Re:Re: The Fat Lady Sings

Discussion created by ca.portal.admin on Jan 24, 2006

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

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