* Posts by Al-Noor Ramji

16 publicly visible posts • joined 6 Nov 2013

Salesforce likes to play the diversity nice guy in public – Black ex-employee claims the reality is quite different

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In the UK the main Salesforce prejudice is against white people with working class accents, no matter how qualified and appropriate for the role.

That and the nutty ex EDS people in senior levels hiring and promoting their ex EDS friends, and continuing the old internal EDS battles in Salesforce.

Such a shame really.

Given that white working class boys, in the UK, have far and away the lowest chances of going to university really at the more junior (well actually all) levels its those kinds of demographics they should be helping, not ex public school ethnic minorities.

Too much box ticking. Too much like a cult.

Not honest with their interviewees either, they promise expenses for attending interviews but only pay out if you are offered the role, which again act against anyone with a working class background for who the travel expenses are significant.

Shame really.

Remember those Salesforce layoffs after that bumper Q2? Yeah, forget that, SaaS player set to hire 12,000 staff

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Reminds me of a cult.

In the UK the same old public school and ex EDS duffers have been hired at the top of SF UK, who implement their usual classist hiring policies, anyone with any remnant of a working class accent will be turned down or treated badly if they are forced to hire them.

Plenty of virtue signalling hires of ethnic minorities, females, and gays, and yet those who parents were white working class, no matter how educated or talented, get openly discriminated against in hiring, promotion, etc.

So they had a good idea for keep the CRM in the cloud, and after Oracle let Siebel go off the boil after buying it, they have been lucky. Its also very sticky to make it so hard for clients to get data back out if they tire of SF for any reason.

Perhaps the biggest indicator of their culture is the promise to all interviewees that they will pay travel expenses to the interview, but then they only follow through and pay out for people who are actually successful at interview. Again tends to act against anyone from a working class background.

He was a skater boy. We said, 'see you later, boy' – and the VAX machine mysteriously began to work as intended

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I worked for a big tech firm and happened to be on a client site one day, doing something completely unrelated to the incident. Somebody came out of the computer room and wandered over to see me (I was recognised as the most senior IT person on site). Anyways he walked up to me calmly as if to ask if I fancied a coffee or something and said "one of the servers is on fire what should I do?". Well I wandered over to the machine room door looked through the glass and promptly hit the big red button that cut power to the servers and another button that was the fire alarm and told everyone to get out of the building.

Some things dont need a lot of technical knowledge.

Wipro names new CEO: Former Capgemini COO Thierry Delaporte

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Abuse of the tax system, importing the cheapest of cheap people on indentured servitude while lying on their CV's, stealing intellectual property on a grand scale, being racist both caste on caste and anti white westerner, failing to deliver anything remotely like an acceptable service. its not a long term business except selling corruptly to bean counters who dont suffer if the service is bad.

UK.gov to tech industry: Hands up who can help cut teachers' admin

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Re: Quick solution

Private enterprise has produced lots of tech to help schools, but constant cherry picking and undercutting (it's hard to compete with free) by the state mainly in the form of the BBC makes anyone with any sense pull out.

If the state stopped doing this and left buying to individual schools a healthy dynamic market would emerge.

Just can't catch a break, can ya, Capita? Shares tumble 40% amid yet another profit warning

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Certainly McKinsey were heavily involved in the design of DXC, and the different HP splits, indeed they were heavily involved in the Compaq/HP merger and the HP/EDS merge. All of which have been disasters, with no redeeming features at all.

Still they are not as bad as Boston Consulting.

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Prudential is worth an article all of its own.

It has embarked on a journey, like BT and others before it, of replacing British IT workers with resource from India both here and remotely. They are going to decimate their own workforce, and are going to push all the outsourcers to do likewise.

Lots of spin will be about new tech, and agile methodologies, and all the usual smoke and mirrors, but under the hood it with be nothing but using the cheapest IT workers worldwide they can get.

Expect Prudential customer service to crash dive like all the others who have followed this path.

PC not dead, Apple single-handedly propping up mobe market, says Gartner

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its always worth having a read of what Gartner was saying in 1999 about the y2k "bug"...

they were so spectacularly off the mark is amazing they have the nerve to show their faces in public again

and thats far from the only time they got it wrong

I thought there'd be more Instagram: ICT apprenticeships down 20% in five years

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Re: IT is a bad career choice right now

Re "engineering, construction, politics, business management etc... and earn a heck of a lot more, a lot quicker." and its not just the money, its still possible in those other lines of work to have relative security. and the wild west of the IT recruitment nonsense is avoided.

the sheer quantity of BS on folks linkedin profiles demonstrates how up its own bum the whole business has become.

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Re: Ambition

Re "hairdressing or dog grooming" well the reality is the government is not flooding the country with entrants with uncapped intra company transfer visas, with no resident labour test, and taxing them less than locals, in those lines of work. In IT the government is allowing the big outsourcers to flood the country with cheap foreign workers and subcontract them anywhere for less than it costs to hire a Brit.

Plus its tough for hard won intellectual property and skills in those lines of work to be rapidly moved offshore like it is with software.

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Apprenticeships are indeed very low quality these days, and nothing like the apprenticeships of our parents and grandparents generation. Not long enough, quality not good enough, often taught by people who are not successful in the relevant profession themselves, and so on.

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I have been in the big outsourcers, and have seen the spreadsheets, whether you like it or not people from these places are a lot cheaper that locals, and thats why these people are used.

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Why would any youngster want a career in IT when they can see the government flooding the country with cheap workers from India on uncapped intra company transfer visas, taxing them less than locals, and going on to give many indefinite leave to remain and British citizenship simply for working here? When the big outsourcers are also flooding the country with tech grads from Bulgaria and Romania, because they are cheaper.

We have an economy on a one way race to the bottom, either shifting our work abroad, or using the cheapest possible imports here. And the quality has nose dived preventing us selling our own skills on quality not price internationally.

CSC insiders: 800 job cuts will hit service delivery for punters

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Sanjiv Gossain has no skills in anything but kicking out Brits and replacing them with cheaper Indians, thats his whole skillsbase, since they hired him to head the UK its been obvious what would happen

What's wrong with Britain's computer scientists?

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the reason there are so many unemployed british IT grads is that we import so many from India on uncapped ICT work visas, that's it. Its not rocket science if we continue to allow the Indian outsourcers to flood the country with cheap IT workers no Brits will want to study that subject.

Your kids' chances of becoming programmers? ZERO

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Ah the days before the country was swamped with programmers here from India, either in uncapped ICT work visas, or been here so long they have been given indefinite leave to remain or even British citizenship. The days before MBA idiots gave the vast majority of work to India or Indian nationals here.