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Must admit to losing track on the rights (or lack of them) with contractors. I tend to only deal with TUPE (primary and secondary) and ARD. That's why we pay HR Partners !!

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Late to the party but I'll throw myself into the mix....

Currently designing/running various networks for a large media company in the UK - spend most of my time playing with Cisco networks & various other security products but also do a lot with all of the usual MS back-end technologies, plus a little Linux. Lots of project-based work at the moment.

Have also done a lot with Internet infrastructure (ISP networks, xDSL, hosting, colo etc) - in fact I operate the network that this forum used to run on....

"I should probably be a contractor...."

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Work as a Software Tester (analyst) for a company that provide 'solutions' to local government coucils like Pensions/housing benefits/council tax software.

I try and break the stuff that the clever people put together for a living. Boring but easy and pays not bad considering it aint all that taxing but then there is a bit of stress when it comes to release dates.

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I'm a Test Manager for a Software Development house in MK. I feel your pain regarding the release dates fizzbit, it seems the test window ends up being used as development time!!!

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I'm a Test Manager for a Software Development house in MK. I feel your pain regarding the release dates fizzbit, it seems the test window ends up being used as development time!!!

Tell me about it mate.. ISEB is thrown out the window when it comes to deadlines!

Currently a team leader and spend more time trying to sort crap out for others and making sure the environmnets are up to date and secure than actual testing itself!:ffs:

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It's the same here too. I end up supporting the support department as they are overwhelmed, therefore not being able to test myself (there are only 22 of us here so I need to test!)

Has your business got many employees in the technical departments

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It's the same here too. I end up supporting the support department as they are overwhelmed, therefore not being able to test myself (there are only 22 of us here so I need to test!)

Has your business got many employees in the technical departments

Company i work for has got 11 offices in the UK covering loads of different products so its massive. Although my last workplace was the same as your current situation with only about 18 office staff. Was a bit mental! :roflmao:

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IT Security Consultant, ethical hacking etc blah-di-blah.

The firm I'm starting with is a consultancy, so if anyone feels the need to get their infrastructure/applications tested... :)

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IT Security Consultant, ethical hacking etc blah-di-blah.

The firm I'm starting with is a consultancy, so if anyone feels the need to get their infrastructure/applications tested... :)

Does that mean you are a CISSP? Doing mine next month! Really exciting...NOT!:ffs:

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Does that mean you are a CISSP? Doing mine next month! Really exciting...NOT!:ffs:

Nah, not bothered with CISSP. Not yet anyway, it's too tedious. I've stayed at the technical end rather than the analyst end, so just get stuck in with nmap, metasploit, burp, l0phtcrack etc. Sorry about the late reply. The above consultancy...well, lets say they kept promising me work, and being very bad at it. Now have a more permanent gig, and much happier :)

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I used to work in IT. Started off at the low level of remote desktop stuff (not logging calls or trouble shooting) - gradually working my way up through onsite desktop/applications support and implimentations - Network support and implementation and then server support. I really enjoyed my time in IT - There was nothing more satisfying than to tell your cheapskate, technically inept and useless boss that his server was f***d and that he'd have to wait a little while before his boss' hand was removed from his ar*e :D

But in all seriousness - I loved it. Got to play with all the new technology first and my knowledge was all self taught (except my useless software engineering degree.) I worked for some real arseho...sorry - 'blue chip' companies down south. Although I could pretty much fix anything to do with an IT infrastructure, whether it was related to software, communications and networking, hardware, some programming - I found that in IT, there were far too many idiots in the wrong jobs. I missed out on better paid posts because I didn't have a piece of paper that said MCSE/CCNA on it - despite having the knowledge and skill set to comfortably do the job. The people above me always knew this as I proved it time and time again when things daffy-ducked up.

I now run my own Sandwich bars back home in the North East. I miss the buzz of woking in an environment where people rely on you and you have that, what I would call, a silent nod of respect for your skill (hahaha!) - and that big office environment with your other IT buddy's - finding different ways to better each other ;)

Things are going well - but if things ever went t*ts up here - I'm hoping I have the CV and experience to jump back on the ship at some level or another (just 1st line ****!)

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I'm a business intelligence specialist. Basically its about getting useful information out of data. Involves Oracle DBA work, SQL, tuning, data architecture and the use of tools such as Business Objects, Hyperion, OBIEE+, BIRT and ETL tools... At the moment I'm working on project associated with Dynamic Tariffing on 2G& 3G mobile networks.

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On the BI bit it's amazing that companies don't realise what they have in terms of analyzing what they do isn't it?

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Data is often one of the companies greatest assets. BI and data warehousing often gets a bad rep for being expensive or even wasteful if its done badly. Done well it can lead the company in new directions and get the most from its assets.

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Data is often one of the companies greatest assets. BI and data warehousing often gets a bad rep for being expensive or even wasteful if its done badly. Done well it can lead the company in new directions and get the most from its assets.

I like the idea of data warehousing - but I think there's only so many types/sectors of business that would really feel the benefits from it.

On a slightly different note - I researched into setting up a Data Centre business - and the startup costs were enormous! even to support small to medium sized companies.

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I've done all sorts at one time or another; from desktop to network design, to building public infrastructure production systems (Criminal Records Bureau, passports, etc.) but now I run a team of information security consultants for Orange, scurvy bunch of hackers that they are ;)

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Are you there for the exclusive use of Orange, or do you farm them out too?

I'm getting fed up with BT and all the bullshit the PMs pull in order to disguise the full deployment of a system.

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We're there for the exclusive use of Orange... or rather, "Everything Everywhere" as the new joint venture between us and T-Mobile is now somewhat embarrassingly known. When I was doing the same job for France Telecom Group I got travel, excitement, adventure and really wild things... but now, like you, I'm playing Project Kerplunk with PM's; seeing how many straws I can remove before the project collapses under its own weight ;)

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We're there for the exclusive use of Orange... or rather, "Everything Everywhere" as the new joint venture between us and T-Mobile is now somewhat embarrassingly known. When I was doing the same job for France Telecom Group I got travel, excitement, adventure and really wild things... but now, like you, I'm playing Project Kerplunk with PM's; seeing how many straws I can remove before the project collapses under its own weight ;)

I see. You (i.e. the joint venture) are now 'delivery focussed' instead of ...well anything else pretty much. :)

Edit: Nice HHGTTG reference. [/geek]

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I work in IT and for the rest of the month that'll involve being either at home or off on holiday.....and after that then I won't be working in IT .... or anywhere else :rolleyes:

Gis a job! :)

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I'm going to shamelessly steal that, it's perfect! :grin:

:D Glad you like it; I coined it a couple of months ago to describe what happens at Orange when projects that are super-important fail, because the projects they're depending on have been pulled by the board in order to save money.

Since then, I've been trying to get it into common parlance ;)

I see. You (i.e. the joint venture) are now 'delivery focussed' instead of ...well anything else pretty much. :)

*sigh* Yes. Yes, I'm afraid that's so. Oh god...

Our new "vision statement" - we have one of those and I'm hardly ashamed at all to admit it - is "Dream, Develop, Deliver". Or, more accurately perhaps, "Doodle, Dawdle, Defer 'til Next Year"

Edit: Nice HHGTTG reference. [/geek]

Colour me impressed that you caught that!

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:D Glad you like it; I coined it a couple of months ago to describe what happens at Orange when projects that are super-important fail, because the projects they're depending on have been pulled by the board in order to save money.

Since then, I've been trying to get it into common parlance ;)

You'll be please to know it's already enjoying a rapid spread through HP.

"Let's Do Amazing" is our latest promotion. My suggestion that we should try "Let's Do Competent" first didn't go down universally well... :rolleyes:

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PMSL! Oh, nice one! What is it about us IT types that we seem to have infinite reservoirs of cynicism to draw upon? Admittedly, being in the security business tends to give one a rather jaundiced view, but it seems ubiquitous among techies.

Maybe it's because most of us pass through a phase of having to answer phone calls that start with stuff like "'Ullo, is that IT? I can't get in me screen!"

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