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Adam Brandizzi • Edited on


There's a lot of mainframe developers that are currently out of a job because they refused to look ahead. (I'm not trying to be a jerk here, it's easy to do..especially when you love something, to become so engrossed in it that you didn't realize everyone has moved on.)

Maybe things changed in the last five years but this affirmation sounds very unlikely to me. As far as I know, mainframe developers are quite rare and in high demand, having stable and well-paid positions. In fact, one of the reasons to move out of mainframes is the labor cost!

Sectors such as government, banking and telco have a large infrastructure still based on these machines. Anyway, these platforms did not stagnate — see this new IBM machines for example). Nor are there an exclusive choice: in practice, these systems tend to interact with newer technologies. My bank Android app, for example, consumes data that come from mainframes through many gateways. Or see this amazing story of integrating some old systems with new tech.

It may be curious to us, but yes, this market is very much alive.

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I’m not saying they don’t exist, I’m saying jobs are harder to come by with IaaS now. Many people lost their jobs because of it.

None the less, this is irrelevant to the point of the article. I was using it as an example of what can happen if you aren’t looking ahead every now and then. These jobs used to be everywhere, but the sheer volume is decreasing.