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dbmaven
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Roll CALL!

Welcome and Sign In, please.

Tell us where you work, and if you don't want to be precise about a company name you can more generically describe the industry.

Tell us what role you play in the business/corporate/enterprise I/T landscape - everyone from programmers to system Architects (and everyone in between) is welcome here.

Tell us how long you've been doing this work.

Add anything else you think is relevant!

Thanks!
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draven
Ex-Mod 2004-10
join:2002-02-20
my bunker

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I'll start!

I'm a senior systems administrator in the Greater Philadelphia area. I'm responsible for nearly all aspects of our corporate network environment. I've been at my company for over 4 years now, and I've been in the field for somewhere around 10 years I guess?

I also do web consulting on the side, building a number of sites for various companies and media personalities in the Philadelphia area.
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Time
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join:2003-07-05
Irvine, CA
reply to dbmaven
Senior Engineer V. Currently active at the Nevada Test Site and Edwards AFB. I am experienced in aircraft communications systems, radar, avionics, Cisco, Novell, Solaris, Oracle, and microwave theory.

My job is very multi-tasked.

I live in Las Vegas.
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jfgnet
12 Step Program
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join:2001-02-14
Limbo
reply to dbmaven
Senior systems engineer at a large truck mfg. corporation brought in as a consultant for 6 months contract, 7 years ago.

acyd

join:2005-06-01
Eatontown, NJ
reply to dbmaven
hahaha yesss I been waiting for this one. I actually have the t shirt that says, "No I will not fix your computer."

I work as an assistant network admin/IT helpdesk for a water treatment plant in NJ. It's a county job, so me and one other guy (the head admin) have to deal with all these characters here - nepotism, racism, car vandalism, computer kleptomania and sabotage - you name it. It's not a corporate environment so you can't get fired, even when we found gay porn on someone's machine, (he actually brought it to us for an unscheduled repair with this stuff all in his My Documents) it was swept under the rug, and that person not only still works there, he recently got a promotion.

That's my job!


dbmaven
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Welcome one and all.

I'm a consultant, currently specializing in VLDBs in the Data Warehousing/Data Mart space. Doing a lot of work currently in the pharmaceutical industry, but have done consumer products (my original background) and finance as well.

My current area of expertise is Data - architecture, modeling, physical database design/trouble-shooting/improvement. Also end up doing a lot of technical architecture and infrastructure work and dba stuff. Primarily work with, and know Oracle the best.
For those who know the DW space, I've worked with Margy Ross of The Kimball Group.

Been doing this for 8 years. Been in the industry for 23 or so years - programming, systems analysis, Project and Program Management....blah, blah, blah...
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A: When pigs fly! "


Time
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said by dbmaven:

Welcome one and all.

I'm a consultant, currently specializing in VLDBs in the Data Warehousing/Data Mart space. Doing a lot of work currently in the pharmaceutical industry, but have done consumer products (my original background) and finance as well.

My current area of expertise is Data - architecture, modeling, physical database design/trouble-shooting/improvement. Also end up doing a lot of technical architecture and infrastructure work and dba stuff. Primarily work with, and know Oracle the best.
For those who know the DW space, I've worked with Margy Ross of The Kimball Group.

Been doing this for 8 years. Been in the industry for 23 or so years - programming, systems analysis, Project and Program Management....blah, blah, blah...
If I'm correct, Kimball is a partner for the military contractor I work for (JT3 LLC).
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gatorjoe

join:2005-04-02
Marysville, WA
reply to dbmaven
i work for siemens at the msft campus in redmond. i do onsite helpdesk support. i support about 1300 MS employee's.

whiteboar
Premium
join:2002-07-05
Tucson, AZ
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Currently gigging for a County government out in Arizona and not real happy with it. Too much front line work, not enough infrastructure. Prior to this I was 5 years with A Major Utility as a systems and network admin for a 1600 node 13 site network. I'm looking to get back into a larger enterprise environment.


Mordy
Comfortably Numb
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join:2001-12-02
Denver, CO

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reply to dbmaven
Currently a software quality management consultant for a division of a Fortune 100 company in the travel industry, doing PM, testing, and writing some test automation software. Previously the Tech Svcs. Director for a nationwide distribution company, with 2k+ users across the country - I had wan/lan, email, mainframe ops and all other hardware.

Prior to that, I was in application development, as a developer and manager. I've been in systems for over 27 years. Dang, it doesn't seem all that long. And I don't feel that old .


CRCs Reality
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New Kensington, PA

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reply to dbmaven
Nice forum (just found this one today).

I'm a Systems Admin for a small/medium GIS firm near Pittsburgh. Kind of a one-man IT dept. as my only supervisor is one state away, and I'm the only admin here. So I do it all from e-mail and office helpdesk stuff to designing, building, and maintaining servers, network infrastructure, software deployment, and just about everything else.
Keeps me from getting bored (also keeps me on call 24/7, uugh) I've been in computers as a hobby for 25 years, and as a profession only for the last 7 or so.
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nil
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Currently software engineer at a bank.. spent several years as a sysadmin and still venture into that area now and then.
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sortofageek
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I/T related responsibilities since 1984 or so, enterprise sysadmin for about seven years, civilian employed by U.S. Navy. Early retirement when NMCI took over our toys in Autumn 2003. Retired early because I could and because contract administration put me to sleep.

I now play with my own little network at home as a hobby. My daughter is a sysadmin, son is a software engineer and a partner in a company specializing in speech technology. They chose their career paths so they could talk to me. Now I try to keep up for the same reason.
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mnmark
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I'm a app admin for a 10k+ employee healthcare org...specifically in the hr/payroll systems area.

Fairly new to the game...been doing this for about 3 years, and 4 years prior as public-access lab management for a university. Hopefully I'll be able to get in to my true interest, security (and ultimately get my CISSP) in the next year.
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Time
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Irvine, CA
reply to dbmaven
Forgot to mention that I also have a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering.


yock
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Miamisburg, OH
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reply to dbmaven
Greetings All,

I'm a relative newcomer to the IT industry. For the last year I've worked on SAP systems for a major insurance company in Southwest Ohio. My roles involve maintenance of support desk and change management software, data mining, and regression testing.

dbmaven See Profile, Data Warehousing is my primary job function, but I'm just getting into it. Do you work within commercial IDEs or custom solutions?
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yengec

join:2000-03-24
Boca Raton, FL
kudos:1
reply to dbmaven
Hi All,

I like this new forum. Congrats and all the best luck to the admins of the board.

I'm 32 and been working full time in the IT industry since 1989. I decided when I was 16 that regular day school taught me nothing useful in real life and decided to switch to night school and get a regular 9 to 5 in the IT industry.

I've done anything from managing & setting up Novell 2.12 servers to bringing broadband access to 500+ resident luxury condos. I vividly remember MicroChannel architecture, IBM Model 30s, AST notebooks & desktops, Windows 2, Symphony spreadsheet and IBM Display Write. Heck I even remember when the information superhighway was nothing but a dirt road (getting old I guess).

In my early 20s I was the IT manager for the 2nd largest stock exchange brokerage firm in Istanbul, Turkey (8 branches, 200+ employees). Until the SPK (the Turkish equivalent of SEC) shut us down for reasons unbeknownst to me, I was living the gooood life.

Currently I've been with my own company for 5 years. My business card says IT Consultant, but I do anything and everything you can imagine.

I have a BS in Information Technology, and although I don't see any practical benefit to it, I will be starting on my master's degree in 2006, possibly either at Management of Information systems or Information Security.

I currently live in North Miami Beach, FL.

Talk to all soon.

Danny


MrFixitCT
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join:2000-12-01
Charleston, SC
reply to dbmaven
App admin for a fortune 100 company, 3 years in this arena and I still cant script



SoJo
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Gilroy, CA

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I'm an NT Admin/Helpdesk/PC tech. I've been doing this for the last 18 years. I now run a Helpdesk team for a Commercial Real Estate company in the Bay Area. My how time flies when your having fun:D

I cut my teeth in the Navy on a good ole Zenith XT with 512kb of ram and a 10 meg hard drive. The good ole DOS days.:p



FutureMon
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Seaside, CA
reply to dbmaven
Currently doing a stint as a consultant for KBHomes, formerly Kaufman & Broad...as their Software QA, Build and Release Management, and Change Control administrator.

Been writing software since I was about 9 years old. (That would make it about 30 years now.) Started off with TRS-80 Model I basic and Apple ][e basic.

Now, I primarly develop using Microsoft technologies, i.e. VB, ASP, SQL and C/++/#.

At my home office, on a business class SDSL 768/768 connection (best I can get @ 13000 ft from C/O), I host a couple servers - NT 4, Exchange 5.5 and IIS 4.0 (yeah I really need to upgrade lol). I also host RealServer software which allows me to stream pre-recorded and live audio/video - some for customers and some just for fun. On these systems I host small websites for associates, friends and relatives and some of them actually pay me.

Planning on a migration to Windows Server 2003/Exchange 2003 in the near future.

- FM
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MacGyver
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Currently an engineering designer in a small engineering branch office of 10. We run Netware 5.1 and GroupWise 6 on an ancient P2/333 server which just won't die. All the computers in the office run XP. I've been doing network admin as a secondary role to engineering ever since I joined the company 8 years ago. Recently, our company was bought up by a company that is a Microsoft shop, so my network admin skills will become obsolete as soon as our network is absorbed into the new, and I can focus exclusively on engineering.


dbmaven
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(topic move) Supporting MS employees! No wonder...

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The post that was here, and all followups to it, were moved to a new topic .. »Supporting MS employees! No wonder...


AR
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join:2000-09-21
Toronto, ON
reply to dbmaven

Re: Roll CALL!

I'm a "newbie", out of school 2 years.

I work for a small telecom consulting firm. In that role, I've to be jack of all trades. I work on OSS/BSS telco systems: Siebel CRM and in-house provisioning systems. Right now, I'm working at a major Canadian CSP.

With more experience under my belt, I'm thinking of branching into the role of a business analyst or getting an MBA and going into strategic consulting. We'll see.
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state
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I'm a network engineer, doing Uncle Sam's bidding. Spend a lot of time in basements, ceilings, tunnels and under raised floors...which means that my wardrobe expenses rival what I spend on gas...

Got my start in system administration and find myself being pulled back into that arena from time to time (some people just refuse to throw away an email address or phone number! )
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Frink
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Scotch Plains, NJ

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reply to dbmaven
This is a great idea for a forum!!!

I am a SA managing all aspects of presenting 50TB of business critical data for an international company based in the Northeast. Most of this data sits on NAS devices (Linux front end to Fibre Channel / iSCSI Disk back, shared via CIFS for 50k windows users.). I also manage several application & print servers which are Microsoft based. I have been in my present position for roughly 6 years, and have seen many changes during this time, as I am sure you all have!

Hello!


big greg
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join:2003-10-11
Boston, MA
reply to dbmaven
I'm currently a mercenary contractor, doing whatever I can for cash.

I can't tell you what I'm doing right now on my main contract due to NDA (software engineering). I also operate a web hosting and web design service. I've also worked as a software engineer, diagnostic engineer, operations manager, network manager, network admin, network grunt, sysadmin, computer center operations/production manager, video systems engineer, DBA, web site operations/production manager at a .com, web designer, and a bunch of other stuff even more boring than that.


CatSnak
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Lakeside, CA
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Howdy all!

Just thought I'd pop in and see whats shaking.

I'm an Information Services Manager for a medium to large union is sunny southern California, I have a crew of 6 that I'm responsible for from support specialists to programmers. Thankfully I my self rarely have to deal with the end users directly but on the occasions I do it can get interesting.

Glad to see this forum up and running and I'm sure it'll be a great source of information as well as entertainment.
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AR
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Toronto, ON
And networking...


Ben Cisco
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Wormhole
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I'm doing hardware and network support for a division of a Fortune 500 company in the Charlotte region.


Feets
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Hamilton, ON
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I'm a Framework Programmer (my official title) for a smallish Canadian outfit that sells software as part of a larger services offering. I'm currently primarily responsible for the user interface and customization aspects of our development framework that is used in-house by other programmers to build our products and by our implementation consultants and customers to tailor the products to individual customer needs.

I did some time as an unofficial network admin at a couple of previous jobs where I was essentially the only technical person there but I never felt particularly comfortable in that role. I do build my own computers and dabble with networking stuff for myself now and then.

I clean malware off of my friends and relatives' computers when they become unusable.