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Wednesday, November 10 • 12:10pm - 12:40pm
New Generation of Mainframers - John Mertic, The Linux Foundation & Len Santalucia, Vicom Infinity

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For many of the fortune 500 companies the mainframe is and will remain a critical component of the IT infrastructure to run business processes efficiently and process billions of critical transactions safely and securely. Did you know that: - of the world's top 100 banks, 92 use the mainframe for their core business. - The mainframe plays a central role in 23 of the world's largest retail groups. - The 10 largest insurance companies use the mainframe as a strategic platform. - 80% of the world's critical business data still resides on the mainframe. - 85% of total credit card transaction volume is still traded on the mainframe. - Mainframes handle 68% of the workload of all global IT production, but the cost represents only 6% of total IT costs. As experienced professionals are gradually retiring, a new generation of professionals are moving up as the "mainframe experts". In this session, we’ll chat with leaders from Open Mainframe Project who are helping to train the next generation. They’ll share details about the skills gaps, open source on the mainframe and offer resources, best practices and advice for developers looking to join the industry.

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Len Santalucia

Chief Technology Officer and the Business Development Manager, Vicom Infinity
Len Santalucia has been in the IT industry since 1973. He is presently the Chief Technology Officer and the Business Development Manager for Vicom Infinity, Inc, the Chairperson for the Linux Foundation Open Mainframe Project, a member of the IBM Z Academic Initiative advocate leadership... Read More →
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John Mertic

jmertic@linuxfoundation.org, Linux Foundation
John Mertic is the Director of Program Management for The Linux Foundation. Under his leadership, he has helped ASWF, ODPi, Open Mainframe Project, and R Consortium accelerate open source innovation and transform industries. John has an open source career spanning two decades, both... Read More →

Wednesday November 10, 2021 12:10pm - 12:40pm EST
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