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The high-tech skills gap and education

Blog  On Sept. 26, Software.org: the BSA Foundation released a new report titled "The Economic Impact of Software." The study details the rapid growth of the software industry in the United States and its resulting impact across the economy -- both at national and state levels. The study found that the t...

Last updated: Oct 18, 2017   5:01 PM GMT  |  Blog: IoT Agenda   |      "IT occupations", Education, Internet of Things
Offshoring IT will double in five years but what about IT graduate unemployment?

Blog   I wrote a blog post last week about the fact that Computer Science graduates are the largest group of unemployed graduates in the UK with 17% of recent graduates unemployed.   There was a great debate about whether offshoring was the main cause of this. Not everyone thought so. One thought 17...

Last updated: Sep 23, 2010   11:39 AM GMT  |  Blog: Investigating Outsourcing   |      Computer science, Gartner, Offshoring
Is offshoring still making students of Computer Science the largest unemployed group of graduates?

Blog   I blogged last year about figures published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). They showed unemployment rates for recent graduates in different subject areas in 2009. In 2009 recent Computer Science graduates had the highest rate of unemployment six months after graduating, wit...

Last updated: Jun 30, 2011   2:59 PM GMT  |  Blog: Investigating Outsourcing   |      HESA, Offshoring
Codio video runs through BCS Certificate in Computer Science Teaching

Blog   Codio has released an Ask the Expert's video which investigates the best ways of teaching computer science through coding in schools. This is the third video in the Ask the Expert's series from Codio, with the episode focusing on the BCS Certificate in Computer Science Teaching. The video...

Last updated: May 8, 2015   12:30 AM GMT  |  Blog: ITWorks   |      Uncategorized
Offshoring IT is not making UK computer scientists the largest unemployed group, says BCS

Blog   This blog has been focussing quite heavily on the potential damage to the UK IT industry caused by offshoring work to lower cost locations.   I recently quoted the latest figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) which revealed that recent Computer Science graduates have the ...

Last updated: Sep 27, 2010   6:00 AM GMT  |  Blog: Investigating Outsourcing   |      BCS, Computer science, HESA
NPfIT - back to choice of suppliers for NHS trusts?

Blog  The NHS's National Programme for IT [NPfIT] has taken a different direction with NHS trusts being given a choice of a range of systems from various suppliers - which they were able to do before the advent of the NPfIT in 2002. An announcement was made today [7 May 2008] of the names of suppliers ...

Last updated: May 7, 2008   11:40 AM GMT  |  Blog: Public Sector IT   |      NPfIT
Can open source save STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) graduate figures?

Blog  RunRev has announced a campaign to create an open source programming language targeted at school students. The firm cites statistics which estimate that there will be more than 150,000 U.S. computer science jobs projected annually through to the year 2020 -- but only 40,000 graduates with degrees i...

Last updated: Jan 31, 2013   2:12 PM GMT  |  Blog: Open Source Insider   |      Uncategorized
Antiquated occupation computer operator

Answer  I have a Bachelors of Science in computer science but my only experience is as a computer operator, which has become an antiquated occupation. In the IT work force, is there room for my skill set?

Last updated: Jul 12, 2013   11:47 AM GMT   |    IT careers, IT jobs
Bachelor of CSE vs Certifications

Answer  Does a bachelor degree in computer science and engineering cover the contents of A+, MCSE or CCNA? If not, why and then what are basic fields of career of a graduate of computer science and engineering?

Last updated: Aug 4, 2009   8:32 PM GMT   |    A+, A+ Certification, Career Development
Microsoft names technical fellow to head Jim Gray Systems Lab

Blog  Microsoft has lured David DeWitt, former head of the Univerity of Wisconsin Computer Science Department aboard as a Microsoft Fellow. He won't be leaving Badgerland behind: DeWitt will lead the new Microsoft Jim Gray Systems Lab, an advanced development center right there in Madison. Gray, a respe...

Last updated: Apr 24, 2008   1:52 PM GMT  |  Blog: Channel Marker
Should I go for a SAP ABAP career?

Answer  Recently I did a bachelor in arts. Right now, I'm doing SAP ABAP from ciba. After completing this certification, can I get a job in companies? Because my study background is not from computer science. Is this necessary to get degree in computer science?

Last updated: Aug 25, 2016   10:11 AM GMT   |    SAP ABAP, SAP career
Today's girls who code, tomorrow's women in computer science

Blog  Some things just bear repeating. As part of our most recent roundup post -- in roundups, we gather interesting items you may have missed from the week that was -- we highlighted a new initiative created to promote young women in computer science. Girls Who Code was founded by former New York City ...

Last updated: Jul 3, 2012   8:50 PM GMT  |  Blog: TotalCIO
Equality abounds in science studies, not so in computer science

Blog  It was lunch break on day two of the Fusion 2012 CEO-CIO Symposium but Judy Caruso was all business. Or I suppose I should say, "all IT." The director of IT policy for the University of Wisconsin pulled up a chair next to me, commented on the quality of the lunchtime fare and followed up shortly wit...

Last updated: Mar 15, 2012   10:52 PM GMT  |  Blog: TotalCIO
Why Dame Wendy Hall won the FDM 2014 everywoman lifetime achievement award

Blog   If you haven't already seen, Dame Wendy Hall won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 FDM everywoman awards this week. Dame Wendy Hall is a professor of computer science at the University of Southampton and a founder of the Web Science Research Initiative. This is the third year I have attend...

Last updated: Mar 21, 2014   5:13 PM GMT  |  Blog: WITsend   |      "Dame Wendy Hall", "Nigel Shadbolt", "Oxford Brookes University"
How do I get my networking career back on track?

Answer  I finished my BSc in Computer Science in 2003. I am working in Dubai for a construction company, and have found that I am fully out of my computer science field. But now I am very much interested to learn and work in the networking field. Which courses do I need to take to catch up and get back into...

Last updated: Feb 15, 2008   11:32 PM GMT   |    Career Development, Courses, Networking
Is data science a science?

Blog   Imperial College, London has officially launched its Data Science Institute, announced last year. And the government has announced 42 funding for the Alan Turing Institute, location to be decided. Data Science is, then, officially in vogue. Not just the pet name for data analytics at Silicon Vall...

Last updated: Apr 11, 2014   11:28 AM GMT  |  Blog: Data Matters   |      Data Science
Computer Science departments, listen up: media management is a core software skill

Blog   Multimedia in computer science departments. I teach in a computer science department, and in the previous posting of this blog, I argued that universities and colleges have been very slow to introduce basic animation skills into their curricula. In this posting, I argue that the same is true for ...

Last updated: Nov 19, 2009   0:09 AM GMT  |  Blog: Buzz’s Blog: On Web 3.0 and the Semantic Web
Overheard: Beyond the petaflop

Blog   Breaking the petaflop barrier, a feat that seemed astronomical just two years ago, won't just allow faster computations. These computers will enable entirely new types of science that couldn't have been done before. Betsy Mason, Supercomputers Break Petaflop Barrier, Transforming Science The ...

Last updated: Nov 24, 2008   8:32 PM GMT  |  Blog: Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com
Is offshoring making Computer Science graduates the largest unemployed group

Blog   I always get mixed message from the IT industry about skills availability. One side says there is a skills shortage while another says there is not. Some say there are good opportunities in Computer Science and some say there are not. The offshoring of IT work is always seen as a major hindera...

Last updated: Sep 15, 2010   11:09 AM GMT  |  Blog: Investigating Outsourcing   |      Computer science, graduates, ICT
Dame Wendy Hall to present 4th Karen Sprck Jones Lecture

Blog   Professor Dame Wendy Hall will present the 4th Karen Sprck Jones Lecture this year entitled: 'How to enjoy a career in computing.'   The annual event sponsored by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and IBM honours women in computing research.   Dame Wendy Hall is a professor of comput...

Last updated: Apr 24, 2014   12:03 AM GMT  |  Blog: WITsend   |      "British Computer Society", "Dame Wendy Hall", "Karen Spärck Jones"
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