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2024 Global Mainframe Skills Report: Insights from Industry and Educational Experts

2024 Global Mainframe Skills Report Insights from Industry and Educational Experts


Learn more about the ever-changing mainframe talent acquisition, skill development, and industry trends in our upcoming Research Report. Explore the complex talent flow funnel to learn about the interests and capabilities of students who are specializing in mainframes. Discover interesting perspectives from academic institutions about the issues surrounding the ongoing skills gap and the changing availability of educated talent. Uncover the tactics used by organizations to efficiently hire and fill mainframe roles. Take a look at the current status of skill development, including the wide range of technologies that students are studying and the tactics used by organizations to foster talent development.

When we examine spending trends, the expected size of the global talent pool, and academic institutions’ reactions to modern technologies like artificial intelligence, we get a sense of the field’s stability and trajectory. Stay tuned as we release a thorough examination of the mainframe ecosystem, influencing the next generation of mainframe talent.

This report, The Futurum Group 2024 Global Mainframe Skills Report: Insights from Industry and Educational Experts—drawing on the latest data from The Futurum Group, addresses the prevailing narrative surrounding the mainframe workforce—that it is an aging field with dwindling new talent. Contrary to this perception, our findings reveal a dynamic and evolving landscape where mainframe skills continue to grow and diversify, indicating a vibrant future for this critical technological sector. The report delves into various aspects of the mainframe environment, including employment trends, educational resources, investment levels, educational dynamics, and the generational skills gap. The comprehensive data gathered serves as a basis for informed recommendations to enhance the mainframe workforce’s sustainability and productivity.

To learn more, download your copy of The Futurum Group 2024 Global Mainframe Skills Report: Insights from Industry and Educational Experts, today. 

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Regarded as a luminary at the intersection of technology and business transformation, Steven Dickens is the Vice President and Practice Leader for Hybrid Cloud, Infrastructure, and Operations at The Futurum Group. With a distinguished track record as a Forbes contributor and a ranking among the Top 10 Analysts by ARInsights, Steven's unique vantage point enables him to chart the nexus between emergent technologies and disruptive innovation, offering unparalleled insights for global enterprises.

Steven's expertise spans a broad spectrum of technologies that drive modern enterprises. Notable among these are open source, hybrid cloud, mission-critical infrastructure, cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and FinTech innovation. His work is foundational in aligning the strategic imperatives of C-suite executives with the practical needs of end users and technology practitioners, serving as a catalyst for optimizing the return on technology investments.

Over the years, Steven has been an integral part of industry behemoths including Broadcom, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and IBM. His exceptional ability to pioneer multi-hundred-million-dollar products and to lead global sales teams with revenues in the same echelon has consistently demonstrated his capability for high-impact leadership.

Steven serves as a thought leader in various technology consortiums. He was a founding board member and former Chairperson of the Open Mainframe Project, under the aegis of the Linux Foundation. His role as a Board Advisor continues to shape the advocacy for open source implementations of mainframe technologies.

Bringing more than a decade of varying experience crossing multiple sectors such as legal, financial, and tech, Sam Holschuh is an accomplished professional that excels in ensuring success across various industries. Currently, Sam serves as an Industry Analyst at The Futurum Group, where collaborates closely with practice leads in the areas of application modernization, DevOps, storage, and infrastructure. With a keen eye for research, Sam produces valuable insights and custom content to support strategic initiatives and enhance market understanding.

Rooted in the fields of tech, law, finance operations and marketing, Sam provides a unique viewpoint to her position, fostering innovation and delivering impactful solutions within the industry.
Sam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems and Business Analytics from Colorado State University and is passionate about leveraging her diverse skill set to drive growth and empower clients to succeed in today's rapidly evolving landscape.

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