Our company is trying to win the work for the project that shall replace the current one. I asked our manager what technologies we thought we might use to implement the new system if we won. There was a long list. And there did not seem to be many traditional coding tasks. One product we were going to use was Business Objects.
To tell the truth, I thought Business Objects were some API using by Crystal Reports. I have since come to find out that Business Objects was a company that got bought out by SAP a few years ago. The premier product of this company is Business Objects XI. This is a big package that includes business intelligence tools.
SAP offers a bunch of instructions ebooks on Business Objects for $19.99 each. Great. I know the company will spring for such training material. But do I really want to get out there and be a Business Objects developer? It is funny. While searching for technical information on Business Objects, I found a job offer for a senior Business Objects developer. It paid $45 per hour. That's not chump change. But it is a lot lower than I thought a SAP developer would make. Oh wait, this is Business Objects. The jury is still out whether I shall even crack a book to learn this stuff. There are also other new technologies in the stack to be used to build the next generation system. More on those products later.
Cisco Packet Tracer - I downloaded this software for free from Cisco. From the name "Packet Tracer", you would think this is some type of packet capture/analysis tool similar t...