IT professionals who don't work long hours, government missing a deadline (surprise), and a 'curious' new SAP UK MD
ComputerworldUK's round-up of the week's news features IT professionals who don't work long hours, government missing a deadline (surprise), and a 'curious' new SAP UK MD
1. IT pros work fewer hours than in other professions
It turns out that IT professionals place a great deal of value on having good work/life balance - more than pay.
The Career Lifestyle Survey from recruitment agency Robert Walters found that although a quarter work a 50 hour or more week, the majority work a lower number of hours than most other professionals in other industries (such as HR, sales and legal and finance).
3. University of Reading to open £20m commercial big data research centre in early 2015
The University of Reading is opening a £20 million-plus big data research centre next year.
The centre will "unlock" huge, complex and growing environmental datasets and the latest computational modelling, satellite and earth observation research, aiming to turn them into "commercially viable ideas".
The University of Reading is a leading centre for environmental science, with the new centre's first projects scheduled to be formally launched in "early 2015", said the university. A chief executive and new team will be recruited for the centre over the coming months.
4. Renault is ready to fight Google and Apple for car market ownership
Renault is fine-tuning its digital strategy to compete with Google and Apple's movements into the car space, the carmaker’s chief digital officer announced at Salesforce's Dreamforce conference in San Francisco.
Renault’s chief digital officer, Patrick Hoffstetter, said that the car maker's digital strategy will allow it to fight for its spot as the fourth largest car manufacturer in the world.
Hoffstetter said that big data was playing a large part in the strategy, linking all Renault’s channels to provide the best customer service to attract and retain new customers.
7. Moody's Corporation chooses ServiceNow over 'inflexible' BMC Remedy system
Moody's Corporation, the holding company for credit ratings firm Moody's Investment Services, revealed at a ServiceNow Forum user event in London that it has deployed an IT service management (ITSM) tool from ServiceNow to improve "disjointed" processes across its organisation, deciding against a highly customised BMC Remedy platform used by its outsourcing partner.
It described what it had before, with its lack of automated process integration, as a "glorified 1920s telephone exchange".