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A peer wants to know how to find employment in the legacy transformation arena, as featured in the Sept. 11 CIO Focus e-newsletter. Join career professional Bob Weinstein in offering some solid advice.

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bob Weinstein

by weinsteinrv In reply to Legacy transformation are ...

I wish I could tell you that the job prospects in the legacy transformatin arena were plentiful. But, they're not. The lousy job market certainly has something to do with it. But, that doesn't mean there aren't jobs. Some scouting around the Internet will point you to some. A company in Hawthorne, NY, for example, is looking for a senior architect/developer to design legacy transformation methodologies and architectures. And, there are variations of this all over the U.S. with a heavy concentration in California. Yet, the reality is jobs demanding legacy skills are hard to find. Bill Payson, head of Senior Techs, insists that the demand for COBOL programmers will turnaround. He says 75 percent of the worlds business processes are in COBOL. But, he adds, "businesses must move to the Internet if they are to survie. Most COBOL programmers are over 50. The kids know the Internet, but don't know COBOL and don't want to learn it. So,for the first time in a long while, the Old Pros with Internet skills have an advantage. Is Payson right? We'll find out.

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Legacy Transformation Employment

by tips In reply to Legacy transformation are ...


As a long-time leader and advisor on technical related matters I would like to offer you a few creative methods to meeting your goal. First and foremost please recognize that most employers will not classify their job need as legacy transformation. Rather you should approach the challenge as a system or application integrator. Often the ability to integrate one application or system production into an existing system requires legacy transformation. As the projects become larger you will build a reputation within the team of converting older applications or systems into more modern standards. When the workload begins to force employees to take on a specific role you will be called upon to handle the legacy transformation portions. In short, look for system integration positions.

In the meantime expand your reputation by writing articles, white papers, and how-to, and build a web site dedicated to your love of legacy conversion. In no time you will find that the employers will seek your input.

Hope this helps. If you need me to defend the merit of my words (which should not be the case) email me personally and I will be happy to share with you my expertise.

Good Luck!


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Become a consultant

by mlawrenc In reply to Legacy transformation are ...

This sounds like the type of work that large consulting firms are probably doing as we speak. Have you contacted Accenture, Cap Gemini and the rest?

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Any large company

by Prefbid II In reply to Legacy transformation are ...

Every company that I have worked for is a collection of new and old software. The transformation process is perpetual. Most of the time, though, the transformation team is composed of people who either know the current software or the current business. Understanding the business is usually more important than knowing slick transformation technologies.

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You can't find employment unless

by Help Desk Analyst In reply to Legacy transformation are ...

You just came to America.

Offers free A+ ,CNE and MCSE training.

To bad this is not offered for free for real
American citizens.
Where's that American pride now?

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