In the next five years, I see myself at the Vice President level, preferably as a Technology Director. Now I’m witnessing firsthand how technology drives our business, and as I develop in my career, I want to be involved in making the strategic decisions that go into our products and services. Also I’d love to travel to the Asian markets while I’m young and have fewer family responsibilities. I’d like to really understand the business needs there and how they differ from those of other regions like North America and Europe.
J.P. MORGAN BLOG
Joined in July 2010
I'm a Technology Program Analyst in Global Technology Infrastructure Enterprise Computing Services (GTI-ECS), specifically working in the HP NonStop core engineering department.
Recruiting is an important instrument for any firm to continue to attract fresh and enthusiastic talent into the environment. It is doubly important for firms to have established footprints across college campuses nationwide, where the fostering and cultivation of this young talent can occur.
I was drawn to the idea of highlighting the amount of technology that’s used at a financial services firm, like J.P. Morgan, due to the lack of knowledge I had as a student. And based on my experience, I figured there were more students and even administrators that didn’t understand the scale or the competitive advantage that technology brings to the industry.
I'd like to take the time to discuss the tremendous effort that occurred during Memorial Day weekend by the GTI-Enterprise Computing Service Large Midrange Services team, GTI-Global Services Operations, as well as our line of business partners.
The older systems were initially introduced into our environment back in 2007 to consolidate a few environments, so we’d been working to migrate from older systems which were soon to be transitioned to end of life/divest phase. Since the technology lifecycle was divesting, it was recommended by the vendor that we upgrade to the newest of new, the blades architecture. The newer blades architecture has about twice the horsepower of the previous system and is powered by the Intel 9300 Itanuim quad-core processors. The newer system while powerful, still has the opportunity to grow and we have the ability to increase to 16 quad-core processors for needed computing ability.
J.P. Morgan is a tremendous place to work. It’s very fast paced, especially within the technology space where we work each day to meet the requirements and expectations of our partners in various lines of business across the firm. With such a fast-paced atmosphere, it took some time for me to find the right work life balance. While in college, I saw the need for a balance between life and school, but I rarely applied it because of the flexibility that being in school afforded me. However, once I entered into the real world, where an eight hour day in the office is the norm, I no longer have the same amount of flexibility that I once did. Unlike school, there is no spring break in the working world, not to mention less observed holidays. So it was fear of burnout that powered my thoughts of how to achieve work life balance.
My quest began by having a casual conversation with one of my tandem core engineering team members who expressed how mentally labor intensive our jobs can be. He then explained how I could off-set the mental fatigue by doing more physically intensive activities that utilize a different part of the brain. I validated his statement by remembering how I’d spent the previous summer re-tiling my basement after work which was the exact sort of physical activity he was referring to. I would often come home mentally drained, but as soon as I got into the groove of laying tiles, I felt less mentally tired.
Since joining GTI-ECS (Global Technology Infrastructure-Enterprise Computing Services), I’ve had many training opportunities, spanning from my z/University training program, Tandem courses, and shadowing Tandem cold loads or system upgrades. z/University is a year-long training program where college graduates have the opportunity to learn about the J.P. Morgan Enterprise Computing environment. The courses were taught by senior J.P. Morgan engineers and some lectures were led by the vendor.
The first month was spent on the core, which gives a high-level of z/OS®, the operating system for IBM® mainframe. The next two months were spent taking an in depth analysis of the z/OS operating system. Following that, the next five months encompassed the online network services which focused on the pre-TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) architecture, as well as present hybridized TCP/IP with enterprise extender. After the main parts of the mainframe, the courses included solution development and standardizations, project management, hardware/storage engineering, and a brief overview of the large midrange platforms with enterprise computing within GTI-ECS. z/University was culminated by the taking/passing of the z/OS mastery exam, graduation, and official assignments to one of the technical towers within GTI-ECS.
I’ve been with the GTI-ECS NonStop core engineering team for almost two months. It has been a very busy and exciting time since I joined my new team. I’ve been fully immersed in ongoing project work, including museum asset remediation, new system configurations for Electronic Financial Systems (EFS) and Automated Clearing House (ACH), as well as finishing the Systems Manager installation.
The museum asset remediation is an ongoing effort by J.P. Morgan to decommission assets designated as divest. The logic is current technologies make for a more stable and resilient environment, while also reducing older technology support costs. My team is in the process of replacing eight older servers that consist of older hardware and software with more recent technology, following the firm’s server standardization policy. We have two remaining tasks: re-cabling a disk array for storage purposes, as well as migrating data from the old to the new servers. We’re hoping to complete this project no later than the end of March.
Greetings, my name is John, and I’m a recent graduate of GTI-ECS zUniversity (z/U) program. z/U is a year-long training program where college graduates have the opportunity to learn about the J.P. Morgan Enterprise Computing environment. Upon completion of z/U, graduates are assigned to full-time roles within the organization. Roles vary by computing platform (i.e. - z/OS, OVMS, iSeries, etc).
Prior to the z/U program, I graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology with a BE and ME in Electrical Engineering. I was recruited by our HP Nonstop team, better known as Tandem. Usually when I mention “Tandem” to colleagues that inquire about my assignment, they initially think of tandem bikes. Unless you study Tandem, you would not know much about this fault tolerant system which supports mission critical applications in the retail (i.e. — ATMs), card services, and funds transfer spaces.