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Oracle PL/SQL and Forms developer supporting in house and 3rd party applications on Unix servers, mainly at 2nd line level with bits of 3rd line development now and then.

ITIL admin and bottlenecks (people who don't bother to email you back, manually having to send out call pick up emails. etc) ruins the overall experience but cannot imagine doing anything else tbh.

Oooh just noticed my status could very well be my next car. Spooky!

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That's what they all say about you mate :P

Flattery will get you nowhere!

Well, it might get you somewhere, with duisberg.

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Wow I must be the only person on TSN not in IT :grin:

I'm not in IT either, although I seem to be the only computer literate person in my whole office.

Therefore, it's me that reboots stuff when something's not working :rolleyes:

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I'm an account director for a company that offers end to end IT solutions (Microsoft Gold partner and J2EE coding mostly but PHP etc is also done when requested). We also do web site design through our established (award winning) design studio and have 24x7 support facilities for hardware environments and applications.

We have some very big customers on our books who I look after.

We also have extensive skills in SAS and various data reporting tools like Speed-Trap.

Oracle and other DB skills are a given - we have lots (just done an 11G roll out for one of those very big customers).

Lots of Sun (Oracle) experience.

We specify and configure large online hardware infrastructures too taking care of back up, hosting, connectivity, support etc etc.

Also sell and implement the entire Adobe suite of products, WebTrends (for our sins) and a new technology called CallMiner.

You want it, we can build it (although I specifically cannot!). Might be of some help to some.

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I'm not in IT either, although I seem to be the only computer literate person in my whole office.

Therefore, it's me that reboots stuff when something's not working :rolleyes:

Snap! The joys of working for a small firm: You get to turn computers off and on and receive the glory for "fixing" it :grin:

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It's more fun in a big firm when no-one owns up to owning a server so you turn it off to see who screams. :grin:

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I'm a solutions consultant, telecoms geek.

Which means I design and build call centres, sorry, I mean contact centres. Primarily Cisco IPCC, ICM, IPIVR and CVP, speech recognition and biometrics recently too.

We normally partner with other companies to deliver the call centre part of an install.

Still do a bit of everything from pre-sales through to delivery. Currently working with a very large network company delivering a global support network.

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Blimey

Maybe we should actually ask how many are car mechanics/traders so we can gain from cheap servicing and upgrades and newer cheaper cars!

I have been in IT since 18 - last 9 years in IT Security - data encryption to be precise. My company is aligned with the boys in Cheltenham - thats the UK's DC and Canberra I guess..

But I used to work for solutions providers as an MCT Trainer - training Windows NT 3.51/4 and 2k before deciding to going back to pre-sales where I could earn commission again - cept they keep dropping it - and now its so low I wonder what the real benefit is!

Adios

Tone

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I'm a solutions consultant, telecoms geek.

Which means I design and build call centres, sorry, I mean contact centres. Primarily Cisco IPCC, ICM, IPIVR and CVP, speech recognition and biometrics recently too.

Do your systems cope with a West Midlands Black Country accent? Not found a voice recognition system yet that can cope and I have to put on the best posh phone voice I can, or just ignore the questions and get put through to someone as normal.

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Late to the IT party...

Jack of several trades, master of none, proficient in hardly any! :roflmao:

In my time I've done DOS application programming (Sensible Solution!), and VB, ASP and a little bit of Perl and PHP development, and I've done consultancy on all kinds of comms and email systems from dial-up stuff pre-Internet, via X.25 to X.400 email on cc:mail, MS Mail, Groupwise, Notes and Isocor MTAs. Got into SMTP mail, the Internet and all that around 1994/5, then into Internet security and network design/install/consultancy.

I currently half-own a services company, providing network management and monitoring/support for over 25000 end-user organisations in more than 900 sites in over 70 countries worldwide; probably a third of a million bums on seats and probably another 20k mobile users who get Internet access via networks we manage.

We do Cisco, Check Point and somewhere in the dim and distant past some Watchguard, though I've also dabbled with Sonicwall and Guardian and even Netware Border Manager many years ago. Also tinker with Linux a bit, and wrote a very large scale policy management system for iptables, kernel IPSec and tc traffic shaping.

We also have a small data centre in the middle of nowhere, where power and comms are expensive, but you could drop something big and explodey on it, and it wouldn't care much. ;)

Oh, my job title is Technical Director, but my nickname among my techie guys used to be Doc Brown, after a certain mad scientist with ADHD from a film about time travel. I don't think they dare tell me my current one... :grin:

EDIT: On LinkedIn, and Twitter (though I've been quiet recently). PM me if I know you and you want an add.

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Started off as an AIX system Administrator and specialised in design systems to BAE and a few car makers.

Moved into more commercial but less technical world of leading IT outsourcing deals of about £10m to £100m that then evolved into multi country deals that were based out of the UK.

Now I'm back to a slightly more technical role of End to End Infrastructure Architect currently within the financial industry on anything from faster payments to retail solutions.

It keeps me in beer and IT ain't all that bad. +++

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You know what's really funny is considering what we all do I'm sure that I've probably had dealings with you in the real world :uhoh:

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Oh you'd know if you'd dealt with me, Mac.

Jaegerbomb mother-funker... :D

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Do your systems cope with a West Midlands Black Country accent? Not found a voice recognition system yet that can cope and I have to put on the best posh phone voice I can, or just ignore the questions and get put through to someone as normal.

They are getting better all the time. Although of course there will always be exceptions! A lot of the time it's about the grammars being used, the larger the word choice the lower the chance of picking up the right words. Cat, Hat, Mat is tricky over the phone for humans let alone machines and especially without context.

Biometrics doesn't care about accent or language.

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Speech recognition = needs to understand the words

Biometrics = Voice prints (or iris or fingerprints etc) it matches a pattern so you say "my name is ChadW" and it recognises you. If I said that it wouldn't recognise me as Chadw and yes it can tell it's you even if you have a cold.

We are building this to allow automatic password resets in a networking company right now, goes into UAT in the next few weeks.

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I work in the Wintel server team at a global entertainment company. Windows 2003, 2008, VMware, Citrix, Exchange, that kind of thing. They are outsourcing the whole department however so if anyone knows of any job vacancies coming up, let me know!

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If the department is being outsourced, can't you claim TUPE rights or are the jobs totally going offshore ?

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Speech recognition = needs to understand the words

Biometrics = Voice prints (or iris or fingerprints etc) it matches a pattern so you say "my name is ChadW" and it recognises you. If I said that it wouldn't recognise me as Chadw and yes it can tell it's you even if you have a cold.

We are building this to allow automatic password resets in a networking company right now, goes into UAT in the next few weeks.

Oh right sorry see the difference now. Next time I have to use one of these 'speech recognition' systems I will be using a 'Speak and Spell'. :)

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Well possibly, but only then if you've been claiming you're within IR35?

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So basically it's short term financial gain outside IR35 vs longer term rights if you've been claiming within IR35 !?

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I guess so. It's actually fairly hard to enforce any employment rights for somebody who is correctly deemed a contractor. By contractor I mean Company A employs Company B to provide services. Said contractor is then an employee of Company B.

The rules you refer to are more used for Agency type staff aren't they? I.e. somebody under PAYE from an employment agency? Typically they'll have a contract of service not of services. Significantly different in employment law from what I gather.

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Sorry to go slightly off topic but does anyone still have that copy of Freelance Informer with Becks on the front complete with speech bubble; "IR35". Happy Days they were. :)

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