By Bryan Smith
A generational shift is occurring in large organizations around the globe, in which first and second-generation mainframe programmers are retiring from the workforce and being replaced by millennials, eager to jumpstart their careers.
After all, people have a tendency to go where the jobs are, and mainframes provide a great opportunity for engineers just entering the workforce – not only to find positions, but to have a clear career path for decades to come.
Here at Rocket Software, for example, we have developers that support dozens of mainframe products. So we need skilled programmers and developers to keep innovating. That’s why we’ve hired a number of new team members and immersed them in the mainframe universe. If you’ve been in the business as long as I have, it’s refreshing to hear what up-and-coming mainframe professionals are saying about this technology and the opportunities it provides.
Here’s what some of our under-40 Rocketeers are saying:
Jared Hunter, software developer:
“I’m 36, and have been writing software for IBM mainframes for about 10 years. The mainframe has enjoyed longevity in the computing industry because it has delivered consistently strong ROI for businesses in a way that supports new IT projects while minimizing the risk to things that already work well. As a software engineer, I take pride in creating useful things, and when I create something that mainframe customers find useful, I’ve built something that millions of people will depend on. Organizations that can afford the best available tools for their large-scale production workloads are continuing to choose the mainframe.”
Hrithik Govardhan, lead software developer:
“I started at Rocket when I was 23 years old, and for the last 10 years, I have been working on mainframe security, helping secure both identities and data for customers. As the world gets more and more connected and more and more dependent on ubiquitous technology, the need for machines with massive computing power and massive parallel capabilities is only going to increase. In a future of ubiquitous computing, I see mainframes as a crucial component of the back-end architecture, providing the resources needed to analyze incredible amounts of data to provide the best analysis that the front end will require. There are few other options that offer the scalability and processing power of a mainframe, and I’m proud to be working on a platform that provides the backbone crucial to the smooth working of the world’s largest companies.”
Kyle Beausoleil, Software Engineer:
“Rocket is my first job out of college. I am excited about starting my career in mainframes because I have yet to see a cost-effective solution that addresses as many of a customer’s needs as the mainframe does. The mainframe is unique mostly because it has been refined over many years to handle large amounts of data faster and more smoothly than anything else. Big Data and the mainframe may become indistinguishable within a decade, and the constant push of the information age will drive companies to look for more and more ways to better understand their customers. The mainframe is the best tool for this job. The mainframe has never lost its identity. Everything that made the mainframe great when it was introduced has scaled into today, and remains greater than ever.”
Bryan Smith focuses on IBM mainframe solutions at Rocket Software, a global software company that has developed mainframe tools and solutions for the world’s leading businesses for 24 years.