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I have the pleasure of working in Chennai, India this week.  In advance of this trip I did some homework and prepared this discussion on digital transformation, globalization, future job opportunities, and what we can learn from the history of Chennai, India and early America.  Enjoy! Video Link: http://youtu.be/uZC5KZGkDKM More awkward technology and travel videos by me (watch out Rick Steves): Human Strategies for Digital Transformation from Stockholm, SwedenWalking Rome, Talking Digital Transformation and MobilityWhat Portuguese Aqueducts, Google Fiber and High Speed Internet have in CommonInnovations and Mobile Applications in Lisbon, Portugal************************************************************************ Kevin BenedictWriter, Speaker, Senior Analyst Digital Transformation, EBA, Center for the Future of Work CognizantView my profile on LinkedInLearn about m... (more)

Open Source Toolkit for Job Hunters

Unemployment is rising and competition for the few jobs that are available is becoming tougher than ever. With each open job requisition, hiring managers are receiving hundreds of résumés. How do you stand out of the crowd? What can you do to get noticed? How can you start an interesting conversation? The key to successfully securing a job is to prove your expertise, while differentiating yourself from the crowd. It takes creativity and ingenuity - which are both possible using open source software. Open source can help you distinguish yourself without pulling on your purse strings, and, more important, it can help show how tech-savvy and creative you are. Build Your Credibility The most important task of job hunting is building an impressive résumé that clearly defines who you are, the expertise you bring to the table, your past successes, and the drive for a success... (more)

Cisco Announces Workforce Retraining Initiative

Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) launched a new Workforce Retraining Initiative (WRI) and pilot training program in Michigan that President Barack Obama lauded in a speech at the Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan. WRI, built on the Cisco® Networking Academy®, is designed to create new job opportunities for U.S. workers and support the country's ability to innovate, compete and prosper. Key Facts/Highlights Cisco is partnering with community colleges, universities, health care leaders, workforce development leaders, the medical community, and certification associations to implement WRI. WRI is tapping into the Cisco Networking Academy, which has an extensive track record of providing high-quality education in support of technology-based jobs. The program currently enrolls 128,000 students in the U.S. The WRI in Michigan will focus on broadband, network security and he... (more)

IT Has Gone to the Dogs: What Breed of IT Are You?

IT personnel have been referred to as many things: some see the role of IT staff as everything from heroes and essential partners, to %^&**[email protected]#!! villains. But how about a Pit Bull or a Chichuahua? Is there a German Shepherd lurking inside that SOA developer? If you take a look at some of the most dramatic canine personalities, you might find some interesting similarities between network engineers, software developers and man's best friend. If you're in technology, read on to determine which IT breed you might be. Which Breed of IT Are You? Pit Bull. Official name is the American Staffordshire Terrier. And as well all know, this dog is known for its powerful bite. Once he gets his teeth into something, you can't get him off. Is this your style? A tenacious IT technician? Do you hunt down the cause for an outage or security breach no matter how long it takes? If you ... (more)

Ph.D. in Twitter Anyone?

New Media on Ulitzer Colorado Technical University (CTU), a leading provider of education to career-motivated students, has launched six graduate degree programs designed to help prepare professionals to use technology and social media to meet changing business demands. The new programs include two doctor of management degrees - one in emerging media and another in environmental and social sustainability; two doctor of computer science degrees - one in digital systems security and another in emerging media; and two master of science degrees - one in systems engineering and another in enterprise information systems. All new programs are available nationally in a blended online, executive format, via the CTU Institute for Advanced Studies. Those taking the doctorate programs are required to attend a four-and-a-half-day symposium at the CTU Colorado Springs campus twi... (more)

Cut Your Job Search Time in Half

Careers on Ulitzer Careers on Ulitzer - The December 2009 Reach Personal Branding Interview on Thursday, Dec. 10 at noon EST features tips and techniques from David Perry and Kevin Donlin, co-authors of Guerilla Marketing for Job Hunters 2.0. In this guest expert interview with William Arruda, founder of Reach Personal Branding, David and Kevin will discuss job search secrets that have enabled their clients to land good jobs in less than half the time of the national average. This is a complimentary, live call and will also be recorded. David Perry is a headhunter (managing partner of Perry-Martel International), in-demand public speaker, and co-author of the highly successful Guerilla Marketing series and the Guerilla Job Hunting blog. Contributing co-author Kevin Donlin’s company, Guaranteed Resumes, provides resumes, cover letters, and online job search assistance... (more)

What Do You Call One Search Result From StackOverflow?

Microsoft Session at Cloud Expo I checked with the Windows Phone 7 team before putting this post out, and got the OK to write about it.  I hit this bug when building out my FriendLinks Windows Phone 7 application, and was surprised to find it was a bona fide bug and not a problem with my coding skills.  If there was a default value in the constructor for any new project I start, it would look something like: codingErrorResponsibilty == this.programmerName; In any event, here’s the cruxt of the bug.  If you are using HttpWebRequest developing on Windows Phone 7, and you get a 301 redirect returned from the web server, and that web server sets a cookie, the current build (as of 03/16/10 at Mix10) of Windows Phone 7 will throw an exception. In the case of my applications, I was trying to determine the title of the page as defined by the “” tags for a given ... (more)

Self-Leadership for a Successful Career: Advice from John Baldoni

John Baldoni is a leadership development consultant, executive coach, and author of twelve books on topics such as communication, managing your boss,... Follow us! Twitter: @IntuitQuickBase & Google+: +QuickBase ... (more)

EDF Energy Buys Panasonic Toughpad Tablets For UK Smart Meter Rollout

RUGGED TABLETS USED FOR SMART METER WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT BRACKNELL, UK - 1ST OCTOBER 2013 EDF Energy today became the first utility company in the UK to buy Panasonic Toughpad tablets for its Smart Meter rollout programme. The 1,000 Toughpad FZ-G1 Windows 8 tablets will be used by field operatives to receive and send job information for smart meter installation work. The UK Government has said all 53 million meters in 30 million homes in England, Wales and Scotland should be replaced with smart meters by 2020. Smart meters are the next generation of gas and electricity meters. The new meters take accurate readings of energy usage every day and, combined with a smart energy monitor, show how much energy is being used in pounds and pence. These readings are automatically sent to EDF Energy and consumers receive an accurate energy bill without having to submit meter rea... (more)

Networking Is Key For Job Hunters, Says CollegeJournal.com

PRINCETON, N.J., Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Most new jobs are filled by word of mouth, says CollegeJournal.com, The Wall Street Journal's guide for career- minded college students. So if you're looking for a job, networking is a vital tool for gathering information and achieving your goal. "Networking can be done anytime, anywhere-a train ride home, at a job fair or in a social setting," says Valerie Patterson, senior producer, CollegeJournal.com. "The most important first step in networking is to smile and be friendly -- you never know with whom you might strike up an important conversation." CollegeJournal.com offers these tips on how to get the most out of networking: * Know what you're looking for - speak succinctly about your talents, skills and goals. * Be assertive - networking means that you are working toward your goal -- advancement in your career-so don't b... (more)

Specialty Risk Services New Online Tools Help Clients Measure Risk Program's Performance

HARTFORD, Conn., Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Continually tracking the results of a risk management program is critical to controlling the bottom line. Specialty Risk Services (SRS), one of the nation's leading property-casualty third party administrators for workers' compensation and general liability claims, now offers clients access to a comprehensive suite of tools to monitor their program's performance on its new Web site, http://www.specialtyriskservices.com/. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20040920/NEM026LOGO ) In its password-protected Employer's Toolbox, clients have secure access to resources, including industry statistics, employee training materials, libraries of legislative and industry updates, loss control and safety tips, links to national and industry Web sites and more. "At SRS, we view risk management as a partnership," said SRS President J... (more)