So, I'm a SQL developer working on OLAP systems with web interfaces - intranet only. Since I usually come in and help out a single department figure out what to do with the massive chunks of data stored by the IT staff, I tend to work on my own.
This seems all good and fine, but the IT staff really tends to hate me coming in and dragging out tons of data, asking them to do a lot of retreival, asking for massive amounts of space on their servers, running huge queries and datatransformations. Then, since the system is probably only going to be used for a few people, if it is "rough", I really don't care - as long as the end numbers are correct.
Basically, I'm just extra work for the IT staff. In the end, it completely removes tons of idiotic requests from management, but nobody realizes that until the systems are in the final stages.
So here is my situation: I really screwed up and lost a few hundred million recs (only 3 days data). Two guys in IT managed to get the data back from the tape archives in japan and have it sent to an FTP server so I could get it back and in my server before my VP noticed it.
Normally, if a client helps me out with something, I send them some sort of gift. Usually ~ $100. However, I normally work with them constantly and know exactly what they'd like. I barely know these two guys. One is in India and the other is in China!
So, all you IT masters out there, what would be a corporate gift that you'd enjoy getting from an irritating outsite contractor? :)
(I'll split points)