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Become a top e-business engineer

 
Richard He
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After second thought, I still post it. Please do not scoff at me
Could you describe what kinds of skills a top e-business engineer should acquire? How can he face the transient IT field
and still keep in the cutting edge?
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John Coxey
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Richard He:
I believe part of the solution to your question is to study, study, study.
Meaning, even while holding down a 40-50 hour a week computer job - you should be hitting the books 1-2 hours per day (hopefully more).
The current skill sets (on the technical side): EJB, XML, Servlets, ASP, JSP, SQL, UML. And possibly good Oracle database design knowledge. Most of this is NOT taught in the college environment.
For business: Possibly an MBA.
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The question now becomes - how do you go about learning all this. I just love it when a recruiter lists about 10 different specialties - all of which probably take a year or two each to learn in any depth.
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John Coxey
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Richard He
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Hi, John
Thanks a lot for your list.
I understand that e-business should be the lead in the next couple of years. And I choosed it as my direction. So I really want to know how the professional guys think about it.
Actually I use a lot of time to study. Say about 30 hour or more each week.(I will graduate this summer). So hitting the book is not a problem to me. I like the feeling to challenge myself to learn something really cool.
The books I am reading including UML, JSP, Servlets, EJB, XML. I do find the problem you said. I just do not know how to combine them together. So I think the best way to solve this problem is
in the real environment not only the book learning.
One more question, do you have any idea what kind of corp. will be the winner in the e-business field?
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richard
 
John Coxey
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Richard:
Regarding what companies are going to be strong in e-business? This is kind of out of my field - as I am more technical in nature.
I would definitely take a look at EDS (Electronic Data Systems), and also take a look at Arthur Anderson. Both of these companies deal very heavily in mainframe activities - and are very top heavy with management. But, they have a variety of projects. Your job will be to get into the project that you want - that satisfies your e-business skills.
If you are in college and in USA - try an internship with one of these outfits - learn your way around and see if there is a fit someplace.
I mention EDS - my old employer. Their culture seems to have changed alot with this new CEO. THey've been trying to shake the old Ross Perot image (suite/tie/wingtips/mainframes) for the past few years now. Granted, they have a ton of 20 yr old COBOL code. But, they are also doing alot of B2B internet work.
I mention Arthur Anderson / Anderson Consulting - only because their lines of business are so close to that of EDS (at least in the old days).
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Hope this helps.
Johnny
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