Would rm Gaia be appropriate here?
Documents filed at Companies House reveal the scale of Gaia Technologies' debt burden, which led a major creditor to push the Bangor-based school tech supplier into administration. Although Gaia was turning over some £19m a year by 2018, it came unstuck by relying on capital-intensive new build projects, which it then sought …
Waaaaay back I worked for a short while for a schools supplier, this time biology and chemicals, who also went bust. They also had just made a capital intensive new-build addition. What's worse in their case it was mostly to produce microscopes just at the time the Japanese were coming into the market.
Paying someone to do something that you can quite afford to do yourself, and for them to take a profit, is the dumbest idea ever.
I understand it if you're talking fractions - you can't employ half-a-person to do something, but you could enlist a managed service to provide that for you - but if you can afford to pay a guy at a company to do that job for you, then you can afford to just... pay that guy directly. If you can afford to pay a print company to have a guy to supply, repair and maintain your printers, then you could do that yourself too.
It only works when you're too tiny to do it yourself, and in every case it's always more expensive.
It's like paying a guy just to put your own bins out.
I worked in Schools' IT briefly, and it was an odd setup. Some schools had permanent IT technicians, and others picked one for a number of days, sometimes, just one day a week. In the case of the former, I wondered why the school outsourced their IT, and didn't just employ directly. In the case of the latter, I wondered why they could wait a week for a fix, and didn't just have a callout service, which would probably respond more quickly.
I'll admit there were some economies of scale, some of us were server technicians, and others more desktop level, and a school would get a desktop tecchie for the most part, and be able to call in the server side when required, but we all started somewhere, and if you develop staff they feel all warm and fuzzy and loyal and will go the extra mile when the crap hits the fan, whereas in an outsourcing deal you only get what you pay for and extras are charged accordingly.
I spend 6mo+ per year & 750miles from the family home in which our son lives - er rent free.
My Gcal sends him emails and notifications the day before to put correct bins out. I also send texts
As confirmed by my Sec cam, and full bins when we DO arrive in UK - NOTHING HAPPENS
I would save the stress and effort and forget the whole 'teenage sons' idea. Of course the earth may stop spinning if there is a hitch before a lacrosse match..( played here in NW UK since late 1870s)
And I've yet to meet any outsourcing company where a random can turn up, understand the problem and just fix it like "the usual guy" in any significant fashion. That problem isn't solved by outsourcing, except maybe on huge scales.
And that's made on the assumption that the outsourcing company are employing a team of people who are all skilled and interchangeable even when they are not needed, just in case one of them is off. Which is a lie before you start, and an even greater expense to yourself to finish.
Just in the last two weeks, I've had contractors fail to turn up (twice), turn up without equipment to do the specified jobs (twice), install inadequate equipment despite specs (multiple times), and subs not appear or even tell the company who was subbing them that they weren't going to turn up because they had a lung infection.
Outsourcing doesn't change that SPoF. If it does, if you find a magic company that operates like that... your costs just doubled to let them do that. So... you could have just bought two guys and paid one to sit at home, or ran a small team for yourself.
Let me dream, please.
In my mind, there are two or three-person bands out there who have about the right number of clients to make their way profitable and because it's a small team of skilled people, the above is possible.
It's not scalable in any way, but that would be the closest to optimum.
One of the minor creditors is Parys Mountain Mines Ltd., owned by Anglesey Mining plc, a company with an "interesting" history.
What made the name stand out for me, as a caver with an interest in mines, was the fact that the deep shaft they have was mentioned in connection with storing power by raising and lowering a large weight, a method being developed by Gravitricity.
A week after they were put in administration, Denbighshire County Council still carries on and issues a contract award notice. Seriously?
Administration started 16 August 2019
Published 21 Aug 2019
Award Detail 1 Gaia Technologies (Bangor)
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