In this international study of over 500 CIOs, more than half (56 percent) state that mainframe developers – continually challenged to do more with less in a rapidly evolving IT environment – are struggling to meet the changing needs of the business. At the same time, 69 percent believe that a lack of change in the mainframe environment is turning IT graduates off from mainframe development.
“Businesses are supporting new technologies like mobility and cloud computing at record pace, forcing mainframe teams to contend with the added workload of quickly and successfully integrating new applications with legacy mainframe applications,” said Kris Manery, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mainframe Solutions business unit, Compuware. “This rise in mainframe development coupled with a lack of new developers – a trend we call the ‘New Normal of Mainframe’ – puts teams at risk of becoming less effective in supporting the applications that are critical to today’s world economy.”
46 percent of CIOs admit to having no plans in place to address mainframe developer shortages. In addition, high acquisition costs (60 percent), complex integration (54 percent) and high training and implementation costs (45 percent) are preventing businesses from modernizing the mainframe environment.
Manery continues: “IT efficiency is about making better use of what you already have, so any moves to update the mainframe environment must happen with a minimal investment of time and cost. Developers across the board, whether they are experienced or new to the mainframe, need choice and flexibility to use the tools and techniques that will empower them to improve productivity.”
* Commissioned by Compuware and conducted by independent research company Vanson Bourne, the survey consisted of 520 CIOs in large enterprise organizations with over 1,000 employees. Specifically, the study included 100 CIOs each in the UK, France, Germany and the U.S. along with 30 CIOs each in Italy, Benelux, Japan and Australia.