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David Wagner
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3/30/2015 | 1:28:18 PM
Re: The Tech Perspective: I am ( and You Should Be ) Going, Going ....Gone.
@Technocrati- Sounds like the key to your happiness might be in finding the most tech-inclined CEOs. Maybe we should do a ranking of the top tech-inclined CEOs that aren't at obvious tech companies. Do you think something like that would help IT pros?
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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3/30/2015 | 1:25:04 PM
Re: The Tech Perspective: I am ( and You Should Be ) Going, Going ....Gone.
@TerryB- Well, i don't know if I'm qualified to say what cutting edge is, but I can see that you have a full and busy (and sounds like fun) career. And one thing that seems great about your job is the amount of freedom you have. I think a lot of us yearn for a little more freedom in our jobs, at least at various points in our careers.
Angelfuego
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3/29/2015 | 3:13:34 PM
Re: The Tech Perspective: I am ( and You Should Be ) Going, Going ....Gone.
I guess the IT pros are looking for the next best thing, whether that may be a salary upgrade, more appreciative employment, etc. Since they have option due to job availabilities, I can see taking the leap of faith by seeking a new company to work for. I am actually pretty content with my current job, so I am not looking to hop anywhere. I did hear of an opening at a site much closer to my home, but resisted to apply for it due to the fear of the grass not being greener. I have a long commute, but the trade off is that I really like my site.
Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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3/29/2015 | 2:06:07 PM
Re: The Tech Perspective: I am ( and You Should Be ) Going, Going ....Gone.

@yalanand    You are right.   Often any information a CEO gets regarding this area (IT) is mostly clouded by the mis-management along the way.    Nice insight.

Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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3/29/2015 | 2:02:44 PM
Re: IT Pros jobhop to avoid Burnout
@Ash001   Great point !  That is the reality of it !   You will never get the time to recover unless you move on.  Theses businesses will literally run you into the ground.  Send flowers and have the next one in place before the dust settles.

It is shameful, while everyone hides behind their definition of Capitalism.  American business does not want Americans to go visit other lands, because they would see how the rest of the world lives and makes it work !  

Six weeks paid vacation ?   Unheard of in America.   On second thought, America does have it's version - It is called "Unpaid layoff".

So given all of this, it is best for admins and engineers to "Get going, going Gone."

 

 
Ashu001
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3/29/2015 | 1:12:48 PM
Re: The Tech Perspective: I am ( and You Should Be ) Going, Going ....Gone.
Technocrati,

Most companies fall in the second bracket you mentioned here.

Sad but true-Most companies just give lip service to Innovation.

 
Ashu001
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3/29/2015 | 12:03:30 PM
IT Pros jobhop to avoid Burnout
David,

This is something I have noticed amongst more and more IT Folks today(especially those who work in Basic IT Administration/Maintainence);they get pushed to accomplish more and more in Less and Less time(with No resources to Boot too!).

And when they ask for a raise(for the extra hours they work as well as for all those weekends they are on the job because you can't afford to inconvenice Users during the regular work-week);most of them are left Burnt out at the end of 3-4 year period and just want a break from their existing job so they switch thinking The Grass is Greener on the other side(so to speak).

Is this always true?

Not really;but atleast they get the breaks they need which are otherwise just not forthcoming especially in America where no company offers more than 10 days paid Vacation anymore;Job Switching is one of the Best ways to take a longer break (especially in a Field as in-demand and as fluid as IT today).

 
yalanand
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3/28/2015 | 2:32:10 PM
Re: The Tech Perspective: I am ( and You Should Be ) Going, Going ....Gone.
@David: Yup most of us feel that way. Most of us are like "hey didn't that company develop that technology? Why not go work under them? They know better!" which is not usually the case every now and then, and if it were, Cyanogen wouldn't be competing with Google Android to buy it out.
yalanand
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yalanand,
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3/28/2015 | 2:30:02 PM
Re: The Tech Perspective: I am ( and You Should Be ) Going, Going ....Gone.
@Technocrati: Basically tech people suffer from having really bad managers who carry up the working of the tech department like a wildfire but in the process the information gets slightly changed, and this creates misdirections in decision making, particularly from the house of the CEO.
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Technocrati,
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3/27/2015 | 8:21:30 PM
Re: The Tech Perspective: I am ( and You Should Be ) Going, Going ....Gone.

That is an interesting question Dave,  something I had not really  thought much about because I try so much to live in the moment.   But thinking back, I think it depends on the type of business.   

If they are technically avant garde,  then ideas are accepted and moved on.   While if the business sees tech ( and my role consequently ) as purely an "aid" then I have had less success in influencing new ideas.  No matter how brilliant.

This is where it gets tricky. If the company does not understand tech, it has been my experience that they don't even appreciate it (tech) even though they love their iPhone.

 

I don't understand this - Do these types of CEO's think tech is magic ?  It's funny it goes something like this, CEO: Who is that new guy ?   Trusted Overpaid Advisor better know as VP of Whatever  responds , "He is in the engineering department. Brilliant CEO responds, "Oh.  When is lunch ? "  

And I love this one, when you cross paths later and you get the look of  Who is he again ?    

I am thinking of my most recent CEO, who was exactly like this.  They have some perception of what tech and tech professionals are, which are usually erroneous on both counts.  But strangly they can seem to understand the revenue the use of it brings.

This particular CEO was more fortunate than able and sadly I think that is more the norm rather than the exception.

CEO's and the companies they run are influenced by many things that one would think they would be immune to -  Economy of Scale ( and Daddy's money ) is the only thing that keeps them (CEO's) from being exposed as the inept "leaders" they think they are.

I digress somewhat, but the relationship of the CEO's views regarding tech permeates the entire company.  Of course this is a multi-faceted question which I have only taken the liberty to skim yet in my case the negative has not always the case in the adoption of recommendations to improve systems, which is probably why I get so incensed when it happens now.   

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