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28491 - Master the Mainframe 2020: Delivering a Brand New Hybrid Experience
Track: Enterprise Data Center
Master the Mainframe has earned a name for itself as a proving ground for new IT professionals. Combining knowledge from written and recorded material with experience that contestants get by logging into a real system, the program repeatedly brings forward the brightest new professionals year after year, ready and eager to work on IBM Z systems. Being accessed by over 25k people in 2019, the contest needs to not only deliver, but deliver at a tremendous scale.
In this session, we'll look at how the contest's elements were completely rebuilt in 2020, from the ground up, to enable Zowe access for every contestant, for APIs to connect our z/OS system with cloud-based systems, and for contestants to get access to the latest languages and technology. The goal was to rapidly reboot the contest platform while still holding true to the fundamentals that people have come to expect year after year.
Pulling off these changes in a live environment presented its own series of challenges and setbacks, and the presenters will certainly be candid about what worked, what didn't work, and how you can learn from their experiences. This will be a helpful resource for anybody planning to implement Zowe, hybrid cloud, APIs, and many other newer pieces of technology in their workplace.