Pros: exposure to latest technology
Cons: scope to advance was limited within a niche team, my specialised skills were not directly transferable throughout tsys, scope for promotion was limited to organic growth.
My typical workday was project based, working on designing and managing the implementation of reporting and business intelligence solutions.
The projects satisfied normal BAU needs or tied directly into quarterly and yearly goals that would be appraised on an individual and team basis.
I had to proactively gather informational requirements from existing – more... and new customers across TSYS and communicate the benefits of centralised MI to customers where appropriate. This would entail building strong relationships with stakeholders.
The work was eclectic and varied, especially because we were touching on all aspects of the Microsoft BI stack.
I learned something new every day and I was continuously stretched.
My colleagues were experts in their field and it required me to follow closely all team processes and work in accordance with our requirements for change management when testing, deploying and implementing solutions.
The teams were divided into Support (24/7 BAU), Data Management (SQL Server DBA's specialising in SSAS and SSIS) and Development (SSRS, Tableau, Power Pivot, Cubes, Standard Reports)
Projects were collaborative and best practices and knowledge was freely shared within the team.
The hardest part of the job was mastering new technologies but at the same time it was most rewarding.
The management team were very progressive and openly responsive to innovation. Management also had a good understanding of Industry Best Practices in the field of information management and business intelligence.
The work environment was casual and friendly with a strong emphasis on achieving and performing at the highest level.
I was required to deputise for the team leader where required and provide guidance to junior team members, especially in defining any technical approaches to business intelligence delivery. – less