Friday, March 3, 2017

IBM releases new Global Industry Benchmarks for z Systems Mainframe Knowledge & Skills!

The global Mainframe Computing Workforce has had thousands of lines of press dedicated to it over the last decade. “The Mainframe Skills Crisis is Looming!” everyone fretted. "Will it be another Y2K?" Though the issue of the most experienced mainframers retiring has been a real one, it has turned out to be more “tidal” than "tidal wave"!

Through all the mainframer retirements, the promotions of the mainframers left behind, and the hiring of the z Next Generation, there has been one key factor missing in the mainframe computing industry. IBM has not had a set of industry recognized, official IBM z Systems Mainframe Credentials for personnel to earn and display their IBM endorsed z Systems Mainframe skills and knowledge.

Until now!

“A high tide raises all boats” the old saying goes, and now for the first time there is a broad spectrum of 30 Official IBM Mainframe Credentials that, earned and proudly displayed by mainframers everywhere, will serve to raise the skill and knowledge level of the overall global Mainframe Computing workforce.
Released February 17th, these 30 IBM z Systems Mainframe Credentials for Mainframe Application Programming, Mainframe Operations, Mainframe Specialists, Mainframe Security and Mainframe Storage are the new Mainframe Computing career benchmarks.
  • Read more about the IBM Open Badge Program here.
  • IBM Offers hundreds of badges overall, with 35 being Mainframe specific. Search for the 30 new Mainframe badges (& 5 old mainframe badges) here using the term "mainframe".
Mainframe Organizations should utilize these Official IBM Mainframe Credentials to exponentially increase the effectiveness and validity of their Mainframe Workforce Training Programs, as well as insuring their Mainframe Workforce is at or above IBM endorsed, objective industry standards.

Mainframe Professionals should begin earning these Official IBM Mainframe Credentials now! They are the recognized, respected and valued benchmark for z Systems Mainframe Knowledge and Skills in the global Mainframe Computing Industry! They offer recognition by your Organization, by your Peers, and by the Industry as a whole, for your Mainframe Skills and Knowledge! They insure you stand out from your Peers in an industry that is currently searching for its best and its brightest!

Monday, July 18, 2016

New and Updated Mainframe Training Courses Released This Quarter by Interskill Learning

Interskill Learning announces new releases this quarter.

Big Data, Hadoop, and Analytics - NEW
Linux on z Systems Fundamentals - Updated

Remember, active students of Interskill Learning standard licenses can enroll for these courses at no extra cost.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Our entire COBOL Curriculum has been updated!

Interskill Learning has updated its entire COBOL curriculum. That is 6 courses of COBOL for you and your team to get the latest training. And remember, as an Interskill Learning enterprise customer, you receive updated and new courses throughout the year.

Check out the details at

Learn more about Interskill Learning's mainframe training online courses at  

Monday, November 2, 2015

New Courses Now Available From Interskill Learning

Checkout some of our NEW and updated mainframe training courses this quarter. If you are already a customer, be sure to enroll for these courses.

z/OS Connect Curriculum

Introduction to z/OS Connect - New

DevOps Curriculum

DevOps Fundamentals - New

C Programming Curriculum

C/C++ on z/OS for C Programmers - New

Visit for more information

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Interskill Learning Announces New Courses!!

Our entire Database Curriculum has been updated to DB2 v11. Titles below. You can get info on these new titles and see our entire catalog at
Database Curriculum - Updated to DB2 v11
Database Series
DB2 - Database Management System Series

Visit for more information.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Visit Interskill Learning at IBM Technical University in October. Booth 74

Be sure to visit Interskill Learning at this year's IBM Technical University in Orlando Florida October 5-7. Booth 74.

Come by and see why we are the industry's leading provider of online mainframe training.

We will have the award winning caricaturist Rafael Diez for you System z folks.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Recent News on Mainframe Skills Shortage is Alarming

The recent news from Compuware's study of CIO's planning for the looming mainframe skills shortage is not surprising. Compuware did a similar study in April 2012 and found that 71% of CIOs were worried about the mainframe skills shortages looming due to the first set of baby boomers reaching their retirement age.

In the recent study, 70% of the 350 CIOs are concerned with the lack of mainframe training and knowledge transfer will be an issue and risk. What was a bit more alarming is that 39% of those CIOs have no plans to address this risk. 

The survey also shows a few interesting statistics:

  • 88% believe their mainframe would remain a key business asset for at least the next ten years
  • 81% see their mainframe running new and different workloads driven heavily by distributed applications
  • 78% see the mainframe enabling innovation

  • So given these new findings, this is a perfect opportunity for future mainframers or existing ones, to get the proper training they will need to combat this serious shortage. Since 1993, across a global client base of over 1,500 companies, Interskill Learning has proven our expertise at developing and delivering training solutions that form the backbone of our clients' employee training on these mission critical systems.

    Visit Interskill Learning for more information on mainframe training.

    *Some content above was referenced from Compuware