Micro Focus, a provider of enterprise application management and modernization solutions, and IBM, announced that they will team up to deliver together the latest training for mainframe systems and application programmers. Micro Focus and IBM will deliver a complete set of training and courseware materials, in joint academic programs implemented through partner colleges and universities. The joint programs will enable organizations and their staffs to easily obtain the latest basic and advanced training in business-critical mainframe and COBOL skills.

IBM's Academic Initiative for System z includes more than 300 participating educational institutions that currently provide mainframe training to some 23,000 students worldwide. Micro Focus' recently announced academic connections (ACTION) program will support the IBM initiative by providing its mainframe development environment, Mainframe Express Enterprise Edition, to students enrolled in IBM-supported courses. Students in these courses will have access and resources to learn the intricacies of mainframe application programming, without needing a direct link to the resources of a remote mainframe system as they develop, debug and test Assembler, COBOL, CICS, IMS, DB2, JCL and SOA applications on their PCs.

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