Author : Nick Krym

25 Random Things that Can Hurt You

Opening disclaimer – this post has zero relevance to offshore outsourcing, so proceed at your own risk ;) I put it here as this site gives me a chance to reach out to the audience I respect and hopefully stop some of people you know from hurting themselves… A couple days ago a friend of mine tagged me with Facebook’s “25 Random Things About Me” chain letter; a day or so later another one of those tags hit my email. Naturally the topic came up in one of random office conversations, as it turned out I was far not the only one asked to write […]

Kicking off a Body Language Discussion

I have been planning on putting together a few posts on body language for quite some time now. This topic is exceptionally important in any business / environment. The knowledge and understanding of body language is essential to any kind of communications, and when it comes to negotiations, conflict resolution, dealing with difficult people it is absolutely critical. There are many books and studies written on this topic, there are some simple common sense techniques, there are more advanced and powerful ones. In general reading and using body language is not a trivial task and the complexity of it goes up tenfold when you find […]

Satyam Chairman Admits Huge Fraud

Satyam Chief Admits Huge Fraud … wow, you do not see those thing so often, and you wish you never did. I guess that puts Satyam’s chairman, Ramalinga Raju in the big league side by side with Madoff. I have done a lot of business with Satyam and am quite saddened by the news. Actually, Satyam has been under close scrutiny for quite some time now, especially after reports that the company had been banned from World Bank contracts for installing spy software on some World Bank computers. Satyam denied the accusation but in December, the World Bank confirmed without elaboration on the cause that […]

Outsourcing in the Light of Bribe Payers Index

Have someone offered you some funny smelling incentive package to close an offshoring deal? You may not be alone…  I just run across an interesting article, not specific to offshore outsourcing but very relevant though. Bribe Paying Export Countries by Daniel Workman talks about some unusual stats – “The 2008 Bribe Payers Index ranks the likelihood of importers receiving illegal monetary incentives from leading export countries.”  Here are the highlights Countries Most Likely To Offer Payola Final results from the 2008 Transparency International survey rank export companies from Russia, China, Mexico and India as most likely to bribe. 1. Russia … 5.9 (33% more likely […]

Outsourcing L10N, G11N and i18n

Just read an interesting article somewhat related to offshore on China success stories; while widely promotional and hardly unbiased that site offers great insight which could prove invaluable to those planning to outsource to China. The article Mind The Gap – Localization in China is about localization (L10N using common development lingo) and in particular soft and political aspects of it. “Localization is the process of adapting software for a specific region or language by adding locate-specific components and translating text, and it is further revised and expressed as “A process of planning and implementing products and services so that they can be adapted to […]