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It's the 1980s, and this IT contractor is working on a big project to install an accounting system for a utility in the days before ERP. And with a little downtime on his hands, he gets his first opportunity to try using a virtual machine.
This IT consultant really likes his job, including the opportunity to go to conferences and training. To make the most of that, he makes a list of the conferences that will be most valuable -- and to his surprise, they're mostly approved.
IT consultant pilot fish is managing a big project for a utility company, and every two weeks his team holds a workshop to demo the state of the work. But when fish needs to change the start time, there's a problem.
One of the responsibilities this IT pilot fish has inherited is an automatic gate with key-card access that's getting pretty creaky. But management doesn't want to sink money into repairs -- after all, it's working, right?
Company deploys new do-everything enterprise software, and two weeks before it's scheduled to go live, this analyst working on the project requests that unencrypted FTP service be turned on. Who could object to that?
Company is opening a new office and this pilot fish gets the nod to fly down in a few weeks to set up the network and phones. But what the new office's manager has to say is not what fish wants to hear.