What is the IBM Academic Initiative?

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IBM Academic Initiative System z

Don Resnik – IBM Academic Initiative, Overall Program Manager Troy D Crutcher – IBM Academic Initiative, Global Contest Project Manager Paul Newton – IBM Academic Initiative, IT Specialist © 2014 IBM Corporation

What is the IBM Academic Initiative?

Membership in the IBM Academic Initiative is free and open to individual faculty members.

A skills initiative

– An IBM program that partners with academic institutions worldwide to build a pipeline of skilled students for the IT jobs of tomorrow and skills for a smarter planet.



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Cross Organizations AI z Core Team

STG Development

(James Ground, Amy Bildzok, Maria Boonie)


Troy Crutcher

ISV / AI Programs

(Larry Ghearing, Kathy Bennett, Don Boulia)

Paul Newton

System z Marketing & Strategy

(Mark Anzani, Mike Desens, Ross Mauri) • WW Program • Enables Schools • Assists Clients


• Grows Ecosystem • Enables z Growth • Removes Skills Issues • Assists Sellers & BPs • Marketing Content

Don Resnik

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IBM zEnterprise Academic Initiative

Key Milestones & Results in Our Journey  Since its inception in 2003, the program has grown significantly benefiting schools, students, and clients  Market place demand for enterprise systems resources over the last decade has remained strong  Our clients have expressed continued interest in expanding the program to ensure a healthy ecosystem

Program Investment $10M+ over in 10 years Growth 64K+Students Over 1K Schools in 67 countries Job Candidates Over 4,200 Job Seekers Corporate Engagement

360+ companies actively recruiting

Professional Connections 9 Communities

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Client Skills and Academic Initiatives

FIE skills

Examples Linux and z/OS

Global Support

for community initiatives that drive z skills Differentiator

Client Skills Service

Roundtables, Briefings, Training Alternatives, Resumes, Professor Introductions, Help Desk, Resources, Certification Coupons, Contest system for clients

Ecosystem Awareness

Press, Analysts, Events, Conferences, Awards, Sponsorships (constant drumbeat)

WW School enablement

Curriculum, Contests, T3s, Certifications, Job Board Website, Tech support

Marketing Materials for

Clients, Educators, Sellers, Ambassadors


Loaner Systems, Hubs, IIC Dallas, Software, zPDT © 2014 IBM Corporation

Resources for Educators

 Program membership – 10 minutes (


/university/systemz )  Remote access to IBM Mainframe systems – Full software stack available on hub systems – WW coverage and support – System customization according to skills  Thousands of for download software products available  Access to course materials – Modules to full semester – Foundational to advanced topics – Applicable to multiple computing disciplines – Presentations, textbooks, labs, exams – Teach as is or integrate into existing curricula  Ongoing Faculty skills development – Seminars and workshops – Calendar of events  Connections with the community – Roundtable – Participating schools The Academic Initiative is


a predefined program.

It is designed for flexibility. Use what you want when you want it. © 2014 IBM Corporation

Enterprise System Courses

Foundational Principles  An Introduction to the Mainframe Large Scale Commercial Computing  An Introduction to the Mainframe Networking*  An Introduction to the Mainframe Security*  An Introduction to the Mainframe z/OS Basics* Operating Systems  An Introduction to the New Mainframe - z/VSE Basics    User Interfaces  Enterprise Server Storage Management - VSAM  Introduction to z/VM Linux on System z z/OS UNIX System Services ISPF z/OS Basic Interfaces Programming Languages  COBOL Learning Modules  Enterprise Server Assembler Language Coding  Enterprise Server Introduction to Programming JCL  Introduction to the COBOL Language Information, Data, and Transaction Management  DB2 9 for z/OS Advanced System and Disaster Recovery  DB2 9 for z/OS Application Data Recovery  DB2 9 for z/OS Application Performance and Tuning  DB2 9 for z/OS Application Programming Workshop  DB2 9 for z/OS Database Administration Part 1  DB2 9 for z/OS Database Administration Part 2  DB2 9 for z/OS Implementation Workshop  DB2 9 for z/OS System Administration  DB2 9 for z/OS System Performance Analysis and Tuning  DB2 9 for z/OS Utilities for Database Administrators  DB2 for z/OS Application Development  DB2 for z/OS Fundamentals  DB2 for z/OS Query Optimization and Performance Tuning  DB2 Family Fundamentals  IMS Fundamentals  DB2 SQL Workshop for Experienced Users  Introduction to IMS  z/OS and DB2 Basics for DB2 for z/OS DBA Beginners *available in audio version Test  Introduction to Enterprise Systems Testing Application Development  Developing COBOL with Rational Developer for System z V8.0

 e-business with WebSphere Application Server for z/OS  Essentials of Rational Team Concert for System z V2.0  Rational Developer for System z Learning Modules Other  Enterprise Server Data Management  Enterprise Server Transaction Management  Mini Boot Camp  z/OS Advanced Topics*  z/OS Emerging Technologies* © 2014 IBM Corporation

Student/Professor access - z/OS, z/VM, Linux on z, and z/TPF Master the Mainframe Contests USA/Canada World Championship 2013

All Countries World Championship 2016 +

Robert Morris University Columbus State University West Texas A&M Global Online Learning (Australia) DeVry University San Jose State University Cegep de Thetford (Canada) Long Island University University of Maryland Eastern Shore University of North Texas Ryerson University (Canada) Denmark Technical University University of Redlands Polytechnic School of Carlos III University

Notre Dame University

Fairmont State University Illinois State University University of Malaysia (Pahang) Vellore Institute of Technology (India) zSoftware and Services for Campus Resident System z

Dallas ISV Center Marist College University of Arkansas Syracuse University

Access provided to many other universities

NC A&T Tongji University

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2014 IBM Enterprise Systems Educator Conference

June 2 - 4 - Hosted at Robert Morris University (Pittsburgh, PA)

The IBM Academic Initiative; along with Robert Morris University, is excited to sponsor and invite you to this no cost, face-to-face enterprise systems educator seminar. Introduce your students to the most secure computing platform, most current state-of-the-art hardware - the "cloud in a box" - the IBM System z. 

Attend engaging workshops taught by leading university professors

Engage in hands-on workshops and lab exercises

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Meet other professors from around the country to explore new ideas Agenda Topics (subject to change)

          Strategies for Implementing System z into the Curriculum Employer Panel - Demands for Young Professionals from Fortune 500 Companies Enterprise Security Framework - What can you Teach your Students Introducing COBOL and the Mainframe How to Integrate DB2 Using RDz into your Curriculum How to Integrate zOS and RD Traveler into your Curriculum How to Integrate WebSphere and MQ into your Curriculum Introducing "Mobile to Mainframe with Worklight" into your Curriculum What Big Data means to you What can the IBM Academic Initiative Program do for you © 2014 IBM Corporation

Academic Initiative System z

– School Profiles (NEW)


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School Profiles – Connecting clients with schools and students

Access profiles on:

System z participating schools page

Select the ‘Profile’ link ibm.com/systems/z/education/academic/schools _na.html

IBM Connections

- Search Public folders Use keyword ‘Academic initiative’ - Locate profiles by geography ibm.com/connections/files/app#/public 

Individual and Master global profile

- School classifications - Visual mapping © 2014 IBM Corporation

The IBM System z Academic Initiative

Over 1000 schools Using the z AI program

Binghamton University NY California State at Dominquez Hills Cegep De Thetford Quebec Columbus State U, GA DeVry University Eastern Illinois University Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ Fairmont State University, WV Illinois State University Marist College, NY North Carolina A&T University Northern Illinois University Pace University NY Southeast Community College, NE Robert Morris University, PA Rochester Institute of Technology Ryerson University Toronto


New York Institute of Technology

These 25 schools in North America have taken

Syracuse University, NY

mainframe education to the next level –

University of Arkansas

- multiple courses

University of MD Eastern Shore

- certificate programs

University of North Texas



University of South Carolina


West Texas A&M University Widener University PA

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Resources for Students

Participate in IBM sponsored contests


/university/students/contests/ – Master the Mainframe (No experience necessary) 

Launch your career

– Job Board -


– IBM jobs:


/university/students/jobs/ 

Validate your skills and get recognized

– System z Mastery test Membership is


required for students.

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IBM Master the Mainframe Contest

• Runs in the fall semester • Hands-on contest for university and High school students • No experience necessary • Remote logon from dorms, apartments, labs • Increasing difficulty, increasing prize levels – Part 1: 1-2 hours to complete, win a T-shirt – Part 2: 10-20 hours to complete, win IBM Prize Pack – Part 3: Weeks to months to complete, win a tablet computer and a trip to an IBM mainframe lab

Worldwide totals: 10 years, 38 countries, 76,000+ students!

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15 How the Master the Mainframe Contest Works The IBM Master the Mainframe contest is an exciting opportunity for students to gain real-world experience using enterprise computing skills. Hosted at high schools, colleges and universities all over the world, this unique mainframe computing contest is designed to equip students with mainframe knowledge, and challenge their skills in a hands-on coding experience.

To compete in the Master the Mainframe contest, no experience with mainframes is necessary. In fact, the contest is designed for students with little or no mainframe experience, increasing with difficulty as the contest progresses. Students just need to bring drive and competitive spirit, and they will be ready to compete. With a growing demand for a new generation of enterprise computing professionals, participation in Master the Mainframe contests could give students the career edge they need.

Part one: Breaking the ice

IBM will provide contestants with screenshots and directions to guide students on exactly what to do. This helps acquaint each contestant with navigating the mainframe user interface, introduce them to basic mainframe concepts, and get each student more comfortable with different aspects of the mainframe.

Part two: Practical experience

Utilizing the skills each contestant learned in Part One, the students will perform extensive programming (advanced commands, system setup, and advanced system navigation) and application developing (C, JAVA, COBOL, assembler and REXX) tasks, as well as hands-on experience with multiple operating systems (Linux on System z, z/VM, z/OS, z/TPF).

Part three: Real-world challenge

This is the most challenging stage and requires the contestants to work over weeks and months. Tasks from this stage are taken from real life situations encountered by experienced systems programmers, along with challenges designed to identify the contestants with the most drive and determination.

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MTM Country Contests – Past and Present

(As of October 22 nd 2014)

Country Contest Dates

(If multiple, list)

Country Contest Dates

(If multiple, list) Argentina Australia Austria Benelux Bolivia Brazil Canada Chile China Colombia Denmark Ecuador Finland France Germany India Kazakhstan Mexico Netherlands 2011, 2012, 2014 2008 - 2012 2012, 2014 2007, 2014 2011, 2012, 2014 2007 - 2014 2005 - 2014 2011, 2012, 2014 2011 - 2014 2011, 2012, 2014 2007 2011, 2012, 2014 2007 2010 2011, 2012, 2014 2012, 2013 2011 2010 - 2012 2010 Norway Paraguay Peru Poland Puerto Rico Russia Spain Sweden Switzerland Taiwan Thailand Turkey Ukraine United Kingdom United States Uruguay Venezuela 1.



Since 2005 to Oct 2014. Some contests were run with multiple countries as a bundle. Some countries have held contests multiple times as indicated 2007 2011, 2012, 2014 2011, 2012, 2014 2012, 2013 2013 - 2014 2011, 2012 2012, 2014 2007 2011, 2012, 2014 2009 – 2012 2007 2011 2011, 2012 2006 -2014 2005 - 2014 2011, 2012, 2014 2011, 2012, 2014 © 2014 IBM Corporation

IBM zEnterprise Academic Initiative

Previous Master the Mainframe Winner Turns Pro  West Texas A&M University  Computer Science Graduate  Professor Haiduk ( [email protected]

 Master the Mainframe Contest 2010 winner, 3537 participants 549 schools  Courses on the New Mainframe  A career I never imagined  2012 Hire at Fidelity Operating Systems Programmer © 2014 IBM Corporation

IBM MTM World Championship –March 10


- April 8

th Top students in Computer Science, Information Technology, and Business from around the world will convene to compete in this premiere zEnterprise programming challenge. Winning presentations will be judged by a panel of corporate & academic leaders. Participants will have a unique opportunity to network with executives and thought leaders across the IT industry. Program Schedule March 4 th March 10 th Press Release Kick Off!

March 10 th to April 4 th Remote Challenges March 17th, 24 th , 31 st Leaderboard April 7 th April 8 th Final Competition

IBM Client Briefing Ctr 590 Madison Ave, NYC Students, Judges, Press Capacity: 70 Seats


IBM Mainframe50 Event 583 Park Avenue

Learn More!

Warm Up Stretches IBM Master the Mainframe World Championship Inspiration: Why it All Matters © 2014 IBM Corporation

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Use IBM’s Job Board - SystemzJobs.com

Lets employers post detailed job requirements for job seekers of all experience levels to review and apply Global pool of talent specializing in mainframe technology, including both students and experienced professionals

Benefits of using SystemzJobs.com

  Free, secure, and easy to use Fast access to mainframe jobs and talent  Global

Getting started

Follow these steps at SystemzJobs.com to get started: 1. Create a secure account 2. Post or Search for jobs 3. Connects students and industry

Sponsored by the IBM Academic Initiative, System z



/university/systemz © 2014 IBM Corporation

Building credentials – Entry level proficiency exams

IBM System z Mastery Exam

 Audience – Students studying enterprise systems and industry professionals new to the platform – Cost - $95 – 4,109+ students from 43 countries

No cost offering to Academic Initiative members and their students

 Available at Pearson VUE locations  Avenue for students to validate Enterprise Computing knowledge and distinguish themselves from other job candidates  Industry feedback: Valuable measurement of ‘Entry Level Criteria’ 


– Based on the

Introduction to Mainframes: z/OS Basics

Learn more at


/developerworks/university/system z/masterytest/ –



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University and High School Tours of IBM POK Site

Eastern Connecticut State University

- AITP Chapter members - Advanced topics using enterprise systems - WebSphere/COGNOS, cloud computing, internet applications, global collaboration, and intellectual property - Master the Mainframe Contest participation - Tour: Manufacturing Floor, System Test tour, Cloud computing (Frank DeGilio)

Salesian High School

, Rochelle, NY - 20 Students - Master the Mainframe Contest participation - Tour: Manufacturing Floor, System Test tour

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Resources for Industry professionals

Use the Academic Initiative to build and locate skills

 Locate schools teaching enterprise systems to recruit new talent School List  Partner with IBM to build new skills for your business [email protected]

 Advertise job opportunities to students and experienced professionals systemzjobs.com

 Use resources to assist with building internal employee skills Training Materials  Build credentials through Mastery Test Mastery Test  Stay connected with through communities and social media Facebook © 2014 IBM Corporation

Partner with IBM to build new skills for your business

IBM will assist and enable a school of your choice to teach enterprise systems

Follow these steps: 1. Identify a school of your choice and ask yourself these questions: - Where does your company recruit new talent today?

- Do you have an existing relationship with someone at a college or university? Don’t limit your thinking to Computer Science. Consider IT, MIS, IS, CSE and Business majors. IBM has courses and modules that can be included in various majors to expose students to enterprise systems thinking 2.

Contact IBM at

[email protected]


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Internal Training Resources

 http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/z/education/skills_coursematerials.html

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IBM zEnterprise Academic Initiative

Our Commitment to Ecosystem Vitality Post-Graduation

Community Links SHARE GUIDE SHARE Europe z Technical University zNextGen (900) Enterprise Computing Community (1187) Destination z (3489) Enterprise Executive z Journal (MainframeZone.com) z/OS Hot Topics TPF Users Group Note

: click the links when in Slide Show © 2014 IBM Corporation

Social Media

“Like” us on Facebook to keep up with all the latest news, offerings and events!

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IBM Master the Mainframe Contest


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Marist College z/OS Online Classes for Clients

      100% Instructor Led online Systems programming and Application programming - 7 Certificate programs - 17 unique courses Cost effective Study at your convenience Developed and taught with support from IBM Clients Active learning include labs, virtual classroom discussion, and projects 

Client Testimonials

“I think these classes aren't only for system z professionals; I believe all our IT architects also would benefit taking this class. I wish I got this opportunity when I started as a system programmer 14 years ago. I guess I would have been much more efficient from start and also more cost efficient for the company!"


Systems Programming Track z/OS Associate Certificate

Introduction to z/OS and Major Subsystems z/OS Networking z/OS Security

z/OS Professional Certificate

z/OS Advanced Topics z/OS Reliability, Availability, Serviceability and Problem Determination (RAS and PD) z/OS Emerging Technologies

z/OS Expert Certificate

z/OS Installation DB2 Fundamentals z/OS Performance Fundamentals

Application Programming Track COBOL Certificate

Introduction to z/OS and Major Subsystems Basic COBOL Programming Advanced COBOL Programming

IMS Certificate

Introduction to z/OS and Major Subsystems IMS Fundamentals IMS Application Programming

Assembler Certificate

Introduction to z/OS and Major Subsystems Basic Assembler Language Programming Advanced Assembler Language Programming

DB2 Certificate

Introduction to z/OS and Major Subsystems DB2 Fundamentals DB2 Application Programming © 2014 IBM Corporation

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Benefits Recognized by Corporations and Schools “Discovering

IBM’s Academic Initiative has been a critical success factor in building a lifeline to our future

– a new base of Systems Engineers and Applications Developers who will continue to evolve our mainframe applications into flexible open enterprise solutions while maintaining high volume / high availability demands. Without the IBM Academic Initiative, perhaps we could have found students with aptitude – but participation in the Academic Initiative demonstrates

a student’s interest in mainframe technology

investment.“ which, to us, translates to a wise long-term

-- Jeff Gill, Senior Business Leader, Switching Systems – Visa

For the past 18 months, Citigroup has actively pursued job creation opportunities in mainframe computing. IBM's

Master the Mainframe Contest

offers a great resource to secure candidates and

helps the company get critical skills

as quickly as possible.”

-- Martin Kennedy, Managing Director at Citigroup

“The IBM

Academic Initiative has incredible resources

limitations. The

space is incredible

even October yet.

to assist your School in exposing your students to this technology. I currently have 30 students in my mainframe class, and had to turn away about 15 due to space

placement in this

. Ten of my seniors (that I know of) already have offers in hand for mainframe jobs upon graduation, and it isn't

-- Dr. Cameron Seay, NC A&T University

“A pioneer in mainframe education, Tongji University hosts a zEnterprise mainframe education center in Shanghai China. Seven mainframe courses were selected by the Ministry of Education China and IBM, promoted nationwide and shared worldwide for free. Over

400 students per year complete mainframe courses and graduates earn positions

proved themselves

very competent in their fields

with IBM and its mainframe customers, including Chinese banks, Morgan Stanley, Citicorp Software, Atos Origin, First Data, State Street and Hi Sun etc. The students have and are highly welcomed by the employers.“

-- Dr. Zhen GAO, School of Software Engineering, Tongji University, China

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Marist College Instructor Led Online z/OS classes

647 students from 90 businesses Accenture S.A.

ABSA Bank ACG - Auto Club Group ADP Aegon USA Aetna, Inc. Aformatik Trng. & Consulting GmbH & Co.

Archer Daniels Midland ASR Nederland N.V.

Alcan Global ATI- North America Ameritech Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company Auto Zone Bank of America Bank of Tokyo BMC Software Boston University Central Hudson Gas & Electric CIGNA Healthcare Citigroup Commonwealth Office of Technology, State of KY ConvergEx Group Computer Sciences Corporation Credit Suisse Deere & Company (John Deere) Department of Veterans Affairs Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) Desert Sands Unified School District Donovan Data Systems DW Installations EMC Emirates Airlines Everis Outsourcing Fidelity Investments Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corp.

Great West Life Assurance Company Handelsbanken IBM Insurance Services Offices (ISO) Internal Revenue Service JP Morgan Chase Kansas City Life Ins.

KG Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA Kimline Propane Liberty Mutual Insurance Company LexisNexis Louisiana Housing Fin Ag / Baton Rouge M & T Bank Marist College Marriott Corporation MassMutual Financial Group Merlin International – Veterans Affairs Metavante Mitchell Martin Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Company Nationwide Insurance Company New York University Norfolk Southern Corporation Northrup Grumman NYCE Payments Network LLC NYS Dept of Tax & FinOCIT, Sacramento Cty.

Outsourcing deTecnica deSistemas - Hardware Ohio Public Employees Retirement System Partsearch Technologies Progressive Insurance PSC Electrical Contracting Referrential Systems Rutgers University - Office of IT Safenet Security, Inc.

SAIC Scotia Bank Sears Holdings Corporation Secura Insurance Company Self Employed Consultant State Farm Insurance Systemware, Inc. T. Rowe Price TAG Tata Consulting Thomson Financial-Transaction Services Tjornin Consulting Pty, Ltd. University of Maryland Eastern Shores (UMES) Unum Group USDA US Treasury Verizon Wachovia Bank Washington State Department of Transportation Wells Fargo © 2014 IBM Corporation

MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses

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What’s next…..

Get detailed profiles of schools teaching z Grow more quality education programs in schools Scale out to help more clients with skills Prioritize efforts based on clients and MIPS concentration in a region Change the perception in the market about the complexity of deploying z - external proof points Getting Started with Enterprise Systems (ESLMs) - New learning content / new to platform - Series of Mini modules - Secondary education pilot

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Challenges we’re addressing

 How to scale the program to: – “Care and feed” the growing # of schools to drive more quality programs More z people to support educators – Help more clients with skills concerns (high touch model) More z people to do what we do every day to help our clients  How to make it easier for our clients to see school content, connect with educators, and hire students  Show the market - clients that deployed z with no skills issues © 2014 IBM Corporation

The Next Generation of Enterprise Systems Talent Thank You

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