March 27, 2010 by huionn
My boss and colleague asked me about my reason for resignation… The reason is in my mind, but I don’t know how to explain it in words at that moment.
In order to climb the corporate ladder, the key to rewarding career lies in contribution to company revenue.
Go where the growth is, even if this means making a lateral move. The old saying that a rising tide lifts all ships still applies.
If the company growth is driven by sales, it is wise to be involved in more sales related activities. After the sales are closed, the money comes in to pay the developers to develop the solutions. In other words, the software developments follow the strategy and vision of sales & marketing.
If the company growth is driven by competitive edge in sophisticated products, technical development may be relatively more rewarding. Product development follows its own roadmap by taking requirements of all stakeholders into consideration. The sales depends on the FURPS (Functionality, Usability, Reliability, Performance and Supportability) of the products.
My current company is growing fast. It can provide good prospect to its employees… However the products that I have been involving in are simple (so simple that I have little job satisfaction). Its key technology that drives sales is RFID. RFID itself is not technically challenging. The challenge is in solution consultation to fit the RFID usage into customer business process that can provide real ROI. Since I have none interest and expertise in consultation, my career growth will be very limited.
The company I am going to join soon is a local solution provider in comprehensive healthcare information system (HIS). In terms of functionalities, a total healthcare information system generally comprises many ERP features – financial, inventory, procurement, human resource, workflow etc, in addition to healthcare related – electronic patient records, decision support system, etc. The HIS is also required to comply with rules & regulations (for privacy, security, etc) and integration & interoperability standards such as HL7, IHE, etc. Without the any domain knowledge, it is very challenging for me to perform migration/modernization. Fortunately, IT in healthcare has matured over the years and there are some open and well-documented reference design and architecture, such as RIMBAA and openEHR. Unfortunately, I am still unable to grasp the knowledge in them.
Another reason for me:
According to Frost & Sullivan estimates, the Health Information Technology (HIT) market (by revenue) in 2008, in APAC (Southeast Asia, China, Japan and Australia) was close to USD5.04 billion with an annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.8 percent from 2005-2008. Although the APAC HIT market represents currently only 2.1 percent of the total healthcare market, it is very likely that the figure could double if not triple that in the next 10 years.