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Re:Re: The Fat Lady Sings

Discussion created by ca.portal.admin on Jan 24, 2006
Lutz,
First off, I want to thank everyone who has wished me well. This is a
great group of people.
I started with IDMS back in the 5.7 days of 1983 as a cobol programmer
and then moved to application DBA and then finally to King (keeper of
all things IDMS). Along the way, there were so many opportunities to
learn.
The last five-six years have been real slow as I've been relegated to
watching systems run and keeping multiple levels of the software up to
date on a test LPAR in the event I could actually dust them off and
bring them into the sunlight.
Every once in a while, management here asks us to update our skills
profile - I have no idea why, there's no advancement possible. But the
only thing I have been able to do in the last half dozen years is take
stuff off my skills profile because I can't remember how to do them
anymore. And I do not say that in jest.
Let me give you a perfect example of the respect a technician
receives. Bear in mind IDMS has a limited life span here - maybe as
little as 6-8 months. As I was having discussions with management (post
review) and offering ways I could support IDMS without being a full time
employee (even offering to train someone in exchange for being laid
off), I was told by one manager that I either move into another group or
quit. The VP then asked that manager what he would do for IDMS support
if I quit. The answer? ""I'll send someone to a few classes"". Aren't
you glad to know your 20+ years of experience can be replaced by a few
classes?

Joe

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