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Kee-wai Wong - 2/15/2013 7:30:01 AM
   
Will mainframe be extinct?
I am a mainframe systems programmer for more than a decade. I am wondering whether it will be here to stay?

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John - 2/28/2013 3:02:34 PM
   
RE:Will mainframe be extinct?
Who knows? I have been hearing that the Mainframe will be dead "any day now" for about 40 years; certainly since mini-computers and UNIX came on the scene. Mainframe skills are still in demand and pay the best as far as I can tell.
Try to learn new subject areas to keep your skills up and keep the job interesting.

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Wayne Rhoten - 3/7/2013 3:49:17 PM
   
RE:Will mainframe be extinct?
New customers are still coming to System z. It runs the world economy. A majority of the 100 largest corporations use it.
These days people are less likely to have the same job for decades. Obviously the mainframe will still be big in ten or 20 years so you are safe if your job involves the mainframe.

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