In my paid work, I encounter a variety of learning opportunities. In addition to other responsibilities and professional growth areas , I get to evaluate and recommend software or services that support business needs. Don’t tell anyone but it’s a very sweet arrangement.
One project this summer is to upgrade the email service. Well, I’m personally not installing servers, tweaking system settings and other nuts and bolts of things. I am though coordinating efforts from a distance, chasing down technical resources, testing new features, luring in volunteers (bwah-ha-ha-ha!) and working around the vacation schedules of all involved.
If this goes as planned, I will also have gained some Project hours to tuck under my belt.
Just as we’re oohing and ahhing at the new features, we’re also catching our breath on the technology upgrade hamster wheel. Then … Microsoft comes along to announce that it’s replacing Hotmail with Outlook webmail. WTF?!
We’re approaching the end of the product life cycle for some software and preparing for the next upgrade project for one in particular. Then there’s all this talk about cloud computing. As a respected mentor once offered reassuringly, “It’s a job for life.” As I flop on the floor in submission with 8 lives left, I grumble, purr then concur that working with computers and Internet technology supports my family with shelter, food and copious amounts of catnip.
Thanks for dropping by … and not waking the kitteh.