Posted in Business, Humour on 02/07/2007 04:04 pm by scotty
I received a telemarketing call from a company I have purchased from previously, so it wasn’t a cold sales call (don’t we all love these types of calls).
Anyway it was outstanding. The person on the phone introduced herself (+20 points), the name of company (+10 points), and the offer – a review of office networking requirements (+20 points). She also stated the reason she was calling was because they had done business with ‘you people’ previously (-1,000 points).
Next she asked how many computers running in the network – I responded that I had three. She then stated that this deal wouldn’t be suitable because it doesn’t meet our requirements. Our meaning the vendor’s requirements, not mine (-1,000,000 points).
She then politely finished the phone call. Overall she was pleasant to speak to, and perhaps the most refreshingly honest salesperson I’ve ever spoken to!
Posted in Business, Technical on 01/26/2007 03:54 pm by scotty
For all the nerds out there, this one is for you -
The biology, ecology and paleontology of big software companies
“Welcome to Jurassic Valley!”
John Wayland stands unsteadily in the Jeep, smiling broadly, and sweeps his arm across the landscape with a grand gesture. We stare, astonished.
Before us, hundreds of mid-sized companies run, each hawking and trumpeting the benefits of their products. By instinct, they form into packs, running together, announcing alliances in unison, only to break apart and reform into other groups. It is chaos. Wonderful, exciting and invigorating chaos.
Read more here..
Posted in Business on 10/04/2006 01:32 am by scotty
Well maybe not for Qantas IT workers, according to this article -
“HUNDREDS of Qantas IT jobs look set to go to India with the airline saying skills needed to upgrade its systems are no longer available in Australia.”
“The Australian Services Union says Qantas plans to send 400 IT jobs to India.”
Posted in Business on 10/04/2006 01:26 am by scotty
Came across this article at the Brainbox site, the title says it all – “Globalisation destroying IT jobs market”.
The excerpt that particularly caught my attention was from our favourite and much maligned
fast food chain -
“Even McDonalds is apparently experimenting with orders being taken in India and then transmitted by satellite to the person preparing the food. This reduces costs of order-taking staff to well below the American minimum wage.”
This is not as ridiculous as it sounds – if technology can enable a lower cost solution, and governments allow it, it will happen.
Posted in Business on 07/14/2006 10:38 am by scotty
To start a dot com / web company you need a lot of things (like a big bucket of money, preferably not your own).
But most important of all is a great domain name, and it needs to be one that hasn’t already been taken. What is particularly frustrating is coming up with a great name only to find it has been taken by a cyber squatter or domain parker.
To make the process a little easier there is a great site available called Instant Domain Search which checks the availability of domain names, and has links to pages that suggest winning domain names.
Now gotta get me a bucket of money.