This week, take a peek into a day in the life of Sebastian Fratini
, an IT specialist in Argentina working with IBM DB2 and IBM Lotus Domino. Learn more about Sebastian in the interview below and visit his profile
. Tell me about yourself and what you're currently working on...
Well I currently live in Argentina and I am 24 years old. I started working with IBM products four and a half years ago in a Business Partner. I started in the Development and Research area and that gave me a lot of knowledge from different software, technologies and solutions. I didn't spend too much time with one product. I just documented what it was needed and then, move to another project, which gave me a great base. I have most of my experience with Domino and WebSphere Portal and WCM but I used almost every Lotus Software, plus Java, TDI, DB2, SQL Server, etc. Personally, I like music. A lot. I enjoy playing guitar and going to the movies, series like House MD and Friends, travel.
Currently I am working in several projects. Two of them are Domino migrations. One from a different version. The other from a different mail solution. I am also integrating DB2 with Domino and migrating some applications. There is another project involving TDI and Domino 8.5.1 to make MSAD the center of the user deployment and administration (This one is quite fun) and also a couple of WebSphere Portal Demos for some projects around the year. So yes, I am somehow busy. It could be worse. Describe a normal day for you.
A normal day would be a work day! I get up and travel in a Mercedes-Benz with a driver. I call it 'The Bus'. Then I usually need to check that all the servers are working. If the day was bad, I like to go to Burger King. The flavor of the onion rings makes my day better. After I came home I feed my hamster and then watch movies or series. And the whole day connected to the Internet of course. Do you have an "on the job" hero? If you could "follow" anyone for 24 hours, who would it be?
Mmm I don't think I have a hero like that. I just like to take the good things of each one of the people around me. I think I would like to follow Kevin Spacey. I think that is a great actor. If you were talking about the IT world, that would be Steve Jobs. Is there anything you think is unique or interesting about working in IT in Argentina?
The more I speak with people around the globe, the more I realized that in Latin America we usually work on the edge. Normally people don't try new technologies until it's settled and tested. Or don't go outside what's out of the box. Here most of the projects require you to dig, integrate, modify, develop, etc. And they are usually very fun projects. At least for me. I believe it has to be that all the canned solutions are out of reach for most LA companies so we need to rely on our creativity and skills. You have an impressive number of certifications in IBM software - how do certifications help you with your career and skills?
Definitely. I had many projects where the customer specifically asked for a IT guy with certifications. One that could prove that he knew the solution. And I watched the same customers turned down providers for lack of skills. But besides that it gives you a lot of confidence. What do you plan on learning next?
At this moment I am learning a lot of Tivoli Directory Integrator
(TDI) which I've never used before. I always like to keep updated on each solution and the new versions that come out. Whenever that happens, I have to install it and test it. I need to use it. I can't just read the 'What's new in..' but I also like to learn Java, Open Source Solutions, Linux, etc. How do you use developerWorks?
It would be easier to ask me how I DON'T use developerWorks =). Let's see. I use the Knowledge Base of course because I can't possible know everything. Although sometimes I just read technotes I don't need to be prepared for those crazy errors you might some day encounter. I use the forums
. Each day. I am usually around the Domino 6/7/8/.8.5/Sametime/Portal forums. The last two, I only enter when I have spare time. The first 4, I dedicate some time to answer because when I started the guys from those forums helped me a lot, so I am returning the favor. You can actually see me answering each day. I even recognize the name of several 'casual posters'. I also managed a Space which sadly I cannot no longer maintain the way I'd like, but as you saw, I am quite busy at this time. But I keep my developerWorks profile
and I found several interesting people from around the globe. It's nice to be part of a network of IT guys which are willing to share their knowledge and help. How are you using social networking today?Facebook
. All of them on my cell phone. Facebook every time I open the browser. Most of my friends are there and with those three sites I can be connected to all of them. It's hard to keep in touch after you move or graduate so that helped me to keep talking to several friends. I am one of those guys that say "Oh, that's is going into facebook" when something interesting happens. What are some of your favorite websites/feeds/twitter accounts to follow?
I always open the next sites: Facebook, developerWorks Forums, Gmail, ItMadeMyDay.com, Clarin.com (Local newspaper) and Google. After that, I can go anywhere I need. But that's how I start my day. Are you a gadget junkie? Any new gadget you'd love to try?
I love gadgets. And I started hating the cell phones when I first got one. Now I cannot live without it. I have the cell phone, the iTouch, the WD Live, PSP and I love many more that I don't have because I want to control myself. I think I would like to test the Kindle. I am just not sure yet. Star Wars or Star Trek?
- Thanks Sebastian!