InvisibilityPosted: December 20, 2007
Ever since I was a young kid, I was fascinated with superheros and I’ve always wanted to have a superpower. Now it looks like I got what I asked for and somewhere in the last year I’ve become invisible.
We are having a lot of “End of Year” talks in the company, at all levels. Teams, departments, organizations, business, etc. You know how these go – what did we accomplish last year, what are our plans for next year. So, in the department meeting we talked about the improvements in the applications and new customer demands for the next year. In the organization level we talked more about sales, strategy and plans to cut costs.
Listening to all those discussions, you’d come to the conclusion that we have customers that are paying us a lot and have high demands, they are using applications which we keep upgrading. These applications run on servers, which cost a lot, so we are moving to VMWare, and usage storage which is also expensive but there is nothing to do about it. Everything is hosted in a data center which costs way too much, so we will be moving to a cheaper one. We also have nice processes that we keep improving and internal tools that we are building.
It sounds like we don’t have a database anywhere. Which makes me wonder what is it I do all day. Or more accurately, why the DBA team fails to communicate our value to the business and whether it means that we will be the first team to go when downsizing starts.