Doing more with less
By Trevor Eddolls
Sunday, April 08, 2018

There’s been a mantra in management circles that mainframes don’t need that
many staff. The heady days of the 1980s seem like a different world when a
dozen operators would come to work for each shift and there were rooms full
of systems programmers and application programmers working on the
mainframe. And as we moved into the 1990s, sites got by with far fewer
staff. You didn’t need so many operators because so much could be automated
and there were very few tapes that needed to be swapped over. And in the
2000s the trend continued – fewer and fewer people. And those people that
did remain are getting closer and closer to retirement age – with many
having passed that age and left the business.

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Mark T. Regan

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