifiers will spend March entrenched in what IBM calls the "Systems of Engagement" concept.

Systems of Engagement are decentralized technologies that encourage collaboration across a variety of hardware and software platforms and often use cloud technologies to enable those interactions. IBM says modern enterprise systems are largely "Systems of Record," unconnected systems designed around discrete bits of data designed to passively provide information to a set of workers.

IBM says contestants will deploy Systems of Record mainframe business applications and demonstrate how the Systems of Engagement concept utilizes the platform's capabilities. The competition is designed to highlight the modern capabilities of the mainframe in handling complex big data, cloud, security, and mobile computing workloads.

"Our ongoing collaboration with governments and academia in more than 70 countries to extend mainframe skills through our System z Academic Initiative helps ensure continuous mainframe innovations in areas such as cloud, mobile, and big data for decades to come," says IBM's Pat Toole.

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