If you at one point had an Oracle Database installed in your firm in Denmark the name Mogens Nørgaard should be well-known. For more than an decade his name has been equal access to the best database specialists.
And not only that: The firm he co-founded was from day one known as containing the best mind in first Oracle Databases and later SQL-databases in general. It was a firm where the specialists were expected to be able to managing their own time in a disciplined manner.
As time went they took a number of initiatives to attract the specialists. When the crisis hit Denmark hard just as the rest of the world they arranged party’s for the people laid off where employers and employees could met with each other. Often it led to a new job for the unemployed.
They had their own brewery. All this and they still were regarded as one of the most professional organizations in Denmark.
Then another company CSC tried to disable employment inside the information technology business as something you can from. In an old post I have told you how CSC won and the salaries for the employees became so low that people needed a second job if they wanted to be work inside the business today. It was also the conflict which led to import of persons with little training from India being ready to work with the most secure and sensitive data in Denmark which led to the most critical security scandal in any country ever used by hackers to expose the private data of every Dane to the entire world. I will write something about this in a blog entry later.
In this conflict Mogens Nørgaard sited with CSC. It was this move that more than anything else led his firm to lose it innocence. Regardless of how god his people were treated in his firm his actions led to the destruction of thousands of families who have been dependent of the income of their mother or father who worked for CSC. In the end the trade unions managed to get him to pull his employees from doing work which had been done by the ousted employees but the conflict was lost for Denmark.
It became clear that a company which had grown to more than 300 employees might need a person less exposed to the media. And every statement he made in the public fell back on Miracle as the firm is called.
So the rest of the management decided to distance the firm from him. The fired him last.
What is the future for Miracle? Well the prices have been increased. For a lot of smaller firms which used to use them find it impossible to pay for the services they offer. Without an icon like Nørgaard in the led it is only a question about time before Miracle will be just another firm among many firms where you don’t know what they are standing for.
What is the future for Mogens Nørgaard? He will properly start a new firm. Hopefully he will now know that he should not let the firm get too big in size and he should remain quiet when the trade unions are involved.
Denmark as a country is in the process of a transition from a welfare country to a development country where the week, ill people are left to die. There will only be room for winners and those who for generations have been stable workers going to work every day without asking for much hoping that they will be taken care of if injury or illness should hit them will be sacrificed.
We as Danes have been failed by our politicians. The trade unions are in fighting each other where they are ready to backstab each other because their management consists of overpaid, lazy people who don’t regard ordinary member for something.
In this process we don’t need a Mogens Nørgaard. I wish him Gods speed doing what he likes but he should concentrate on work related issues instead of issues concerning our society and culture.
For us who used to buy services from Miracle the sacking of Mogens Nørgaard only proved what we had suspected for some time. You cannot led one supplier grow too big. In my firm our strategy will be to find small suppliers with less than 10 employees who service us on a specific area and not on several areas. It doesn’t matter if we then receive work of less quality. In the end our management will measure us on the cost only.