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Mind the (skills) gap

The increased uptake of cloud services is helping all kinds of organisations improve operations, but it’s also beckoning huge changes within IT departments

Over the past year numerous international and UK-focused studies have underscored what most enterprises have, sometimes painfully, come to realise: Increased adoption of cloud computing and big data services and technology is driving transformation in businesses—not just in how the IT department functions, but in how these relatively new technologies and services are procured and consumed across entire organisations. And with the right IT skills in high demand and job specs in constant flux, businesses are struggling to manage this transition to a new model of IT.

Qualcomm acquires cloud-based learning platform

Qualcomm is looking to target educational institutions with its new buy

Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of chip-maker Qualcomm Inc., announced it has acquired EmpoweredU, a pioneer in mobile, cloud-based learning software, for an undisclosed sum. The company said it plans to use the platform as a fundamental building block for its education initiatives moving forward.

IBM opens mainframe, cloud centre in Beijing

IBM opened a cloud computing competency centre in Beijing, just one day after it announced it would bring SoftLayer to Hong Kong

IBM opened a dedicated System z Linux and cloud competency centre in Beijing this week. The company said it will use the centre to provide guidance to students and companies on using cloud-based solution built on the mainframe platform.

Kroes calls for education and employment reform

Kroes calls for education and employment reform

European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, this week outlined her intentions to transform education across the EU using information and communications technology (ICT). Kroes, along with the Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Sport, Media and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou, plan to unveil new proposals to reform education in Europe next week.

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