IT grads and the workplace

February 25, 2011
Is IT skills gap keeping companies from hiring?
Network World
Michael Cooney writes about the IT skills gap and what that may mean for the workforce.

“There is a disconnect between students getting high tech degrees and what employers are looking for in those graduates. Employers agree that colleges and universities need to provide their students with the essential skills required to run IT departments, yet only eight per cent of hiring managers would rate IT graduates hired as ‘well trained, ready to go,’ according to a survey of 376 organizations that are members of the IBM user group Share and Database Trends and Applications subscribers. The study found nearly four out of 10 respondents report that their IT hires are not sufficiently prepared to perform jobs within their companies, and another 44 per cent say, at a minimum, that there are noticeable gaps in their skills.”

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Amazon Web Services launches CloudFormation: Infrastructure recipes
ZD Net
Larry Dignan writes about Amazon Web Services’ CloudFormation offering.

“The big takeaway here is that Amazon Web Services wants this cloud computing thing to be ridiculously easy. Here’s how CloudFormation works: A customer describes what resources-storage, compute, load balancing-are needed. CloudFormation figures out how those resources are provisioned. Templates put the cloud stack together.”

HTC Inspire 4G review: High-powered Android at a low-ball price
ZD Net
Jason Hiner shares his thoughts about the HTC Inspire 4G smartphone.

“The biggest problem that the Inspire solves is the price barrier. Most of the high-end smartphones of this caliber start at $200. The fact that this device offers as many top-notch features as it does and costs half that will definitely appeal to many. Of course, never forget that the monthly data plan for any smartphone is going to cost far more than the smartphone itself over the course of a two-year contract. The other breakthrough with the HTC Inspire is that it is one of the first truly high-end Android phones on AT&T. Plus, it’s the first AT&T device to offer the mobile Wi-Fi hotspot feature.”

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