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What would you do.

By omnknt232006 ·
I think it would neat to start a discussion that might help people like me who are relatively new to the IT industry about what steps you would take the first week of a new job.

Let's say you're hired to be the IT manager of a small company that has stores in 5 or 6 different states but has no basic network infrastructure. What would you do the first week on the job?

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Learn the business

by robo_dev In reply to What would you do.

The needs of the business drive the IT requirements, so job #1 is to do a high-level SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, Threat) analysis of the business.

A big fancy network is cool, but you might find that a new POS or phone system in the stores or increased use of bar coding might be what is needed.

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Go idea, but...

by Forum Surfer In reply to Learn the business

if you're starting out lower in the food chain, it's always a good idea to keep your mouth shut and observe for a few days. See how things work, who really gets stuff done and the like.

It's better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and prove it!

Once you start learning the ropes, then chime in with your opinion on matters. Nobody likes it when the FNG jumps aboard thinking he knows everything and can do what's being done better. Next thing you know you are permanently branded and out of the loop.


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Start learning

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to What would you do.

What and who have you got. If you are talking about connecting the stores for instance, why hasn't it already been done.

The last thing you should do until you've got the lay of the land is change anything, it may not be in the state it's in by design, but I guarantee it wasn't by accident....

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What I did...

by Locrian_Lyric In reply to What would you do.

I wound up in a situation like that.

I sat back, observed, kept my mouth shut, asked for input from my reports, and even let them veto ideas of mine.

That last part is important because they knew the business FAR BETTER than I did, I got some really good info from them and I actually got ahead of some of the folks who had been there for years.

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by omnknt232006 In reply to What would you do.

Thanks to everyone that replied.

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