Often my fellow RF engineers phrase the feeling this way: "one software engineer is better than 20 RF engineers. He is the pet boy of our manager." In my third year of engineering we were made to attend a presentation which was to help us in choosing a project that makes sense. The presenter talked about developing some xyz thing for mapinfo, some abc algorithm to transfer google earth info to another real time location based software. In short, he indirectly said “wake up you fools and start coding!”.
I have been trying to learn the back end programming of two to three telecom related softwares and something revealed itself to me: you can add your flavor. You simply can.
Software entrepreneurship in telecom is a multimillion dollar business. If you do not trust me, ask the cost of ASSET, TEMS or Actix. It is absolutely possible to venture in. Someone right here did take the plunge; it is happening and it is happening with full force. He is Salman Bakhtiyar- Mobilink’s ex RF manager. Will soon be writing about him and his entrepreneurial venture too.
While writing this I am just struck with an idea. Anyone of you can build up his or her own blog and write about the real time problems you face while designing, optimizing, rolling out and maintaining a network. Something which can be a big hit is the instruction code(s) for checking alarms with a vendors’ equipment and etcetera. If you think its unethical and an intellectual property of a vendor, I can prove it is not.
70% of the queries which surface on zumbeel’s yahoo group are related to the instructions and commands to do some x y z task on a vendor’s equipment, so it can be a big thing. If you do not have time to set up and run a blog, let me know; I will do it for you.
Reverting back to software skills and its impact. See last sunday's dawn or a job website you trust and thrill yourself with the vacant slots for personnel of software expertise. Do not waver if the listed programming requirements exceed your skill set; it's all the same. How? Let's start from GW Basic- the algorithm or psuedo-code you need to develop to print your name 10 timnes would be the same if you shift to Turbo C, C++, Java or even PIC microprocessor based Pic Basic. Only the syntax differs; the apparent code varies.
Bring it on!