Re: What are the odds?
I just spoke to a bloke in the Co-Op and the chances are they same as anything coming from Mars (he said).
2115 posts • joined 28 Sep 2007
The strategy for beating HCL is by using their own strategy against them. Underbid massively on everything to win the contracts, dispute everything and then fail to deliver on anything that has been agreed commercially until the lawyers get involved; and then deliver late, below quality and over budget anyway.
Yes it's quite a quaint and charming rose-tinted view of the world isn't it to assume that the whole US Financial services industry is set up to do anything other than serve it's so called customers.
The US Financial sector is as blatantly rotten to the core as is its Legal and Political systems.
Yep. That's exactly the first thing that jumped out at me. I'm pretty sure it means that when you turn on their router you'll get 2 litres of wifi - guaranteed. Just like all of the other providers.
I'm with VM and I get 3 litres of wifi - guaranteed!! And a nice plastic measuring jug to keep it in.
Maybe it's just my misfortune or dumb luck of having had to inherit HCL on two separate ERP programmes for different clients; but my overriding experience of them as a company is that in terms of thought leadership, project/programme management and "feet on the ground" implementation skill and knowledge, that they are absolutely hopeless. Worse even than Wipro - and they have taken some beating.
My overriding view on HCL is that they get their contracts by always bidding low (which the end client accountants love) and then they try to actually make their profits via commercial disputes and by the overzealous issuance of CRs.
Ignore them? Don't feed the trolls? Empty cans rattle the most?
I'd assume it's because most of these people have got nothing better to say, and will most likely say anything to make themselves feel a bit better about having nothing to say. Or maybe they are just thick or a bit pretentiously contrary for effect.
I'm always reminded of the Rise of the Idiots by Dan Ashcroft.
Leave Icke alone. He's a very funny man. I spent a weekend near the Forest of Bowland at one of his PAN meetings back in the 90's and it was hilarious. I might add though that even he is not quite as amusing as the Scientologisty idiots that used to canvas for Dianetics volunteers in Chichester High Street also in the 90's. They were really fun to taunt.
Looking back... I think my entire 90's were spent totally smashed on grass whilst taunting philosophical
nutcases edge cases.
Eh? Explain this to me again as I'm not sure I understand your logic... "they can't give away a printer and then giveaway the ink it's just not feasible." But that is exactly what they have done - as part of their corporate business model.
So how then is it that "consumers only have themselves to blame for this situation"?
I would say its got nothing to do with the consumer, and everything to do with HP trying to maximise and prop-up continually falling profits that via marketing, keeps the wool pulled firmly over the fact that all they do is shill a boring technology that they haven't themselves advanced in the best part of 10 years.
Indeed. It's all a self fulfilling circle jerk of having to keep up the revenue to keep funding the advertising to keep trying to kid consumers into believing that these tedious and long established products are still exciting and relevant and not really just a smoke screen to cover up the fact that all these companies really do is produce razors and printer ink. I can't see that the world would be any worse off without either Gillette or HP around. They are both in markets where there are well established competitors and alternatives - and that scares them both shitless.
So... y'all gotta keep up that advertising now!!!!
Hmmm, it's incredible how forthright and confident in your appear to be in your post, but in reality how completely and utterly wrong you are. I can quite legally make tens, hundreds or thousands of pounds of income through my stocks and shares ISA via dividend yields or capital gains; or via interest paid on my cash ISA - and there is still absolutely no need to declare it on my SA100.
You need to start reading up on things.
I don't disagree with the sentiment of your post at all. But I think this is debatable : "I suspect if the public knew more about this there would be more concern". My view is that the wider public don't give a crap because Facebook, cat videos, Alexa, Instacrap and Netflix whilst at the same time being probably more preoccupied with worries about just keeping their heads above water financially.
Unfortunately I think we're still only at the thin end of the wedge. And yes, whilst I may come off sounding a little "conspiracy theorist" or "prepper mentality" : I do think there is an insidious element of social engineering going on in the background as an enabler.
This is still a great idea - well done chaps for keeping it going; and best of luck to anyone or everyone who is currently seeking a position. Hope you manage to get something sorted really soon.
On another subject, and it's probably not overly PC, but I'd quite like to hire the girl in the accompanying pic. She's my favourite out of the revolving plethora of stock pictures used across the site.
I normally don't wish people ill-will... but I really do hope he's already gone out and bought the Porsche and the gazillionaire lifestyle on credit before the deal is actually done. His own finances will then be in the same state as the farcical valuation that was put on his low grade lettings agency.
Softbank, hopefully not too late, have now realised this; hence all the mewing from the snouts at the tough.
What a pile of meaningless old bollocks!!! Lots of talk but no actual strategy.
IBM won't get anywhere if they don't start realising that the front-line staff are still the most important people. Not the 768,000 layers of white-collar dead wood between them and the CEO.
Can we just clear up a pointh here. You don't need a TV licence to own a TV receiver. You need a TV licence to watch TV programmes at the point they are broadcast i.e. watching the 6pm news at 6pm, or to watch content via BBC iPlayer. That's it.
I have a TV but have not paid the licence fee for 6 years as I do not watch either iPlayer or TV at the time it is broadcast. I am quite happily entitled to play on my PS4, stream content from All4 and Netflix and watch DVDs and such like without a TV licence.
Yes I have had the Crapita goons round on a couple of occasions, but a swift "p**s off" is all it takes to make them go away.
I agree to a point. But those "limits" can very much be reduced to small percentages. Stating that Morrisons did "everything" they could to prevent data loss is not entirely consistent with allowing him to manually transfer the entire HR data extract onto a USB stick for delivery to KPMG.
Assume Morrisons IT and OpSec teams haven't heard about secure encrypted file transfer or DLP solutions yet?
I like the way they slip in the pointless "highly qualified" into the phrase about their board candidates. It's almost as pointless as when restaurants put the word "pan" in front of "...fried anything" on the menu; because thanks for that... I was worried for a moment that it was going to have been fried on an old storage pallet!!!
This is a great initiative and will hopefully be 100% more effective than a lot of the agencies out there who seem to be mostly staffed by people who seem to know nothing about the technologies or roles that they are recruiting for in the first place, which in turn actually makes the getting of a new role twice as hard as it needs be in these difficult times (or any time for that matter).
Re your point (ii) : Yes this confused me as well. Even if as IBM say, that they were hit with "large" change requests, surely they would have managed those as per any programme/project change request process which (depending on the size and scope) would have triggered a mutual governance conversation re the impact on overall time and cost via an exception report?
Sure, slightly different for Agile, but none the less, I'm not sure why IBM seem to have baulked at it so hard, unless the Co-Op at this point had realised that IBM had sold them a dead dog?
OOTB with 9 months agile customization? That sounds neither OOTB or particularly "agile" to me and would have set my alarm bells ringing from day one. It would also add a lot to the TCO in terms of ongoing maintenance and upgrades if they are customizing the base software code.
Did he mean 9 months "configuration"? Even if so, that still doesn't sound particularly OOTB.
Why highlight this via quotes : "training in traditional Chinese medicine"?
It has been almost proven on multiple occasions that traditional Chinese medicine is nearly 0.0001% effective even for those refuseniks that believe in fairy tales and has had almost no massive impact on already highly endangered species like Rhinocerosses, Heffalumps, Tigers and Whales and such like at all...
Alternatively IBM could remove huge costs by rationalising and restructuring 3 layers of EMEA level management and then sweating those remaining "managers" much harder. Thereby retaining the continually battered but talented front-line staff that actually do the work.
I guess that strategy just doesn't play to the maximisation of bonuses and dividends by the utilisation of cheap Indian and Asian labour though does it.
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