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Poll: What was your biggest challenge in 2011?

Was learning new technology, maintaining old projects, juggling work/life commitments, or something else altogether your biggest challenge this year?

This year was a real roller coaster for me, professionally and personally. I am grateful that while the overall economy has continued to flounder, I continue to do well at my job and in my various other ventures.

At the same time, I've had a lot of challenges. A big challenge has been maintaining a number of projects that were passed on to me. My success has also come at the expense of my work/life balance, especially as we had another child over the summer.

All the same, 2011 has been one of my best years ever by most measures. Looking back, what was your biggest challenge for the year?

J.Ja

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Justin James is the Lead Architect for Conigent.

8 comments
beaverusiv
beaverusiv

I had to quit my very sweet job I had because of medical reasons. Really sucked, and now I'm unemployed trying to get my health sorted and look for a new job that won't affect me.

Zykon
Zykon

I only had frustrations with management, poor management choices and management, not giving me a budget... Still running old nonsense and they're gonna crash soon...(I hope really soon)

jfuller05
jfuller05

Learning Sonicwall. When I finally learned the navigation around, the NAT, and firewall rules in the ancient sonicwall my employer was running, it crashed (psu died); so then we bought the latest one and I had to learn the new sonicwall software. Ugh. There's a good ending though: I learned it, still employed, and we are secure. :) 2011 is also the year this IT tech was supposed to be a whiz at camera systems, geovision in particular, and improve our cameras and camera system. Another big challenge. I had never installed cameras before (not IP cameras either, these are old school analog), nor had I been familiar with geovision software. After the challenge of installing a new camera physically and in the software, I can say I have surface knowledge of camera systems at least. Challenging, but fruitful year.

Slayer_
Slayer_

It's still an ongoing fight, but I have conquered enough ground that us developers now have Win7 on our primary machines, with XP machines as backups.

mattohare
mattohare

I'm still navigating the fuzzy area between too much experience, and not enough experience.

wizard57m-cnet
wizard57m-cnet

Biggest challenge I had was dealing with the Small Business Administration to get all of the paperwork required for a SBA loan to purchase my business! Computer issues? Nah, they don't hold a candle to government paper trails! The good news is I did manage to get everything together in an acceptable fashion, and the loan was approved...I'm now a proud small business owner, and even paying myself a small salary, along with 4 other employees!

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Anything related to any form of Government is a Complete Unmitigated Disaster. As a Small Business Owner you need to understand that everyone thinks you have bags of money and they come calling all of the time wanting a handout, if you make the mistake of agreeing once you'll not believe just how many new inquires you get or how nasty some people get when you say no. ;) Only thing worse than working for yourself is doing Government Work Under Contract for yourself. Col

wizard57m-cnet
wizard57m-cnet

I get calls weekly from some group somewhere looking for money for some cause. The ones that aggravate me most are the ones that name themselves something similar to a well known charity, then hope you fall for their pitch lines! However, even though I could be earning maybe twice what I pay myself if I went back to one of the large chains, I'm happier than I've been in years. The bills are being paid, food on the table, and what's left of the roof after all the wind and storms is still overhead! Plus, the old 1946 Bastiaan-Blessing soda fountain is still limping along at the store! ;)