IT salaries to stay strong

by Editor 4/23/2008 4:30:00 PM

Many companies, especially those in the IT and financial services sector, are offering their IT staff a more tailored approach to salary and benefits.

In spite of the economic recession, salaries in IT services are expected to stay strong, according to an Irish human resources company.

Dublin-based company Hudson has found that many IT and financial services companies are trying to be more creative when offering their employees lifestyle perks, ranging from better retirement plans, ongoing education, flexible working hours, the option to work from home, etc.

In 2008, IT salaries have seen increases in certain areas like development and senior executive jobs. There is still a shortage of skills in .Net and Java professionals on the job market, which explains why the salaries have gone up for these positions.

Hudson predicts that the demand for these skills will continue throughout 2008.

The new generation of candidates for these jobs find the overall package of benefits very important in deciding whether or not to accept the job offers. Technology is sometimes part of the package, with candidates for IT jobs being offered company laptops, BlackBerry phones, etc.

Peter Cosgrove, managing director at Cosgrove, says:

“While salaries are important, it is obvious that to recruit and retain staff many other factors are being examined.”

“It is also clear that the new breed of worker we call Generation Y – those born since 1980 – have a different way of looking at work and are certainly more concered about what work can do for them as opposed to just being happy to be employed.”

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The Most Powerful Brands in the World

by Editor 4/22/2008 3:30:00 PM

Global consultancy Millward Brown has announced the new edition of the BrandZ Ranking, the list of the most powerful brands in the world.

BrandZ is a large brand equity database that contains data from more than a million consumers and compares more than 50,000 brands in 31 countries worldwide.

Each person is asked to evaluate brands in a category with which he or she is familiar and the data is collected each year for the purpose of establishing the world's strongest brands.

For the second successive year, Google is the world's number one brand.

The top 10 global brands, as measured by their dollar value, are:

1. Google

2. General Electric

3. Microsoft

4. Coca-Cola

5. China Mobile

6. IBM

7. Apple

8. McDonald's

9. Nokia

10. Marlboro

 

The top 10 brands in the UK are:

1. Vodafone

2. Tesco

3. HSBC

4. Marks & Spencer

5. Barclays

6. Standard Chartered Bank

7. BP

8. Royal Bank of Scotland

9. Asda

10. NatWest

 

The combined value of the Top 100 Most Powerful Brands has increased by 21 percent since 2007.

The technology sector, including telecommunications, was the best performing category in this year's ranking, with as many as 28 brands making it to the Top 100. Mobile operators and technology were the sectors that showed the strongest growth in 2008.

The most powerful global technology brands – Google, Apple, IBM and others – are driven mostly by innovation and by the brand experience. Strong brands are not limited to consumer oriented brands like Apple and Google but also include B2B, software and professional services brands.

Among those in the Top 100, there are: HP (16), Cisco (22), Oracle (26), Intel (27), SAP (29), Dell (41), Accenture (49), BlackBerry (51), etc. 

 

The top 20 global brands in the technology sector are:

1. Google

2. Microsoft

3. IBM

4. Apple

5. Nokia

6. HP

7. Cisco

8. Oracle

9. Intel

10. SAP

11. Dell

12. Siemens

13. Accenture

14. BlackBerry

15. Canon

16. Samsung

17. Yahoo!

18. Motorola

19. Sony

20. Adobe

 

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Capgemini signs new IT outsourcing deal with Corus

by Editor 4/22/2008 3:21:00 PM
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IT services provider Capgemini has signed a £26 million deal with Corus, one of the world's biggest steel manufacturers. The deal will allow the steel company to outsource its IT infrastructure to Capgemini.

The five-year agreement covers virtualisation, utility computing and adaptive storage facilities and will also see Corus' mainframe service moved to data storage facilities in Bristol and Rotherham.

Corus CIO Bruno Laquet discussed the relevance of IT outsourcing in achieving a company's business goals. He said:

“The quality and efficiency of our mainframe systems is of key importance to our customers and employees in ensuring that we manufacture and deliver the right products with the right quality at the right time.”

The Corus Group has headquarters in London. It was formed in 1999 and taken over by Tata Steel, part of the Tata Group, in April 2007.

 

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IT services expenditure expected to fall 4.6%

by Editor 4/21/2008 4:25:00 PM

Analyst firm Pierre Audoin Consultants has changed its forecast for software and IT services expenditure this year, now saying that they expect the spending to fall 4.6 percent after a 8.4 percent growth in 2007.

The consultants believe that costs related to systems integration, IT consulting and hiring IT contractors will suffer significant cuts in 2008. On the other hand, job offshoring and outsourcing operations are expected to rise this year because banks are working with reduced budgets.

PAC consultant Rajeena Brar says: “Banks are in a position of not knowing how long or how bad the credit crunch is going to be. At this point, banks are very reluctant to take on short-term projects which last two months to two years.”

Earlier this month, HSBC announced that it was closing down operations in a payments processing centre in Livingstone, Scotland, which would lead to a loss of 164 jobs.

In a similar move, Capital One decided to reduce the number of its UK staff by 40 percent, and consequently make 750 jobs redundant, as part of a cost restructuring plan.

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Deloitte named a market leader in Oracle implementation services

by Editor 4/21/2008 2:26:00 PM
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In a new report titled “Forrester Wave ™: Oracle Implementation Providers, Q1 2008,” independent analyst Forrester Research has named advisory firm Deloitte a market leader for Oracle implementation services and commended Deloitte member firms for their “overall implementation capability and strategy.”

Forrester analysts used 109 criteria to evaluate the world’s leading Oracle implementation providers.

The report states: “Deloitte scored extremely well in the higher value portions of the implementation life cycle as well as on industry breadth and depth.”

Forrester has also singled out Deloitte for the company’s commitment to its clients: Deloitte was one of the three Oracle providers to earn a perfect score for client satisfaction.

Nidal Haddad, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Oracle alliance leader, said:

“Deloitte is committed to providing innovative ideas and solutions to their clients’ most difficult problems. And to make this a reality, Deloitte is focused on attracting and retaining the best and brightest business and technology practitioners.”

“Ultimately,” he added, “Deloitte consultants view client success as the only true performance measure.”

Karen Mazer, U.S. national Oracle service line leader at Deloitte, said:

“Deloitte delivers business value to clients through process and technology transformation enabled by Oracle solutions. Deloitte teams draw on multiple disciplines to drive the innovation that clients demand. Business process, technology, industry, change management, tax and risk practitioners come together to help clients achieve tangible positive business outcome.”

Stef Oud, Oracle service line leader for EMEA at Deloitte Netherlands, said:

“As an organization, we continue to develop business solutions that are both distinctive and executable. Deloitte’s insights are drawn from a broad range of functional and technical disciplines. The focus is on finding the right answers to real problems – tailored to each client’s unique needs.”

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UK graduates concerned about job prospects

by Editor 4/18/2008 2:24:00 PM
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Consulting firm Accenture has conducted a survey of 306 graduates in the UK. The results show that 59% of the respondents are worried about the state of affairs in economy and how this may affect their job prospects once they graduate.

More than two thirds of the students have not found a job yet and a third will have to pay off more than £15,000 in student loans when they finish their studies.

When asked about the most important qualities they looked for in an employer, the respondents mentioned salary, interesting and challenging work, camaraderie with colleagues, formal training and flexible hours.

The concerns over the economic situation notwithstanding, only 17 percent of the students said that they would compromise their job requirements and more than two thirds expected to work less than 40 hours per week.

Peter Cheese, managing director of Accenture’s talent and organisation performance practice, said that the values and demands that Generation Y brought to the job market had not needed to be addressed by employers with previous generations.

He added: “To be relevant to these job seekers, employers must find ways to satisfy their needs for balance, fun, mentoring and opportunities to grow and be challenged.”  

 

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TATA and IBM among World's 25 Most Innovative Companies

by Editor 4/18/2008 2:11:00 PM

BusinessWeek has released its fourth annual report, “The World’s Most Innovative Companies," based on a survey of key executives around the globe and made in cooperation with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). IT consulting firms Tata and IBM are on the list. 

The survey covered the largest sampling of respondents to date and was even more global in nature than the previous ones.

The companies that made the list have one thing in common: they have all nurtured creativity and maintained an interest in developing a wide range of innovative projects despite the economic downturn and the subsequent nned for cost cuts.

IN: Inside Innovation editor-in-chief Bruce Nussbaum says: “It’s tough out there and getting worse. Our annual list of the 25 Most Innovative Companies shows how executives are using the slowdown to create new value through innovation."

Other than the executives’ votes, the factors involved in producing the list of the most innovative companies were three-year revenue, margin growth and stock returns.

BusinessWeek.com also features the complete list of the world’s 50 most innovative companies, including lists of the companies by region and industry.

 

The 25 Most Innovative Companies are:

1. Apple

2. Google

3. Toyota Motor

4. General Electric

5. Microsoft

6. Tata Group

7. Nintendo

8. Procter & Gamble

9. Sony

10. Nokia

11. Amazon.com

12. IBM

13. Research in Motion

14. BMW

15. Hewlett-Packard

16. Honda Motor

17. Walt Disney

18. General Motors

19. Reliance Industries

20. Boeing

21. Goldman Sachs

22. 3M

23. Wal-Mart

24. Target

25. Facebook

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IT jobs safer than most

by Editor 4/17/2008 9:05:00 PM

IT jobs will pull through the credit crunch crisis, experts say, even though the aftermath of the recession will see around 11,000 workers lose their jobs this year, according to a research conducted by the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR).

CEBR management economist Dominic Walley says: “We are expecting IT to be one of the stronger sectors over the next couple of years. Mergers and acquisitions activity has stopped, but companies' balance sheets are looking quite healthy at the moment."

IT staff in the finance sector will be safer than most, mainly because IT departments in banks have had a shortage of skilled IT employees for some time now.

Paul Pullinger, Head of Sales at Capgemini, says: “IT jobs are more resilient but spending on IT is generally split into two – operations and ‘discretionary spend’ on new projects and although it might be expected that new-project spending will fall, anyone with specialist IT skills in compliance and risk management [will] continue to be in high demand."

Towergroup analyst Ralph Silva believes that IT jobs in operations and maintenance are the least likely to suffer since banks are quite dependent on them. He also says:

"Other areas of the banking industry got a little bit heavy when times were good. They hired too many people. In IT, this did not happen - there were not enough people."

The situation is similar with investment banks. Stock exchange Plus Markets CTO Brian Taylor says: “I do not think IT jobs are disappearing because IT actually saves money and provides the next generation of services and products."

Peter Redshaw, research director at Gartner, warns that IT workers still have reason to worry as many companies may decide to outsource or offshore tech jobs in order to cut costs.

He does, however, believe that innovation is an excellent way to stand out in information technology and warns that there may be long term consequences for businesses that do not invest in it now:

"Customers move banks more often than they used to, and banks need to differentiate themselves and innovate. IT is one way for them to do this."

"We expect that the good times will return at some point. If you have not invested in the infrastructure, you cannot then scale up to take advantage of this. Under-investing can be damaging."

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Oracle and IBM team up

by Editor 4/17/2008 9:00:00 PM

IBM and Oracle are teaming up to produce specialized, easy-to-use enterprise application solutions for their midmarket customers.

The new project will be developed by the IBM Oracle Consulting Practice, the branch of IBM that already implements Oracle solutions for its clients. The two companies have collaborated many times, but this is their first joint project that is aimed at the midmarket and at delivering the much needed functionality to midsize businesses.

Forrester Research analyst Ray Wang says: "In companies of 1,000 employees or less, IBM has made significant inroads from a hardware perspective, but IBM Global Services has been more focused on the high end of enterprise consulting and rarely focuses on the midmarket."

The first Oracle-based application to come out of the project will be the IBM Express Industrial Manufacturing Solution for Oracle Accelerate. It will be followed by several other solutions for Oracle Accelerate for high technology businesses.

The applications will be developed and implemented by IBM and they will run on the company's hardware. Other than being easier to use, they will also be simpler to implement and maintain.

Brian Mitchell, Global and Americas Oracle Leader at IBM Global Business Services, says: 

"This agreement represents an important milestone in IBM's continuing commitment to deliver targeted industry solutions to our valued midsize clients. We look forward to teaming with Oracle to bring innovative business solutions to this important joint client base."

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IBM to host Recruitment Open Evening for SAP Professionals

by Editor 4/14/2008 4:27:00 PM
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IBM will host a career event for SAP professionals on June 12, 2008.

The company is recruiting SAP experts with “extensive client facing consulting skills, developed through multiple project lifecycles, with industry specific expertise” in any of the following sectors:

  • Oil
  • Banking
  • Retail
  • Utilities
  • Public Sector
  • Distribution
  • Communications

If you are ready for the next big step in your career or would like to learn more about working for IBM Global Business Services, the company has invited you to attend the Recruitment Open Evening on June 12.

Attendance is invitation only due to limited spaces. To receive an invitation, please fill out the registration form available at Top-Consultant.

In the meantime, you are welcome to browse and apply for the latest IBM jobs on our IT job board.

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