If you look at many positions for job openings, you’d never know what business you are going to be working in. I don’t know about you, but if you actually know a lot about a particular business, it’s an advantage to you in comparison to others. Yet, IT departments routinely ask for commoditized (read: outsource capable) job skills without regard for knowing the business.
Consider these real job requirements for a Senior Engineering position and see what business all of this cool programming is for:
- Senior-level engineer with experience developing high performance, high volume applications in a Linux and/or Unix environment using C and Java.
- Experience with DNS, ENUM and the ACE framework is a plus.
- Experience with Java application server technology (i.e, Tomcat, Websphere, etc)
- Experience with Oracle and SQL
- Comfortable with NT and Unix/Linux environments
- Strong troubleshooting skills
- Strong oral and written skills
- Strong time management skills
- Good team player
In addition to this knowledge, the person has to have a lot of experience:
- 8 years experience developing high volume applications in a structured team environment
- 6 years experience using CVS and/or another version control system
- Experience with Java and/or J2EE
- Familiarity with telecom provisioning or numbering a plus
- BS in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or related technical field
And here are the position responsibilities:
- Design, develop, test and document software with little supervision
- Troubleshoot software issues and implement fixes under time pressures
- Assist management with project scoping and scheduling
- Interface as necessary with other internal groups such as Product Testing, Database Administration and System Administration
Did you catch it?
“Familiarity with telecom provisioning or numbering a plus.” You’ll be programming systems that deal with number-portability in the telecom industry.
It’s just a “plus” to know about the business. And technologists wonder why there is such a disconnect between the business and IT.