IITP Newsline: Aussie/DC, Banner Blindness, ICT Trends- skills shortage

, posted: 22-Aug-2012 15:43

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22 August 2012

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Juha SaarinenAussie/DC

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There seem to be heaps of how data centres opening up across the ditch lately. Rackspace emailed today to say their Erskine Park, Sydney facility is now officially open for instance, and they're not the only ones. CloudFlare opened a facility last month and I've heard of others coming up too; this year, the total number of data centres in Australia will peak at just under 50,000.
I've seen figures in studies pointing to data centre spend in Australia hitting something like A$3 billion this year alone.

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Annika Naschitzki"Banner Blindness" effect on homepage banners
by Annika Naschitzki, Optimal Usability

As you are probably aware, at Optimal Usability we test a lot of web sites. Quite often we see test subjects overlooking key content or functionality, causing our customers to wonder what's wrong with their designs - or even the test subjects - 'It's there can't you see it?'
We hear the term 'banner blindness' referred to quite frequently, and we've often wondered how much this behaviour is specifically related to advertising banners, or how much it applies to homepage sliders, carousels or large homepage content banners and set about finding out!

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Garry RobertonICT Trends: Update on the Skills Shortage
by Garry Roberton, Senior Lecturer, Wintec

An "NZ Part of (Global) IT Skills Shortage Danger" headline in The NZ Herald on 12th July heralded the ministerial keynote at the NetHui internet conference delivered by Steven Joyce, Minister of Economic Development. He acknowledged the (apparent) current worldwide shortage of ICT skills and challenged everyone involved in the industry to evangelise ICT jobs/careers to students and families.
But, is there really a global ICT skills shortage? The overall scene is, at times, quite contrary with several recent contradictory headilines/articles, certainly at first glance. Let's look at it in more detail. Continue Reading


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