Mainframe Consultant (Parallel Sysplex) Job at IBM – Sandton, Gauteng


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The IBM Systems Lab Services organization is looking for an IBM Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex (IBM GDPS®) IT Management Consultant with expertise in IBM Z and Storage technology and products to lead and deliver pre-sales and post-sales client engagements that enable the adoption of IBM GDPS®.

Your Role and Responsibilities

This role requires a strong knowledge of the IBM Systems Z hardware and software ecosystem, focusing on IBM Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex (GDPS®). Strong z/OS, Parallel Sysplex, Networking and Automation skills are needed.

You will work with customers and IBM Sales and Business Partners to position, scope, and delivery of IBM GDPS® which is a collection of system recovery offerings on the IBM Z® platform, each of which uses services, clustering technologies, and server and storage replication and automation. Candidates must possess a strong background in executive consulting or technical sales and knowledge of IBM’s GDPS® portfolio.

Ideal candidates will have demonstrated a successful history of implementing IBM GDPS® engagements, be familiar with sysplex architectural methods, can independently assess IT infrastructures, evaluate gaps in best practices and create IBM GDPS® solution recommendations for client environments while displaying excellent collaboration and communication with Clients, Sellers, Business Partners and Colleagues by delivering reports to clients.


You will be responsible for developing and delivering IBM GDPS® solution design, architecture, and implementation of IBM GDPS® solutions which may include:

Setting up, configuring and cloning z/OS LPARs

Configuring and customizing GDPS® functional capabilities

Designing and customizing NetView automation, REXX and JCL to support IBM GDPS® environment.

Assisting with customer IBM GDPS® deployment testing

Providing technical guidance and skills transfer to customer personnel for IBM GDPS® related topics.

Producing planning and implementation reports and documentation.

Installation, configuration, testing and maintenance of IBM Z operating system, subsystem, and related Z software

Other technical tasks as necessary to accomplish successful customer outcomes

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

3+ years experience working with:
z/OS High Availability technology and capabilities including Parallel Sysplex (eg: GRS, Coupling Facilities and Sysplex Failure Management)

z/VM system programming & Linux on z Systems administration

Copy Services technology including Metro Mirror, Global Mirror and z/OS Global Mirror (plus FlashCopy Software replication (IBM InfoSphere Replication Server for DB2, IMS and/or VSAM on z/OS (GDPS®/Active-Active only)

Successfully delivering IBM Z projects and/or architecting and planning infrastructures for customer’s data centers

3+ years experience in:
Customer-facing communications, requirements analysis, documentation, and report presentations.

Project management and the ability to collaborate across teams globally

Networking skills especially TCP/IP knowledge

Tivoli System Automation and NetView

Storage management experience using DFSMS

Ability to lead customer technical workshops up to 20+ people

Candidate should be self-organized, eager to learn with strong sense of analysis & troubleshooting skills

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Readiness up to travel 20% travel annually

English: Fluent

Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise

Knowledge or experience with GDPS®, PPRC and DR solution design and procedures

Practical SMP/E knowledge

Assembler, JCL, REXX and CLIST knowledge

IBM System Automation and Red Hat Ansible knowledge

Basic RACF knowledge

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