Careers in IT

With the evolution of computing technology and rapid advances in field of computers, life has changed significantly on any facet you look at. Things that used to take long time and considerable manual effort like printing a book can now be accomplished relatively easily using computers. So many jobs have been drastically impacted by the use of computers and information technology solutions. If you are considering a choice in the field of IT you have made a wise move. In the foreseeable future there are going to be career opportunities in IT.

One thing to keep in mind when you are pursuing a career in IT, as the technologies are changing you will need to constantly evolve yourself and your skill set. But at the core of all of this is the thinking process. If you can get your mind to think like a computer then, you have stablished a strong foundation to build off.

If you are still in school, consider taking some classes focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). One should have a good foundation in mathematics to help with any subsequent programming classes you will take.

stemOnce you established the foundation, the next step is to improve your skill set of solving problems. From IT programming skills standpoint this is one of the critical skills to develop, which is the ability to solve complex problems. Complex problems can be solved by breaking them into smaller bite sized problems. Start thinking about breaking down problems into various process steps; develop clarity on thinking about inputs and outputs. Continue reading

My Europe vacation

I kind of mixed some work and vacation on this trip. I had to attend an IT conference on open source software in Madrid, Spain. So we initially flew down to Madrid and attended the three day conference. The conference itself was insightful. I should do one post just dedicated to the conference proceedings and the various speakers, the interesting IT systems and solutions that grabbed my attention. I will post it soon. Spain is beautiful, it has that historical flair, which you don’t quite see in living in US. To experience this you have to go outside of US, where there has been civilization since a long time and Europe is a perfect fit for those wanting to get this experience.

We covered some standard sight-seeing places in Madrid and then we went to Pampalona to see the Bull Run. Luckily our timing was good, we were able to go in July right during the San Fermin festival, where people run to avoid the bulls as described in Ernest Hemingway’s novel “The Sun Also Rises”. It is something worth seeing, just the rush you feel, even if you are not participating just seeing the crowd and the bulls running, something to experience once.
bull run
Our next stop was Portugal, we took the train. It was comfortable, although we had a rental car and car insurance; we decided to just return the car at the end of the IT conference and started enjoying the trip on the trains wherever possible. Continue reading

Conference Trip Experiences

My experiences in Madrid, Spain

I had an opportunity to go to Spain to attend a conference on open source software and IT solutions. I had never been to Spain before this was the first time going to Europe. The conference was in Madrid, after the conference we hit the road to visit the main attractions Madrid had to offer.

At the IT conference most of the locals recommended two spots to go for sure, Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real) and Plaza Mayor. It seemed like everyone we talked to mentioned about these two places. Well heeding the advice from locals, we first went to Palacio Real, we had a rental car so we drove from the conference location to the hotel first which was not too far from the Royal Palace of Madrid. Of course we had all the needed insurance coverage, the last thing you want is a head ache in a foreign country if you happened to get into an accident. I really loved the Royal Place, it is supposedly the largest palace in Western Europe, I can see why.
royal-palace
One can easily spend good 3-4 hrs seeing it, depending how much interest you have in architecture and history. The place itself is huge, about 3000 rooms, but we were told we could only see about 50. We visited the Reception Room, Armory, Library and Pharmacy and few others. Continue reading