Entry-level IT jobs in higher demand despite offshoring fears

by Editor 8/29/2008 4:34:00 PM
IT consulting,IT jobs,tech consulting careers
IT staffing company ReThink Recruitment has released a new study that shows that the number of IT support jobs currently being created is almost 20 percent higher than it was two years ago, when fewer entry-level IT jobs were transferred offshore.

Graduate IT jobs now comprise 30 percent of all IT jobs advertised on job boards. In 2006, they comprised 26 percent.

The findings of the report suggest that offshoring is no longer as compelling an alternative as it used to be.

"The effect of offshoring IT jobs has been double edged. Pay rates have been pegged back, but job creation at the entry level has not dried up as was mooted by some commentators," said Jon Butterfield, Managing Director, ReThink Recruitment.

"Offshoring has made organizations' IT functions more efficient, which has freed up budgets for investment elsewhere. These new projects require support teams and it is not always appropriate or advantageous to base these staff offshore," he added.

"There is some debate as to whether offshoring has peaked. Wage inflation and the cost of coodinating teams across international time zones is starting to unravel the economic case for outsouring. Organizations may not be repatriating jobs en masse, but when new jobs are created, the UK is becoming a viable location once again."

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IT services market to grow to $8.1 bln in India by 2011

by Editor 8/29/2008 4:27:00 PM
The IT industry sector is growing at a rapid pace in India, even if the country has not evaded consequences of the U.S. recession and dollar volatility in recent months.

The market for IT services, which totalled $4.1 billion in 2007, is expected to grow to $8.1 billion by 2011, according to a recent report conducted by Springboard Research.

The market research report, released yesterday, reveals that India is the fastest growing market in the Asia-Pacific region, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 18.6 percent.

Infrastructure application integration is the largest category on the Indian market and, by 2011, it is expected to cover about 21 percent of the overall IT services market in the country. "Compared to the Asia Pacific countries, enterprise IT outsourcing enjoys the highest growth momentum in India with a CAGR of 24.4% during 2007-2011 and is expected to become the second largest market opportunity in the country by 2011," said Sanchit Vir Gogia, senior research analyst for services at Springboard Research.

Enterprise application integration, the second biggest market, is expected to fall to the third place by 2011 in spite of a 19.1 percent CARG.

Infrastructure services are expected to chalk the single biggest growth on the IT services market; $4.27 percent by 2011, which will amount to 14 percent of the share of the Asia-Pacific market.

IT consulting services will grow from $0.22 in 2007 to $0.40 billion by 2011 according to the report, mainly as a result of enterprise IT outsourcing in India.

"Not only is the India IT Services market forecast to be the fastest growing in the region, the country also has a rather unique position in the worldwide outsourcing arena through a well-educated and language-proficient workforce, that sets it apart from other Asian competitors," concluded Mr. Gogia.

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IBM beats the world's fastest disk storage solution by more than 250%

by Editor 8/29/2008 4:18:00 PM
IBM has proved for the first time that solid-state technologies can have an enormous impact on the way businesses manage information.

IBM's experts at the Hursley development lab in England and the Almaden Research Center in California have produced record-breaking performance results that beat the world's fastest disk storage solution by more than 250 percent.

They achieved this by using Flash solid-state technology along with IBM's top notch storage virtualization technology. The effort, named “Project Quicksilver,” resulted in data being transferred at a sustained rate of over one million Input/Output per second, with a response time of under one millisecond. In other words, compared to the industry’s fastest benchmarked disk system, performance was improved by more than 250 percent at less than 1/20 response time. The project also took up only 1/5th the floor space and needed just 55 percent of the power and cooling for the task.

Such an industry milestone does not only offer entire new perspectives on analytic solutions, but it can also have a groundbreaking effect on the efficiency of such time sensitive applications as financial program trading systems and reservation systems.

Andy Monshaw, General Manager, IBM System Storage, said: "The ultimate benefits of solid state will require software, management and systems capabilities - with IBM being uniquely positioned, with its deep research and development capabilities and broad product and services experience, to unlock that potential. IBM is integrating this technology with systems and applications so that companies can achieve real business value from solid-state disk."  

"Quicksilver is a significant step forward in this comprehensive systems strategy. This is not about replacing today's hard disk drive with a new form factor, this is about having a complete, end-to-end systems approach - and that's not something EMC, HP or Sun can match," he concluded.  

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Capgemini to launch children's database system in England

by Editor 8/28/2008 4:37:00 PM
Capgemini will launch the ContactPoint system, worth £224 million, this autumn. The system was designed to hold data on all children under 18 in England for the purpose of protecting them from the risk of harm or abuse.

The government confirmed this week that police will be able to apply for access to the database as well as request archived data for such purposes as “the prevention or detection of crime” and “the prosecution of offenders.”

“To access ContactPoint for the purposes of prevention or detection of crime or for the prosecution of offenders, police would have to make a special request directly to the Secretary of State or the local authority,” said a spokesman for the Department of Children, Schools and Families.

The mandatory national database will include minors’ names, ages, addresses and details of their parents, GPs, social workers and schools.

The idea of a national children’s database originally came about in the aftermath of the Victoria Climbie case. The purpose of the database is to make it possible for schools, social workers and other professionals to share information if they suspect a child to be in danger.

The government also says that, while the ContactPoint records will not contain case information, they will include information on whether or not the minors have contact with a Youth Offending Team or similar services.

The database will be updated until young people turn 18 and then it will be archived for six years. This means that the information will be available to different services dealing with children until the age of 24, after which records will be destroyed. Children who are in care or have learning difficulties will remain on file until the age of 25, meaning their records will still be in the archives when they turn 30.

Even though a 2007 Deloitte report identified a “significant risk” in the system, one related to differing security procedures used by the organisations in question, the government has decided to employ ContactPoint nevertheless, an outcome that will not please privacy campaigners.

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Accenture and Oracle strengthen strategic alliance

by Editor 8/28/2008 4:28:00 PM
IT consultancy Accenture and software giant Oracle recently announced their strategic alliance, one in which they continue to invest.

Even though the two companies have been partners for decades now, their collaboration has grown stronger in the last several years, primarily as a consequence of Oracle having acquired several companies that had already had ties with Accenture.

Accenture has the largest Oracle practice today of all the service providers. The consultancy also has strong ties with Oracle's arch rival in enterprise resource planning (ERP), German SAP.

However, the firm believes that it is Oracle that has the technology to deliver planning resources to ERP solutions. Oracle's Hyperion business intelligence solutions are the acquisition that will help Accenture turn ERP into a real strategic weapon.

To accomplish this, the two companies have opened joint innovation centres in Redwood Shores and Reading, UK, and merged an Accenture/BEA centre with the one in Redwood Shores.

They also recently negotiated a master alliance agreement that provides Accenture with access to all Oracle products and training as well as the right to resell Oracle software when appropriate.

Accenture and Oracle's joint projects have mainly been in retail and telecommunications, but they have also worked with clients in financial services and media.

Find the latest Accenture, Oracle and SAP jobs on our IT job board.

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Offshoring IT jobs causes skills gap in the UK

by Editor 8/27/2008 3:20:00 PM
IT consulting jobs,consultant roles
Companies outsourcing entry-level IT jobs to countries like China and India are causing a widening skills gap in the UK. As a consequence of the offshoring trend, there are fewer graduate opportunities in the UK and mid-level salaries are rising, according to a new research by Income Data Services.

The research shows that average pay rates for IT user support technicians have jumped 13 percent, to £24,177, in the past year, while systems engineers’ salaries rose 9.5 percent, to £31,120. IT project leaders saw a 23 percent increase, to £47,605, within only five years, according to data released by Salaries Services.

“The sizeable pay increases we are seeing in mid-level IT support and technical roles are being driven largely by acute skills shortages,” said Ken Mulkearn, editor of the IDS study.

“Clients are now making sure they seed their own people offshore and get them to come back later,” commented Rick Simmonds of outsourcing consultancy Alsbridge.

Back in May, Ann Swain, CEO, Association of Technology Staffing Companies, had warned: “The shortage now is of candidates with a few years' experience looking for second and third jobs. But how do you get that experience if entry-level jobs are being sent offshore?”

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Best consulting case studies to be honoured at the MCA Management Awards 2009

by Editor 8/27/2008 3:13:00 PM
The MCA (Management Consultancies Association) will honour this year's best case studies in the consulting sector at the 13th annual MCA Management Awards. The awards are presented in 12 categories to consultants who provide added value to their clients' businesses and help them significantly improve their performance.

The UK's leading consulting industry body has now posted a call for submissions. The deadline for entries is October 17, 2008. The official entry pack and entry form can be downloaded at the Management Consultancies Association website.

All entries will be evaluated for clarity of language, application of management skills, achievement of project objectives, measurable results and quality of client relationship, before being shortlisted against judging criteria by Warwick Business School.

The best case studies across the categories will be celebrated at a gala dinner at the London Hilton on April 27, 2009. The case studies will also be featured in a special Management Today supplement.

“These awards will again provide an ideal platform for consulting firms to showcase their successes and highlight the value delivered to their clients,” said MCA’s new CEO Alan Leaman. “This year’s winners will continue to demonstrate the contribution management consultancy makes to business, the public sector and the economy as a whole – particularly important in a year of economic uncertainty.”

The MCA Management Awards judging panel includes:

1 Sally Scutt, Deputy Director General, British Bankers’ Association

2. Anthony Mitchell, Client Director, Ashridge Business School

3. Greg Smith, UK Director, Client Development, Ipsos MORI

4. Andy Saunders, Deputy Editor, Management Today

5. Margaret Smith, former Chief Executive, CIO Connect

6. Dr Peter Walmsley, Programme Lead, Supplier Relationship Management, The Home Office

7. Peter Hill, former Chief Executive, Management Consultancies Association

8. Harriet Arnold, Deputy Business Life Editor Financial Times

9. Professor Leo Murray, Former Director of Cranfield School of Management

10. Michael Whitehouse, Assistant Auditor General, National Audit Office

11. René de Sousa, Senior Procurement Specialist, The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and supply

12. Duncan Angwin, Strategic Management Group, Warwick Business School

For more information about the MCA and the Management Awards, visit the MCA website.

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Hewlett-Packard completes acquisition of Electronic Data Systems

by Editor 8/27/2008 2:28:00 PM
Electronic Data Systems (EDS) now officially belongs to hardware giant Hewlett-Packard. HP made the announcement on Tuesday, saying that its $13.9 billion acquisition of the Texas-based IT services provider is complete.

The deal will allow HP to expand its business operations in the field of technology consulting and outsourcing services.

What HP did not clarify in the statement, however, were the company's plans for automation and the fate of the 140,000 EDS employees.

Mark Hurd, Hewlett-Packard CEO, has said in regard to EDS that he will improve efficiency and cut costs in the company, but neither he nor EDS chief executive Ron Rittenmeyer will provide any details of the plans until they have held a presentation for Wall Street analysts on September 15.

Hurd has a good track record with improving efficiency and profit margins, reducing costs, and integrating established IT firms into the existing structures of HP. The HP CEO was successful at completing the integration of Compaq and has overseen acquisitions of 26 other firms since he became HP’s chief executive in 2005.

Last week, Hurd said that more than 500 HP and EDS employeers were working full time on the merger of the two companies. He had previously confirmed that EDS chief executive Ron Rittenmeyer would stay at the helm of EDS as a division of HP, and report directly to him.

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The Consultancy Careers Fair 2008 – London, October 9 -10

by Editor 8/26/2008 4:40:00 PM
This year, the Consultancy Careers Fair will take place at the Barbican Exhibition Hall in central London on October 9th and 10th.

Visiting consultants will have the opportunity to meet recruiters from a wide range of consulting firms. The doors will be open to them on Thursday, October 9th (18:30 – 21:00) and Friday, October 10th (09:30 – 16:30).

To attend, book your ticket on the Consultancy Careers Fair website, where you can also find more information about the event. Spaces are limited, so make sure you register your ticket soon.

UK's leading management and IT consulting firms, including some of the world's best known consultancy brands, and a number of boutique firms will be sending their recruiters to the event.

The consulting firms that will exhibit at the 2008 Consultancy Careers Fair include Accenture, Axon, Consulting Point, Convergys, Dell Corporation, Deloitte, Detica, Ernst & Young, Gartner UK, Hitachi Consulting, IBM, Mindbench, Navigant Consulting, PA Consulting, PCubed, PricewaterhouseCooopers LLP, Proudfoot Consulting, Qedis, Tefen Ltd, and many others. More than 45 stands have already been booked and over 2,500 people are expected to attend the event.

The annual Consultancy Careers Fair is organized by career websites Top-Consultant.com and TopITconsultant.co.uk.

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Infosys Technologies to acquire leading SAP consultancy

by Editor 8/26/2008 4:29:00 PM
Infosys Technologies has announced plans to buy Axon Group plc, one of the leading SAP consultancies in the UK. The deal is valued at £407.1 million and Infosys is expected to have full ownership by November 2008.

Axon is a consulting firm whose clients include multinational organisations that use SAP as their platform. The consultancy has offices in the UK, North America, Australia and Malaysia. It employs about 2,000 employees and specializes in delivering tranformation programs, supported by technology, which bring success to Axon’s clients. Axon’s consultants have both the expertise and experience to tackle strategic, operational, information management and efficiency issues that businesses deal with today.

With the acquisition, Infosys Technologies hopes to speed up the achievement of their strategic corporate goals, which include expansion of the company’s consulting services and consequently becoming better equipped to take on the challenges involved in the transformation programs of its high profile clients.

“We are excited about this acquisition,” said Infosys CEO Kris Gopalakrishnan. “The strategic combination of our groups will accelerate the realization of our common aspiration – that of becoming the most respected provider of business transformational services in the global marketplace. We hold the management and employees of Axon in high regard and look forward to welcoming them to the Infosys Group.”

To browse the latest jobs at Axon, please visit our IT consulting job board.

 

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