Vendor Warning Signs

Over at CIO Update, Henry Newman writes about Vendor Warning Signs.

“There are warning signs that buyers of technology should be aware of before they buy technology from any company. These signs are not absolutes, but when combined with other factors, you might want to look elsewhere, or at least wait and see what happens before buying technology from that company. Hopefully you’ll be able to apply them to some of the storage and server vendors from whom you’re considering buying products.”

One point in the article relates to financial issues;

Financial Issues – This is generally the easiest one to spot Ã?— at least for publicly-traded companies.

Non-public companies are particularly hard to value. They usually don’t publish their financial data because, in most cases, they are not required to. But their credit records, however, can be obtained through Dun & Bradstreet for a nominal fee.

A purchasing agent I know did this once for a vendor, while negotiating a long-term contract. The vendor’s record was abysmal, indicating the vendor might not be around long enough to support the contract. So he said to the engineer, “No way in heck are we doing this.”

As tech jobs decrease, interest in unions is up

As tech jobs decrease, interest in unions is up

I worked with a guy in the Navy who told me about a night job he had, while in school, before joining the Navy. He described it as Hell on earth. It was a plastics manufacturing company. Picture big, hot vats of molten plastic…..

He said that the union guys would come around every year and lobbied them to form a union. The factory gave everyone a $0.15 per hour raise and the union people would go away.

One year the union finally got the workers to join. They went into negotiations with management and came out bragging that they had gotten a $0.30 per hour raise…. (over a three year period.)

Obviously, my Navy friend was not pro-union.

Sex on the office computer? Big Brother is watching

NetTrends: Sex on the office computer? Big Brother is watching

Actually, I might have been a customer for this type of software back when we had a factory. There was a serious concern in the production area about people using computers to surf the net and not paying attention to the production process. Our solution was the big hammer. We completely block all internet access to that specific subnet.

Obviously, being able to allow some, selected access would have been better.

The note about the World Cup reflected our concerns, rather than the sex aspect. It made me think of the old adage about the locks on gym lockers in high school. They weren’t there to stop the thief, but to keep the honest man honest.