Click here to monitor SSC
SQLServerCentral is supported by Red Gate Software Ltd.
 
Log in  ::  Register  ::  Not logged in
 
 
 

Great IT Shops

By Steve Jones,

This editorial was originally published on Jan  11, 2009. It is being re-run as Steve is on vacation.

How many of you think you work for a great company? Hands down. Now how many of you think you have a great IT department? Would you recommend it to a friend?

That's a great test for me if you work for a great company, if you'd recommend your company to a friend as a place to work. If not, then why not? Recently I found this article on the 10 signs of a great IT shop, and it got me thinking about some of my past employers. I think I've been fortunate to work for one great IT department in my career and a few more that were not so hot.

I'll note that people always ask me what it's like to work for Red Gate Software, my current employers and do I like them. I do, but I'm like 5,000 miles away so I don't get to experience much of the company. So I can't really judge them as an IT shop to work for, especially since I'm not in IT anymore!

There was one company I worked for that was amazing, and it was the largest IT department that I was a part of. Almost everyone liked the company, liked their jobs, and really worked together well. At times it felt a little surreal to me that this large group of people, literally hundreds in IT, were working together. Sure there was bickering and people that didn't get along, but they were the exception, not the rule.

This is opposed to a few other places I've worked where bickering and infighting were the rule. Or a few jobs I've had where IT wasn't really recognized as an extremely valuable part of the company, despite the fact that it was in a few cases. I think that is not as common these days as we incorporate more and more technology into businesses, but 10 or 20 years ago IT was not seen as valuable, though it might have been important.

I don't necessarily agree with all the signs listed in the article, but I do think that there are few things you need to do to build an IT group that people want to work for, that they'll go above and beyond for, and that they'll stick with you over time. A career path is the first thing and it is important, as is the ability to keep people moving on those paths. That might include training, self study, etc, but you have to show a commitment to your people. I'd also say that the company should take advantage of IT as a strategic part of the business and use to gain competitive advantages. And recognize IT when it does so.

So do you work in a great IT shop?

Steve Jones


The Voice of the DBA Podcasts

Everyday Jones

The podcast feeds are now available at sqlservercentral.mevio.com to get better bandwidth and maybe a little more exposure :). Comments are definitely appreciated and wanted, and you can get feeds from there.

Overall RSS Feed: or now on iTunes!

Today's podcast features music by Everyday Jones. No relation, but I stumbled on to them and really like the music. Support this great duo at www.everydayjones.com.

I really appreciate and value feedback on the podcasts. Let us know what you like, don't like, or even send in ideas for the show. If you'd like to comment, post something here. The boss will be sure to read it.

Total article views: 326 | Views in the last 30 days: 1
 
Related Articles
BLOG

Podcasting

A new video setup is on the way!!!! Actually I'll do a couple podcasts on podcasting over the hol...

ARTICLE

Trust People

Steve Jones thinks that we are not doing a great job of harnessing the brain power of our entire tea...

ARTICLE

Great Engineering Culture

Building great culture in a company is hard, and it takes work. Building great engineering culture c...

ARTICLE

Great Developers

A great developer is worth more than an average one, but how much more? Steve Jones has a few though...

ARTICLE

Podcast Announcements

Podcast Feeds

Tags
career    
editorial    
 
Contribute

Join the most active online SQL Server Community

SQL knowledge, delivered daily, free:

Email address:  

You make SSC a better place

As a member of SQLServerCentral, you get free access to loads of fresh content: thousands of articles and SQL scripts, a library of free eBooks, a weekly database news roundup, a great Q & A platform… And it’s our huge, buzzing community of SQL Server Professionals that makes it such a success.

Join us!

Steve Jones
Editor, SQLServerCentral.com

Already a member? Jump in:

Email address:   Password:   Remember me: Forgotten your password?
Steve Jones