Open Mainframe Venture goals to fill COBOL expertise hole


The Open Mainframe Venture is seeking to fill a know-how expertise hole by offering COBOL assets to the general public sector. 

In keeping with the undertaking, greater than 10 million folks in america have filed for unemployment because of the COVID-19 disaster, and there’s an emergent want for COBOL programmers.

“This pandemic underscores the important nature for public sector mainframe purposes to be agile and simply modified to fulfill fast-changing necessities,” Open Mainframe Venture wrote in a weblog put up. “The problem many cities and states are dealing with now’s altering their COBOL code quick sufficient to answer the elevated unemployment fee eligibility in a really brief timeframe.”

One of many assets is a brand new Open Mainframe Venture discussion board the place builders and programmers who wish to volunteer or can be found for rent can put up their profiles, describing their COBOL experience. 

Additionally, a brand new COBOL Technical Discussion board will likely be created particularly for COBOL technical questions which will likely be monitored by skilled COBOL programmers.

“It will enable all ranges of programmers to rapidly study new strategies and draw from a broad vary of expertise and experience to deal with frequent questions and challenges arising throughout this unprecedented time,” Open Mainframe Venture wrote. 

Lastly, a brand new open-source COBOL coaching undertaking will lead collaboration for coaching supplies on COBOL. The courseware was contributed by IBM. 

“This name for expertise is a good instance of how communities, and particularly open supply communities, pulling collectively can rapidly and effectively handle important wants in instances of disaster,” stated Alan Clark, an Open Mainframe governing board member of the SUSE CTO Workplace.

As a part of the undertaking’s COBOL intiative, various different completely different firms are offering assets for the mainframe. Broadcom is providing Code4z on VS Code Market, IBM is offering COBOL coaching, and Rocket Software program is offering BlueZone Internet.

“IBM is proud to have labored over the previous 24 hours with the Open Mainframe Venture to mobilize our group to deal with the useful resource challenges the general public sector is dealing with in these unprecedented instances. Being of service to our world and the techniques that energy it stay our precedence and this new initiative offers a direct strategy to join expert professionals the place wants come up. IBM and our accomplice ecosystem are additionally straight engaged in serving to purchasers handle their spikes in demand and our specialists are on standby to assist in some other manner we will,” stated Meredith Stowell, vice chairman of the IBM Z Ecosystem

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