IBM mainframe Share user group special report 2008

Mainframe users flocked to San Jose, Calif., recently for the IBM Share user group conference. This report is a roundup of news and video from the event.

At the recent IBM Share user group conference in San Jose, Calif., attendees and experts discussed the most important topics for mainframe users. Check out our articles and video coverage of the event. Features include coverage of the keynote from IBM's VP, Helene Armitage, who emphasized two themes-- cloud computing and virtualization -- interviews with a mainframe student who sees a bright future for the mainframe and for mainframe job prospects; seven must-dos for mainframers; and a video of some aging mainframers jogging to the theme from "Chariots of Fire."

Preview: Share's leadership dishes on San Jose conference
Members of the leadership of Share, the mainframe user group, discussed the central themes at this year's conference in San Jose, the impact of virtualization and more.

Video: Share keynote explores cloud computing, virtualization
Virtualization and cloud computing were central themes of the keynote delivered by IBM VP Helene Armitage at the Share user group conference in San Jose.

Video: Mainframers go for a jog at Share user group conference
The recent conference in San Jose featured a fitness session every morning. A group of mainframers gathered together at 6 a.m. to go for a jog or walk. Here is a lighthearted video on the aging mainframe workforce.

Video: Mainframe student anticipates a bright future
An IBM-sponsored contest two years ago introduced Texas A&M University graduate student Christian McArthur to the mainframe, and he hasn't looked back since.

The seven things all mainframers should know
Seven ways to make your voyage into everything mainframe a bit easier, including tips on documentation, building your JCL libraries, and joining Toastmasters. Yes, Toastmasters.

Mainframe use on the rise despite sky-high software licensing costs
A recent BMC Software survey found that the mainframe platform is healthy and growing, although software costs are still a major concern.

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