Enterprise Computing
Whether you withdraw money at a cashpoint, book a flight or buy a train ticket—mainframes are always at work in the background. They do the crucial work and ensure that everything runs securely and without data loss. More than 70 percent of the Global 500s work with mainframes. Prof. Andreas Polze will examine the subject in his course “Enterprise Computing,” offered with experts from the Academic Mainframe Consortium. The Consortium supports academic education on mainframes and aims to advance the research and the development in this field. This course provides an introduction to the topic and will particularly address mainframe architecture and application development. Prof. Polze and his team will further look at databases, transactional systems, the topic of security and mainframes, and storage management.
November 5, 2018 - December 17, 2018
Language: English

Course information


Whether you withdraw money at a cashpoint, book a flight or buy a train ticket—mainframes are always at work in the background. They do the crucial work and ensure that everything runs securely and without data loss. More than 70 percent of the Global 500s work with mainframes.

Prof. Andreas Polze will examine the subject in his course “Enterprise Computing,” offered with experts from the Academic Mainframe Consortium. The Consortium supports academic education on mainframes and aims to advance the research and the development in this field. This course provides an introduction to the topic and will particularly address mainframe architecture and application development. Prof. Polze and his team will further look at databases, transactional systems, the topic of security and mainframes, and storage management.

The workload of this course equals 2 ECTS credits.

Course characteristics:

  • Language: English
  • Starting from: November 5, 2018
  • Course end: December 17, 2018
  • Duration: 6 weeks (3-6 hours per week)
  • Target group: Anyone who is interested in the topic of mainframes
  • Course requirements: Basic knowledge in computer science and algorithms

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Certificate Requirements


A record of achievement is issued to those who have earned more than 50% of the maximum number of points for the sum of all graded assignments. A confirmation of participation is issued to those who have completed at least 50% of the course material. Find out more in the certificate guidelines.

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Prof. Dr. Andreas Polze

Prof. Andreas Polze's group Operating Systems and Middleware develops programming paradigms, design patterns and description methods for large, distributed component systems. The group’s work focuses on the integration of middleware with embedded systems and the predictability of their behavior with respect to real-time capability, fault tolerance and safety.

Wolfram Greis

Wolfram Greis beschäftigt sich seit rund 40 Jahren mit Informationstechnologie, vorwiegend im Mainframe-Umfeld. Nach den ersten zehn Berufsjahren bei einem Hersteller war er acht Jahre in der Schweizer Niederlassung eines großen Schulungs- und Beratungsunternehmen tätig, wo er Positionen vom Projektleiter über Leitung der Systemberatung bis zum Schulungsleiter innehatte.

Im Jahr 2008 hat Wolfram Greis zusammen mit Professor Spruth und Volker Falch die European Mainframe Academy gegründet mit dem Ziel, professionellen Nachwuchs im Mainframe-Umfeld auszubilden. Wolfram Greis ist Initiator und Vorstandssprecher des Academic Mainframe Consortium e.V., einer Organisation mit dem Ziel, Mainframe-Know-how an akademischen Einrichtungen zu fördern und zu stärken.

E-Mail Adresse: wolfram.greis@mainframe-academy.ch

Prof. Dr. Philipp Brune

Philipp Brune since 2008 is Professor for Business Information Systems Engineering at Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences (HNU). Before joining HNU has worked for many years in software development, business analysis, project management and IT consulting in the financial services and automotive industries, namely for HypoVereinsbank (then Germany’s second-largest bank) and BMW Group.

He holds a PhD in physics and studied Physics and Computer Science at the University of Karlsruhe (now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology - KIT). His research interests include a wide range of topics, ranging from information security and business information systems engineering to mainframe computing, web and mobile development and software engineering education. He is a board member of the non-profit Academic Mainframe Consortium (AMC) and since many years teaches mainframe topics as an adjunct professor at the University of Applied Sciences Kempten and the J. W. Goethe University Frankfurt/Main.

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