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Career Story: Information Technology (IT) Consultant

Information Technology (IT) Consultant

Job Title: IT Consultant

Type of Company: A consulting company that helps smart enterprises at the critical juncture between business planning and delivering IT-enabled business performance.

Education: MBA in Management & IT (Information Technology)

Previous Experience: I worked as a Business Intelligence and Data Integration consultant for two consulting firms in MA for the past three years.

I worked as a Director of Business Intelligence Applications in two major telecom companies in Israel for 10 years.

Job Tasks: Here's what my job entails:

  • Leading projects and teams that are mostly related to data integration and implementation of IT solutions.
  • Involved in the project from the analysis phase, through design, development and testing (over one year).
  • Managing the resource and budget planning, the cross-team project planning, the weekly status reports and burn charts, the deliverable metrics, risks & issues tracking, and more.
  • Working closely with business users and stakeholders from all levels in the client's organization.
  • Leading the business analysis effort to define the requirements and write the gap analysis phase of a complete IT solution. This role includes gathering requirements from different business users and stakeholders across the client organization, consolidating the requirements into one document, and then comparing the current state and the desired future state in a deliverable / document called "Gap Analysis" or "Road Map".
  • Training business users and participating in the "User Acceptance Test" phase to help them adjust to the new system and to the new business processes more easily and quickly.
  • Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is working with different people, helping them to improve their work routine and help them resolve business issues. It is very satisfying to see a project through, from the initial analysis and requirements gathering phase, through design, development, testing and finally implementation and training.

    The worst part of my job is being between projects ("On the bench") and not having enough to do.

    Job Tips:
    1. Take different courses in IT management, project management, program management, multi-cultural team work, as well as more technical courses such as development in different languages, system analysis, system architecture, testing methodologies and more.

    2. For your first job, consider working for a consulting company, which can expose you to differenet clients and industries in a shorter amount of time and help you focus your carrer on what you love best.

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