z Systems: Mainframe computing

Posted: November 12, 2015 Modified: August 31, 2016


Students with mainframe skills will be the revolutionaries in computing systems that are transforming business, whole industries, and the world. With the mainframe driving new approaches to cloud, analytics, security, and mobile computing, those with mainframe skills will be ready to help tackle challenges never before thought possible.

By collaborating with IBM, with our network of customers and Business Partners, and with other academia from around the world, your students will build more of the skills that industry demands. We’ll help you and your students along the learning path by providing you resources to teach your students about mainframe computing, giving your students virtual access to an IBM mainframe, and helping your students qualify for jobs with the largest and most successful companies in the world. Find out which schools participate.

Find an IBM mainframe contest to help your students get hands-on z Systems (formerly System z) skills and win great prizes. The contests are available worldwide and no experience is necessary.

Academic Initiative members may also qualify for no-charge remote access to an IBM mainframe system. Learn more.


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Courseware | Software

Quickly and easily incorporate an introduction to z Systems into your existing courses using the Educator Quick Start Guide. It provides videos, hands on labs, and bonus materials to allow your students to explore the many facets of enterprise systems.

To see a complete list of the z Systems courseware available for download, access the course listing by teaching topic, and click Enterprise computing > z Systems: Mainframe computing. Academic Initiative membership is required to download courseware indicated with a key icon.

To download z Systems software, Academic Initiative members can sign in and access the Software Download Catalog, and search for the desired software title.

Refer to the support page for download instructions and other details.


Connect Your Students to zJobs

Our clients and partners post hundreds of z System job opportunities on our zJobConnector site. Your students can post their resumes to this site at no-charge and connect with employers ready to hire these skills. z Systems Job Connector