CSE 100 Week 4 Lecture Notes
CSE 100 Week 4 Lecture Notes CSE 100
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CSE 100 - Lecture 4 - Humana - Mick Horton Technology Careers Discussion ● Health and well being company. ● HQ - Louisville Kentucky. ● Recognized as top 100 places to work in tech in Michigan. ● Green Company. Current role ● Wellness programs. ● Health and Dental insurance. ● Military insurance provider. ● Mail order Pharmacy. ● IT operations - Mick Horton. Big Companies ● Revenue 5 billion or higher. ● Usually publicly traded. ● Multiple locations. ● 5000 - 500,000 associates. Pros ○ Grassroots communities form based on interests ○ Significantly more resources than a small/ medium company ○ More opportunity for growth internally ○ Very professional HR ○ More bureaucratic ○ More structure ○ More likely to support work from home / work from alternate location. Cons ○ Less natural community ○ Less diversity of labor ○ Politics get much thicker, in terms of leadership roles ○ More formality ○ Harder to introduce your ideas to senior level leadership ○ More adverse to risk - big mistakes are more costly. Tech in big companies ○ Massive reliance on technology ○ Mature processes ○ IT training ○ Offshoring ○ Shared services ○ Centers of excellence ○ Most development technology. Medium Companies ● Revenue 100 million - 5 billion. ● Public or private. ● 500 - 5000 associates. Pros ○ More resources than small companies. ○ Professional HR. ○ Possible public company experience. ○ Less susceptible to leadership whims than the small company. ○ Still some opportunity to influence leadership directly. ○ Opportunities for specialization. Cons ○ Less community. ○ Less varied roles. Medium companies and tech ○ Big reliance on tech ○ Less big package software ○ Formal training but not as robust ○ Mishmash of mature/ immature processes ○ Some formal training ○ Some shared services Small Company ● Revenue <100 million ● Usually private ● Usually one location ● Less than 500 associates. Pros ○ Close community ○ Many “hats” ○ Outstanding contributors really noticed ○ Nimble, easy to rally ○ Great potential for experiences above your pay grade. ○ Limited politics Cons ○ Mistakes are very visible ○ Very susceptible to outside forces - loss of a client, bad economy, acquisition. ○ Susceptible to whims of leadership. ○ Resource / funding constraints. Small companies and tech ○ Less reliance on technology ○ Minimal big package software ○ Immature processes Overall: ● Company size is only one factor to consider ● Some minor differences depending on type of company you work for ● Technology as a tool vs tech as a product ● Heavy technology skills valued + soft skills versus a higher emphasis on technology skills Job Mobility ● Usually will start out as application engineer, business analyst, database analyst, operations analyst - 1-4 years ● Move up to consultant/ admin - 3-6 years ● Move up to architect or manager - 5-8 years ● Architect and manager - 7-15 years ● Director - 10-20 years ● IT VP - 15+ years Business and IT ● Line is blurring between business and IT primarily because of analytics ● Not uncommon to see IT working directly for business units vs a standard IT team ● IT skillsets are valued more in the business ● Data scientist ● Actuaries Why IT? ● Data analytics and business intelligence ● Driven by the need to mine big data ● Fueled by the more recent innovation in data visualization + in memory computing ● HUMANA - more than 400 IT developers working Always on - Staying connected ● Driven by mobile technologies, 24x7 cultural change over the past 10 years ● Cloud, mobile, DevOps ● Improves hand off between development and operation. Most Valued Skills ● Humility ● Personal responsibility ● Passion and dedication ● Soft skills ● Collaborative ● Align with the mission of your company make sure you're passionate about what you do.
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