In an earlier post, you explained that you need to get up to speed on some topics associated with new responsibilities for you, and new management needs by the company. Often when managers decide that it would be a good idea to deploy stuff that will benefit the company, they do not want to hear that you need to go to IBM school to learn all this, before they see benefits & that the schedule of IBM classes is such that it will be several years before you can get all the classes you need. Get a copy of the IBM schedule of classes & look at the web site showing the information you need to learn & which classes involved, & road map to get there. You will end up with several pieces of paper highlighted ... there are 10-15 classes you need to attend, which will take you away from the company for 10-15 weeks, and ROI will be delayed until several months after these classes because you will then need to be applying what you learned, and in that time period technology has marched forwards & you caught up with yesterday. Get copy of COMMON seminars & see that you will need to go to next COMMON and one after that & be away from company on this education for a week every 6 months & ROI starts a few weeks after you come back from COMMON because you are implementing all kinds of things. You also need to try to get your management to go to ONE DAY of COMMON just one day ... reason being two fold. Immediate reason is they see what the AS/400 can be used for, its potential today, applications that are working effectively & from this they can budget priorities. e-commerce e-ERP e-forms the power of zero degradation zero downtime security issues performance issues Secondary reason is they also get to see how rapidly they got up to speed on AS/400 capabilities & will look more favorably on COMMON being something that all IT staff & IT managers ought to be able to go to without an arguement. When you use the internet do you feel that it is an efficient way to get answers? We do get answers to our questions, but perhaps not right away, and there is education there, it is like an extension to manuals - we have to know where to ask & how to explain the problem, but we do not have a thorough understanding of the situation. You know the difference between IBM white books and IBM red books. White Books are by the developers ... here is all the stuff you can do with this tool. Red Books are by people in the field ... you want to do X ... here is how to do it. On Line education is like being in a field of paper air planes - each one is some pages out of these manuals - we ask a question & hopefully the right paper air planes dive bomb us with the answers we need, but we still do not have a big picture well structured. COMMON is like an IBM pink book, well structured with both the white books and red books perspectives - learn tools thoroughly, connect the dots of how to solve X with pros & cons of which tools to use. The answer to the question "Why?" "What can we learn, not available cheaper." Well if immediate ROI is not important, if time to aquire education is infinite, if the dollars are not there, then COMMON is not a good investment, unless you want to pay for it 100% yourself. Take your time, as many years as are needed, to aquire the education you need at much lower prices. Let the company continue to suffer for several more years by not learning how to use its resources effectively. Some companies offer reimbursement of cost of employees getting education. The employees select the classes & turn in report card to employer. Employer makes judgement call is this relevant to making this employee more useful to us, then reimburse on a sliding scale like 100% for "A" and less for others. Most IT education is merely a stamp of attendance, not a grade. When a company installs a new application, does an ERP conversion, is there not an investment in education to see that everyone using that application know how to work it productively? Or do they say "Here is a new responsibility for you do work with - we will not give you any manuals or any training." The knowlege worker will first protest that this has negative impact & that some education in the new responsibility is needed, and as soon as possible, and if the company does not support this request then the employee either pays for the education out of own pocket, and/or updates resume. > Here's what I expect to hear when I request a trip to > COMMON: "Why? What can you learn there THAT WILL OR > COULD APPLY TO OUR COMPANY that you can't learn at a > less expensive, closer conference, or via online, or > via books, or via IBM education, etc., etc.?" In my > mind, these are valid questions. I am asking for > specifics that allow me to get past the "giddiness" or > the excitement that would preclude me from giving the > decision makers the best information that would > persuade them to go along with this. Would it be fair > to suggest to them that, given our current situation > (as described in previous posts), COMMON would give us > the biggest bang for the buck? MacWheel99@aol.com (Alister Wm Macintyre) (Al Mac) AS/400 Data Manager & Programmer for BPCS 405 CD Rel-02 mixed mode (twinax interactive & batch) @ http://www.cen-elec.com Central Industries of Indiana--->Quality manufacturer of wire harnesses and electrical sub-assemblies - fax # 812-424-6838 +--- | This is the Midrange System Mailing List! | To submit a new message, send your mail to MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com. | To subscribe to this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-SUB@midrange.com. | To unsubscribe from this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-UNSUB@midrange.com. | Questions should be directed to the list owner/operator: firstname.lastname@example.org +---
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