April 16, 2007

evil bunny

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[Inspired by comments in this gapingvoid post.]

[Comment- Hamish:]

Actually,

"Businesses are run by groups of conflicting kleptocrats who use their internal power base to make a play for more of the rent they are collecting at the expense of employees and shareholders, whilst using their ability to hold the other kleptocrats hostage with their internal power base as a bargaining counter, of which IT is actually quite a good one..."

Might be more accurate, but it surely is not as concise...

[Hamish and I are old high school buddies.]

Posted by hugh macleod at April 16, 2007 9:09 PM | TrackBack
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This is one of your less interesting comics, which is funny because I'm commenting, but it really sounds like an idea by someone else. Not the disruptive Hugh way of thinking I'm used to. Safe, and self indulgent corporate thinking. The commodification of vital human resources.

I know of a tech company that thought they could rehire their way through business and the application they sell hasn't changed in a year since their team quit for better pay. Competition is catching up, they're forced to seek a round of financing.. what do you think happens next? They start calling the old employees. Brutal.

Posted by: Brian LeRoux at April 16, 2007 10:03 PM

Wanna bet? If the IT department of most companies went on strike, most companies would go bust pretty quickly.

Stroustrup said it best: "our civilization runs on software". The geeks inherited the Earth. You work for us, we just let you pretend it's any different. Deal with it. :-)

Posted by: Paul Robinson at April 16, 2007 10:35 PM

Kudos on the evil bunny. My fiance just added it to her bunny picture collection.

Ohh, and the message is spot on as well. ;)

Posted by: James at April 16, 2007 11:46 PM

Actually,

"businesses are run by groups of conflicting kleptocrats who use their internal power base to make a play for more of the rent they are collecting at the expense of employees and shareholders, whilst using their ability to hold the other kleptocrats hostage with their internal power base as a bargaining counter, of which IT is actually quite a good one..."

Might be more accurate, but it surely is not as concise...

Posted by: Hamish at April 17, 2007 10:11 AM

Paul, if the entire section of any sort of staff at any company went on strike and wasn't replaced, most businesses would founder. Got secretarial staff? Imagine what your life would be like if they all quit simultaneously.

Just because a group is essential for operations doesn't mean they run the company.

Posted by: MikeP at April 17, 2007 1:23 PM

Hey Paul, I thought you had stopped reading gapingvoid due to all my incessant MS whoring. What gives?!! ;-)

Posted by: hugh macleod at April 17, 2007 1:28 PM

I hesitated to comment on this entry. But, I owe it to my IT friends at my old corporate job to pay respect. They were the best bunch of pervs in the whole world.

Posted by: RKR at April 19, 2007 1:42 AM

P.S. Brian- SAP's Thomas Otter seems to disagree with you: http://theotherthomasotter.wordpress.com/2007/04/18/a-suggestion-for-this-happy-band-of-enterprise-software-folks/

;-)

Posted by: hugh macleod at April 19, 2007 9:25 AM

Love Evil Bunny. Now give EB his/her own series.

Posted by: Tony C at April 19, 2007 1:49 PM