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48 posts • joined 29 Jun 2011
As an applications manager for an investment manager I deal with vendors and application support daily. I would add
"bulliable". It is important that the customer (me) is able to bully the vendor to do what I want, not what their marketing or sales people want or our competitors using the same product. Particularly around future functionality or fixes. When I say bully I mean persuade or work-with, but in reality it can just revert to bully. This leads to the next point.
"Size". I prefer small-medium size vendors with a maturing product line. Big enough to deliver the services promised with that small business service, but lacking the bureaucracy, slow time to market and impersonal service that large vendors specialise in. And small ones are more grateful.
The official status of my doctorate at the time was "writing up" as confirmed in writing by my University. To put anything else, including "in progress", would have been deceitful and a misrepresentation of the facts. This was the exact point the HR person struggled to understand.
No one else in the earlier interviews gave a hoot what my PhD was.
I once failed to land a role at a "GermanBank" as, after 5 or 6 rounds of interviews, the final HR interviewing robot lady failed to understand that a PhD in "writing up" meant I hadn't failed, it just meant I was still going through the tedium of finishing it (just a half a chapter if I recall) while working. She reported back to the recruitment people that I lied on my CV about having a PhD. My CV claimed nothing of the sort. I thought very seriously about suing.
A short tale. My wife and I used to have a tradition (her idea) of swapping books every now again. I'd end up reading some banal and generic chick-lit or bleeding Potter while I did my best to give her some enjoyable and easy SF. Which she hated. Then I gave her The Wasp Factory to read. She called me sick and we never swap books again. For that alone I thank you Iain.
I'm signed into this (for free) on my daily commute from the Dwart to the Loo. For the 30 seconds my tube stops at each station my phone barely has time to find the signal, connect, upload/download email/twitter/fb/ junk/whatever before we're off and down the black hole again. Frankly it is unbelievably pointless for free. For £2/day it will be a joke.
Do not tell anyone what you are doing.
I built my first PC a poor student from a very similar book back in the mid-90's and made the rookie error of telling people. To this day I still get calls and emails from family and friends asking for help on their various broken bits of misery.
I'm a VP for a large investment manager in the City managing multiple IT projects and teams.
If Amazon hit the price point of £130-£150 for the UK market they will create a whole new mass market for cheap tablets. 3G access is not necessary at that price. Home connection via wireless/USB to Amazon will be enough for the masses to buy through their shop front and load up media for consumption later. I predict a win.
If Amazon go over £200, it'll become an epic fail.
People aren't that dim, btw, they will know it ISN'T an ebook reader.
I see your point. I've never heard of "Click & Collect" but I do buy tons of stuff via Screwfix and (electronics) via Amazon.
The margins must be there somewhere if the costs are low enough.
Does "Click & Collect" actually work at Comet? I tried it once at Homebase and it was an Epic fail.
We all agree the Comets/Curr'ys of this world are being destroyed by the forces of the Internet (by which I mean Amazon) and John Lewis (if you are of That Age and Class *cough*my mother*cough). What I don't understand is why, given their footprint in retail parks and warehouse distribution they don't abandon the broken shop model and go over to a Screwfix/Argos type model in Industrial Parks?
You'll be able to
Order Online and same day collect at a warehouse (including an inspection)
Order Online and next day receive a delivery
Order Online and arrange a return (pick up)
Go to the warehouse and immediate collect stuff (if in stock) or arrange for delivery
Go to the warehouse and return stuff, moan or otherwise waste time
Go to the warehouse and look at a small range of stuff on special offer while you wait
Not a lot.
Quit my EPSRC funded PhD in chemistry in 2000 (end of 2nd year at a red brick uni) for a job in IT in the Investment Management industry for maybe 20-30x career earnings (compared a research career).
This country really doesn't like scientists very much. This cut will not be much help.
A beer for lost my 3rd year and "Dr" title.
Slightly off topic. My father-in-law had trouble last weekend with "a duplicate booking" and called a Ryanair telephone automaton/customer service agent. I listened in the background and prompted him to ask questions, eventually the agent eventually stated that their "website only supported Firefox and may not work properly on IE". Most amusing.
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