Monthly Archives: June 2004

Diversity watch

Got some interesting articles, useful reading info !

Top women crave CEO job, too

Senior women executives at large U.S. companies want the top job just
as much as men, a survey released Thursday said, striking against
theories that more women are opting out of the business rat race.
Fifty-five percent of top female executives are aiming for the chief
executive or equivalent position, according to a survey by research
firm Catalyst, compared with 57 percent of top male executives.

In a reversal, job growth fades for women workers

For decades, even in the worst of times, women continued to steadily
join the workforce, catching up to men in terms of the percentage of
the population with a full-time paycheck. But during the most recent
downturn, more women left the workforce than came in for the first time
in more than 40 years.

Sure, the articles are written from a US standpoint, but with an increasing number of Indian women joining the organized workforce , these facts might be mirrored here. Add to these, the existing patriarchial and traditional views about “Jobs suited to women” and what we have is a whole lot of work to do, and that will continue increasing !

Research Reports on Idea Management

Found an interesting site at Imaginatik with Research Reports on topics like :

The Innovation Pipeline
Idea Management and the Suggestion Box
Idea Management ROI
Dynamic Knowledge Systems

Hewitt and Exult merge

well folks Hewitt Associates and Exult merged to create the biggest HR outsourcing organization in the world.

The Hewitt story and Forrester says: “Given the breadth of services and scale, the deal puts real pressure on the HR specialists like Fidelity and Mellon HR, as well as the IT companies like IBM, HP, Accenture, and ACS to build out their capabilities — most likely through acquisition. In parallel, the acquisition strengthens Hewitt’s hand on the technology side to provide a standard platform for running HR processes. This accelerates a market shift away from custom technology integration solutions toward use of a standard platform as an enabler for BPO client’s relationships.”

I got one more Gmail invite to distribute !

hey there folks…gmail’s been a little more benevolent towards me. I have an additional email to distribute. So give me your email id and I’ll send you the invite 🙂

By the way don’t send me your Yahoo! address as this blog says that Yahoo is censoring Gmail invites..!

How’s that for shivering from competition ?

I quote:

Since a competing free email service can potentially cut into Yahoo’s business, they’ve set up filters to make it more difficult for Gmail invitations to get to their users (or at
least, that’s the way it appears). As far as Yahoo is concerned, Gmail invites are spam.

Since the Gmail invitations come from an email address that ends in @gmail.com, I figured I would send a few emails to myself and see if I can nail down what kind of filtering they’ve got in place. I
figured they were just blocking all emails for gmail.com or scanning the subject lines, but it turns out that they’re actually searching for the message body itself.

The amusing thing about this is that any email that contains this in the body of the message will get thrown into the “bulk mail” folder :

———————————————————————-

[blank] has invited you to open a free Google Gmail account. The
invitation will expire in three weeks and can only be used to set up
one account.

To accept this invitation and register for your account, visit
http://gmail.google.com/gmail/

Once you create your account, [blank] will be notified with your new
@gmail.com address so you can stay in touch with Gmail!

If you haven’t already heard about Gmail, it’s a new search-based
webmail service that offers:

– 1,000 megabytes (one gigabyte) of free storage
– Built-in Google search that instantly finds any message you want
– Automatic arrangement of messages and related replies
into “conversations”
– Text ads and related pages that are relevant to the content of your
messages

Gmail is still in an early stage of development. If you set up an
account, you’ll be able to keep it even after we make Gmail more
widely available and as one of the system’s early testers, you will
be helping us improve the service through your feedback. We might ask
for your comments and suggestions periodically and we appreciate your
help in making Gmail even better.

Thanks,

The Gmail Team

To learn more about Gmail before registering, visit:
http://gmail.google.com/gmail/help/benefits.html

(If clicking the URLs in this message does not work, copy and paste
them into the address bar of your browser).

If you’ve got a Yahoo mail account you can try it for yourself. Copy
the text above and email it to yourself using any email address and
any subject line (I suggest “Stop censoring my goddamn email!”).
Within a few minutes, you’ll see the email you sent has been thrown
in with the rest of the spam.

Have there been so many invitations that Yahoo’s anti-spam filters
genuinely flag this is spam? Could be, but Yahoo’s recent upgrade of
all their mailbox sizes from 6MB to 100MB make it clear that they’re
threatened by Google’s new service (whose main attraction is a 1GB
mailbox). All I know is that when it comes to free email services,
sometimes you get what you pay for.

Indian Engineers prefer MNCs

Rediff.com reports that Microsoft is most preferred employer on Indian Engineering campuses.
It’s interesting to note that Infosys, for long vaunted as the Most Admired Employer and Organization in India is no longer in the top 10. I think the reason being that the multi national corporations are moving much “higher-end R&D jobs” to India like cutting edge research in technology which a pure service provider like Wipro, TCS or Infy might not be able to match even in the time frame of 5-6 years. Of course, the attraction is also due to the fact that you get to interact with thought leaders and Fellows these organizations, and the salary is nothing to sneeze at too ! :-))

I quote :
Companies such as Microsoft, McKinsey, IBM and Texas Instruments have seen a marked improvement in their rankings as the most preferred employers.
Microsoft, though not in the top 10 companies within the Campus Recruiter Index last year, finds itself at the top spot followed by McKinsey, IBM and Texas Instruments. Larsen and Toubro has also moved up to occupy the fifth place.
‘The study indicates that the size of the recruiting company and its market standing are important parameters for selection.
‘Multinational IT companies now appear to be treating the recruitment of engineering graduates as being similar to recruiting B-school students.
‘They are going to many campuses instead of only one or two,’ said Prasenjit Das, senior manager, ACNielsen ORG-MARG.
The top 10 list of companies in the Campus Recruiter Index is dominated by information technology companies. Larsen and Toubro is the only Indian company to make it amongst the top five.
Infosys, the top company last year, no longer finds itself in the top 10.”