Saturday, April 26, 2008


Why employees of Accenture, Wipro and Bearingpoint suck...

Accenture, Wipro and Bearingpoint are three consulting firms that are savage in the pursuit of knowledge management yet have missed out on one of the biggest opportunities to harness knowledge...

I have noticed an interesting behavior of employees at these firms that I figured I would provide commentary on in hopes that it would change. Have you ever been invited to a meeting via an Outlook calendar invite where you only think about it in context of your own attendance but not whether others could also benefit?

Within the IT ecosystem, there are a variety of folks who spend lots of their own free time putting together wonderful user group meetings, sending out invites and yet folks never seem to think for a second how their peers could benefit even if they couldn't attend. I know that you have been indoctrinated to not actually read most emails and are simply scanning for keywords you feel are relevant to you, but if knowledge management were to actually materialize, it would require humans to think about making others better and not just a singular focus on ones own existence.

Interestingly enough, I attend lots of user group meetings for personal development purposes and have noticed a pattern that employees of large enterprises tend to participate deeply while those who are employed by technology companies such as Sun, EMC and others tend to be missing in action with the exception if they are there to present or to sell something.

Even if you run across the straggler, you will almost never see anyone from Accenture, Wipro, Bearingpoint, Infosys, Satyam or Cognizant in attendance as the traveling crowd for whatever reason tends to not be aware of technology events in the areas in which they travel. One observation is that folks who run user group meetings could send invites to these folks but that would require a way to know that they are in the area which usually isn't public. So, what is the alternative?

If you happen to be employed by any of the firms mentioned so far, ask yourself what would it take for you to track down a few colleagues who are currently deployed in the CT/MA area and ask them if they will be attending the next meeting of OWASP? Its OK every once in awhile to consider others...

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