IBM Academic Initiative
The University of Arkansas serves as an IBM hub for universities that are teaching mainframe and open source Linux courses. The Sam M. Walton College of Business has been enhancing students' class experiences through the use of courseware and access to hardware and software provided by IBM and the Academic Initiative.
The Sam M. Walton College of Business has received a long-term loan of an IBM Systems z Mainframe Server to run software from the IBM Academic Initiative such as:
- Novell SUSE Linux
- LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP)
- IBM Rational, and
Faculty can request accounts for themselves and course accounts for their students providing them access to a variety of courses such as zOS, zLinux, Databases, CICS, etc. With the IBM accounts, faculty and students can also access the real-world datasets such as SAP Business Warehouse (BW) Frozen Foods cube, which is an excellent resource for business students to experience "slicing and dicing" data for decision making.
Students gain hands-on experience through the use of these tools both in the classroom and in their assignments outside of the classroom. The Walton College utilizes and assists in the development of courseware materials for instruction in Analysis & Design, Enterprise Servers, and Business Intelligence using IBM resources.
Exercises, Use Cases, and Labs
- Remote Desktop Connection PDF DOCX
- Join The IBM Academic Initiative
- IBM Mainframe Overview PDF DOCX
- IBM DB2 Overview PDF DOCX
- ISPF PDF DOCX
- Introduction to System z - An application Approach
- Introduction to RDz PDF DOCX
- IBM Academic Initiative Z-series Program Video
- Walton College IBM Z-series Podcast
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