NZCS Newsline: CIOs, Submarine Cables, ICT Trends and Kiwi PyCon

, posted: 28-Jun-2012 15:46

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NZCS Newsline
28 June 2012

Your weekly dose of ICT news and views

This week:

  • Juha Saarinen: See eye see eye oh
  • Paul Brislen: Submarines
  • Garry Roberton: ICT Trends: Looking back, looking forward
  • NZCS ICT-Connect Team: Reminder: ICT-Connect call for Presenters
  • Kiwi PyCon 2012
  • ICT around town: All the latest ICT-related events in your area

Featured Article

Juha SaarinenSee eye see eye oh
Juha Saarinen

Having spent much of Monday and Tuesday this week at the annual CIO Summit in Auckland, I do believe that said C-level creatures are far from extinct. The 2012 bash was apparently the biggest gathering of CIOs in the world (although the IFIP World CIO Forum in China was apparently larger) and it certainly felt busy with 500 or so attendees.

I enjoyed the talks too, in which CIOs from all over the world shared their experiences. Tim Campos of Facebook fame rattled off mind-boggling statistics...

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Paul BrislenSubmarines
Paul Brislen, TUANZ CEO

The earthquake and subsequent tsunami that shook Japan on March 11, 2011 was one of the five most powerful earthquakes ever recorded. It killed over 15,000 people immediately, injured a further 6,000 and an additional 3,000 are listed as "missing".

The damage to buildings was immense. Nearly 130,000 buildings were completely destroyed with a further 254,000 reported as "half collapsed" and close to 690,000 more partially damaged. Yet through all of that, Japan's internet access remained intact and operational. How come?

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Garry RobertonICT Trends: Looking back, looking forward
by Garry Roberton, Senior Lecturer, Wintec

What has changed in the last year? Twelve months ago I began a Newsline article with; "The ratio between availability of ICT graduates versus industry demand significantly impacts the ICT sector and New Zealand as a whole. The trend of both has caused considerable concern in recent years."

Recently the headline of an article by Brain Fallow, economics editor for the NZ Herald, caught my attention. It reads "Job ads reveal 'fairly tepid' labour market" and refers to a fall of 2 per cent in the in the A/NZ job ads indicator for April.

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Reminder: ICT-Connect call for Presenters
by NZCS ICT-Connect Team

Keen to help make a difference to the future of New Zealand? In partnership with over 40 companies and organisations, NZCS is very proud to announce the launch ICT-Connect in Schools. And now we need your help!
ICT-Connect is the IT industry's in-school programme to increase the visibility and desirability of a career in IT, and we're now calling for Expressions of Interest for those keen to contribute a little time presenting to the next generation in schools.

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Featured Upcoming Event

Kiwi PyCon 2012

Kiwi PyCon is a 2 day conference dedicated to the Python programming language. It's an annual event, and is hosted in a different city each year. This year it is in Dunedin at Otago University at the start of September.

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