The world has become enamored with the wonders of new technologies and approaches that make it faster and easier to communicate and do business – smartphones, tablets, cloud and social networking are the rage. However, as any insurance company IT manager or professional knows, the engines that power data and applications behind the scenes are more often than not mainframes. The problem is, specialized skills—from COBOL to CICS to application servers to system administration—are increasingly in short supply. And there aren't enough graduating students or entry-level employees coming into the workforce with these skills.

This isn’t an issue that looms as the economy eventually reaches its full-growth potential—it's a problem right now. More than seven out of 10 CIOs are worried about finding enough qualified people to run their mainframes, a new survey, sponsored by Compuware Corporation, finds.

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