I was very lucky to have had a great career in IT and even luckier now being able to help the young Doris people grow and develop.
I worked at RSA in IT for nearly 40 years but swapped roles many times allowing me to gain loads of IT skills and work on some great projects. I am glad to have lived through the dawn of the internet and the boom in e-commerce and so really appreciate what we have available in the IT world now. Technology changes daily but I feel that the underlying principles are still the same
Some of my roles included
• Operation/Scheduling supporting the overnight Batch runs (Operations are now called Devops!)
• Mainframe programmer doing Assembler & Pl1 - all procedural programs as OOP and Services were not trendy then
• Testing - without any approaches or methods; in those days we just tested
• Mainframe Systems Programming, - this involved keeping the mainframe and the supporting s/w patched mostly during the early hours on a Sunday
• Disaster Recovery: Design, plan and tested the M/F continuity program - and had lots of fun testing it at the recovery centre in London
• Unix technician - after migrating from the mainframe I got to learn and love Unix servers and shell scripts
• Oracle DBA - I had a great 10 years building a large finance data warehouse and a middleware system to feed it – which is still running now
• Oracle Developer using PLSQL - nice language to work with
• Eventually I became the 'go to' IT person and was given the grand title of IT consultant. I was assigned to many large projects such as centralising systems, acquisitions and mergers, introducing Access security, Year 2000, migration of mainframe systems to Unix, to name but a few.
Throughout my whole career I never stopped learning as IT changes all the time and I found that I constantly had to learn ‘new stuff’ to stay up to date.
I am currently enjoying being part of the Doris team as a Technical trainer encouraging the Doris team to push themselves and self-develop.
I did not realise it at the time but my whole career has been positioning me for this role, I actually spent a lot of time mentoring and training my younger colleagues throughout my career. I get a lot of satisfaction seeing a new starter very quickly become confident and useful in their role with help from us.
When I am not working I enjoy socialising and meeting people, music, gardening, family and I love holidays and travelling the world.