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Social scientists have scribed countless reports on the generational differences between Millennials and Baby Boomers. But for mainframers dedicated to ensuring the future of the platform, one often-overlooked distinction may be the most critical factor to consider.
The oldest generation of mainframers, the ones who grew up in an era where sysprogs might carry hardware to tweak the early processors, are do-it-yourselfers. Throughout their careers, they took care to build and maintain their own systems management tools, long before vendors responded with standardized solutions.
The mainframe is alive and well—a fact we take great pride in—which makes the thought of our retirement a little frightening. Without us, who will support, maintain and promote our favorite platform? And let’s not forget that, despite the increasing relevancy of the mainframe, naysayers are still a dime a dozen. What if the veterans could ease the journey for Millennials by embracing technology that makes it easier for new people to come up to speed rapidly?