What perfect timing. Just last week I published a blog post asking the question “Do you think we’re heading for a Mainframe skills shortage?” The subject of skills on System z, especially DB2 for z/OS, is of particular interest to me. As pointed out in the comments, if there is a skills shortage, then why is it so difficult for some to locate jobs on System z; both z/OS folks and DB2 for z/OS folk. I hear from them both…… Yet there still remains concern for where the next “batch” of DB2 for z/OS (or just z/OS) folk are going to come from. One important part of that equation is education. I get asked a lot about where one acquires mainframe skills when they don’t have access to a mainframe. Although few things compare to hands on training, there are ways to develop DB2 skills. However, so often people don’t know where start the process, where to start looking, what resources (or lack of resources) are available.
The Information Development team at IBM’s Silicon Valley Lab is taking to first steps in determining what issues may exist when someone decides they would like to learn DB2 for z/OS. They have set up a couple of surveys, one for learners and one for enablers that anyone who falls into either of Kate’s categories should check out.
The following text is taken directly from a post Kate made to the DB2-L list today.
To help those that are new to DB2 for z/OS, the IBM Information Development Team would like to better understand any difficulties that new users have when learning to use DB2 for z/OS. If you are a new user or train new users, we’d appreciate your taking about 15 minutes to take one of the following surveys:
Survey for new users
By “new user,” we mean someone who feels like they are still learning and not yet fully skilled in the DB2 for z/OS areas that they need to do their jobs. If you consider yourself to be a new user, take this survey:
Survey for experienced users
If you train, either formally or informally, colleagues or others who are new to DB2 for z/OS, take this survey:
In addition, if you are willing to provide more in-depth feedback, please contact me directly at email@example.com.
IBM DB2 for z/OS Information Development Team
If this doesn’t quite fit your situation but you are aware of someone this may pertain to, please pass the survey along.
It’s important that we all do what we can to make sure there are always DB2 skills available when someone comes looking for them.