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Local e-education company gets global award

Some of the Edit Microsystems team at the Frost & Sullivan 2015 Best Practice Awards Banquet.

Some of the Edit Microsystems team at the Frost & Sullivan 2015 Best Practice Awards Banquet.

South African-based supplier of educational and corporate technology solutions, Edit Microsystems, was recently presented with a Frost & Sullivan global award for Best Practices in Customer Service Leadership within the eEducation industry.

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allaboutXpert raises the bar with higher level certification courses

allaboutXpert recognises that portfolio, programme and project management is best supported through a delivery support office. Its Managing Successful Programmes (MSP), and Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices (P3O) are best management practice certifications bringing together – in one place – a set of principles, processes and techniques to facilitate effective portfolio, programme and project management through enablement, challenge and support structures.

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True innovation demands right environment, support

You have to create an environment that doesn't accept mediocrity but does accept mistakes, says Alan Knott-Craig Jnr, CEO of Project Isizwe.

You have to create an environment that doesn't accept mediocrity but does accept mistakes, says Alan Knott-Craig Jnr, CEO of Project Isizwe.

True innovation is only possible within the right environment and with the right level of support.

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A fresh approach SAP education innovation

Dawn Griffin, CEO The House of Griffin.

Dawn Griffin, CEO The House of Griffin.

SAP is one of the most lucrative careers for people in the IT industry. SAP Synergy is a new division of The Weram Group International. It's a unique partnership with Griffin Consulting, known in the industry as a SAP specialist consultancy which has partnered with The Weram Group International to exchange different skill sets in a synergy of excellence. The Synergy provides innovative methods of learning skills in SAP conveniently.

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Preparing for future jobs

The reality is that future generations are going to be doing jobs that don't even exist today, says Patricia Gouws, a senior lecturer at Unisa.

The reality is that future generations are going to be doing jobs that don't even exist today, says Patricia Gouws, a senior lecturer at Unisa.

Patricia Gouws is using smart robotics and Lego to give young people a better understanding of how things work.

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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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