back to article Tata Consultancy Services says pandemic's most powerful punches landed in Q1 - and it's still dancing

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has become the first of the big Indian technology services companies to report a quarter’s results and while revenue was down the company found many bright spots that suggest better times lie ahead. The numbers were not pleasant: year-on-year revenue fell 7.8 percent to $5.059bn and net income …

  1. macjules Silver badge

    Knock-on effects

    A large number of TCS contractors working in the UK were/are unable to return home due to the travel lockdown. As a result of this I notice that daily rates for IT contractors appear to have plummeted, with some agencies saying that they can offer senior web developer contractors at £150 per day, as opposed to the normal £500 per day I would expect to be paying.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    They're some bunch...

    I still remember the conversation I had with one of their "developers" who swore blind that his VDI didn't have access to a command prompt. I assured him it did, and when I remote-connected to him, there was one open on his screen.

    His response was "yeah, but I found that on my desktop - you said it would be on the start menu. Is it the same thing??"

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: They're some bunch...

      Had to educate a TCS "front end developer" once as to the meaning of CSS.

      1. HildyJ Silver badge

        Re: They're some bunch...

        TCS, like many Rent-A-Developer companies, seems to use its contracts for on-the-job training of its developers.

        Also I fail to see how Q2 is going to be an improvement unless their fiscal year doesn't start on January 1st.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: They're some bunch...

      Not just the developers

      Management who changed the entire scope on a daily basis, and then tried to blame QA for the delay even though QA had nothing to test, and nothing coherent to work from (this was a particularly distateful meeting where the manager cowed his Indian subordinates but was almost laughed out of the room by the UK based contractors)

      A disk array that was specced without reference to the room it would have lived in and would have plunged through the raised floor.

      Developers who were unable to stop hard-coding passwords, or understand bugs written in English.

      In the end they had to bring in an experienced UK management team before we made any progress.

      A particularly useless shower.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    TCS, Infosys and Wipro. Shudder.

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