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Moving ahead technology speaking

by stephenmoriarty In reply to Edge of the realm

I was on a confrence call this morning and they started talking about podcasting.. Now the way my company works first they makea study group that takes 3 months to decide on members then another 6 months exploring the concept then presenting it to the whole group with recomendations, then a vote is taken to forwad to the the big boss who gives it an up or down figure one month on that decision (hes a busy man) then figure 3 months to secure funding for a "technology test" then a futher reevaluation  after say a 1 to 3 month test. Then it goes back to comittee to vote up or down on going through and implementing a solution then back to the big boss with "our supposed thoughts" again a thumbs up or down on that  another three months for funding then implimentation starts. I figure 6 months to get up to speed and get users using it. And then you wonder why everything costs so much and takes so long..

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Moving ahead technology speaking

by TonytheTiger In reply to Moving ahead technology s ...

Hey, we just got off of Windows 95 fourteen months ago :)

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Moving ahead technology speaking

by jlrobins In reply to Moving ahead technology s ...

<p>i work for a midsized utility and it isn't the process that holds things up. it is the way IT works. if it goes to one group in IT, the supervisor micro-manages the staff and it is a miracle they can go to the bathroom without her written consent. She is also prone to ignoring corporate priorities... 200 staff hours spent on a project that was at the bottom of the priority list of a business area manager who had resigned 'under pressure'; no priority even given by the replacement.</p>
<p>another group has a manager that will override priorities and tell his people to disregard design specs, etc. and promise the business managers anything they want... but only half of the stuff is ever delivered, and most of that is barely usable.</p>
<p>and then there is the one manager/group that is out of political favor in IT, but that actually gets things done to specs and more or less, on time.</p>
<p>at least your organization is systematically incompetent. mine doesn't have the management controls on IT to even enforce basic competent management.</p>

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since when did IT mean copier repair

by stephenmoriarty In reply to Edge of the realm

Don't get me wrong, I would do anything for my company but some days copiers, fax machines even typewriters fall in my domain of tech support, I suppose being a one man shop in a far away division makes these things possible. But tell me when some salespeople and customer service managers who make more money than me, cant just clear a paper jam on a 10 year old copier or even read the display on the copier telling them where the paper jam is. The last straw was yesterday when they had left a paper in the output tray and a paper on the scanning plate hence an error (Not ready to copy please remove original) Now tell me the person who did this can read and speak english but instead a cryptic phone message that the copier is not working...Why.. and I get chastized for not being a team player and taking care of this for there precious department, and how much more important that this get resolved quickly and how its affecting business that day. 

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Now I'm Part Time Maintaince

by stephenmoriarty In reply to Edge of the realm

With corporate cutbacks running ragged in todays society I have had to adopt jobs outside my realm in the cause of promoting efficiancy...I was named Facilities Mnager a few years back.. I got this job through retirement and death of some employees.  Kind of like that Star Trek episode when the are transported to an alternate universe and everyone is evil and the whole crew moves up in rank with each death of a crewman.  Well anyway..after the only two guys who knew anthing about maintaince, specifically alam system, Heating and electrical power in offices, that became my domain...so now when a fuse blows or the alam does not set or the air conditiong stops working   guess who they call.  Me.  Well today baseboard heat in some offices (its a separate system) has been running making a heat wave hotter , so now I have to get some fans and put them in each of the executive offices in an effort to cool all the brain power at work. Since my company is being sold I dont see them bringing anyone in to fix this problem any time soon.. I wish I had a fan for my cubicle is on that same baseboard system..

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Disaster Recovery in a small shop

by stephenmoriarty In reply to Edge of the realm

Last wednesday I showed up to a large disaster we had a 8" water pipe..(part of Sprinkler system) burst 3 offices from the computer room. It flooded 1/2 offices...and the puddle streatch from the front of the building to the back of the building. the water only destroyed two pcs, and a printer... My first chore was to get water out /off floor of computer room. then get some power to phone system so we could  get the office people to work. That only took an hour...toughest think was to find power cords long enough...and a squeege to push water out.

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Lost on the jobhunt Safari

by stephenmoriarty In reply to Edge of the realm

<p>Well the job hunt stinks..Its been  8 years since my last layoff  I have to pick a target business thats not always being consolidated or going out of business. I think I will concentrate on the Healthcare IT departments or college IT departments. They generally are long lasting jobs, I'm done with startups or base industries. The startups consolidae themselves into oblivion. The base industries (mainly manufacturing) are contstantly being driven out of business by offshore production as well as offshore IT  support as well. I have been thinking of starting a full time home based support business.(I do it part time now and have done it for years) The question is "Is it viable?". time will tell.</p>

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