Resellers with mainframe skills should find themselves in increasing demand as the in-house resources customers lean up start to come under pressure.
According to research carried out by Compuware the current crop of mainframe experts are starting to retire even though just shy of 80% of customers expect the technology to remain core to their business for at least the next ten years.
The survey of customers found that 71% are already worried about mainframe skills shortages and 79% reveal that outages are a major business risk.
The consequences for firms is that the battle to get skilled staff is going to become more expensive potentially leaving the door open for the channel to step in and plug the gap.
"Experienced developers are business-critical assets, which is why nearly half of mainframe operational expenses goes toward their salaries," said Kris Manery, senior vice president and general manager, mainframe solutions business unit at Compuware.
"The loss of expertise as they retire will lead to increased costs as inexperienced developers spend more time getting to grips with their mainframe applications," Manery added.
The advice for firms struggling to deal with the situation was to address the mainframe brain drain now and look at improving skills and easing the management burden.