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New Zealand looks overseas for tech skills

Overseas readers wanted to know how New Zealand is filling its tech industry vacancies. Here is my story published earlier this year in London-based Computer Weekly.  Wellington is as far as you can fly from Heathrow before you start coming back. New Zealand’s capital is almost 19,000km and at least 24 hours away. The city […]

Meet the weekend ethical hackers

Ethical hackers, a growing band of computer professionals, use their skills to work out of hours on projects benefitting society. Don Christie, founder and director of Wellington’s largest open source service and cloud computing service provider Catalyst, is happy if developers and other IT professionals working for the firm moonlight as hackers. Thanks to the media, hacker is […]

Addressing the skills gap for high growth companies

Tomorrow night I’m chairing an interactive panel discussion on the skills challenge facing New Zealand technology companies. It’s part of Massey University’s ecentre cloud series.  The session starts at 5:30 at the Sir Neil Waters Building, Massey University Albany. Innovative companies depend on talented knowledge workers. They are in short supply everywhere, New Zealand is no different […]

Big data projects hampered by poor skills

Businesses in Australia and New Zealand are not getting the results they hoped for from big data projects. Less than one in eight report success with their strategies. Among other issues, they have trouble finding people with the skills needed to make sense of the technology. They also struggle as poor communications mean company departments […]

Wasteline test your writing

Helen Sword’s Wasteline Test is a great online writing improvement tool. You cut and paste your writing into a box, hit the button and the software scans your words. The Wasteline Test counts and highlights the weak verbs, abstract nouns, prepositions, adjectives, adverbs and waste words. It then gives you a ranking from lean, through […]