Current state of affairs

Time: 9:51 A.M. 24th of March 2015

Location: Desk 5A014, OTP, Bangalore

State: Sleepy

Current options: Go to the bunker and sleep, or sleep and the desk, or just read something and spend the time for the next 1 hour.

Now had this been a normal M shift, the above options would not have been available to me. But this is not a normal M shift. In fact I am not in any shift today. I am supposed to be off. I just came to the office hoping that because of the resource shortage there will be work and I will be asked to work in which case I can charge this in EBH and make more money. But the shift is silent and hence my troubles.

I want to write something about what I do in Oracle. Now what I write today may seem obvious and unremarkable right now.. maybe in a few years time I will forget what I did in my initial days in Oracle. I have long forgotten what I did in my days as part of the REDS team. Such will not be the plight of my Oracle Days!!

Its been 5 months since I’ve been here. Compared to Mphasis, I have found the going here comparatively difficult. I find my situation comparable to that of a soccer player who moves from a smaller club to a bigger club. Talent may have put him at the top of the ladder in the smaller club but to stand out in the bigger club, latent is not enough. Hard work and correctly channeling efforts are equally important if not more important.

So I now find myself in a situation where I have not been able to pull my weight in a team that has a good number of very capable people in it. My initial days were a struggle and even now I am not confident of handling a shift myself. A lot of hard work is required out of me and I must admit to myself that I have not put in the amount of work required. Blame it in part to Bro’s marriage that took a lot of my time. Added to that was the traveling to and fro Hyderabad and I wasn’t able to focus on my “homework”.

Something that I have realized during this time is that life here in Oracle is a lot more individualistic. Running with the pack does not work here because there is no pack. One has to be very clear about the path that one wants to take and then follow that path with determination. The problem here is that there is very little individual guidance available. No spoon feeding, so to speak. Progress is be based upon results shown by self effort.

A brief writeup of what I do right now:

ACS LOB in Oracle has basically 3 teams based out of India. The SSE team, the Migration team and the Engineering Services team. I have been working in Core SSE for the last 5 months.

In Core there are 8-9 hours shifts where you come in and Pull Sev-1’s from the previous engineer. There  are M shifts and R shifts and A shifts which I generally do during weekends.There are active SR’s, Hot SR’s and Inactive SR’s. Inactive SR’s you don’t need to bother about because there is no work required. Active SR’s require work and there is time available generally to do research and to take help from team. Hot SR’s are tough as there is a need to be on the bridge and there is very little time given to do research. Active SR’s about unfamiliar concepts are difficult to handle. Hot SR’s of the same kind are a nightmare.

That being the case, I should say I have had a good time in my first 5 months here. There have been no escalations on me and even though I have not performed stellar work in closing SR’s, I have done okay. The first few weeks I was afraid of pulling actives. I was shit scared of weekend shifts. I had beginners luck in that my first few weekend shifts were all silent. Even when I had actives in my weekend shifts, I had help from others.

Most of my SR closures have been GG SR’s. I managed to close one SR related to PT and one other which I can’t quite remember now. So it’s not been bad.

What lies ahead for me is a lot of individual hard work to put in. My effort levels in the next couple of months will determine how my first year at Oracle will turn out. I will no longer be a newbie in my next few weeks so more delivery will be expected out of me.

I am thinking of sitting down with Chetan this week and discussing with him what how my performance has been these 5 months.

I think I will write another review in October when one year completes.


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