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Project z/Shops

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When I was looking for a job recently, I was surprised to find that there were several z/OS or System z shops close to me that I did not even know about. Unfortunately I found them after accepting a position 3 state away from my family. If I had known about the z/Shops in my own backyard, I could have at least attempted to knock on their doors before accepting the traveling and far away job.

After looking around a little I could not find a list of Mainframe shops and their locations on the internet. So I decided to set forth and create, not just a LIST, but a MAP, a LIST and a Directory of Institutions that runs IBM Mainframes (z/Shops).

Primerica Selects New IBM zEnterprise Mainframe Server for Smarter Infrastructure

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New z196 Provides 95,000 Agents with Instant Access to more than 2.4 Million Client Accounts

Dedicated System Z Job Board.

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Here is a career site dedicated to the Mainframe (System z). It is part of the IBM Academic Initiative.

System Z Jobs

Senegal Ministry of Finance Selects Two IBM Mainframe Servers.

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Senegal joins the growing Mainframe customer base with New System to Transform Senegal's Import and Export Processes


DAKAR, Senegal, Feb. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Customs Directorate of Senegal's Ministry of Finance has turned to IBM (NYSE: IBM) and CFAO Technologies, an IBM Business Partner in West Africa, to help modernize Senegal's import and export processes. The new system, based on two IBM z10 mainframe computers, will give customs officers and their partners on-line access to real-time information across all of the country's 30 border checkpoints. )

The new system will empower customs officers across Senegal to make better decisions and will ensure the improved management of customs processes such as import and export duty. For example, the new system will allow customs officers to check to see if the correct duty has been paid on shipments of goods coming into Senegal.

"Senegal's import and export business plays a key role in the economy of the country," said Simon Pierre Thiaw, CIO of the Customs Directorate, Senegal Ministry Finance. "By implementing some of the most advanced and powerful IT systems available, we are able to transform our customs processes and ensure that the work we do is performed as accurately and efficiently as possible. While we considered alternative offerings from other vendors, we were convinced by the price/performance ratio of the IBM system."

The Senegal Ministry of Finance joins a growing number of organizations and companies in growth markets that are deploying IBM mainframe such as the First National Bank of Namibia, Comepay in Russia, Kazakh Rail, HeiTech Padu in Malaysia, the China Internet Network Information Center, Korea's BC Card, Korea's Dongbu Insurance.


UNSW student solves IBM mainframe challenge

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University of New South Wales undergraduate Derrick Teo has taken out the winning prize for IBM's 2010 Master the Mainframe, beating approximately 460 university students across Australia.

The annual competition, held for the third time this year, was designed to familiarise students with concepts regarding the large enterprise computing industry and build modern mainframe skills among students.

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