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IBM debuts free access quantum computer

Anyone can use IBM's five-qubit quantum processor via the cloud. (Picture: IBM)

Anyone can use IBM's five-qubit quantum processor via the cloud. (Picture: IBM)

IBM yesterday introduced a quantum computer which anyone can use for free via the Internet, marking the first time the esoteric technology is available to the general public.

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SA, UK establish research chairs

Establishing the research chairs is vital to encourage the best scientists to work in Africa, says minister Naledi Pandor.

Establishing the research chairs is vital to encourage the best scientists to work in Africa, says minister Naledi Pandor.

SA and the UK have established the first three bilateral research chairs to strengthen research and innovation capacity between the countries.

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Ovations Academy achieves CompTIA partnership status

CompTIA, the worldwide leader in vendor-neutral certification, has awarded CompTIA partnership status to the Ovations Academy. In terms of the partnership, the academy is now accredited to deliver training and facilitation to prepare candidates for CompTIA's A+ and N+ IT professional certifications.

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Real IRM debuts IT4IT training programme

Employing individuals who are IT4IT certified will assist in mitigating the shortage of IT management skills, says Real IRM's Stuart Macgregor.

Employing individuals who are IT4IT certified will assist in mitigating the shortage of IT management skills, says Real IRM's Stuart Macgregor.

Enterprise Architecture specialist, Real IRM has introduced a two-day training programme, aimed at certifying individuals in The Open Group IT4IT Reference Architecture standard.

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Samsung trains women in mobile electronics repair

Sixteen women who graduated from the Samsung Women's Technical Programme will be placed in jobs next week.

Sixteen women who graduated from the Samsung Women's Technical Programme will be placed in jobs next week.

Sixteen young women, aged between 19 and 33 years, graduated from the Samsung Women's Technical Programme in Johannesburg yesterday.

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Training gets trendy

Training Gets Trendy

Training gets trendy

Decision Inc, a business intelligence consultancy, provides a mix between formal certified courses and additional in-house training, such as leadership development, internal technical workshops, and an intern programme.

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Collaboration is the solution

Oupa Mopaki

Oupa Mopaki, MICT Seta’s CEO

In ITWeb Brainstorm’s 2014 CIO survey, where 158 of South Africa’s top CIO’s were interviewed, 43% said they were are actively seeking specific skills. Despite the demand for skills, the supply is falling short – leaving the sector, as well as candidates who have the potential to flourish, at a distinct disadvantage.

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Proudly home grown

Pieter Bencsch

Pieter Bencsch

South African enterprises are increasingly investing in addressing the high-level and specialised skills shortages that persist in the country, but project timelines can work to undermine their best intentions. This is according to Pieter Bensch, MD of HP South Africa, who says there is a growing willingness among local enterprises to invest in skills development in their IT departments.

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Mobile tech is all the rage

Lara Green

Lara Green, Strong developers with relatable skills should be identified and upskilled

The shortage of ICT skills is negatively impacting on business, with companies struggling to fill technical positions, resulting in delays in delivering goods and services. This could also force organisations to look outside of South Africa for their technical skills requirements, which would have a roll-on effect of damaging the industry and the economy.

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What are IT skills worth?

Salaries: years-on-year growth

The average salary reported by the permanently employed respondents this year is up 8% from 2014, but women are closing the gap. The average difference was just over R50 000, while in the past two years it was well over R100 000. Expressed in percentages, female respondents’ salaries grew by 20% year-on-year, compared to only a 3% growth for male respondents.

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