Thursday, March 22, 2007

The wonderful world of ERP

A short update on my employment status.
I started with EDB Gruppen on March 14th - after an interview for a project coordinator position they asked me if I wanted to join them as a developer instead. Not sure whether that was a compliment or not, but in any event I've now begun my new career. I'm currently trying to find out what the hell is going on around me.

I'm working with the CargoLink division which is the department that handles the main transport ERP system for the big big DSV transport group. Basically, if DSV wants some cargo to go from A to B, CargoLink makes them able to book trucks/planes/ships, pick up, and deliver that cargo - as well as invoice the crap out of every player involved.

It's an old 70's system, recently ported from HP3000 to the IBM AIX platform...so it's UNIX and DB2 SQL mingled with some old COBOL code. And if that gibberish means nothing to you, think about how I feel..! I doubt the sentence was quite accurate.

I'm not sure how I feel about this job just yet. On one level, it's very interesting because I'm experiencing "real stuff" that makes "real physical actions" happen. Not as "virtual" and conceptual as most of my other projects. On the other hand, it doesn't feel all that sexy - and I'm still wondering how my broad skills are going to come into play in the long run, if I am to specialize in very specific system functionalities.
But, then again, I've often felt that I lacked some deeper technical insight and a bit of dirt on my shoes...so hopefully this will just enhance my generalist skills even more.

The workplace is great on all other levels. Nice location, good facilities, benefits and a great cantina :)

24 comments:

Mads Pedersen said...

Good luck on your new job. ERP systems are fun because they are almost always extremely complex. You'll probably find good use for your analytic skills. Btw. "developer" as in writing code or as in "designing functions/specs"?

Rasmus said...

In the beginning I'll probably be coding a lot - but I suspect they hired me because I can supply the team with some broader activities, like specification, analysis and design.

Recently, the main focus has been to clean out the mess that an earlier automated conversion made of some of the basic functions. But my new boss said that DSV wanted more functionality in the middle/long run...so it will probably become more proactive once I learn the ropes - let's hope so! :)

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