Joined: 23 Nov 2006 Posts: 19254 Location: Inside the Matrix
Bcoz many people say that there is very limited scope of mainframe in future.
You need to consider their motivation. . .
There is a Lot of work being done on all platforms. Much of the mainframe work is maintenance/enhancement. This will be the case for a very long time - simply because while things are built once, they are modified, extended, enhanced, upgraded, whatever for a Long time.
You need to determine where you want your career and work to get there.
In all honesty, if you want job opportunities, you'll need to move.
You live where they are training thousands of people a month to do what you do, for whatever passes for minuimum wage.
I don't know you, or how you got your education, but I'd bet that the work you did early in your career was being done before by someone exactly like you are now...older, better, and more experienced. The company that owns that job replaced that person with you. They had a reason, they still do.
There's still going to be interesting opportunities in Mainframe for some time yet I believe. Mainframe based Cloud services to support mobile devices will become huge I suspect because Mainframe is much more efficient, resilient and secure than other servers.
However in saying that there's a lot of focus by IBM on removing the need for support staff to configure and maintain Mainframes by making that a software function and virtualising it.
And companies are inclined to use more off the shelf software rather than bespoke as they don't then have to have their own staff. SAP is probably a good example of that.
The IBM Systems Mag is quite a good source of information about trends etc. Check these out for example.
For most of us 'oldies' who have been in Mainframe for 30+ years the issue now is more the amount of admin/regulation/offshoring and management speak we have to deal with these days. That really does take a lot of the fun out of it and seems to be increasing exponentially. The smaller the company you work for the less you'll have to deal with that, especially outside finance, so bear that in mind.