The Federal Government is planning to scrap the Office for Learning and Teaching and transfer its responsibilities to a new institute, as yet unnamed, that will “promote excellence in teaching and learning.” The move has been branded “a national disgrace.”
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Effective business communication starts in-house. If employees cannot communicate successfully with each other, there is a high probability this will follow through to communicating with customers.
There has been much emphasis placed on the need for Australia to produce more people possessing skills in science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills to help Australia succeed as a 'knowledge economy but these are only foundation skills according to a new report from the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Boston Consulting Group (BCG).
Australia's baby boomers are, reportedly, retiring at the rate of 10,000 per day. For the IT industry this is a particular concern because many are skilled in legacy technologies such as Cobol programming that are still used extensively but which very few people are learning today.
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) underpin Australia’s potential to innovate and compete on the global stage, but when employers go looking for STEM-qualified staff those they find don’t meet their requirements.
IT Masters and Charles Sturt University, in conjunction with the ACS Foundation, is offering five scholarships each worth $2700 ($2900 for international students) to students who successfully complete its Professional Communications subject (MGI521).
Most top executives at Fortune 2000 companies, surveyed by the Economist Intelligence Unit, believe that big data analytics platform built natively on Apache Hadoop and Apache Spark will revolutionise the way businesses operate. This is likely to significantly increase demand for people with the necessary skills.
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IT industry research firm Gartner has some new advice and a new buzzword to describe the role of CIOs. They need to be ‘flipping’ CIOs. They must ‘flip’ their information, technology, value and people leadership practices in response to the disruptive forces that are turning their world upside down.
It is the “Revenge of the Nerds”, making it onto the executive floor and influencing the organisational direction.
Deloitte is tipping more than a tenfold increase in the number of smartphones being used to make contactless payments: from just 0.5 percent of NFC-equipped mobile phones in 2014 to five percent of global population of some 650 million NFC capable smartphones by the end of 2015.
Are you Type 1 - traditional IT or Type 2 - agile IT? Is it possible to be both traditional and agile? After all tradition is a concept which has been around for a very long time, the word has its origins in the 1300’s and traditions everywhere have survived. Tradition is synonymous with “tried and true”, so if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.
Activity-based working—the reorganisation of the workplace with the aim of enabling staff to be more productive and collaborate using shared workspaces in the office and external locations like home offices—is on the rise in Australia, according to a survey.
Why not both? Processes are important, they are way of measuring output, success or failure and a guide to what needs to be done.
One can look at this topic two ways – as a CEO considering the IT Department or the IT Manager with a wish list. There could be similar aspects and there probably are quite diverse aspects to their ideal.
Hadoop, according to Forrester Research, is the rising star of the business technology agenda for a simple reason — it disrupts the economics of data, analytics, and someday soon, all enterprise applications." And Forrester adds, "it is secretly becoming an application platform too."
Before looking forward, let’s look back. In January CIO.com published the results of their annual survey, “The State of the CIO” with 558 IT chiefs contributing their opinions.
Containerisation, a method of isolation for Linux applications that is claimed to enhance application portability and streamline development and maintenance, is rapidly picking up steam as the 'next big thing' in enterprise IT, says Colin McCabe, senior manager, platform business unit at Red Hat, but enterprises are being slow to adopt it.
Big data, data mining, data analytics, it is all about data and handled correctly data becomes information. But who is responsible and has the means to turn data into information? It isn’t the CEO, CMO or CFO, it is the CIO, the IT Manager.
A few high profile mobile apps have made fortunes for their developers but the reality is that, were they to rely on revenue from their apps, the majority of developers would be living in penury.
Analyst firms like IDC, Forrester and Gartner are all in agreement that organisations of every ilk are being disrupted by the forces of digital technology: mobile, cloud, social and data analytics. Education, of course is not exempt, and according to Gartner vice president and distinguished analyst, Jan-Martin Lowendahl, traditional educational business models are being fundamentally challenged by digitalisation.