Hmmm….its been 6 months since I last updated this blog. So I thought it was time to make some amends. Let me update most of you with the changes to my professional life first.
Since my last post, a lot has changed. I no longer work on Oracle and DB2. In fact, I no longer work on any RDBMS. I am, however, still with IBM. I have managed to take charge of an opportunity and gone higher in what I call the “application chain”. I have become a true Business Intelligence Consultant. I now work on version 7.0 of the Business Intelligence module from SAP.
But first a little bit about the past 6 months and all the happenings. A quick reminder which will allow me to reminisce how it all happened at some time in the future:
July 2006: IBM refused to accept my qualifications; thereby affecting my appraisals.
November 2006: I decided to move on rather than wait for a whole year
January 2007: Found a new job at Bangalore
February 2007: Decided to let go the new offer based on promises made by IBM Canada
March 2007: Enrolled in IBM conducted SAP BW 3.5 training, got certified by IBM
March 2007: Started supporting a top notch US Telecom client on SAP BW 3.5
May 2007: Manager enrolled me into a SAP BI 7.0 training from SAP Academy
June 2007: Completed training and attained SAP Certification for the same module
July 2007: Confirmation and Initiation of Canada landed assignment from IBM Canada
July 2007: KTs to colleagues for all the three clients I was supporting
September 2007: Landed in Canada and started working for a new transport services client, supporting their SAP BI environment.
Its been a little rough, but I think I have managed to make the most of it. SAP BI is a high-demand and a low supply skill. But it involves not just technical knowledge. No. It requires a lot more people skills. And thats something I still need to work on.
Over a period of time, I want to expand my role from that of a technical person working on specified requirements to someone who interacts with clients and helps create value for them by understanding their needs and providing timely information for making those crucial business decisions. I hope I make it sooner that I think.
Canada is a beautiful place to be in. Calgary, especially, is a very green city. Its a happening place, full of bars, restaurants (from all over the world), dance tutors, shopping malls, commercial buildings. You name it. Its also got a few Indian stores which I still have to visit. And a slowly increasing Indian population.
A bird’s eye view of Calgary:
This is a downtown view of Calgary at night time:
Calgary has got people from all over the world. Asians, Muslims, Europeans, South Americans, Americans, Indians, Canadians. Everyone is down here. And that only makes life a lot more interesting. A simple example, a meeting I was attending, just 5-6 people, but each one a different race and ethnicity. Me, an Indian, a BI colleague, from Hong Kong, a Basis senior, a Muslim guy based in Calgary, a lady Project Manager from Canada, another BI colleague with a French origin based in Canada, and finally, another Canadian from Infrastructure. And this was only IBM. If we had clients joining in, it would be a complete mela.
I am just getting used to the diversity of this place. But people who have been here know that these differences dont make a damn difference. All that makes a difference is how you work and how professionally you handle issues.
So thats just a primer about Calgary. I still need to update my homepage. Will try to do that a little later when I get some more free time. Till then, its Namaste!