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sachin farande
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Joined: Oct 19, 2007
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Hello Ranchers
I need your suggestions in technology switch.I am a java developer with experience of 3 years.
I am complete java driven person.My organisation is suggesting me for technology switch to Mainframe
I am in dilemma to be or not to be...What will be future oppurtunuties if i get expertised in both and so..
Can you provide me inputs in this?


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Tim Holloway
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IBM loves Java on the mainframe! It's not necessarily an either-or proposition.

Mainframes are a lot less common now than when I started in my career. Then again, that was back before desktop computers were even available.

However, they're not about to die off completely yet, and in fact they've found some new appeal in that one mainframe can often handle the load level of a whole set of frames full of blade servers and consume considerably power while doing so. And, of course, do so more reliably. Mainframes are designed to move data efficiently and run reliably (you DON'T ctrl+alt+delete a mainframe!), and much of the core business software of many industries was written for mainframes - especially banking, finance and insurance.

There aren't as many mainframe shops as there used to be, and the number of new mainframe shops being created isn't very high, but on the other hand, not many people have been learning them in recent years and the people who grew on on mainframes are pushing retirement age. So it's not a bad skill to have.


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arulk pillai
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It is always good to have additional skills, but don't stay too long away from your mainstream and passion. Alos, consider the current market condition as well. Not a best time to start a new job. While working on mainstream, pursue and stay in touch with your Java by contributing to opn source, self-taught projects, etc.


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sachin farande
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Joined: Oct 19, 2007
Posts: 8
arulk pillai wrote:It is always good to have additional skills, but don't stay too long away from your mainstream and passion. Alos, consider the current market condition as well. Not a best time to start a new job. While working on mainstream, pursue and stay in touch with your Java by contributing to opn source, self-taught projects, etc.

Thanks!
arulk pillai
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sachin farande wrote:
arulk pillai wrote:It is always good to have additional skills, but don't stay too long away from your mainstream and passion. Alos, consider the current market condition as well. Not a best time to start a new job. While working on mainstream, pursue and stay in touch with your Java by contributing to opn source, self-taught projects, etc.

Thanks!


Oops, I was meant to say while working on your mainframe instead of mainstream.
Chris Creed
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Joined: Feb 27, 2009
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Myself I'd take advantage of this direction being offered. It's an area of the market is as stated previously is not going anywhere, and the folks that need such people are usually very stable to be employed by. And as someone that is currently with IBM, I can second that they seem to LOVE mainframes.
sachin farande
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Joined: Oct 19, 2007
Posts: 8
Chris Creed wrote:Myself I'd take advantage of this direction being offered. It's an area of the market is as stated previously is not going anywhere, and the folks that need such people are usually very stable to be employed by. And as someone that is currently with IBM, I can second that they seem to LOVE mainframes.

Thank you Chris for your suggestions.My friends suggested that its good oppurtunity for me as i belongs to BFSI domain.
 
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