Sunday, October 28, 2007

No E-mails Day?

Saw a couple of articles here in Australia and also on web about 'No e-mail days'.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7049275.stm

Intel joins many other companies that has announced a weekly no-emails day for some engineers.

If you read the above article, you would see how some research work proved that too much emails are lessening workplace productivity.

However, I think this depends on the area of work for each employee. In the context of IT industry, technical resources need not use extensive amounts of emails, but there are other areas of work where emails are hard to avoid. It depends on circumstances as well, sometimes, emails serve the purpose of official approval/documentation, which would be much quicker than producing a document.

If a phone call or just a casual face-to-face chat is quicker and good enough, no reason to waist time on an email.

Another side of this is to have only the relevant people on email recipients lists. Copying irrelevant people just wastes valuable time of those people.

So, it's all about judging and choosing the best communication method for the purpose.

These days, I am having a really busy time at work and receive about 100 emails a day and send over 50 on most days! In hindsight, its near impossible do without sending and receiving that much....this is after using the phone and direct communication as much as possible...it's just the way it is...

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Wishes for a good friend!

One of my batchmates, Wyomi Ranasinghe has been selected as one of the
finalists in the Fashion Designer of the Year competition in Sri Lanka.
She has designed dresses for casual wear, evening wear, sari wear and
office wear and she is talented enough to have been chosen as a finalist
amongst so many contestants.

If you are in Sri Lanka, and if its possible for all of you, do please vote for her using the coupon that is available in the "Spectrum" section of the Sunday Observer. The article appearing on 13th October edition of Sunday Observer can be found at:

http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2007/09/23/spe09.asp

Sasani and I would like to wish all the best to Wyomi!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

By the way, I am on the Facebook now...

By the way, I am on the Facebook now...I just wanted to see what’s all this fuss about Facebook! So, I joined myself to get the experience first-hand. I was kind of tired of these networks as there were too many things coming up and no single network where most people are joined. LinkedIn, Hi5 and something like WAYN are the other groups I have been invited to and I was in two of those and didn't really find them that great. Facebook seems to be a better place because there are so many people on it making it a proper social network, and the networking functionalities and features it provides seems to be better and practical. However, time is the tester that will determine whether Facebook can maintain the hype or whether it will just go off just like the previous ones.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Colombo Identified as the 7th in the Emerging Outsourcing Destinations List

BANGALORE: A study by industry publication Global Services and investment advisory firm Tholons put the Indian cities of Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune at the top of a list of 15 emerging outsourcing destinations for global companies.

Kolkata at number five and Chandigarh at number nine were the other two Indian locations on the list, which contained three Chinese and two Vietnamese cities as well.

The three hot cities for outsourcing from China were Shanghai at number eight, Beijing at 10 and Shenzhen at 13. Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi were put at number six and number 12.
Cebu in the Philippines came in at number four, the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo at seven, Cairo at 11, Buenos Aires at 14 and Sao Paulo at 15, the study's sponsors said in a statement released in Bangalore.

The list is based on criteria such as scale and quality of workforce, financial infrastructure, risk environment and quality of life.

But it does not include established outsourcing locations such as Bangalore, the New Delhi capital region, Manila, Mumbai and Dublin that have had a decade's headstart.

Costs are surging in the prime cities in India, which has earned a reputation as the world's back office, as property values and rentals rise and wages increase at an annual pace of more than 15 percent amid a shortage of skilled employees.

Indian outsourcing firms are also feeling the pinch from an appreciating rupee, which dents dollar-billed earnings, forcing them to cut costs by expanding to less expensive locations.
"With the demand-supply gap widening, newer tier II cities will play a critical role in re-engineered globalisation models," said Tholons chairman Avinash Vashistha.

"Destinations will need to provide greater level of cost effectiveness and operational efficiency."
India's outsourcing companies have thrived by winning work from companies in the US and Europe that sought to tap the country's low costs and large employee pool by handing over jobs ranging from answering customers' calls to risk management and financial analysis.
Pure-play outsourcing firms account for about 10 percent of the 50 billion dollars in revenue logged in the year ended March by the entire information technology industry, which also includes software giants such as Tata Consultancy and Infosys.