IBM and SHARE Announce a New Community for the Next Generation of Mainframe Experts

SHARE Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary and Will Work With IBM to Build Network of Mainframe Experts for the 21st Century -- The 'zNextGen'

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BOSTON, MA - 22 Aug 2005: IBM and SHARE, the world's first organization of computing professionals, today announced the creation of a new global community for students and young professionals interested in mainframe computing.

IBM and SHARE plan to make resources available to the "zNextGen" -- IT students and young professionals who wish to build their technical skills and strengthen their career paths on the mainframe. The goal is to enable students with contacts and resources to help them find jobs quickly upon graduation; support young mainframe professionals with networking opportunities; and provide a forum for experienced mainframe professionals to share knowledge with students and young professionals. Elements of the zNextGen initiative include:

"As the original open source computing community, SHARE is excited to work with IBM to help provide the next generation of enterprise computing professionals the skills and connections they need to be successful in the new, more open world of Linux, Java technology, and SOA on the mainframe," said Robert Rosen, SHARE President. "As we celebrate our 50th anniversary this year, SHARE is focused on building connections between our experienced members and the 'zNextGen' to create a vibrant, creative community of users for years to come."

IBM and SHARE invite IT students, young programmers, developers and new and recently hired IBM employees, Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), and integrators interested in large systems computing to join the zNextGen at the SHARE User Events in Boston. For more information, please visit, http://www.share.org/events/Boston

"We are creating community programs to support the groundswell of interest from businesses and government agencies around what the new class of open mainframes can do," said Mike Bliss, director, IBM System z9 and zSeries. "More than ever, companies are looking to the mainframe to protect and manage the security of customer information, comply with federal regulations and reduce the complexity of their operations. Building on the increased involvement of the Linux community supporting Linux running on the mainframe, we're looking to young professionals to help drive innovation in open, large-systems computing."

IBM has pledged to help train 20,000 mainframe literate IT professionals by 2010. For more information on the young people behind the zNextGen, please visit: http://www.ibm.com/servers/eserver/zseries/newfaces/

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