CIT 112 – Assignment 5 — Career Search

August 5, 2007

Project Manager/Leader Position 

I am interested in investigating and locating the Project Manager/Leader Position.  I currently work in the Information Services industry and I believe that my next step will be to the Project Lead. I have observed many people in these positions for sometime now and watch watched what they consider to be priority.  Additionally, there are several areas that a Project Leader can work with in Information Services, included database analyst, implementation liaison, educator, testing consultant, and many more.  Project Leaders also have manage a team of specialist to from start to finish. For this report and my purposes I will focus on an Implementation Project Leader. 

 

I located the following positions within Indiana for Implementation Project Leaders;

 

  1. Sallie Mae – Project Manager, Fishers, Indiana.  www.careerbuilder.com
  2. Successfactors – HR Application Project Manager, Indianapolis, Indiana. www.hotjobs.yahoo.com
  3. Volt – Project Manager, Indianapolis, Indiana. www.careerbuilder.com

 Job Description:

An Implementation Project Manager is responsible for Project scope, timeline, budget, project risks, and translates strategies, into operational objectives.  Manage cross-team communications, update project management systems, and documenting team communications and decisions. Coordinate resources involved in software implementation. Assist with projects that include strategy development, business process improvement, user involvement, change management, user training, and application configuration and testing. Provide direct supervision of analyst staff, analyst of project data, process improvement, project prioritization, and customer relationship management.

 Qualifications:

A qualified Project Manager at a minimum needs to have Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology.  3 to 5 years of experience with project management and experience with direct supervision of analyst staff and HR practices.  Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, and Microsoft Project Manager.  Familiarity of Systems Development Life Cycle. Testing and Quality Assurance experience, as well as, change management experience.  Experience with the Quality Assurance process of software implementation.

 

In conclusion, the Implementation Project Manager is the leader of software implementation.  These managers are responsible for taking the software step by step from a concept to completion.  This is my next planned step in my career within Information Technology.

 

Sources:

 

Career Builder. http://www.careerbuilder.com/JobSeeker/Jobs/JobDetails.aspx?dv=dv&APath=2.31.0.0.0&sfascc=project+manager&IPath=ILKGV&sname=&jrdid=&lpage=17&job_did=J8H2456FLWLLH5DPYBL&ff=21&jobcount=408&strcrit=QID%3dA3850768231338%3bst%3dA%3buse%3dALL%3brawWords%3dproject+manager%3bCTY%3d46202%3bSID%3dALL%3bCID%3dUS%3bENR%3dNO%3bDTP%3dDRNS%3bYDI%3dYES%3bIND%3dALL%3bPDQ%3dAll%3bJN%3dAll%3bPAYL%3d0%3bPAYH%3dGT120%3bPOY%3dNO%3bETD%3dALL%3bRE%3dALL%3bMGT%3dDC%3bSUP%3dDC%3bFRE%3d30%3bCHL%3dAL%3bQS%3dSID_UNKNOWN%3bSS%3dNO%3bTITL%3d0%3bJQT%3dRAD.  Accessed Aug 1, 2007.

 

Yahoo Hotjobs.

http://hotjobs.yahoo.com/jobseeker/jobsearch/job_detail.html;_ylt=Au1qKq0yT9JI9wyuG2SQ9nT6Q6IX?job_id=JD9NQIJUIBH. Accessed Aug 3, 2007

 

Career Builder.

http://www.careerbuilder.com/JobSeeker/Jobs/JobDetails.aspx?dv=dv&APath=2.31.0.0.0&sfascc=project+manager&IPath=ILKGV&sname=&jrdid=&lpage=17&job_did=J3F5H46TWT8F6HZ1RDY&ff=21&jobcount=408&strcrit=QID%3dA3850768231338%3bst%3dA%3buse%3dALL%3brawWords%3dproject+manager%3bCTY%3d46202%3bSID%3dALL%3bCID%3dUS%3bENR%3dNO%3bDTP%3dDRNS%3bYDI%3dYES%3bIND%3dALL%3bPDQ%3dAll%3bJN%3dAll%3bPAYL%3d0%3bPAYH%3dGT120%3bPOY%3dNO%3bETD%3dALL%3bRE%3dALL%3bMGT%3dDC%3bSUP%3dDC%3bFRE%3d30%3bCHL%3dAL%3bQS%3dSID_UNKNOWN%3bSS%3dNO%3bTITL%3d0%3bJQT%3dRAD. Accessed Aug 1, 2006

 

Clarian Health, Indianapolis, Indiana.

http://www.clarian.org/clarianjobs/FramesetSearch.htm.

 Accessed Aug 3, 2007

  

CIT 112 – Chapter 8 Lab – Job Search

August 2, 2007

Chosen jobs;-Business Systems Analyst-Project Manager 

Business Systems Analyst can entail a wide range of positions.  I am mostly interested in the implementation of software applications and the processes of involved in taking software from the Planning phase thought to the Maintenance phase. 

 

Project Manager like Business Systems Analyst has many area of expertise.  Again, this interests me in the area of implementing of software and leading the project from beginning to end.  Guiding the project thou the steps of implementation to maintenance. 

 Postings: 

Business Systems Analyst-

 

Project Manager:

 Skills & Requirements:Business Systems Analyst-

  • Business Systems Analyst-
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000
  • Reporting and query skills including experience with one or more of: Crystal Reports, MS Report Services, MS Access, SQL, BI / OLAP
  • Proficient in database software, e.g. Filemaker Pro or similar tools for intranet/internet web development
  • Proficient in working with ASP, and VB.
  • Strong communication skills to interact with management, trading, accounting and external partners.
  • Able to analyze, design and develop solutions.
  • Strong problem solving skills to research and resolve discrepancies.
  • Able to develop ad-hoc reports using a variety of reporting tools.
  • Good time management skills, able to meet deadlines and provide timely management reporting.
  • ERP/MRP system capabilities
  • Visual Basic
  • MS Office
  • APICS certification preferred
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology or related business field or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of Business Processes in manufacturing, operations, logistics, or procurement, is plus. Aerospace industry experience strongly preferred
  • Engineering / Science / Information Systems degree preferred
  • Masters degree a plus
  • Experience working in Distribution Business preferred
  • Experience coordinating system projects with application vendors
  • Experience with Prophet 21 – Commerce Center preferred
  • 5+ years of experience as business/systems analyst working with SQL Server based packages.

 Salary:

  • $70,000 – 75,000
  • $50 to $70 per hour
  • $55,000 – $59,000

 Typical Day:Taken from a Business Analyst Job Description: – The Business Analyst will review and document user’s needs. Formulate a plan develops a parallel business strategies.  Supports and trains end-users. Performs QA, maintains scope of developed reports and software systems.  Resolve problems occurring with the advent of bad data and software “bugs” and determine means of correcting and preventing problems. Write detailed documentation of business requirements, system design, and steps required to develop or modify software programs.    Project Manager-Skills & Requirements:

  • Experienced project manager (min. 5 years) in telecoms revenue management projects (min. 3 years)
  • Strong interpersonal skills in terms of both oral and written communication with the customer and Intec project teams
  • Ability to identify and manage risks
  • Strong leadership and people management skills
  • Good analytical and problem management skills
  • Strong commercial awareness for contract and financial management
  • Third Party Management
  • Familiarity with popular Project Management Methodologies and Project Quality Management
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Good negotiation skills.
  • Net background required (Peoplesoft and Java experience highly preferred).
    Must have worked on Apps Development projects.
  • Ability to manage several projects at one time and interfacing with various teams; will be directly managing 6 others.
  • Ability to work on various projects at once, in a less-structured environment and more flexibility.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • PMP not required but HIGHLY preferred.

 Salary:

  • $80,000 – $100,000
  • $100,000 – $120,000
  • $75,000 – $95,000

 Topical Day:Taken from the Job Description of a Project Manager:  -This position serves as a project leader for information technology projects. Develops and manages project requirements, plans, budgets and schedules for projects of significant scope. Manage multiple concurrent projects with moderate to high levels of business or technical complexity and risk. Works with the business functions to turn high level business strategies into actionable programs and projects. Assists with the creation of business function project roadmaps that align with corporate strategic directions. Responds to changing business needs by providing analysis and creative systems/process solutions that are efficient and cost effective. Works closely with IT leaders to define solutions that can be implemented within approved technology architecture. Acts as a mentor and project management coach for project leaders from the business functions and others in the IT department. Establishes project management tools and guidelines, creating a consistent and repeatable project management process for the organization. Ensures project execution is auditable, successful, and impacting. My Skills & Plan:The list of my current skills involves most of the duties of the Business Analyst, as I currently am employed as one.  However, I did find it interesting the wide range of positions under the Business Analyst job description.  These position involved item of work from being a data base analyst to an implementation specialist.  The Project Manager position had many of the same skills and requirements of the Business Analyst except these positions require employee management skills, in which I don’t have any formal education.  I would need to obtain additional education in business courses to refine the “On the Job” skills that I have received as an operations manager.  I will also need to continue my pursuit of my Graduate degree in Informatics.  Currently I attend college on part-time bases while I work toward my goal.    

CIT 112 – Chapter 11 Lab Test Results

July 29, 2007

Here is my results fo my Chapter 11 Lab.

Todd

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CIT 112 – Chapter 10 – Student Edition Lab Advanced Database

July 20, 2007

Here are my screenshots for the Chapter 10 Student Edition Lab Advanced Database.chapter-10-student-lab-2.jpgchapter-10-student-lab-1.jpg

 Thanks, Todd

CIT 112 – Chapter 7 – Special Effects in Movies

July 20, 2007

Movie Special Effects

 

Over the history of motion pictures special effects have come a long way.  As I look back at even so of the first movie filmed, primitive effects were used to enhance the movie.  Even if was as simple as turning the camera off, changing the scene, and turning the camera back on to make it appear the items or people magically appeared or disappeared.

 

1930 Walt Disney refined animation and start creating full length movie.  Although, this might not seem like a special effect it later have an affect on Feature Movie’s special effects. 

 

In 1956 Hollywood released the Ten Commandments starring Charlton Heston. The special effects in this movie are incredible considering color film production was just coming of age and no one had heard of a computer.  The scene where Moses parts the Red Sea for his army to pass is incredible. 

 

In the 1960’s special effects took a turn and were created by stunt men and women who were not recognized for their talents.  Many of the stunts during this time were dangerous and sometime people were killed. 

 

Special effects continued to develop and change over time and continued to fascinate audiences, even if they were pretty primitive to today’s standards.  Another notable effects movie was George Lucas’ Star Wars  in 1977 where miniature models of the spaceship were made to film the battle scenes. 

 

Pixar has revolutionized the way in full length animation are made and computer graphics rendered.  Pixar has inventor the rendering farm of several computers work together to create the appearance of hair and clothing.  Additionally, Pixar developed its own software for animation.

 

This leads to today the special effects in movie like Sin City where the action was filmed again a green screen and later the set was computerize into each scene. Or in Panic Room where most of the movie set was digitally enhanced.  This allowed the director to appear to have moved the camera through floors and walls.  The last release of movies like, Harry Potter, Live Free or Die Hard, and the animation Ratatouille exhibit the latest in computer technology.  Where 30 or 40 animators work on a single 90 minute movie and create only a few minutes of the overall movie. 

 

Today the special effects are as much a part of the movies as are the characters and the plot.  Movie goers turn out to see the special effects and much as they do to see a well organized plot.  Actually, in many instances special effects are the plot and the actors only fill in between effects scenes.  If there isn’t body count and an explosion that rumbles the seats in the next theater then the movie might not be worth viewing. 

CIT 112 – Chapter 7 – Image Editing

July 19, 2007

President Bush had his picture taken with me.

Before

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After

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I later sent an autographed copy to him.

CIT 112 – Chapter 6 – Internet; Then & Now

July 15, 2007

It is hard to remember the first time that I accessed the internet.  It was probably more then 15 years ago.  I believe the first time was when my ex-wife and I purchased our first computer.  We sat it in the corner of our living room, almost as a centerpiece of our life style.  We obtained internet access via AOL and used their browser for searches.  During this time I “used” it very little, mostly for looking up information for the purpose of seeing what I could find.  I did experiment with AOL’s chat rooms, and some of their other services.  In the beginning I used the internet for very little. I mostly didn’t understand it or how it could work for my advantage. 

 

For the last two years I use the internet for almost all of my financial and personal services. Including on-line banking, investing, paying bills, planning vacations, e-mail, college classes and many other services that I can’t remember.  As I look through my favorites to see where I go the most, I also realize that I obtain most of my news and current affairs on the internet. 

 

Finally, in the beginning I really didn’t use the internet for much, mostly just my curiosity.  Two years ago, I used it much like I do today for most of my family planning and household bills.  By doing so, I have eliminated most of the bills from my snail-mail box, however, I have replaced them with flyers from the internet companies that I frequently do business.  This is in addition to the tons of e-mail that I am sent for them as well.  Compared to my parent’s use of the internet and household functions, their system involved paper and postage stamps.  My system involves e-mail reminders and a couple of mouse clicks. 

 

Todd Becht

CIT 112 – Chapter 6 – Issues

July 15, 2007

Where do we draw the line with censorship?  What is too much? What is not enough?  Let me start off by saying that I do not believe in censorship at the government level.  I understand the concerns expressed about unwanted information slipping into the hands of undesirables.  However, these people should have the same opportunity to information regardless.  Although, what information they seek, how many times they attempt to access the information and where they are looking for it should be tracked and monitored.  This collected information should then be used to investigate these individuals to see if the information is being obtained for less then reputable reasons. 

 

Absolutely, parents should censor the information that their underage children access on the internet, as well as, any other media. This is not the say that they should not see the information, but that it should be viewed with the accompaniment of a parent.  The parent should then explain why the information is not desirable and should be viewed responsibly.  Also, at this time explain the importance of freedom of speech and one of the founding cornerstones of the United States.  At the appropriate age, pornography should be addressed in a similar fashion.

 

With free access to the internet and no censorship also comes regulation and monitoring of select sites.  Certain sites on the web should be tracked for the amount of times that individuals visit these sites and for how long.  Although, nothing should be censored, anything will be monitored and tracked.

 

Finally, no one should be able to tell what another individual should be able to see on the internet or any other form of media.  However, for the purpose of protecting national security, information available on the internet should be tracked and monitored.  Monitoring would include who is accessing certain information, how often, and for how long.  This collect information would then be used to seek out undesirables.  It reminds me of a saying my grandfather had “If you don’t want people to know something you have done, then don’t do it in the first place.”  Wise words from a man that didn’t never use the internet.

 

Todd Becht

CIT 112 – Assignment 3 – Web Page

July 13, 2007

Todd Becht’s Web Page:

http://mypage.iu.edu/~tbecht/tbechtresume.html

CIT 112 – Chapter 5 – Resume Builder

July 11, 2007

RESUME BUILDER 

Top 10 Qualifications for Chief Information Officer

 

  1. Leadership
  2. Expertise in aligning and leveraging technology
  3. Business savvy
  4. Relationship skills
  5. Management skills
  6. Communication skills
  7. Ability to manage change
  8. Knowledge/experience
  9. International experience
  10. Ability to hire, develop and retain high-quality IT professionals

 These qualifications come from www.CIO.com and from the job description for the CIO at my company.  Most of these are experience based qualities and are not necessarily taught in any college course or on an on-line resource.  However, these traits can be obtained by networking with individuals in the IT field and sharing ideas with others that have similar interests. Additionally, working in the field, as I do, noticing the successes and tribulations of my CIO, as well as, upper management in IT.    Taking these experiences and trying to learn from them and dissect them.   Currently, I subscribe to a trade magazine, Health Care Data Management, as well as, to server lists where ideas are shared.  My employer offers a mentoring program with CXOs to develop executive skills and networking relationships/opportunities.  I am also continuing to pursue a graduate degree in Health Care Informatics, with a minor in Computer Information Technology. I continue to work within the Health Care Informatics while obtaining my education, and persist in adding to my 20 years of health care experience with 10 of those in middle management.   

Finally, reaching the goal of a CIO is not a destination but rather a journey though the ocean of Information Technology.  The qualifications for this type of executive position are built with relationships and networks of others with the same field.  I plan to continue to move forward with my education plans while building trust and knowledge about me chosen field.  I have enjoyed the journey so far, and anxiously await to experience my next opportunity.  


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