IBM: Enterprise IT Skills Are Driving Student, Academic Demand

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2012-10-22 Print this article Print
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"Over the past nine years, IBM and our clients that require mission-critical IT skills have worked with schools around the world to teach enterprise computing as part of the IBM System z Academic Initiative. Skilled students entering the job market have a vibrant ecosystem that allows them to continue to enhance their skills by learning from seasoned professionals," said Greg Lotko, vice president IBM System z.  "An increasing number of educators are embracing enterprise systems in their CS, IT and business curriculum. Teaching enterprise systems makes their students more valuable to prospective employers." Additionally, 1,067 schools are enrolled in the System z Academic Initiative, reaching students in 67 countries (more than half outside the United States).


Through its Academic Initiative, IBM has observed that universities are eager to team with prospective employers to ensure a healthy job market for their graduates. Big Blue regularly attends meetings hosted by university partners with enterprise clients. For example, Robert Morris University (RMU) in Pittsburgh, says that its enterprise systems students are being offered full-time positions before they even complete their degrees. In addition to college students, IBM is working with companies like Nationwide, Bank of America and Citigroup to run internal training programs to help employees support enterprise systems like the mainframe. RMU is opening a new campus in downtown Pittsburgh where local businesses can send employees for training and certification to work on enterprise systems. Some professors like David Dischiave from Syracuse University in New York say that while the benefits the mainframe provides are unique, the skills required to support and program for it are less so. These skills are in demand across a broad set of industries. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects computer programmer employment growth of 12 percent between 2010 and 2020, adding 43,700 more professionals. This eWEEK slide show looks at some of the top enterprise IT skills in demand today.


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