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The Big Iron Crunch

For the past thirty years industry pundits have been predicting the demise of the mainframe, but in the coming years the crowd arguing for mainframe longevity will be retiring, and new blood is going to be hard to come by. Without a fresh influx of interested developers, the purportedly grand benefits of big iron may prove to be a moot point. Running Linux on the mainframe is a good start, but for companies deeply invested in COBOL the time to start the migration is now. I lived through a mainframe retirement. It can be a harrowing experience, especially for those who have never bothered to upgrade their skills. The mainframe workers who found no useful place in the company were let go, while others learned project management or Linux to stay relevant and employable. The migration was considered a success because we had the talent to move the workload off to clusters of x86 servers, but without the talent available to manage the mainframe part of it, we would have been in trouble. Janet Sun from SHARE, an "an independent, volunteer run association" with deep ties to IBM, Oracle, and Hitachi, encourages the tech industry that the

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