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The European Mainframe Academy GmbH Becomes Part of the Beta Systems Group

Berlin, 04. July 2024 – Beta Systems, a leading European provider of software for the automation and secure operation of data centers, has acquired all shares in European Mainframe Academy GmbH (EMA), the market leader for training offerings in the mainframe market in German-speaking countries.

The European Mainframe Academy (EMA) specializes in providing high-quality education and training programs to equip IT professionals with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in the complex and demanding world of mainframe technology. In close cooperation with industry and universities, the curriculum includes the classic mainframe topics such as z/OS basics and the subsystems as well as the latest technologies such as hybrid cloud environments and the application of AI. With its blended learning concept, it perfectly addresses the need to combine training and day-to-day business – supplemented by on-site formats. The offer of company-specific training courses and programs is another unique selling point of the EMA in this highly demanding technology environment. EMA's training programs are highly recognized in the industry and ensure that EMA's certifications are valued by employers.

"The mainframe continues to be an important strategic component for time- and security-critical IT production in a large number of data centers. The long-term safeguarding and further development of know-how for the operation of mainframes is therefore one of the important points on every CIO agenda. With this acquisition, Beta Systems is strengthening its role as a strategic partner for companies to optimize mainframe deployment as well as to implement hybrid cloud solutions," says Mirko Minnich, Chief Technology Officer of Beta Systems, explaining this important step.

"EMA has been established across industries for decades for excellent training offers in the mainframe environment, including related technologies such as containerization, modernization and DevOps integration. The curriculum is continuously being expanded in order to be able to impart current and future technological skills. We see ourselves as an "enabler" of the companies and people who work in the IT industry in order to use, operate and further develop the best solutions for their requirements. The acquisition enables us to expand our market position beyond the DACH region into international markets.", EMA co-founder Wolfram Greis comments on the decision. He will remain with the EMA in his role as Mainframe Technology Leader.

Both companies are active members of industry associations, such as the Academic Mainframe Consortium, Guide Share Europe and SHARE in the USA, and are driving cooperation with various universities on technical innovations. In this context, the Beta Systems Group donated an IBM z14 to the University of Leipzig at the end of last year, which in turn is then maintained by the EMA.

The new managing director of the European Mainframe Academy, Gabriele Milanese, has accompanied the transaction in recent months and emphasizes: "Modern pedagogical concepts and the practice-oriented training offered by the EMA have led to the strong market position in the DACH region; these unique selling points will form the basis for the further internationalization of the business model and the continuous development of the portfolio. AI will play an important role."

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