Mainframe Skill Sets
We offer both temporary and permanent support for the following mainframe systems administration functions:
- Systems Programmers
- Database Administrators
- Performance Tuning
- Storage (Disc, Tape, Libraries)
- Security (Top Secret, RACF, ACF2)
When the software operating on your Mainframe is maintained correctly, you rarely have a problem with it. However, this powerful piece of equipment needs regular maintenance, software patches, and security updates to continue performing at optimal levels. For example, a PTF [Program Temporary Fix] comes out for Z/OS and needs to be applied. More storage needs to be allocated to a database. CICS is giving an ABEND error code. Someone from across the globe is trying to gain access to your sensitive information. These are mainframe headaches that can turn into nightmares if not addressed promptly and correctly.
Your Mainframe Support Team
Think of your senior systems programmers as first responders. When an emergency occurs, your people respond and fix the problem as quickly as possible.
In many mainframe environments, this is what your systems programmers are doing. They are monitoring the system, being proactive by applying the appropriate patches to the system, upgrading the software, upgrading security, and verifying there is no trouble.
New Iron Solutions’ approach to mainframe systems administration is all about responding quickly. Our organization is composed of multiple teams, and each team member has a specialized functional assignment. Your mainframe is the most robust and reliable piece of equipment in your data center. There is an excellent chance that your mainframe has never experienced a Sev 1 or Sev 2 error. Its design and engineering are second to none.
But the IT mainframe workforce is aging. Many are retiring and leaving the workforce, and not enough graduating IT professionals are interested in working with mainframes. You may have already discovered gaps in coverage, and you pray that nothing goes wrong until you can find this increasingly rare skill set.
If you are operating a small to a midsize mainframe, there is a good chance you do not need a systems programmer for 40 hours a week. You have a skilled Z/OS systems programmer that is covering DB2 or CICS. They know the environment; they do a great job. However, when something goes wrong outside of their primary skillset, they will burn a significant amount of time working out the issue. Sometimes this can lead to a complete outage or a problem in a different area. They go on vacation, take maternity/paternity leave, or are out sick for a while, which can be a huge issue should something go wrong during that time.
You may not need a dedicated mainframe programmer for 40 hours a week, however you can sleep well at night knowing they are there if you need them. That is when they are fully available, and this is where New Iron Solutions comes in. If you’re looking for a strategic partner for your mainframe systems, our experts can help you achieve your organizational goals and optimize your IT effort. We can help you leverage our extensive experience with managing simple to highly complex environments and tailor a solution that cost-effectively meets your needs.
Identifying talented resources with the Mainframe skill sets your company requires to be successful is a constant effort. When the economy is expanding, the availability of those resources becomes even more constrained.
New Iron Solutions can help you in this endeavor. Our highly skilled recruiters work with you to define, clarify, and supply the Mainframe resources you need to achieve your staffing and full-time employment goals.