Powerful but Unknown
Few people will recognize a mainframe as a modern digital environment, but in fact, it is a widely used powerful platform. When shopping or doing your taxes, there is probably a mainframe involved at some point. As a developer, you are likely to “encounter” one during your career, even if you are not actually dealing with “green screens.” However, without mainframe knowledge, how do you proceed? Someone once said: “All the people with relevant knowledge are dead or retired.” Even though that is not entirely true, learning how to “handle” the mainframe could indeed pose difficulties.
Mainframe in a Laboratory
One of the software development departments at the Dutch IT company Ordina is involved in mainframe technology. Apart from mainframe development, it focuses on three points: