Just finished reading a great new article at NetworkWorld.com called Working on mainframes not just for old fogies. Well, that is sure good to know. I may be getting older, but I sure don't think of myself as one of those "old fogies" yet... and I still work on mainframes.
The article talks about the continuing relevance of mainframe computing in a novel way -- by talking to several young mainframe newbies. Yes, there are twenty-somethings out there who are working on mainframes, they are just hard to find. And the article makes the point that all of us in the mainframe world know -- we need more young 'uns to learn the mainframe.
The article goes on to point out some interesting mainframe statistics from the industry analysts. According to Gartner "large mainframe users have been increasing their mainframe environments for years." They say that installed MIPs will continue to gorw at a CAGR of 15 to 20 percent through 2009. And the analysts at IDC seem to agree, with 2006 MIPS shipments up 14.2 percent.
If you work on mainframes be sure to click over and give the article a read. To me, anyway, it is invigorating to hear about young people embracing the mainframe. And the more younger people who learn about mainframe computing, the stronger the platform becomes... and that is good, too.