Joined: 24 Mar 2010 Posts: 61 Location: Cape of Good Hope
After a long(pretty short compared to the veterans ! ) career of around 10 years with Mainframes and having worked with some outstanding mainframe folks , the inevitable career shift has happened. I have transitioned to management( quite a hated word for the techies, including me ). I say 'inevitable' because I felt it was time to learn other technologies as well and move up the value chain in an IT services company which works quite differently compared to an IT division of a large bank as an example. It is also inevitable because of the way projects are getting delivered from a traditional waterfall model to the Agile framework and a host of other reasons.
Just curious to hear the experiences of other Mainframers who have shifted/branched out careers and any suggestions they have to offer for mutual benefit.
I think if you want more money and that's what you treat as career then one should be performing PMO role after 10+ years. Otherwise Mainframes are still the best across all domain so I never felt the vacuum. Personally, I also moved to test manager roles which is demanding and challenging.