I don't find this scenario surprising at all....
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bernd Oppolzer"
Sent: Saturday, April 17, 2010 5:15 AM
Subject: Re: [DB2-L] Lack of DBA's harms the market for DB2
> Another recent story regarding offshoring:
> to get offshoring working, a three letter company well known to us all
> was chosen to control the offshore workers and to hire a specialist who
> should translate our (the customer's) requirements to the offshore workers
> and control their work. The specialist was required to have deep knowledge about
> all the topics involved, that is, PL/1, C, DB2, Java, maybe Job Control, REXX etc.
> and to understand our requirements. The contract was signed for five years !!!
> After three months of lookup throughout the company, the three letter company
> signaled that they were not able to find anyone inside the company with the
> appropriate skills (or willing to do it ??). This is remarkable, because we
> (the customer) have some local specialists, which could do it. This is now maybe,
> what management tries next: to find anyone, who could be hired by the three-letter
> company from inside our company or from our pool of free-lancers (maybe myself).
> Kind regards
> D. schrieb:
>> "Even offshoring is not an option because all you find over there is
>> generally junior level script monkey talent."
>> You may have to choose the offshore company better. When you want to get
>> done things cheaply, you get what you pay for.
>> And, sometimes the DBAs leave the companies (its totally different in the
>> offshore/bestshore part of world !). And, the offshore
>> companies have "strategies" that make them hire younger or cheaper labor,
>> over which the clients or service seeker has no control.
>> And, at some places, when the support is moved several thousands miles
>> away, 'monkey talent' is what seeked !
>> No offense meant, a senior IT lady working with DB2 did not know how to
>> export table data outside DB2 system. So, 'monkey talent' is spread
>> across the world !