As we’ve often mentioned before, retirements affect us all. It is certainly impacting us. No, don’t be silly, Cheryl is not retiring – Cheryl will never retire! However, many experienced mainframers are. Technical support managers all over the world are starting to realize that many of the people that have kept their businesses ticking over smoothly for the last 40+ years will soon be doing something other than babysitting an IPL at 03:00 on a Sunday morning. If they are lucky, they have some bright, enthusiastic, young mainframers on their team. However, travel and education budgets are tight, if not non-existent, and even the smartest newbie will take a while to catch up on someone that has been tending your systems and applications since before their eventual replacements were born.
In an attempt to have a period of stability as the old guard start heading into retirement, they have been coming to us, asking for performance health checks – they want to be sure that everything is ‘ship-shape’ and running optimally. If there are any opportunities for enhancement, they want to turn that into a learning opportunity, so the next generation can make the changes under the watchful eyes of their mentors.