Monday, November 09, 2009

Shops find infrastructure consultants more essential than "regular" employees

Ever notice that in shops that have layoffs of permanent salaried employees, a few critical contractors wind up getting hired after all?

How often is it that contractors have written and maintained critical enterprise architecture components, whether a bridge in C++ (to a data access layer or end user GUI) or perhaps a set of IO modules in DB2, perhaps converted from another database (IMS), perhaps after going through some inhouse internal IO controller (often in assembler with lots of arcane macros). Think of the position the consultant has been in, having to design “The Modules” that will have to work time after time – with due diligence to all those design questions (like when to use correlated subqueries).

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