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Legally Speaking: The Individual in the New Age

There's nowhere to hide if one wishes to be a part of normal society.

The Business of Software: Matching Process to Types of Teams

One size does not fit all when it comes to project teams and their own unique process.

On Site: The Life and Times of the First Web Cam

When convenience was the mother of invention.

Viewpoint: Developing IT Skills Internationally: Who's Developing Whom?

Skilled people moving from developing countries to developed countries constitutes a significant export of capital from poor to rich.

The Global IT Work Force: Introduction

The view you get depends on where in the world you're standing, but the overall picture is clear: There are many practical, ethical, and cultural challenges the IT industry must overcome to create and maintain a strong, skilled …

Immigration and the Global IT Work Force

Competing for IT talent in a global labor market.

Growth Scenario of IT Industries in India

India has fast emerged as a leader in the IT field. This is due primarily because the people of India were quick to realize and act on the potential of IT industries to generate wealth, foreign exchange, and employment. Today …

The Decline and Fall of the American Programmer

In his 1991 book, The Decline and Fall of the American Programmer, Ed Yourdon wrote: "The American Programmer is about to share the fate of the dodo bird. By the end of this decade, I foresee massive unemployment among the ranks …

Australian Women in IT

Deconstructing the Australian IT skills shortage paradox—and how to turn it into an advantage for women in IT university programs and the IT workplace.

Some Thoughts on IT Employment in New Zealand

Despite a proportionally small-nation population by world standards, New Zealand's populace of four million produces many high-quality computing professionals. Moreover, New Zealanders hold senior IT positions in universities …

ACM General Elections

A Perspective on the IT Industry in South Africa

There is a shortage of skilled, experienced information technologists in the South African market.

Crafting an HR Strategy to Meet the Need For IT Workers

Long-term investment? Balanced professional? High-performance professional? Or short-term professional? There's an IT HR strategy for practically any corporate purpose. But before choosing one, be sure you know what that purpose …

Labor Shortfall in Hong Kong's IT Industry

Hong Kong is not only an international city where both Western and Eastern cultures merrily coexist, but also a dynamic society receptive to innovation and sophisticated technology. For example, Hong Kong was one of the first …

Refreshing the Nerds

Facilitating Career Changes Into IT

While the IT worker shortage is well documented, traditional institutions of higher education, even operating at full capacity, will not fill this shortage in a timely manner [2, 3]. The enormous growth of industry certification …

Mapping Information-Sector Work to the Work Force

While advanced industrialized nations like the U.S. have been gradually developing information-sector employment along with the IT evolution, newly industrializing nations are leapfrogging directly from traditional agrarian to …

The IT Work Force in China

Great progress in both the quality and quantity of IT staff in China has been evident for several years. The high-speed development of the IT industry has led to a corresponding rise in demand for qualified personnel. Despite …

The IT Staffing Situation in Belarus

The programming work force in Belarus will be used increasingly to supplement the productivity of foreign corporations.

Collaborative Virtual Environments

To what extent is cyberspace really a space?

Exploring Data Mining Implementation

How large volumes of organizational data can be exploited for sustained competitive advantage.

Intraorganizational Communication with Intranets

Intranets support communication among widely scattered corporate departments, even among individual employees, while enhancing overall corporate performance.

Inside Risks: Learning from Experience