This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
When we the people, make ourselves heard.. they the giants must bow! From the Wall Street Journal - 11/24/2003
After Complaints, Dell to Stop Routing Support Calls to India Dell Inc. has halted sending U.S. corporate technical support calls to its Bangalore, India, call center after complaints from commercial customers. The Austin, Texas, computer maker said support for U.S. purchasers of its Optiplex desktop and Latitude notebook personal computers for now will be handled solely from existing facilities in Texas, Idaho and Tennessee facilities. Other products and regions aren't affected. The switchover was first reported in Saturday's Austin-American Statesman. As part of the shift, more of its home-PC and consumer electronics calls will be routed to its Bangalore call center, a spokesman said. The moves won't affect employment in India or the U.S., he said. "It's a re-distribution of tasks and calling queues," the spokesman said. "Corporate customers were telling us they didn't like the level of tech support they were getting [from Bangalore]," he said. He couldn't provide specifics of the complaints. Brooks Gray, a senior analyst at Technology Business Research Inc., a Hampton, N.H., market researcher that tracks customer support, said Dell customers complained of language problems and delays in quickly reaching senior technicians. "They were having a difficult time hiring the right engineers for those positions," Mr. Gray said. Dell opened its Bangalore call center in April 2001 and rapidly expanded its work force to 3,000 employees. Dell, the world's largest PC maker, has been making a concerted push into selling services with its computers. U.S. server-computer support calls, which have been handled in the U.S., aren't affected, the company said.
Or instead its market forces beginning to establish an equilibrium between jobs flowing into the USA and jobs flowing out. In some situations, Outsourcing works. In others it doesnt. Dell are finding that out.
I'm not upset by the fact that a person in India may very well take my job on a personal level - with roles being reversed I, and probably just about anyone, would do the same. Its just human nature. What is upsetting to me is that I read recently that the government of India does not allow American(/foreign?) IT workers into their country to work. I have not verified this, but if true, it is very upsetting to know that even if I wanted to follow my job to India for lower pay, I am forbidden to do so. Another equally upsetting article I read recently (from a link in one of these threads) was that American IT workers will work for less, if given the opportunity. But corporations are so transfixed on sending their work overseas or to lower-paying H1-B's that they don't even offer the job locally first. They have it in their heads that no American IT worker would work for a fraction of their previous salary.
Our terminal had problems. The support person told us to delete the bad tree. What tree are you talking about? He screamed at us DELETE THE BAD TREE. It took us a long time but finally we removed the battery.
Originally posted by Rufus BugleWeed: Our terminal had problems. The support person told us to delete the bad tree. What tree are you talking about? He screamed at us DELETE THE BAD TREE. It took us a long time but finally we removed the battery.
Joined: Apr 03, 2003
Hi Rufus, If IT things are not working out well, I think you should explore the standup comedian avenue. I think you have a genuine sense of humor. Whatever happens to John Liu, he is funny too. Regards, MCao
Joined: Apr 03, 2003
Hi, It seems to me Dell is very clever in handling the Call Center crisis. When people complaint, they pull the project back to US only the high ticket accounts. But announcing to the public as the whole project is back in the USA. Regards, MCao