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Hardware is the new Software

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Articles | 0 comments

Hardware is the new Software

Content by TechServe Alliance. Many tech industry pioneers ­ including Amazon, Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard, and others ­ started in garages. In light of new and more accessible technologies including 3-D printers, as well as funding trends, the age of the garage inventors could be returning.   Min-Liang Tan, co-founder and CEO of gaming hardware and software producer Razer, explains on TechCrunch.com, “Software, once expensive and complicated to make, has become relatively easy. … two guys in a garage can inexpensively create an application … . [and] Like software, hardware is getting easier.”   One reason for the renaissance in hardware is that start-ups have direct access to “low-cost pre-fab components…[that are] very sophisticated…powerful enough to run real software…[and]…there are a lot of bottled up ideas like drones and robots that just did not get developed in the last 15 years,” tech legend Marc Andreessen explained at an event sponsored by tech publisher Pando.   3-D printing is at the forefront of this “hardware is the new software” trend.  Making prototypes and actual hardware is much, much faster and cheaper with 3-D printers compared to the conventional methods.   And when crowdsourcing is used to directly fund these new products and ventures, as Joi Ito, director of the MIT Media Lab, said in a Think with Google article, “The whole ecosystem around hardware has increased in viability.”...

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India – Hiring activity up +15% from last year

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India – Hiring activity up +15% from last year

Content by staffingindustry.com The Naukri Jobspeak Index for January 2014 was at 1,466, reflecting a year-on-year increase of +15% compared with January 2013. The Index, which started in July 2008 with a base measure of 1,000, also recorded a +13% month-on-month increase compared with December 2013, reports jobs.siliconindia.com. In terms of recruitment trends, the biggest month-on-month increases were reported in Insurance (+26%) and IT-Software (+18%). The biggest declines were reported in Telecoms (-23%) and Automotive (-2%). Regionally, each major metropolitan area reported increased hiring activity, with the biggest month-on-month rises reported in Kolkata (+29%), Hyderabad (+20%), and Chennai (+18%). Ambarish Raghuvanshi, Group President Finance and CFO Info Edge (India) Ltd, commented: “The upcoming national elections coupled with the improvement in the global economic conditions will help to ameliorate the hiring landscape in India. In fact, the Naukri Job Speak Index for the past three months has grown at an average of +4% month-on-month. We anticipate that post general elections companies will probably start their expansion process which will concomitantly generate demand for talent. The hiring scenario in India in 2014 is likely to be better than it’s been in the last two...

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Transforming Your Talent Partnership

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in Articles | Comments Off on Transforming Your Talent Partnership

Transforming Your Talent Partnership

Content by staffingindustry.com –  Kevin Horner As we scramble to close the gap between the IT demand and talent supply in our own companies, a microcosm of the national IT gap, it is easy to lose sight of the transformational power of what we do: Our business is putting people to work to fuel the economy. This reality offers a much more productive, enthusiastic and powerful light than where we tend to live on a day-to-day basis. Hiring managers and their talent partners have an opportunity — and greater need than ever — to transform the quality and effectiveness of our relationships. Here are three changes I believe can lead to transformation in 2014. 1. Focus on Quality over Quantity. It is counter intuitive in a highly competitive IT market that putting requirements in front of more talent sources doesn’t result in more or better talent options. In fact, the best way to find the resources you need is to invest in building strategic relationships with a few trusted talent partners with whom you define clear performance expectations. Correspondingly, your talent partners are responsible to ensure they understand your requirements, and qualify candidates rigorously to maximize your time. PREMIUM CONTENT: The fastest-growing U.S. job markets, by detailed industry and geography 2. Make Right the New Best. It’s not always necessary or advisable to place the best IT talent for every position. Your talent partner can help you parse a job’s requirements to prioritize the most essential skillsets and define a qualification level that meets your budget. To ensure the best results, it’s equally important that hiring managers acknowledge and support compensation recommendations commensurate with the job and the market. 3. Remember that People are Our Product. Both hiring managers and their IT talent partners must be mindful that our commerce is human. That open position represents a potentially life-changing career opportunity for the right candidate, and the specific requirements can significantly impact a person’s lifestyle and satisfaction. The sheer volume tends to dull the senses. This year, let’s commit on both sides to remember there is a person at the center of each...

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Mobile Applications Developer Tops Salary-Boosting Jobs List

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Mobile Applications Developer Tops Salary-Boosting Jobs List

Content by staffingindustry.com Employers are prepared to offer increased compensation this year to skilled information technology and digital professionals who can help organizations keep information and networks secure, turn data into business intelligence and seize new opportunities in the mobile space, according to the 2014 Salary Guides from Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group. “It’s becoming imperative for companies to build their online presence and connect with customers through mobile channels, but finding the specialized talent to design and develop for this fast-evolving space can be difficult,” said John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group. “Similar recruiting challenges exist around business intelligence. Companies want to use their information more strategically, but they struggle to find skilled professionals who can analyze raw data.” Roles that are among those expected to see the most substantial increases in average starting compensation in 2014, according to the Robert Half Salary Guides, include: Mobile applications developer: Experienced mobile applications developers can expect to see the largest increase, 7.8 percent, in starting compensation of any tech position listed in this year’s Salary Guide, with salaries ranging from $100,000 to $144,000. Business intelligence analyst: Skilled business intelligence analysts can anticipate a 7.4 percent boost in starting compensation in 2014, with salaries ranging from $101,250 to $142,250. Information systems security manager: Information systems security managers who can assess and remediate vulnerabilities, threats and intrusions are in demand, and are projected to see a 6.8 percent bump in base compensation this year, with average starting salaries between $115,250 and $160,000. User experience designer: User experience designers can expect to see average starting salaries between $78,000 and $120,000, up 7.5 percent from 2013. Mobile designer: Skilled mobile designers can anticipate average starting salaries to increase 6.3 percent in 2014, to the range of $66,000 to $103,000. User experience specialist: User experience specialists can expect to receive base compensation in the range of $79,000 to $118,000, a gain of 5.9 percent over last...

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