In a bid to tap new markets and satisfy customers keen to outsource to more than one location, India's back-office service providers are setting up shop overseas.
Infosys Technologies Ltd.'s back-office subsidiary Progeon has opened a center in the Czech Republic, while MphasiS BFL Ltd.'s arm MSourcE has a contact center in Mexico.
WNS Global Services, India's largest independent back-office services firm, is opening a center in neighboring Sri Lanka.
Originally posted by Helen Thomas:
The irony is the younger ones have to keep working longer and harder to
help support those who retire at 70 or cannot find a job at 50 onwards. Ageism should be recognised as an evil practise and rooted out. Easier said than done unless it becomes not unusual to find old and young learning and re-learning together.
[ July 01, 2004: Message edited by: Helen Thomas ]
Originally posted by Jessica Sant:
Saw this article on CNN -- its crazy the length some people will go to get a job they don't deserve.
Originally posted by Marc Peabody:
A GameCanvas, Thread, LayerManager, CommandListener, 2 Sprites, and a TiledLayer...
Which classes do you think should not have been included??? :roll:
For instance, I created a Boulderdash clone last year in order to understand much of the Game API and MMAPI. It would probably require 10-20 user-defineed classes/interfaces if I were to make it completely object-oriented, but instead, it only had two user-defined classes and no interfaces.
Originally posted by Mehdi Chaouachi:
I recently found a very good game api code tutorial. It could be very helpfull to the people who are still preparing for the beta, since the exam has a lot of code questions on this part.
The original link is here :
Technology companies are seeing a rebound in business, but top executives this week said any jobs added to meet growing demand will likely be in countries where labor is cheaper than the United States.
Executives speaking at the Reuters Technology, Media and Telecommunications Summit in New York said they see increased hiring in countries like India and China, but few jobs will be added in the United States.
Originally posted by Sathya Srinivasan:
3. Some questions required knowledge of the EXACT syntax of APIs. I found this to be a bit unfair since most programmers tend to use the API documentation and IDE support for correct terms. I can accept this for some basic classes (like java.lang.*) but to expect the programmer to know the exact syntax of other packages is asking a bit too much. It tends to test your memory rather than your skill.
And India has a lot to lose from these harmful practices as well. Sure, they are benefitting now, but what happens if all these US companies pull the plug when they stockholders realize the "savings" are, more often than not, a total fabrication? We're not building a long-lasting and prosperous future with Indian development groups. Instead we're setting them up for a fall. Is this going to be good for India or any other country we outsource to?
Originally posted by Rob Aught:
For one thing, many white collar jobs handle critical or highly confidential information. We're sending these jobs to countries where there are fewer protections and also making it easier for organized crime to get this information. This bothers me.
Another problem is that it shows a real disregard for customers. A company that has moved its call center to a foreign country and then expects me, a paying customer, to try and decipher what their representative is saying is basically telling me they don't value my business very much. It's difficult to vote with your wallet here either, because a typical customer doesn't know what kind of support they're really getting until after they've bought a product or signed up for a service. The company basically has you at that point, and dealing with subpar service is just rubbing salt in the wound.
Ok, what about better quality? Well, for the past two years I believed the complaints from my colleagues in other companies were merely justification for not wanting to do off-shore. Every one of them said the same thing - "The code is crap". Often it was that exact phrase, but I took it with a grain of salt because I have worked with a lot of Indian programmers on H1-B visas, and these guys were pretty sharp. Why would it make a difference in code quality if there were here or there? Basically I wrote it off as sour grapes.
I was wrong. I did a code review on an off-shore project. The code was about to enter production and it was going to enter it regardless. However, I had the time and I wanted to look at it. I was asked to do so by the project manager who had too much to do already.
It was terrible coding. It was stuff that I wouldn't have written in my first year of IT. My friend, acquaintances, colleagues, were all telling the truth. This stuff was really bad. Maybe it was just this project? I went back and talked to the project manager about what I had found, he confirmed that was pretty much par for the course. Although he did say he'd let the off-shore talent know what I had found.
Originally posted by Eric Pu:
Someone on another forum told me that the Sun would send more than 400 vouchers.(Probably 500)
So if you take the exam after 400 candidates have taken it, you can not take the exam though you have the voucher. That means if you take the exam near the deadline, you may have no chance of taking the exam since the number of people who have taken the exam has reached 400.
So I want to know will it happen?