The few people who come here must be thinking “What kind of burr does Dick have up his <butt> ??” And they’d be right to wonder.
One of the other things that has happened to me recently was a request by someone I know who is Provider of a Commercial Access-based product. Last week this guy sent me an email asking me if I knew of any contacts for “off-shoring” Access development (??). Needless to say I guess this guy doesn’t know me very well because anyone who has been around me for a few years would know that a question like that is like waving a red flag in front of a bull (and an especially grumpy old bull at that :-)).
I replied that I don’t know of any and that I’m not a big fan of the concept of off-shoring in general and certainly not in the area that I am offering my services at “First World” prices. This didn’t really didn’t bug me too much until this MVP thing also happened. Furthermore both of these were on top of one other disappointing revelation I had while visiting the UK, regarding efforts to devalue the work that I do, that is simply too hot to discuss here.
Bottom-line, after going all the way to Holland and getting an enthusiastic response to the exciting new technologies in Excel and Access 2010 I return to find that in a world where suppliers like Microsoft rightfully look out for their own bottom-line and where clients are trying to squeeze more and more out of less and less, it appears to me that we, the people who actually know how to do things with technology, are doing everything we can to devalue what we do every day. We are simply doing it to ourselves, my friends, by not being proud enough of what we do nor of considering the value that what we can do for businesses is and demanding it. As I’ve said here before, we will through our own actions create a world where the only people who will be able to afford to be a developer of databases and spreadsheets for use by departments and small to medium business will be single men who live in their parents’ basement -if it hasn’t come to that already.
The consequences for them and for the companies that COULD get value from a Professional class of Excel and Access Developers will be big – but it probably won’t be noticed because no one will even know what was missed. If an Excel or Access developer leaves the IT forest and gets a job stocking shelves on the night-shift at Wal-Mart will anybody hear, know, notice or care???