My Periodic IT Career Update

It has been almost 4 years since my last update on the constantly changing badges and company names of my workplace, so I figured it might be time for an update. Yes, fret not faithful readers, there has been another change besides how the worldwide pandemic has changed the entire workplace situation in general. As always, I’ll repeat the entire journey first, with the latest updates at the end.

Take it from the top…

While still in college I started a part-time IT gig with General Dynamics, which turned into a full time position once I graduated in 1989. Only a couple of years into that job, and General Dynamics decides to outsource their entire IT organization to a company called Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). New badge, same job really.

Over the next few years, the General Dynamics business that we supported, changed hands a few times. First to Hughes Electronics Corporation and then to Raytheon. My job at CSC also took me from Southern California to Tucson, Arizona. This lasted a few more years, until my boss asked me if I wanted to move to San Diego, California to help out on a new account. I probably said yes before he finished his sentence.

Job Timeline
Job Timeline

In mid-2000, I relocated to sunny San Diego and began work on writing a little client/server billing system to help CSC provide a detailed bill to its new IT outsourcing client, the County of San Diego. That little billing system lasted longer than CSC did on this contract, about 13 years, which is a pretty decent run for a VB6/SQL Server solution.  🙂

At the end of 2006, CSC had lost the County of San Diego contract to Northrop Grumman (NG). CSC’s staff was divided among NG and an IT consulting firm, BearingPoint. We didn’t get to choose, other than to accept the offer or not. So, another new badge. I guess it was time for a new picture anyway.

Just a couple of years in working for BearingPoint, they decided to sell the majority of their public services consulting business to Deloitte. Except our little piece supporting the County of San Diego was spun off to a new consulting firm, Éclat Consulting (no link for them since they folded some time ago. Here’s what the name means though). Éclat didn’t last too long, and we were shuffled to another new consulting firm, Attain. Still supporting the County of San Diego, just changing badges like bad fashion trends.

NG decided to walk away from the County of San Diego contract before their time was up, and passed it on to Hewlett Packard (HP). This time, everyone (that wanted to stay) was moved to HP (yet another new badge). All one big happy family again. At least for a couple of years.

Late into the year 2015, HP announced that it was going to split into two companies. HP would be handling consumer computers and printers, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) would be handling enterprise products and services. The change this time for us from HP to HPE wasn’t too disruptive, and we didn’t even get new badges! Well, we did get a new overlay that got glued to the face of the badge, with the new company name (same old photo though).

Wall of badge holders
Wall of badge holders. Some of the early companies either didn’t hand out much swag or were lost to the sands of time (and office moves).

The stability of being at HPE would only last until May of 2016, when HPE announced that it would be spinning off the enterprise services component to a new company. This new company would be a merger of sorts between HPE and CSC. This merged company would now be known as DXC Technology and it entered the world to much fanfare and business gibberish in May of 2017. This was going to be a great collaboration between two large IT firms that would take on the world… Until a few months later when it was deemed important to narrow their focus a bit and shed some of the newly acquired divisions. Yes, you guessed it, my job is once again up on the auction block.

For the remainder of 2017 and a couple of months into 2018, we didn’t really have any information about what was happening with our company. Nothing like uncertainty to really boost morale. Much speculation was made as to who would takeover this chunk of business, which is the U.S. Public Sector portion of DXC Technology’s holdings (state and local governments, and such). We received word about our fate in March or so, but had to keep it quiet.

On June 1, 2018, it was finally made public that we would be part of a three company spin-merge based upon DXC Technology’s U.S. Public Sector business, Vencore Holding Corp., and KeyPoint Government Solutions. Each of the three companies operates in different areas, so little to no overlap, thus creating a new company of about 14,000. This new company would be known as Perspecta.

Sometime in late 2020 / early 2021, amidst the “fun” of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we began hearing rumblings of a potential sale of our barely a toddler company, Perspecta, being courted for sale. On May 6, 2021, Peraton announced that they had officially closed the purchase of Perspecta. Earlier in the year, Peraton had also acquired Northrop Grumman’s integrated mission support and IT solutions business, so they are ramping up to become a major player in the IT space.

So, here we are in mid-2022 and Peraton still seems to be going strong and we’re slowly getting close to merging all of internal systems (like email and other backend systems) between Peraton, Northrup Grumman, and Perspecta. Hopefully, we won’t have to start dealing with the upheaval of another company change any time soon.

Meanwhile, I am still working on supporting the County of San Diego contract (which I started on back in 2000), so the base job hasn’t changed too much. Although, I have been branching out skills-wise, acquiring Amazon Web Services (AWS) experience, and soon some development using the Outsystems Low-Code platform. So, as long as I can keep learning new things and keeping my job interesting, I don’t have too much of a problem should my badge change every now and then. 😀

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