I went yesterday to visit my former colleagues at Bechtel in Maryland and met my replacement, the man who now tends the gigantic computer system that I designed for Bechtel procurement. I told him my silly story about having had my completely spectacular computer career after taking classes for only one semester at a community college. He is actually trained in best practices, an idea which I knew nothing about. I never allowed ignorance to stand in my way.
I conceived and designed Bechtel's global supplier network based on Oracle replication technology. I designed applications for requisitioning, ordering, tracking global shipments for, receiving, inventorying, issuing and planning material requirements. All this information is transferred automatically to accounting and runs on projects around the world. My last big application was a system for creating rental agreements for construction equipment. It is an awesome system if I do say so myself.
I have observed Bechtel's many multi-million dollar computer fiascoes, which I was somehow never asked to run, and laughed. Too much knowledge in the computer business generally leads to excessive detail, overwhelming technical obstacles, cost overruns, etc. I have never had a fiasco. My projects always resulted in useful software. So why aren't I rich and famous?
This is also where I acquired my aura of arrogance. I began my computer career when I was already in my forties and ended it looking distinctly like a little old lady. Getting my way required pushing my way through all obstacles. I retired because I could no longer tolerate the necessary temper tantrums. Bechtel is a cowboy company.
This is in case you were wondering how I got to be such an egotistical asshole.
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