IBM has announced three Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in a bid to develop the next generation of mainframe professionals, ComputerWeekly reports.

IBM’s MOOCs are being provided free, through partnerships with Syracuse University, Marist College and the Linux Foundation.

The announcement was made at the supplier’s Mainframe50 event in New York this week, held to mark IBM’s 50th anniversary of the mainframe. Some 500 people from 38 countries gathered for the anniversary celebration.

Steve Mills, senior vice-president, sales and distribution at IBM, said: “It’s been 50 years for the mainframe, but we’re really at the beginning of how the technology will continue to change our lives. The mainframe is the workhorse of businesses around the world.”

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