[Techtalk] OT - advice needed

John White John.White at Sun.COM
Wed Aug 21 15:57:00 EST 2002


The Oracle route sounds good, especially if you can get your company to pay for some training.

I don't know your IT department's organizational structure, but I think the Unix team would be a good next choice. From there, you'll likely be able to do some network work and/or intranet work, if you wish.

The management option is always out there for when you get tired of being a techie for a living.

Good luck!


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> All,
> Apologies for writing this but I need unbiased advice from clever people.
> I'm in charge of a mainframe (OS390) team of four that contains two people
> about to retire. The company I work for haven't got around to advertising
> for replacements. Not sure if this is intended or not.
> The mainframe we work on is being moved to another country. That other
> country already has consolidated 13 other mainframes into it's site.
> Needless to say I don't think there is much future for the mainframe here!!
> So I've asked for a transfer. My past experience is in IT Security -
> policies standards procedures etc as well as compliance checking and
> IDS (even got to do some penetration testing a few times). However the
> security dept here is one guy on the firewall so not alot of possibilities.
> My question is this, which area would people think a thirty year old (who
> is quite frankly not a programmer and who doesn't like the management side)
> should go into?
> The options are :
> Oracle team - this seems the most interesting to me and the one I am
> pushing for.
> Unix team - for my age I think that this will be a disadvantage if it comes
> to changing companies even though I would have 75% of the competence rqd
> Network team - done a bit on Cisco, know my way around Etherent,
> subnetmasking, how to read a packet
> Websphere/Intranet - application server stuff, need to program in Java
> (scares me) good opportunity to learn a lot of web stuff, seems like a good
> future but the software would only be used by LARGE companies (which I am
> becoming less and less fond off).
> OR : remain management side. I don't want to do this, I don't enjoy it but
> the money here in France is better for managers than techies.
> Hard choices so need some helpful advice - please.
> Rgs,
> Matt
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