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sandhya.er

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2005 7:00 pm
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Hi
Am a CS Engineering graduate and undergone a training in Mainframes. I didnt have idea about Mainframes in the beginning and later I came to know that there arent much development projects in Mainframes.
Well, I want a career with steady growth and good onsite opportunities.
Will Mainframe provide a challenging career?
Or what about testing? Can I benefit the same as becoming a developer if I enter as a test engineer?

Please help me decide.

Sandhya
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priya

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2005 11:27 pm
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Mainframes have a good future in India, So don't worry...Carry on..


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Do Mainframes have future in India ... This is one debate that has raged on for years-is the mainframe dead, and is client/server king? Events like 9/11, which demonstrated the need for fault-tolerant computing, have re-ignited the relevance of this debate. Lets finds out more on the current market trends for these technologies. The advent of minicomputers in the seventies and desktop PCs in the eighties was expected to ring the death knell for mainframes, which were considered to be large, inflexible, expensive and difficult to use. Desktops were not only inexpensive, but could also be connected through a network to a central server, enabling organizations to store huge amounts of data. But doomsayers were proved wrong when despite stiff competition, the mainframe continued to maintain a steady growth rate. And in the current scenario, where organizations (after 9/11) have increased spend on storage solutions, there is a trend which indicates that mainframes may gain a bigger share in the IT budgets of CIOs. For instance, other than traditional mainframe users like the banking-financial services sector and manufacturing behemoths, even unlikely candidates like universities and the travel industry have been choosing mainframes over newer technologies. "More than 70 percent of the world's data still resides on mainframes. The market is growing in terms of revamping the older mainframes and adding new features and software to the oldies. Also, the new mainframes are smaller, cheaper, more powerful and e-business ready, so the market is growing steadily." Though these are small encouraging trends, the picture is not completely clear. For instance, a Meta Group report states that mainframes won't be able to match the price and performance improvements (close to 35 percent a year) of Intel-based servers, which are emerging with mainframe-like capabilities. In India too, very few mainframes have been purchased and installed in the past 3-4 years. But this has been due to policy issues rather than technology choices. India missed an era of mainframe and legacy systems due to the absence of global IT majors in the country from the late seventies till the early nineties. Barring large government organizations and public sector companies, mainframes were not seen anywhere else. The mainframe market grew in the late nineties during the Y2K scare, and many companies seized the opportunity. Awareness about mainframes is only now picking up here in India.
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priya

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2005 11:29 pm
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Sorry Sandya,

I just copy & paste this article from somewhere, that's why I couldn't align properly...

And I don't have EDIT authority here, So the admin or moderator, please align properly, if you don't mind!
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sandhya.er

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2005 11:12 am
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Thank you Priya for throwing some light on the bright side of Mainframe Technology
Regards,
Sandhya
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khannay2k

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 2:23 pm
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Hi sandhya,
i just wanna share my views with you, that i have faced in the IT field. as for as i am concerned u can have a steady life life in the field of mainframes as you dont find much of development projects in this and so i dont think u can have much of challenging job, which is your primary option. but its not that you dont have the onsite oppurtunities coz u cna find plenty of mainfrmaes techies goin to the onsite now days even.
and as for as testing ic concerned i dont think that one is challenging when compared mainframes, and i feel like thats more of a monotonous job.
these are the opinions that i have, if u can, still correct me.
Khanna.
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