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Ask Slashdot: Advice On Enterprise Architect Position 121

dave562 writes: I could use some advice from the community. I have almost 20 years of IT experience, 5 of it with the company I am currently working for. In my current position, the infrastructure and applications that I am responsible for account for nearly 80% of the entire IT infrastructure of the company. In broad strokes our footprint is roughly 60 physical hosts that run close to 1500 VMs and a SAN that hosts almost 4PB of data. The organization is a moderate sized (~3000 employees), publicly traded company with a nearly $1 billion market value (recent fluctuations not withstanding).

I have been involved in a constant struggle with the core IT group over how to best run the operations. They are a traditional, internal facing IT shop. They have stumbled through a private cloud initiative that is only about 30% realized. I have had to drag them kicking and screaming into the world of automated provisioning, IaaS, application performance monitoring, and all of the other IT "must haves" that a reasonable person would expect from a company of our size. All the while, I have never had full access to the infrastructure. I do not have access to the storage. I do not have access to the virtualization layer. I do not have Domain Admin rights. I cannot see the network.

The entire organization has been ham strung by an "enterprise architect" who relies on consultants to get the job done, but does not have the capability to properly scope the projects. This has resulted in failure after failure and a broken trail of partially implemented projects. (VMware without SRM enabled. EMC storage hardware without automated tiering enabled. Numerous proof of concept systems that never make it into production because they were not scoped properly.)

After 5 years of succeeding in the face of all of these challenges, the organization has offered me the Enterprise Architect position. However they do not think that the position should have full access to the environment. It is an "architecture" position and not a "sysadmin" position is how they explained it to me. That seems insane. It is like asking someone to draw a map, without being able to actually visit the place that needs to be mapped.

For those of you in the community who have similar positions, what is your experience? Do you have unfettered access to the environment? Are purely architectural / advisory roles the norm at this level?

Comment Re: The Homer! (FP?) (Score 1) 374

However, it is public in the sense of Uber, not in the sense of socialist.

Public transport requires that it be state run. Mass transit requires that it be shared. Though I see many people interchange those, they are not interchangeable. Are you talking about services like the Van Damn bus from Sense8? That would be "mass transit" but not "public transport". Part of the point of "public transport" is that it's designed to move people where they need to go, not just where they are willing to pay to go.

Comment Re: The Homer! (FP?) (Score 1) 374

Try taking public transit between any two cities there.

I think the issue is in the definition of "public transport". I've never heard of someone talking about intercity "publlic transport" before. It's always only been intracity. Unless you are just insane and fabricating lies to justify your provably false opinion about American Superiority.

Comment Re:Cars are like houses. (Score 1) 374

(I recently inherited an IRA. Between taxes, penalties, and fees, I'll be lucky to get Three Pieces Of Eight. Try very much not to inherit an IRA. Request Cash instead.)

So you cashed out an inherited IRA. That's different than simply inheriting one. An inherited IRA doesn't trigger the 10% penalty, so it's taxed as regular income, as opposed to some other kinds of inheritances that are untaxed. There should have been no penalties. And all that's only if you cash it out. It you retire with the retirement account (I know, insane, right?), it'd have likely been 100% tax and penalty free. So it was your greed, not "the system" that cost you money. http://www.schwab.com/public/s...

Comment Re:Should suprise no one (Score 1) 374

Heads up displays are very new and on very few cars but I can see some people finding them annoying.

Have you seen those people use them for a week before complaining? Many people "don't like" something they've never tried. I'd love more HUD. The IR overlay the Cadillac had for a while (no idea if they still have it or not) was a great concept. They just needed to pair it with IR headlights, and a sensor in the camera to exclude hotspots that are also in the visible spectrum (so an oncoming car with the same feature is "blacked out" if they have their headlights on.

I'd love a full 3D HUD programmable system. I'd put the tachometer across the top, in a 2-inch band running from passenger side to driver side, with the redline just about even with my eyes. The speed would be a round colored circle projected at infinity (focal distance) in front of the driver and down, with a color coded fill in the circle. Green for +-5 or 10 of the limit, and red for above than and amber for below, with the display auto-shutting off at more than 20 under the limit (presuming you are in conditions where the speed limit is irrelevant). I could go on and on about what I'd add to a HUD, but the simple fact is that it would never be allowed, as the average driver won't even look at other's turn signals, let alone a busy HUD.

Comment Re:Doesn't mean people won't use them (Score 1) 374

I have and practice many skills I don't use regularly. When I visited my sister in DC, we were going to go to the Ikea for some furniture, but it'd have been impractical to take the bus, and renting a car was cheaper than a taxi, so we rented a car. I was under 25 at the time, so I was excluded from driving the car. My sister and mother were over 25. My mother drove about 100 yards in DC. Just long enough to get out of site of the rental company, and driving it the last few feet back in. Other than that, I drove it most of the time. Neither of them was willing to attempt to park. And both refused to use a roundabout (and sis lived near Dupont Circle at the time). So, even if you don't use it in your daily life, it's still something that could be very handy sometimes. Today I parallel parked. The shopping center in suburbia had the middle spots perpendicular parking, and a ring around the outside that was parallel. There were better parallel parking spots open because people are apparently afraid of them. Perhaps the reason you never do it is because you fight to never have to? Makes it a self-fulfilling prophecy, not a useless feature.

Comment Re:It's not for them (Score 1) 374

You sell a car, not by having things people want, or will use, but by having things The Other Guys don't have, or things people think they might use.

I'd bet that most people with ABS, ESP, traction control, and airbags haven't used those either, but I don't see a large call to get those removed.

Comment Re:The Homer! (FP?) (Score 1) 374

You don't need lossless audio in a car; there's no way you can actually hear the difference, because the listening environment in a car (any car) is lousy: even parked in your garage the interior is too complex. On the road, road noise (even in a high-end luxury car) will overwhelm any tiny difference you might be able to hear. And I seriously doubt you can actually tell the difference between lossless and a high bitrate Ogg in a blind test.

As for real handbrakes, my new Mazda3 has one. Of course, it's a sport compact, not a luxury car, so it aims at a different market. But it manages to have loads of tech features while still having a real handbrake.

Comment Re: The Homer! (FP?) (Score 1) 374

Singapore is not comparable, it's only a city. You'd need to compare it to, say, NYC, which itself has excellent public transit.

Australia does not have good public transit. Try taking public transit between any two cities there. Within cities, sure, but we have that here in the US too: NYC, Chicago, DC, Boston, etc. all have generally good public transit, usually with subways. Getting between cities is another matter. In Europe, they have excellent rail all through the continent. In the US, we have mediocre rail in the northeast corridor and that's about it (there's very expensive and very slow rail between select other destinations).

I've never heard of China being all that great for nationwide infrastructure either. They're trying though, with some efforts at bullet trains, but currently it's just one or two select routes.

Comment Re:The Homer! (FP?) (Score 1) 374

It depends on the "gee-whiz" toy(s). Some of them are more useful than others, and more valuable to me than others. One "toy" might not be worth getting a new car or paying a pile of cash for it to be added as a factory option, but a whole slew of them all put together in one nicely-bundled package might.

I forgot the other big reason to favor new cars these days: fuel economy. Compared to cars made 10 years ago, today's newest models have fantastic fuel economy (relatively speaking of course), especially considering how much they weigh (because of safety features and crashworthy construction) and how much power they produce. A new car probably gets 20-30% better fuel economy than a similar model from 10 years ago. The biggest advance is probably GDI (gasoline direct injection), but a bunch of other improvements have helped too: electric power steering, aerodynamic improvements, much better automatic transmissions, etc.

Comment Re: The Homer! (FP?) (Score 1) 374

I can't imagine sports scores being useful either. What a waste of time.

The ski report thing sounds just plain ridiculous. I like skiing, but I don't plan a ski vacation from my car; I'm going to research that stuff from home.

Movie listings could be useful (maybe you're in town and you and your date get the urge to see a movie), but the problem there is that you can just look that stuff up on your phone using Flixster or some similar app, for free. And of course, the same goes for sports scores and ski reports.

Comment Re:Smartphones have problems too (Score 1) 374

My TomTom cost me under $175, comes with lifetime maps, and I can move it from my car to the wife's car, to a rental car, or to my parents car when I'm visiting.

But I'm not spending a bunch of extra money for this to be built into my car.

Have basic functionality built in to the car

You realize you are arguing against someone who's arguing against something you are arguing against, right?

GP said "Tom Tom beats a built-in function." P said "nuh uh", and you said "nuh uh, I like mine built in." So the double negative in the thread indicates you support removable GPS, so long as it's not removable. That makes you look silly. To not look silly, you could have gone back to the GP and said "I don't like cell phones either, but I like my GPS built in." Then the separate discussion of built-in vs portable could be discussed, without confusing the issue of "portable one-function GPS" (inbuilt or not) vs smartphone.

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