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Are benefits for IT workers shrinking?

While tech salaries have increased, many organisations are eliminating benefits like tuition reimbursement, awards and telecommuting. What does this mean for IT workers?

MANAGEMENT CENTRE

CAREERS

'CodeClan' launches Scotland's first software skills academy

Scotland's first ever dedicated software skills academy 'CodeClan' is set to start offering intensive 16-week courses from this September, with the first cohort due to graduate in February 2016.

IT GOVERNANCE

Is your vendor smarter than a 5th grader?

In the classic adversarial negotiation, the parties reveal only as many details as required to get the deal done. Each side hopes that the information asymmetry will work in their favor. Once the other side is under contract, there'll be time enough for them to discover the ugly truths, skeletons in the closet, misunderstandings about the contract, and so on.

LEADERSHIP AND MGMT

'Autotask is vital to our success,' says Dynamic Business Technologies

Autotask is key to the success of managed services provider, Dynamic Business Technologies. The company's managing director, Nathan Franks, said Autotask has been very attentive as an individual company and has been crucial to Dynamic Business Technologies' success.

LEGAL

Former attorney general calls Snowden deal possible

The "possibility exists" for the U.S. Department of Justice to cut a deal that would allow surveillance leaker Edward Snowden to return to the U.S., a former attorney general said in a media interview.

OUTSOURCING

UK firms increase dependence on non-EU tech talent as skills shortage intensifies

The government is considering new legislation to limit the number of skilled workers entering the UK, despite a growing IT skills shortage.

PROJECT MGMT

Is your vendor smarter than a 5th grader?

In the classic adversarial negotiation, the parties reveal only as many details as required to get the deal done. Each side hopes that the information asymmetry will work in their favor. Once the other side is under contract, there'll be time enough for them to discover the ugly truths, skeletons in the closet, misunderstandings about the contract, and so on.

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RESOURCE CENTRE

APPLICATIONS

Cisco buys cloud-based contract administrator

Cisco this week announced intentions to acquire privately held MaintenanceNet, a provider of cloud-based software to manage recurring customer contracts.

CLOUD COMPUTING

Data centre group tightens certification rules for service providers

The Uptime Institute is updating the way it certifies data centers in a move to help ensure that cloud computing customers get the level of service they think they're paying for.

DATA CENTER

Facebook to use all renewable energy in its next data center

Facebook is building a new data center in Fort Worth, Texas, that will be powered entirely by renewable energy.

IMAGING AND PRINTING

GoPro Hero4 Session: half the size and waterproof to 10 metres

Weight is down 40 percent and the size is down by 50 percent when it is compared to the flagship Hero4 Black. Nor are its discounts thwarted by cumbersome housing because the Session's naked body is waterproof to 10 metres.

INDUSTRIES

BBC reveals Micro:bit, a programmable PC that fits in your pocket

The BBC is getting into the hardware hacking craze with its second device aimed at school age children in the last 34 years. The British broadcaster recently unveiled the Micro:bit, a mini-programmable computer meant to teach children how to code and develop hardware projects.

INTERNET

Scammers bypass Google filters with PDF cloaking

Scammers have long used cloaking as a technique to drive up search engine rankings, stuffing webpages full of keywords and links that make them attractive to Google, but not to actual readers.

MOBILE AND WIRELESS

How Office 365 balances IT control with user satisfaction

At the end of 2014, Microsoft bought Acompli, creators of a popular email app that it quickly rebranded as Outlook. The familiar name doubtless drew in more users, but it also gave IT teams a set of expectations about the security and management options a product called Outlook would have.

NETWORKING

The Internet of Things: Your worst nightmare

Is life really going to be easier when you can’t use your toothbrush because it’s lost its Internet connection?

OPERATING SYSTEMS

Apple confirms it's trying to fix Home Sharing for iOS 9

iOS 8.4 users who've relied on Home Sharing to stream their music from a Mac will have to wait until at least iOS 9 to get the feature working again.

SECURITY

Law enforcement backdoors open corporate networks to criminals

Legal access to secure communications will result in more risk for corporate secrets.

STORAGE

Data silos limit insights and raise costs: IDC

16 per cent of A/NZ CIOs think data silos hinder productivity, 34 per cent have security concerns.

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BLOGS

A trusted partner

The primary focus for SAS is to build strong and long-lasting relationships with its customers; and its key strategy is proactive and consistent engagement across all customer touch points.

What ICT professionals want

When asking ICT professionals what they’re looking for in their next role, the answer may just surprise.

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