Soft skills in IT – what they are and why they’re valued

In the complex and varied field of IT, needing the right knowledge and technical skills is a given. But, in such a competitive and rapidly changing environment, professionals need an extra edge to stand out. Having the right soft skills ensures that projects are better managed and are more likely to run smoothly. Organisations are picking up on the value of candidates who exhibit certain soft skills and are looking for the traits below when hiring IT managers.

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Data analytics: the new challenge for small business

Small business owners are keenly aware of the difficulties they face across all facets of their company, as well as any new movements in the marketplace. Of late, this has meant becoming adept in an increasingly important area – data analytics.
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Rising demand for cybersecurity skills

With the rise of the digital workplace and workforce, advanced cybersecurity is in an ever-increasing need for Australian businesses. Data security is becoming a key concern for CIOs and businesses across Australia. The IT sector is looking for professionals who have the skills to manage and eliminate cybersecurity threats for their businesses.

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Tips for hiring astute IT professionals

Professionals within the IT sector have the rare fortune of not being in the job market for too long. In particular, the industry’s best get snapped up quickly, which is a hurdle for anyone looking for an elite hire.
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Personal robots are closer than you think

Robotics has always engaged the imagination. Fifty years ago, we could barely envisage the robots we now see working in factories. Today, robots are building our cars and constructing airplanes. However, one problem has plagued the minds of robotics engineers for years. How do we bring robots into human environments?

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Transition from tech expert to people manager

Landing a promotion is exciting, to say the least. It means you’ve been recognised for your hard work, and you’re progressing your career to exciting new heights. But what if that much-sought-after promotion suddenly landed you way out of your depth? Unfortunately, this is an all-too-often occurrence, particularly in the IT world.

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Managing talent in the digital era

Author and entrepreneur, Seth Godin often says, “the problem with complaining about the system…is that the system can’t hear you. Only people can”.

No matter how much technological innovation disrupts industries and companies, the human element remains at the core of any business. Systems don’t mistreat people or misrepresent them, they also do not govern poorly or support the wrong direction, people do.

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What does the ‘Experience Age’ mean for technology?

You’ve probably heard the term ‘Information Age’ thrown around quite a bit, but recently there’s been talk of the Age of Information making way for something else entirely — the ‘Experience Age’. The Experience Age refers not to the information we’re so rapidly consuming, but how we choose to consume this information. At present, we’ve reached saturation point with the amount of information we’re consuming. So it’s only natural to get more selective about where, what and how we consume.

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How to manage your IT team more effectively

IT managers need great negotiation skills, the ability to manage conflict, inspire their team and establish a culture of high performance. While tech knowledge is a great asset, successful IT managers need to be able to accomplish a whole lot more if they want to become inspiring leaders and create exceptional outcomes.

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