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'Catapult' centre to give digital boost to businesses

The government plans to fund a Digital Economy 'Catapult' centre to help spur innovation and adoption of new technologies by retail and media business.The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) announced the investment on Thursday, but did not say how much funding or where the centre will be located.

January 26, 2012 by

Skills shortage risks NBN benefits: NetApp

The IT skills shortage could limit the benefits flowing from Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), according to Peter O'Connor, storage vendor NetApp's vice president for Australia/New Zealand and ASEAN.

July 26, 2011

Autistic workers an 'untapped pool' of IT talent

High-functioning autistic employees have traits such as strong memory and passion for details that work well in certain IT fields, reveal industry watchers, who say extra steps can ensure employment benefits for both organization and worker.

July 1, 2011 by

Government to help get more bodies in IT

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Julia Gillard, introduced the Skills Australia Bill 2008 to Parliament yesterday, with some observers already saying it will bolster the IT industry in fighting the skills crisis.

February 14, 2008 by

You Know Your CRM System is Screwed Up When.....

High-touch CRM can bring a lot of benefits to companies that want to reach out to customers with that personal touch, even in otherwise impersonal businesses like high-tech retail. But implementing the system correctly is often harder than it looks, at least to judge by the email I got from  Epson America this morning (May 5, 2006):  Dear Joshua Greenbaum,Your Epson $20.

May 5, 2006 by

Coke CIO rules out outsourcing benefits

Coca-Cola Amatil chief information officer Peter McNamee claims companies which outsource large projects effectively surrender any chance of lowering costs.Citing industry debate over the cost benefits of the practice, McNamee believes outsourcing comes at the expense of improving in-house skills, which might reduce those costs over time.

October 26, 2005 by

No shortage of ICT skills: DEWR

The latest survey from the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR) has shown that there is "no national shortage" of skills in the Information and Communications Technology industry. According to the DEWR Skills Shortage Survey Update and Employment Vacancy Trends, no ICT skills were in national shortage.

October 27, 2004 by

New government data says no AU ICT skills shortage

The federal Department of Employment and Workplace Relations' latest data on demand for ICT skills will be released early next week, and officials say the new data finds that, overall, there is no shortage of ICT skills in Australia. The new report does, however, find that NSW is experiencing strongest demand for ICT skills and that shortages of some ICT specialisations are still prevalent in some states.

October 21, 2004 by

ICT hub tackles older, disabled jobs access

IT Skills Hub, a non-profit employment organisation for the information and communication technology (ICT) sector, has announced its new employment initiative aimed at improving access to ICT jobs for mature aged workers and people with disabilities.Chief executive officer of IT Skills Hub, Brian Donovan, predicts the project will benefit both the ICT industry as well as those who may be at a disadvantage in seeking employment.

March 11, 2004 by

Computer Sciences wins INS contract

Computers Sciences said Wednesday that it has won a contract with the federal government to install a new computer system for the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the agency responsible for regulating the entry of foreigners into the United States and for naturalizing immigrants for U.S. citizenship. Under the terms of the seven-year, $31 million contract, Computer Sciences will develop and maintain a new system to verify the immigration status of non-citizens applying for government benefits and seeking employment in the United States. The new system will serve an estimated 50,000 federal, state and local government offices and replace a mainframe-based system now in use. The INS has come under intense scrutiny since Sept. 11 for mismanagement and outdated computer systems. --Alorie Gilbert, Special to ZDNet News

March 28, 2002 by

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