Discussion in 'Business & Enterprise Computing' started by elvis, Jul 1, 2008.
I've managed to get away with telling customers, albeit creatively, that their setups are in a pretty terrible place, and it's likely that company culture has a lot to do with that.
Keeping it objective and reminding them that sometimes it needs to hurt in order to get better works. I've not been kicked out for my honesty. For my quotes and hourly rates, yes. But never my bluntness.
This is a verb now?
I have customers ask me why doing XYZ costs $$$ more then doing it the way I did it last time, and go so far as to tell me they have cheaper quotes. To which I reply;
"why are you talking to me if someone else is willing to do it cheaper?"
"but you do a better job?"
"oh you mean I have factored in all the shit you haven't thought of, and fixed your broken requirements and the cheaper quote hasn't?
*perplexed look* is usually the response, but the smart ones get it and accept the quote.
sweet, 24/7 pay this week, dat overtime gon look pretty sweet.
"There wasn't a log on or log off for the week, so we're not paying you".
Man.. Intel sure can't score a break lately...
I sure as hell can't wait till we stop bitching about Intel shortages and start bitching about AMD shortages instead ;P
We're to busy bitching about toilet paper shortages.
How fucked is the tech supply chain due to Covid-19? Any vendor tin-slingers worried?
Ah capitalism, where lowest dollar wins and reducing all our vendors to a single supplier is considered good economic sense.
Free documentation what?
IT admins should see numbers of emails and non-touch communication rise, in theory. As people tend towards avoiding face-to-face meetings due to virus caution.
I hope your mobile number isn't listed in the company directory.
Companies and mobiles are both long fucked off from my life.
Why else do you think I'm here hanging out with you freaks?!
because like most IT geeks you have no real friends to hang with?
Tech supply chain is 50/50 for me... I'm only getting a handful of shortages which vendors are doing free upgrades / replacements. Word on the street is that there will be shortages due to shipping and some factories not yet at full operations.
Fuji-Xerox have delays, by weeks for a new printer.
Apple, Nintendo and Samsung have issues. Hyundai, Kia and others are beginning to see issues as well.
India produces a lot of base material for pharmaceutical so we will see issues there soon as well. Paracetamol being a big one.
one of the departments I work at, claims they've been unable to fully implement a work from home policy, because not everyone has a laptop, and they can't buy enough. And their security policies prevent BYOD - can't even use their Office365 instance from a non-department device/network.
Not only is my company mobile not listed in the company directory, it's not even listed in my AD account.
Caller ID is turned off for outgoing calls.
The only people that know it are IT staff.
I take great pleasure from the looks on people's faces after I tell them they can't have my number when they ask me for it.
This is a problem we're going to face.
Our exchange environment is not accessible unless you're on the corp network.
The only partial exception to that is mobile phones can access it but only those devices in our MDM.
We don't have anywhere near enough laptops for people to work from home but I think that's mostly irrelevant anyway as like I've said previously we are a public facing industry and by that I mean face to face.
There is some part of it that can be done via phone but doing it all by phone is not practical.
Is 2020 the year of VDI?
Or will COVID-19 be too insignificant for anyone to think about "next time"?
I fail to see how a management decision not to allow work from home for all is a IT emergency when a pandemic occurs, this should have been an acceptable risk considered by said management when they made that decision. Knee jerk about face on their "calculated" decision should only highlight the fact that IT cannot implement a large change roll out over night, I always reply to these requests with "Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance", and since it is a management decision full fault lies with management.
PS - LOL ASX in free fall, should be a good time to invest in a week or so, be interesting to see where the trading bots have been optimized.