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z/OS for Rookies

Technology advancements in the mainframe environment continue to accelerate. Every new IT generation which enters the workforce provides an opportunity to bring new skills into your IBM Z team. Performance and capacity teams are a mission-critical function, and keeping skills fresh in your organization will keep you on track.

Send your early career IBM Z programmers and engineers to the new track z/OS for Rookies at upcoming IBM Systems Technical Universities. Participants can get up to 7 IBM Badges to show their knowledge.

This full track of sessions helps your newer team members to get started and go deep on IBM Z with hands-on training delivered by IBM Technical Training Instructors. But that’s not all. We are partnering with Interskill to offer 53 e-learning courses hand-selected for Rookies. The Interskill courses are available at no additional charge to attendees of the Rookies track from the time you register for TechU to three months after the event. Check out the Rookies e-learning curriculum.

This package combines face-to-face with e-learning. Look for the question while registering for TechU to signal your interest in the z/OS for Rookies track. If you would like to access e-learning from Interskill without registering for TechU, click here.

Orlando – IBM Systems TechU – April 30-May 4 – Interskill courses available thru July 31, 2018. Register for Orlando now!

London – IBM Systems TechU 14-18 May – Interskill courses available thru August 30, 2018.Register for London now!

Johannesburg – IBM Systems TechU - 11-13 September – Interskill courses available through December 31, 2018.Register for Johannesburg now!


Packed with a punch:

The z/OS for Rookies track offers focused, in-depth training sessions and labs delivered by IBM Distinguished Engineers, developers or product experts for z/OS beginners:

TechU face-to-face content

  • Evolution of IBM mainframes
  • Intro to IBM Z environment
  • Intro to z/OS
  • Getting to Know TSO, ISPF and Data Sets (with labs)
  • Intro to JES and JCL
  • Overview of z14 hardware
  • Intro to IBM Z Storage
  • Parallel Sysplex Basics
  • RACF Basics (with labs)
  • HCD Basics
  • WLM Basics Every Sysprog Should Know
  • Intro to z/OS Performance Management using RMF and WLM
  • SMP/E for Beginners
  • Intro to z/OS FTP
  • ServerPac for Beginners
  • Intro to z/OS BCPii

Interskill e-learning content

  • Blockchain
  • Data Center Storage Management
  • DevOps
  • IBM Explorer for z/OS
  • IBM Mainframe Communications
  • Introduction to the IBM Environment
  • JCL (Job Control Language)
  • JES (Job Entry Subsystem)
  • SDSF (System Display & Search Facility)
  • Security (RACF & CA ACF2)
  • Utilities
  • TSO/ISPF (Time Sharing Option & Interactive Systems Productivity Facility)
  • zEnterprise
  • z/OS
  • z/OS Connect
  • z/OS Management Facility
  • z/OS UNIX System Services

Who should attend?

  • Systems and Storage
    • Engineers
    • Architects
    • Administrators
    • Specialists
  • Data Scientists
  • New z/OS users
  • Z Middleware Programmers
  • Systems Programmers
  • Network Administrators
  • IBM Business Partners
  • Other IT Professionals

IBM Badges available

Complete at least 75% of the courses in the z/OS for Rookies track and all lab sessions as validated by the instructor to get your IBM Badge for 2018 TechU z/OS for Rookies. The badge demonstrates that the holder understands and can articulate foundational knowledge of IBM Z mainframes and z/OS. See the full details here.

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Participants will automatically receive these IBM Open Badges on completion of the prescribed Interskill courses.