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Dealing with demand in a growing IT sector

Dealing with demand in a growing IT sector

THERE has been much talk about the Northern Ireland jobs market of late. Last week, the term ‘full employment’ was raised and debated – with many suggesting that whilst we might not quite be at full employment in Northern Ireland, we certainly have some significant skills shortages and some sectors where there are real challenges to recruit.

In the IT sector, there is certainly big demand for skilled people and a lot of opportunity. According to the latest NIJobs Report, there was a surge in demand for IT workers in the first quarter of this year. IT vacancies rose by 37 percent quarter-on-quarter according to the report and represented the most listings in three years. One in 10 of all their listings are IT jobs.

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‘Move fast and break things' culture coming back to haunt?

‘Move fast and break things' culture coming back to haunt?

Facebook's mantra for developers used to be 'Move Fast and Break Things'. It meant that new tools and features on the platform might not be perfect at the start, but creation speed was key, even if there were some mistakes along the way.

That mantra changed a few years ago when the company's chief executive Mark Zuckerberg indicated he wanted to be a little more careful in getting it right the first time. He said that Facebook was now embracing the motto 'Move Fast with Stable Infra'. The motto changed, but did the culture?

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Fending off retail apocalypse with digital transformation

Fending off retail apocalypse with digital transformation

In the United States there has been much talk of a retail apocalypse, with a large number of retail stores closing as American consumers change their purchasing habits, notably with a move to e-commerce. Sears, for example, now has fewer than a third the number of retail stores it had 10 years ago. Of the 1,200 shopping malls across the US, some experts have predicted that half of them will close by 2023, and that more than 12,000 stores will close in 2018.

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The Challenge for Big Tech

The Challenge for Big Tech

It has become abundantly clear that one of the more interesting stories of 2018 is going to be how ‘big tech' responds to the crisis it is facing.

Some would say that it has monopoly power, an ability to affect election outcomes and a big hold on our brain space… and there is the evidence mounting that big tech has become something of an existential threat, in terms of politics, the economy, and culturally.

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IT trends for 2018 that your business should know about

IT trends for 2018 that your business should know about

If the past few years have taught us anything, it is perhaps that every company is now a technology company, no matter what product or service it provides. You can’t make, deliver or market a product or service without using technology. Companies that know the coming technology trends and adapt quickly are the ones that get ahead. So here are some of the key IT trends that we are likely to see in 2018.

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The Importance of Artificial Intelligence cannot be Understated

The Importance of Artificial Intelligence cannot be Understated

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin recently said that whoever cracks automated intelligence (AI) first will dominate the world. He made the point that any country with a ‘monopolist’ position in AI will be all-powerful economically, politically and militarily.

In response to Putin’s comments, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that "competition for AI superiority at national level is the most likely cause of WW3."

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Entrepreneurs will make economy and society more vibrant and prosperous

Entrepreneurs will make economy and society more vibrant and prosperous

 

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) will take place in November. It is the world’s biggest celebration of entrepreneurship - with over 35,000 events taking place in more than 160 countries.

So, this is perhaps a useful juncture to reflect on entrepreneurship in this part of the world – not least as the EY Entrepreneur of the Year (Ireland) 2017 was announced on Thursday past.

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Company culture matters in so many ways

Company culture matters in so many ways

If you want an example of how important company culture is, look no further than Uber.

There’s no doubt that it is a poster child for important innovations. It has been one of the most talked about brands in the world in recent years and has been treated as an extremely important company by the tech community, investors, the media, consumers and others.

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Innovation is going on all around us… but we need more

Innovation is going on all around us… but we need more

 

There is some fantastic innovation going on all around us. In England, for example, they are about to start custom-building homes in a factory before delivering them for final assembly. Customers can choose, online, the layout and specifications they want - conservatory, playroom, or a downstairs bathroom, for instance - before the house is created in a 75,000 sq ft facility and shipped.

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Who really cares about corporate culture?

Who really cares about corporate culture?

 

Well, I do for a start. I believe that building and developing a corporate culture of engagement, caring and appreciation is a necessity to any successful business.  The saying goes that, ‘culture eats strategy for breakfast;’ developing a great corporate culture is something we at Novosco care deeply about.

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Stronger Novosco

Stronger Novosco

 

This month saw a new chapter in the Novosco story. 

In June last year we acquired NetDef, the Manchester based IT security solutions and managed services experts. We have spent the last year getting to know each other, working together and building our relationship. In reality this was an easy transition to make. The cultural fit between the two teams meant that we have found it easy to work together for the common good of our customers.

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Company success starts with employee wellbeing

Company success starts with employee wellbeing

 

On that cold and dark evening a few years ago when I decided to put on my running shoes, get off the couch and do something different for a change, I could have never imagined the changes and benefits that would begin in my life. It started off small; I joined my local running club, met some really great people and it went from there…

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Cloud camp will help develop IT talent of the future

Cloud camp will help develop IT talent of the future

 

Those who know what a Raspberry Pi is will know that computers come in all shapes and sizes (for those who don’t, it’s a very small computer). And those who know the IT sector will know that IT professionals do too. That is to say they come from all kinds of backgrounds.

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