IBM launches technology innovation centre in Vietnam

by Editor 5/26/2009 4:03:00 PM
IBM has launched the first IBM Innovation Center in Vietnam, the company announced yesterday. The centre will provide entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, business partners and academics in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos with access to workshops, consulting services, technical infrastructure and assistance to help bring new technologies to market.

The new IBM Innovation Center is located in Ho Chi Minh city.

IBM’s goal in opening the centre is to reach into growing nations and boost technology growth, helping local communities develop the skills and technologies to support demand for digital infrastructure in areas such as government industries, telecommunications, energy and banking.

The new centre adds to the growing network of 43 IBM Innovation Centers worldwide, part of the company's $1 billion annual investment into the success of its 100,000 global business partners. The information technology giant has also announced collaborations with leading schools in the region, The University of Technology and The College of Technology at Vietnam National University (VNU).

"IBM continues to make major investments in emerging markets around the world, growing business while helping to develop local ecosystems that advance IT skills and innovation," said Jim Corgel, general manager, IBM ISV and Developer Relations.

"With this IBM Innovation Center and new university collaborations, we are able to make IBM's technical resources and expertise more accessible to fuel innovation and help local businesses and academics compete on a global scale."

"As a growing nation, Vietnam provides vast opportunities for local companies, start-ups, academics and IT professionals," said Vo Tan Long, Country General Manager of IBM Vietnam. "Since 2000, IBM has launched more than a dozen IBM Innovation Centers in emerging nations like Vietnam to drive growth and innovation around IT skills. This country has a wealth of talent, and IBM is committed to help develop the local technical community."

 

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Global insurance group enhances fraud detection systems with Detica NetReveal®

by Editor 5/26/2009 4:02:00 PM
IT consulting firm Detica has announced that RSA, a FTSE 100 global insurance group, has acquired a licence for Detica NetReveal® along with related services, in order enhance its existing fraud detection systems.

Detica’s groundbreaking technology will be used to expose organized fraud across a wide range of insurance claims that RSA’s personal and commercial motor insurance and home insurance business in the UK deals with.

John Beadle, UK Counter Fraud Manager at RSA, said: “We chose Detica NetReveal® following an extensive review of potential providers plus the successful completion of a ‘live’ trial that resulted in substantially improved fraud detection rates.”

Andy Cobb, Director of Business Development for Detica NetReveal®, added: “We are delighted that RSA, one of the world’s leading insurance groups, has chosen our solution. Using the latest version of Detica NetReveal® we will not only accelerate offline investigations but also take fraud prevention a step further by performing live screening of new claims against pre-scored criminal networks. We are delighted to continue to offer our commercial clients the fruits of over thirty years of developing solutions to some of the most complex security problems.”

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Capgemini wins 2009 SAP Pinnacle Award

by Editor 5/22/2009 4:47:00 PM

Capgemini has been awarded a 2009 SAP Pinnacle Award as a leading SAP partner in the category Top Company Contributor – BPX (Business Process Expert) Community, the consulting firm announced this week. The awards were presented at SAP’s international customer conference that took place in Orlando, Florida, between May 11 and 14.

SAP’s partners and employees submitted more than 300 nominations this year, two times as many as in 2008, and the awards were presented to partners that excel in addressing critical issues, enhancing customer experience, and improving return on investment.

Capgemini and SAP have been partners for more than two decades and their collaboration has borne particular success in the area of new architectures and technologies.

Renate Radon, vice president, Global Alliance Executive at Capgemini, said: “ “Capgemini is proud to be recognized among SAP’s thriving partner ecosystem with this prestigious award. This marks the third time in the past four years we’ve been honored with an SAP Pinnacle Award. This award once again demonstrates that our clients can rely on our capabilities to implement new, innovative technologies and solutions for superior performance and first-mover advantage, thanks to our close partnership with SAP.”

Zia Yusuf, executive vice president, Global Ecosystem and Partner Group, SAP, commented: “SAP is committed to fostering an ecosystem that is driven by co-innovation and which uniquely provides solutions and services that help customers meet their most pressing challenges. SAP Pinnacle Awards recognize those partners that have consistently demonstrated excellence in delivering value-focused and cost-effective solutions and services which help customers address their industry and business process needs. We thank Capgemini for their dedication and passion to teaming with SAP to help extend the value of a customer-focused ecosystem.”

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Information Technology Specialist Certification program reaches new milestone

by Editor 5/22/2009 3:51:00 PM
The Open Group, a vendor- and technology-neutral consortium focused on open standards and global interoperability within and between enterprises, today announced that the number of individuals that have achieved its Information Technology Specialist Certification (ITSC) program has surpassed the mark of 1,000 professionals. Launched just last year, the ITSC program assures that individuals possess the prerequisite skills and experience to develop and deliver an ever-more complex set of IT solutions. The program counts a diverse set of companies and global IT solutions providers across numerous industries as active contributors, including for example Credit Suisse and Capgemini, one of the world's foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services.

The Open Group ITSC program offers a worldwide set of standards for qualifying the skills, knowledge and experience of IT Specialists. Rather than requiring an examination that only tests a professional's knowledge of basic skills, a review board comprised of certified IT Specialists ensures that the skills and experience of each candidate meet the rigorous qualification standards. As such, ITSC enables organizations to find and select the right expertise for their projects, a critical requirement brought on by the globalization of IT initiatives, regulatory compliance and rising industry expectations for quality of service.

"ITSC raises the bar for qualifications across the entire industry," said Ron Tolido, vice president and chief technology officer at Capgemini Nederland. "As one of the founding contributors to ITSC, Capgemini believes that the industry at large benefits immensely from a global standardized view of the skills, experience and competencies of IT Specialists across many different disciplines. The world is our market and also our delivery place: we need to speak the same language to achieve successful collaboration."

ITSC is the first program to offer independent, comprehensive, global certification for professional specialists within two technical focus areas: Development and Operations; as well as four client focus areas, including Services, Technical Sales, Technical Support and Technical Training.

"To allow for the development of truly well-rounded and competent specialists, it was important to IBM that both skills and experience be assessed as part of the program," said Brian Mitsuki, Senior Certified Consulting IT Specialist & Americas IT Specialist Profession Leader, IBM. "The ITSC program provides for that holistic assessment and ensures that our specialists are the right people for the job."

"The rapid growth of ITSC certifications in the last year affirms our belief that establishing a set of standards for IT Specialists benefits not only the professionals, but also their employers, and clients," said Allen Brown, CEO of the Open Group. "Companies such as IBM and Capgemini leverage ITSC because they understand that they are well served by a globally-recognized set of certification criteria that acknowledges real world skills and experience to assure the quality of hires, provide a clear career path for employees, as well as a guide for selecting the most competent individuals."

Individuals interested in certification for their own career paths as well as companies looking to establish an Accredited Certification Program for employees should visit www.opengroup.org/itsc/cert.

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Harvey Nash: Information executives seizing opportunities in the recession

by Editor 5/19/2009 4:29:00 PM
Chief information officers in the UK and the rest of Europe are upbeat and taking the business opportunities that the recession is throwing at them, according to the new Harvey Nash IT Leadership Survey.

IT outsourcing and recruitment consulting firm Harvey Nash has produced the 55-page IT Leadership survey in association with PA Consulting. They polled 1345 information executives from across Europe. The survey paints a picture of European CIOs as leaders of business change and innovation in difficult economic times.

To cut costs and fight off the effects of the recession, CIOs are adopting new technologies and agile working practices. Harvey Nash analysts say: “IT leaders are being bolder, using lack of cash as a catalyst to stimulate fundamental change in their business.”

Less than half (42 percent) of the executives reported a budget cut in the last 12 months, while a quarter said that their budgets had increased. More than a half of the CIOs are concerned that job cuts are affecting their organizations.

As many as 86 percent of the information leaders surveyed said that they were being called upon by their companies to use IT in innovative ways to boost the competitive abilities of their business.

Finally, 80 percent of the respondents are satisfied with their current salary, with 60 percent reporting earnings over €100,000.

To read the complete survey, visit Harvey Nash’s IT Leadership Centre.  

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Detica opens Manchester City centre office

by Editor 5/15/2009 3:42:00 PM
Business and technology consulting firm Detica will open a new office in central Manchester on Tuesday, May 19. The launch event will take place at 6pm.

The information intelligence specialist is recruiting new staff, hoping to attract top talent, and expanding its business in the North of England to meet the needs of its growing number of clients in the region.

“Detica has always enjoyed a rapid growth rate and our success of recent years is continuing despite the current economic climate,” said Martin Sutherland, Detica’s Managing Director. “We are witnessing a significant increase in demand for our services, especially in the North, and are growing in order to respond to the needs of both our existing and new clients.

“We are excited about our expansion in Manchester and look forward to growing our team with talented and enthusiastic individuals who share our passion for excellence and success.”

Detica’s clients include Vodafone, BT, the Home Office and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. At the launch event, the firm will present its future plans and thoughts on future developments in the area of information intelligence. Detica’s team of leaders will be available to discuss career opportunities at the firm with consultants and other potential job candidates.

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IT jobs in highest demand are in systems and development - new survey

by Editor 5/14/2009 3:53:00 PM
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IT jobs in systems and development are in highest demand in today's hazardous job market, as revealed by a new survey from the National Computing Centre.

The National Computer Centre survey, titled "Benchmark of salaries and employment trends in IT", covered 202 UK organisations, and also predicted steady salary rises across the IT sector.

According to the study, demand for development staff will increase by 13% in the next two years, and systems and support staff levels will rise by 10%, showing a trend that runs counter to the pessimism that has dogged the general economy.

Certainly, websites specialising in IT jobs have not experienced any downturn in traffic, either from job searchers or from job posters.

In all, almost half of the companies surveyed stated that they expected the total number of IT jobs in their organisation to increase in the next two years. IT services was the best-positioned sector, with four-fifths of respondents expecting numbers to increase in this particular type of IT job.

In the survey, 63% of respondents in the public sector anticipated that IT jobs in their sector would increase, and 55% of finance professionals expected their sector's IT posts to grow in number.

This optimism was not reflected across all sectors, however, with only a third of manufacturing respondents and a quarter of transport interviewees believing that their sectors would experience IT jobs growth.

Skills shortages in IT jobs

The picture painted by the survey was not entirely rosy. Eight per cent of those surveyed expressed concern over the shortage of qualified staff to fill vacant IT jobs.

The main skill shortages identified by the interviewees included Oracle, SAP, NET, web development, business analysis and network support, as well as VMware virtualisation, .NET C# security issues, and ITIL.

A quick glance at the vacancies available on IT jobs boards confirms that these skills are indeed in high demand.

Also, it is important to note that the generally positive trends depicted by the survey are not universally shared.

Recruiters are reporting a significant drop in demand for full-time employees across the board, and the "Report on Jobs" released by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation and KPMG stated that the number of IT jobs available had fallen, but that the fall was not as large as it had been in most other sectors.

TheITJob is the first port of call for IT professionals looking to find employment or move their career forwards. Spanning every sector of the IT industry, TheITJob gives complete details on IT jobs in the UK and throughout the world.

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Accenture wins four 2009 SAP® Pinnacle Awards

by Editor 5/14/2009 3:44:00 PM
Global consulting, technology and outsourcing firm Accenture has won four 2009 SAP® Pinnacle Awards, making it a total of 18 SAP awards to date and confirming its position as one of SAP's leading strategic partners.

The SAP Pinnacle Awards recognize SAP partners who have excelled in developing their partner relationships with SAP and who provide quality products, solutions and services to SAP customers. Accenture accepted the awards at a ceremony in Orlando during the opening of SAP’s annual customer event, the SAPPHIRE® 2009 conference.

Accenture won in the following categories:

  • Collaborative Revenue Contribution Award – This award formally recognizes the recipient as SAP’s leading partner across the totality of its business. Accenture has now won this award for three consecutive years, reflecting Accenture’s ability to continue serving its long-standing clients while securing new market share.
  • SOA Thought Leadership, Service Partners – One of the most coveted technical awards presented at SAPPHIRE, this award recognizes the recipient’s strength and innovation in developing SAP solutions based on service-oriented architecture (SOA).
  • SOA Proof Points/Showcase Leadership, Service Partners – This award recognizes the recipient’s capabilities in developing enterprise services and securing a high number and quality of approved proof-point scenarios and business value reference submission
  • BusinessObjects Service Partner – This award recognizes the recipient’s pool of talent focused on business intelligence and the data landscape, including SAP NetWeaver® Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW) and the SAP BusinessObjects™ portfolio of solutions.

The awards reflect Accenture’s three decades of experience bringing a business value-driven approach to systems integration.

“The strategic alliance between Accenture and SAP is a powerful force in the marketplace, with Accenture delivering SAP services and solutions to more than a thousand clients around the world in nearly every industry,” said Patrick Puechbroussou, managing director of Accenture’s SAP business. “We are particularly pleased to be recognized for our strengths in SOA and business intelligence, two areas where we apply the latest SAP technology to help organizations cultivate their own distinctive capabilities.”

“SAP is committed to fostering an ecosystem that is driven by co-innovation and which uniquely provides solutions and services that help customers meet their most pressing challenges,” said Zia Yusuf, executive vice president, Global Ecosystem and Partner Group, SAP. “SAP Pinnacle Awards recognize those partners that have consistently demonstrated excellence in delivering value-focused and cost-effective solutions and services which help customers address their industry and business process needs. We thank Accenture for their dedication and passion to teaming with SAP to help extend the value of a customer-focused ecosystem.”

For more details about the awards: www.accenture.com/sap  
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Consulting Times – May 2009

by Editor 5/12/2009 4:22:00 PM
The May issue of Consulting Times has been posted. The topics covered include:
  • Hiring in the consulting sector – how bad is it out there?
  • Employees in the business services sector embracing “new altruism” to save jobs
  • Top-Consultant.com report: recruitment will concentrate in the second half of the year
  • Capgemini reorganising country consulting practices into a single global unit
  • Industry sectors that will be front runners of UK recovery
  • Chartered Management Institute survey: managers in the consulting sector on economic recovery
  • Management Consultancies Association – MCA Management Awards
  • Interview with Dom Moorhouse, head of Moorhouse Consulting
  • Tips for consultants: How to pick clients?
  • Seven tips for writing a compelling CV

To read about these and more, please visit Consulting-Times.com.

 

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Nebulas Solutions strengthens compliance capabilities with new partnership

by Editor 5/8/2009 4:13:00 PM
IT security, acceleration and virtualisation specialist Nebulas Solutions Group has teamed up with LogRhythm, a company that provides file integrity and endpoint monitoring, enterprise-class log and event management in a single solution, and the partnership has been an early success, with three major customer wins in the first three weeks since signing the agreement.

The agreement allows Nebulas Solutions to offer LogRhythm’s enterprise solution, which automates the collection, organisation, analysis, archiving and reporting of all log data, to clients and help them meet their compliance, security and operational requirements more easily, as well as provide them with actionable insights into security, availability, performance and audit issues within their infrastructure.

The partnership further strengthens Nebulas Solutions' compliance and auditing capabilities, which help customers in many different sectors to meet their industry-specific compliance obligations. As a specialist in solutions for PCI (Payment Card Industry) Data Security Standards, Nebulas Solutions' addition of the LogRhythm offering will help customers to improve their compliance, overall security and gain better operational visibility and insight.

Nick Garlick, managing director at Nebulas Solutions, says: "We're always looking to partner with leading technology companies and LogRhythm's solution will enhance our broad-ranging compliance offering. I'm delighted that our partnership has already generated three customer wins; it clearly shows the appeal of our combined offering. Given such early success, I'm looking forward to developing a significant, long-term relationship with LogRhythm".

Ross Brewer, LogRhythm's vice president and managing director EMEA, commented: "We're looking forward to working with Nebulas and will benefit significantly from the Group's broad business base of customers, particularly within the financial services market. Our early wins have highlighted the partnership's potential and created terrific momentum for moving forward. By widening our joint offering to Nebulas' customers in broader industry sectors, I'm confident that both organisations will enjoy strong revenue growth over the coming year".

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