*NEWS*HIGH TECH FIRMS DENYING ACCESS ?

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*NEWS*HIGH TECH FIRMS DENYING ACCESS ?

 user 2006-02-03 at 1:19:00 pm Views: 80
  • #13879

    Are high tech firms denying access to their customers?
    Traditionally,
    reporters try not to complain about how hard their job is. There’s a
    couple of reasons for this. One, unless you’re a war correspondent, it
    isn’t really and two, there’s something wrong with talking about the
    process of reporting. It’s what you might call inside baseball and
    nobody much cares.
    Nevertheless, I can’t let this one go.
    I
    called two giant companies, IBM and Oracle, who will at the drop of a
    hat tell you about how their products are used by the biggest of the
    big enterprises.
    Fortune 500, that’s nothing, we have the Fortune 10, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, they proudly announce.
    Unfortunately,
    if you tell these same high tech companies that you want to talk to one
    of their giant customers about what they think of their products,
    suddenly, they’re hard to find.
    As I said I called IBM and explained
    my need. Big Blue who will call you if they have a new toner cartridge
    to announce was suddenly silent. No return phone call.
    I called Oracle. After a week of back and forth emails, Oracle has decided “not to participate.”
    My
    advice to IT is if you don’t already do it, be sure and ask for
    references. And if you are not able to talk to them without a vendor
    support person hovering over the phone call, think twice before you
    commit to their product line.