Webcast: Building a Millennial Mainframe Powerhouse
May 23, 2017 | Best practices
Ken Harper Director, Mainframe Services
How are you going to fill mainframe jobs as your in-house experts retire?
It’s a real concern for three reasons:
Openings will likely triple over the next 10 years
Nobody can learn your mainframe overnight — knowledge transfer is essential
The millennial generation differs in important ways from previous ones
With these issues in mind, Compuware and Ensono recently hosted a webcast called “Building a Millennial Mainframe Powerhouse: Tips to Attract and Retain the Next Generation of Mainframe Development.”
Mainframe veterans — Compuware Vice President of Development, Dave Rizzo, and Ensono Director of Mainframe Services, Ken Harper— discuss their experiences and lessons learned. They’re joined by two young software developers from their organizations, Noah Al-Armanazi of Compuware and Andrew Meister of Ensono.
Two overall challenges both involve convincing people. Upper management must understand that mainframes have a big future and recruitment is worth an investment. Meanwhile Millennials — with more exposure to new technologies — will need some convincing themselves.
The webcast takes up these two challenges in depth, addressing such aspects as:
Why it’s critical to recruit and retain a new generation
How Millennials and their expectations differ from Boomers and Gen X
Myths about Millennials
Why modern tools, processes, and workplace culture matter
Drawing on their own successes, the panelists also offer some real world tips in key areas, including:
How and when to plan
Where to find recruits
Characteristics to look for
How to meet generational expectations
Weaving the generations in the workplace
And other insights
There’s a lot of institutional knowledge and wisdom in your aging mainframe workforce, but you don’t have to lose it. View the webcast here.