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VMS - what to do now?

By PENGUINSRULE ·
I have approximately 18 years of VMS systems administration experience. I was just caught up in a downsizing effort at my company. According to my VP of IT I was selected because they do not think that VMS is a viable platform for the business dueto the HP/Compaq merger and that the company has had staggering losses this year. He was very happy with me and my performance as an administrator and project leader. I also have quite a bit of experience as a consultant in VMS issues.

I am unsure what to do now. I am aware that there are a handful of senior VMS positions in different places in the country. I could go on the road and consult again. I could retrain and try to do something else. I could try to launch into IT leadership based on some of the project leadership background I have. So much of this quandry has to do with the lifespan of VMS and the marketplace's overwhelming disapproval of the HP/Compaq merger. I've certainly sought to broaden my skills in other areas,but when you are fully dedicated to supporting VMS, then you do everything you can to do a great job in supporting the system that you are responsible to support.

Wisdom appreciated - thanks!

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by Ann777 In reply to VMS - what to do now?

You have experience and stability in a aspects of IT that few others can show. I think you need to decide which of the tasks you have done, that you like the most: either project management/leadership or administration. Based on that decision, then I'd recommend that you go back to IT Training and pickup certificates (if you have not already done so) -- while training, build contacts at the schools and volunteer and help in any way you can.

Companies that need people with this experience sometimes contact technical schools for staff that can perform. Keep an eye out and keep word out that you are looking, and you should be able to transition into another position.

Good luck.

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by Alpha-Male In reply to VMS - what to do now?

Being a long running Dec fan (particularly Alphas), believe me I feel your pain. Still, even though you've been VMS centered, you still have a strong IT background and years of experience and wisdom. The market is a little tough just now, but when it rebounds, there should be several opportunities in management out there for a guy with 18 years in the trenches.

If you still want to pursue VMS (and I can understand why...we still use VMS), you may need to be a little creative. Perhaps try some VMS newsgroups and message boards for leads. You could even contact HP/Compaq and ask if they have any leads or resources. They may not offer this (preferring to consult themselves) but it's worth asking. You never know, you may catch a sympatheticear and get some good information.

If you want to stay on the technical side (rather than management) but are ready to move to new areas, your background will still be of benefit as you tackle a new OS. As much as it pains me to say, I'd recommend Microsoft certification as it has the widest market just now. Linux/Unix and Netware are outstanding and will probably appeal to your sensibilities more (especially coming from a VMS background)...but MS is everywhere and that's what you want whenstarting anew. You likely have some familiarity with windows products already...but if you use an alternative at home/work you may want to build on that knowledge.

I come from a Novell background and have certainly seen the same issues you're facing with Netware. I turned attention to MS, Citrix and now Cisco. Good luck to you...it's a tough time to make a change, but with 18 years behind you I'm sure you'll come through it fine.

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by Alpha-Male In reply to VMS - what to do now?

After noticing the "Penguinsrule" name...I'd guess you like Linux. If you have a background there, this is a growing area and there is a lot of potential for it. There are certifications out there and many companies are evaluating and employing Linux (particularly outside of the US). If you're a skilled Linux/Unix user, brush up on administrative tasks and pursue that...there is no doubt you'll find demand there.

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