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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Being Indispensable

In the modern era, a lot of businesses wouldn’t function properly without the support of an IT (Information Technology) infrastructure. IT people, me included, are often in the backroom somewhere supporting, enhancing, and maintaining mission critical systems that keep a business going. Some systems are so vital that any malfunction could amount to millions of dollars in losses or even the business to collapse.

It is not surprising, therefore, for lots of IT people to feel important. A developer of a business application program knows the ins and outs of the system. Knows how it works and how each piece ties together in order to deliver a solution. That knowledge sometimes makes a developer feel god-like. Sa isipan ng programmer, hindi aandar ang sistema kung wala siya o sibakin siya sa trabaho. This is one reason why some programmers have that air of over-confidence in themselves. They feel secured na hindi sila basta-basta sisisantihin sa trabaho. But is this over-confidence warranted?

I’m afraid not. The fact remains, no one is indispensable. The business may suffer momentarily with the loss of a staff member critical to its operations. But that’s only temporary. The business have ways to circumvent difficulties. Should the computer program that you wrote and supported for years cease to function, the business will simply try and find other programs that will do the same thing. Worst case, things can be done manually. Slow maybe, but still the business will cope and survive.

I say this because I once had that attitude that I was indispensable. Until one day, because of a contract dispute, the boss simply fired me along with a few others. So what happened to the IT projects we started? Nothing. It’s like they just reformatted the hard drive. The company hired new people and started all over again.

The moral of the story is do not over-rate yourself to the point of thinking you are indispensable. No one is. Not even George W or GMA is indispensable. Ooops, bad examples. But I’m sure you get my drift. Be humble with your accomplishments and not feel superior to others. With or without you, life will go on.

PS. Today I just handed in my resignation to join a company over at the Northshore early next year. My boss said, he was reluctantly accepting my resignation and wished me well in my future work. See what I mean, hindi man lang ako pinigilan. Sabihin ko kaya sa kanya na nagbibiro lang ako?


  • there you go, in relation to your "before this post" thread about bed wetting dreams.

    anyways good luck to your nre venture. you are employable and in demand.

    cheers !!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:20 AM, November 30, 2006  

  • Godbless in your new endeavor! I'm sure na mas magiging successful pa kayo... with your experience, wit, skills and good looks... naks!!!

    By Anonymous april, at 5:12 PM, November 30, 2006  

  • goodluck po sa inyo..,.

    By Anonymous david.edward, at 6:30 PM, November 30, 2006  

  • Ano po ba exact work nyo sa IT? Marami po bang opening dyan sa NZ sa Software QA or QC [of software testing]?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:06 AM, December 01, 2006  

  • pards, goodluck sa new work mo. wag mong kalimutang ipadala ang bagong e-mail address mo pag nandon ka na. tama ka dyan, no one is indispensable. and that mindset comes with maturity. pero believe it or not may mga programmers na feeling god-like pa rin. so to mitigate the risk, i institute measures such as required documentation, company programming standards, peer reviews, etc. para pag-alis nila, di masyadong mahirapan ang kapalit.

    -ka elyong

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:49 AM, December 01, 2006  

  • Ka Uro, Tama ka walang empleyadong "indispensable" lalo na sa panahon na ito. Lagi nalang nating protektahan ang ating sarili sa tulad nang mabuting work attitude at sipag para naman hindi natin ipaubaya ang ating kapalaran sa ating pinapasukan.

    Isa akong Art Director sa Los Angeles at kahit na "At Will" ang employment status nang lahat nang mangga-gawa sa California lagi 'kong sinisiguro na all my options are always open. Sinusunod ko lang ang Boy Scout motto "Laging Handa".

    Good Luck in your new kayod at regards sa lahat nang Kiwi Pinoy!!


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:14 AM, December 01, 2006  

  • air,
    thanks pare.

    thanks. good looks? yes, most definitely. ;D

    i'm a PB/SQL developer. not sure about QA/QC. try mo na lang mag-search sa


    ka elyong,
    das corekek! part of risk mitigation yan. a good mgr should always be proactive about those things. ayos ba sir?


    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 12:59 PM, December 01, 2006  

  • totoo yan...last year,the compnay I worked for laid off 200 IT people and transferred our IT support to IBM India. Now, I have to call India for IT support.

    Goodluck sa susunod na raket, este endeavours mo.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:09 PM, December 02, 2006  

  • Hi! Ka uro, programmer din akong tulad nyo pero hindi ganon ang aking perspetive sa pag create ng isang programma unprofessioanal ang tawag ko don and they are not serious programmer, meron kasing mga programmer na naglalagay ng isang alas sa gitna na ng programming codes nila. this is really a bad programming practice kasi ang principle ko once they paid me to my work they pay also with my name... being programmer is really exciting and challenging kasi tayo yong director, script writer and animator na isang programma. we must accountable in everthing we say, do and especially to our work.

    By Blogger gelo, at 11:14 PM, December 02, 2006  

  • No one is indespensable talaga... thanks for the thought.... and congrats to your new endevour (new work place), sayang gusto pa naman kitang i meet sa city minsan...

    By Anonymous Dboy Gulla, at 7:59 AM, December 06, 2006  

  • Hi KU,

    Wow, a great career move... you're one good old Powerbuilder guru hehehe medyo malapit na ma extinct ang mga katulad mo so pataas ng pataas nag face value esta skills value mo dre.

    Well totoo yan once ganyan din ang feeling ko dati when I was working as systems analyst sa pinas...di rin naman ako pinigilan ni boss ng mag-paalam akong mag aabroad. si misis ang talagang pinigilan nya ng husto naka ilang beses pa ngang taas ng sahod panu masyadong in-demand ang kanyang dinevelop na software products...pero hayun sa bandang huli binitiwan din sya ng malamang paalis na going to NZ and di na papipigil :-P.

    Sa ngayon me job offer na si misis sa isang NZ software company and she will start monday... she's originally Delphi guru but flexible enough to adopt to MS.NET tools using c#/VB (which is the role she will be assuming come monday).

    Yung God-like feeling ng ilang programmers existing yan kung ikaw talaga ang mag isang bumabanat project at hindi group of programmers managed by a Project Manager (but this is really for large projects lang like banking systems etc.) with the advent of RAD tools one person can really assume the role of a group of programmers.

    Good luck po KU sa inyong bagong work.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:02 PM, December 13, 2006  

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