Saba Software: Technical Consultant

Saba Software is looking for a technical consultant:

Integral to our business is our Worldwide Professional Services organization. Based on experience, Technical Consultants can work with our customers in any or all phases of our deployments: initial requirements gathering, configuration and optimization of servers and applications, acceptance test of the solutions. All our Consultants work virtually and should anticipate 35% to 50% travel. 

Because Saba builds highly complex, enterprise wide systems, almost all installations include an array of Java/J2EE implementations supported by: a variety of Operating Systems; Applications Servers (Websphere, Weblogic, Tomcat, JBOSS); Saba and Customer Databases (Oracle, SQL Server, DB2); and both Saba and customer developed Frameworks. We provide options for licensed, hosted and OnDemand deployments that can run into the $Millions. 

The Good
Consulting that requires travel can be well-paid, although Saba doesn’t mention their compensation.  The work varies quite a bit, and you’ll presumably get a lot of client exposure.  The technology stack seems relatively sane.

The Bad
While some of you won’t mind travel, I imagine most of you will find 35% to 50% travel to be in the ‘bad’ category.  If you don’t have a lot of local roots and you like to spend a lot of time in airports, this could be the perfect role for you.

Also, the system uses Crystal Reports.  Anyone I know who’s worked with Crystal in recent years has had absolutely nothing good to say about the experience.

What’s Missing
What’s your compensation like?  Who would you report to?  What do you do when you’re not traveling?  What kind of expense budget would you have?  What tools does Saba use to enable virtual working?  What are the clients, where are they located, where are you likely to spend your time traveling to? 

Your mileage may vary when it comes to working ‘virtually’, which I assume means working from home (or wherever you like, as long as Saba doesn’t have to pay for it), rather than, say, simulating working.  

In Summary
Basically, if being a traveling consultant appeals to you, this is something you could look into.  If it doesn’t, then you’ve probably already stopped reading.


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