A study of 520 CIOs in large enterprises in eight countries found most are worried about the impact of the increasing number of mainframe workers who are retiring. Here are the results of the study, which was done for Compuware Corp. of Detroit:

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  • 71 per cent of respondents are concerned a mainframe skills shortage will hurt their businessesslide 2

 Of those worried,
58 per cent are concerned it will result in increased application risk,
58 per cent are concerned it will result in reduced productivity,
53 per cent are concerned it will lead to more project overruns

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  • CIOs estimate the average cost of a mainframe application outage is US $13,931 per minute.slide 4


79 per cent of CIOs surveyed say mainframe application outages pose a significant business risk.
78 per cent say mainframe applications will remain a key business asset over the next decade.

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“The overall challenge for CIOs here is resource management. Savvy CIOs will streamline mainframe investments by improving the productivity of the remaining experienced developers and new entrants, as well as increasing IT efficiency.” Kris Manery, SVP, Compuware.

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