By Chris L. Richardson

strongChris L. Richardson/strong is a senior software program engineer on a .NET internet improvement venture at a Fortune 500 corporation. sooner than making the transition to home windows and net programming, he held senior programmer/analyst positions at the mainframe platform. for almost all of his 20+ years within the info know-how box, he has constructed utilizing COBOL, CICS, and DB2. Chris proudly reminds humans of his mainframe historical past and jokingly refers to himself as a "reformed mainframe programmer." He divides his relaxation time among entrepreneurial endeavors (such as his startup, California-based eClectic software program recommendations) and learning for his subsequent Microsoft certification exam.

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My challenge to you is this: Look for ways to serve yourself and at the sametime address the needs ofyour employer. Look for creative ways to accomplish your goals while being sensitive to the needs of the organization as a whole. Think seriously about taking your responsibilities with you, even while leaving one platform for another. Seek opportunities to leverage your employer's current investment in business rule logic. A solution from which you and your employer both benefit will be better for all.

I discuss this point in the context ofthe resulting retraining choices. That's where things become interesting. I discuss these choices and perhaps your choice-to abandon the mainframe and begin your reformation. Reformations, Transitions, and Having Fun Throughout this chapter (and this book) I have chosen to use the term "reform"-along with several conjugated forms of the term-to refer to the "technology transition" that you are embarking on. Although a reformation sounds more dramatic and intriguing than a "technology transition," I realize that the term may seem offensive to some.

Does it take that much imagination to see this scenario as probable? Perhaps I do have a vivid imagination. So, what are these ]4 members doing in the "real world," outside ofweighing in with their ]4 membership votes? How are they preparing for a future that continues to include COBOL? The following corporate-specific sections are provided as a glimpse into how each company has apparently interpreted the information possibly delivered by someone similar to our "imaginary" J4 committee representative.

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