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Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP27 Nov 2013 8:43 a.m. PST

Disclaimer: No goth chicks were abused with whip cream or small children placed in boiling pots of chicken broth in the making of this post….

Soooooooo…there we are…working on various projects, (such as the new oracle development, installation of new IC devices, etc…), when we get the commandment from "on high", (aka Corporate IT, as in this case on high being Southern California)…

"Due to certain "issues", we are required to perform a 100% on hand full asset inventory of ALL IT equipment for all facilities. Corp Legal and Auditing says "We have to do this".


So then they give us a time schedule….We have less than seven days to do ALL of the plants….

Suddenly every other project is put on "the back burner", as this becomes the "nuclear project", and even though we are told "continue working on problems on your site" we still have to get this done…

No instructions or templates come out for 2 days…so with approx five days to go..the template spreadsheet comes out…and no instructions…so now people are sending in all sorts of non-standard info…So another day passes, and they send out instructions…written BY IT people FOR IT people, and they are having HR reps try to assist at certain sites…(who are now hoplessly lost and confused)…

But I got it done…

After working weekends and 12-16 hour days…I got it done. I am the only region outside of California to have a full 100% count and inventory submission…and I got it submitted half a day early.

So now I get to spend the next day or so, trying to catch up on stuff that this inventory put us behind on…


Submitted respectfully;


streetline Inactive Member27 Nov 2013 8:49 a.m. PST

Full and sudden inventories do not happen by chance. At least, not often.

Personal logo Rrobbyrobot Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member27 Nov 2013 9:20 a.m. PST

After having left the Army. I have a standard of behavior the goes something very much like this… Failure to plan on your part will not be allowed to constitute an emergency on my part. This applies to the general population of Terra. There are only three exceptions. Myself, my wife and my son.

45thdiv27 Nov 2013 9:58 a.m. PST

At least you have a job to comment on. :-)

Personal logo Rrobbyrobot Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member27 Nov 2013 10:29 a.m. PST

45thdiv has that right. I'm a disabled veteran so I don't have to worry about a boss or coworkers.

Personal logo Dan Cyr Supporting Member of TMP27 Nov 2013 11:01 a.m. PST

Sounds like a "due diligence" inventory. May be a sign of an impending sale.


Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP27 Nov 2013 11:05 a.m. PST

What Dan said. Having been involved in MANY inventories
at Big Blue, I can understand and appreciate your
accomplishment, Murph.

Well done, that man.

Streitax Inactive Member27 Nov 2013 4:24 p.m. PST

Now expect to be tasked to go to the sites with 'problems' and show them how it is done. No good deed and all…..

stenicplus Inactive Member29 Nov 2013 6:38 a.m. PST

Don't get me wrong Murphy, I love your TFW, but it occurs to me that what you've effectively done is to confirm top management's belief that it can be done. That you worked your backside off will not register on their display, just the fact that next time they want it done yesterday they'll expect it.

GarrisonMiniatures Inactive Member29 Nov 2013 7:45 a.m. PST

Just make sure you put in a big overtime claim and cost it to that job!

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