Re: Newbie Question: DBMS & IBM Mainframe Apps

Subject: Re: Newbie Question: DBMS & IBM Mainframe Apps
From: David Castro <thetechwriter -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2003 09:06:16 -0700 (PDT)

> I am trying to identify a specialty
> and have been given a push toward the areas of DBMS
> and IBM Mainframe Apps. I'm sure many will have their
> respective opinions on these particualr areas, but in
> this horrific market, the prospect of a job at the end
> of this rainbow is enough to make me bite the bullet.

You've probably been given some really good advice. From what I've read, the
mainframe segment of the technology field is expected to start losing its
experts at an alarming rate: all of those pony-tailed guru types are soon
going to be retiring. Where there's a shortage of supply and great demand,
salaries are bound to rise.

I work for a company that produces products for mainframe database users. I
have just now (finally!) found a web-based training curriculum that teaches
mainframe concepts and usage, and which is geared toward people who don't
already know a lot about mainframes. (Most of the doc out there assumes you
already know a lot, in my experience.) The web-based training is produced by
MindLeaders (, and cost my company $250 for one
year for one person. It may sound like a lot to shell out if you're out of work
right now, but you get a *lot* of content for the price.

Hope that helps!

-David Castro

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