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Make an impact with a career in UX/UI and e-commerce at Accenture Digital

Tech AnnouncementDigital has forever changed the way businesses operate: how they’re structured; how they market themselves; and how they sell to consumers. Find out if you’ve got what it takes to make an impact with a career at Accenture Digital.

Check out the openings in ‘UX/UI’ and ‘e-commerce’ and apply today!

-HTML5 – Hands-on experience in Javascript, JQuery, CSS, HTML and any of the frameworks like Sencha, Appcelerator, Jquery mobile. Apply today!

User Experience (UX) – Experience in Visual Designing for Web apps and Multi-Platform Mobile Apps, Style guide Preparation, Adobe Design Tools. Apply today!

-Adobe CQ5 – Proven ability to work, drive and continually learn the latest platforms, technology tools in Adobe AEM and its underlying technologies. Apply today!

-Hybris – Relevant Hybris experience with exposure to various Hybris modules like ecommerce, PCM, WCMS, SOLR search, REST services, and localization. Apply today!

-ATG Commerce – Relevant ATG experience with exposure to e-commerce, merchandizing(BCC), Endeca search, droplets and formhandlers, Repository, localization. Apply today!

-IBM Websphere Commerce – Relevant WCS experience with exposure to e-commerce, member, merchandizing(BCC), Frameworks like Commands framework, Struts, BOD, EJB, working experience with merchandising Management Center, and localization. Apply today!

Check out all opportunities in Accenture Digital.

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Facebook plans to cut into Google’s advertising business

By Lisa Eadicicco

fGoogle may be dominating the online advertising business, but Facebook could be readying a new ad strategy to take some of that spotlight off the search engine giant, reports Tom Dotan and Amir Efrati at The Information.

Facebook is reportedly pouring more resources into Atlas, the ad server Facebook bought from Microsoft for an estimated $30-$50 million in 2013.

The social network is said to unveil a new set of features that aimed at competing with Google’s display advertising platform DoubleClick as early as September.

One of these new features will be a “demand-side platform,” which is a system that lets advertisers make automated bids for ad inventory. This demand-side platform would be designed to specifically compete with Google’s DoubleClick Bid Manager.

Facebook is also reportedly in talks to provide Nielsen with data from major publishers to improve ad tracking.

Facebook is already raking in a ton of revenue thanks to its mobile presence. Facebook saw a 50.5% increase in US digital ad display revenue last year, while Google saw a 33.3% growth rate, according to statistics published by eMarketer in March.

Facebook isn’t the only tech company looking to cut into Google’s ad business. Amazon is also reportedly building new software to compete with Google’s AdWords platform, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month.

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Hiring through social media is a fast emerging trend: RCom

Tech AnnouncementNEW DELHI: Reliance Communications, which is a dual technology telecom service provider, sees hiring through social media as a fast emerging trend in the market. India’s fourth largest telco also supports ‘pay for performance’, as it gradually gains more significance in today’s telecom industry. In an interaction with ETTelecom’s Danish Khan, Amit Das, president, Human Resources, at the company, talks about the HR challenges being faced by RCom along with new hiring trends. He also talks about the compensation trends in the Indian telecom industry.

Q) What is the biggest HR-related challenge faced by Reliance Communications? What are the constant challenges that keep coming up?

A) Retaining and rewarding critical talent will be one of the foremost challenges. In this era of globalization where every company has access to same technology and systems, it’s the human capital that creates the difference in shaping up the future of the organization. Retention of key talent – those who are the strongest performers, have high potential or are in critical roles – is of utmost importance, especially when organizations look forward to capturing aggressive market share. The biggest challenge, therefore, is to devise innovative practices which would disproportionately reward performers, retain them and help them grow with the organization.

Q) How has HR’s role evolved in the today’s dynamic and global economy? What are the other roles that HR plays?

A) HR’s role today is no longer limited to ‘facilitative role’ or ‘policy administration’ role but it has to play the role of a ‘business partner’ and share the responsibility for overall business results. HR needs to ‘make things happen’ and continuously innovate to stay relevant and offer best solutions in the area of attracting and retaining talent, leadership development, talent management, building a performance culture, rewarding high performers disproportionately, and above all driving the right culture and values. Business leaders today expect HR to play a role of an ‘enabler’ for the entire organization and ensure the entire team is focused on a common goal.

Q) What are key recruitment trends in the telecom industry?

A) Hiring through social media is fast emerging to be a recruitment trend across industries. Through social media hiring, one can get to know a lot about the candidate, his personality and other virtues by doing a simple scan of his social profile even before having an interaction. Organizations have been creating a talent pool to manage future growth plans during the tough economical periods of the last couple of years. Cautious hiring for key critical to business positions, retention of their best talent and hiring through social media to save costs are some key trends in the telecom industry.
While the telcos have been hiring very cautiously in the current scenario, they have been focusing on attracting highly innovative and productive talent for critical roles which will future proof the organization for technology, content, m-commerce, m-health, education, etc. The need of such young, bright, agile talent is felt the most during the time when there is economic uncertainty and consolidation in the industry.

Q) What are compensation trends like in the telecom industry?

A) Pay-for-performance is gradually gaining more significance in today’s telecom industry. Pay-for-performance is not only based on an individual’s performance and contribution, but largely depends on the organization’s business performance. With organizational performance as a bigger driver for performance pay, it gives a clear single agenda to all and also fosters collective behavior and bonding.

The second is design of Long Term Incentive Plans (LTIP). LTIP ensures ‘Ring Fencing’ the leadership team as well as key, critical talent over a longer time-frame through additional earning potential. Consequently, it facilitates and promotes a consistent leadership team and helps the organization to achieve long-term business goals.

Q) Which initiatives are you really proud of and believe that they differentiate Reliance Communications from the other telecom companies?

A) One of the key initiatives relate to talent identification, development and grooming to take on leadership roles. This forms an integral part of developing RCom’s ‘high performance culture.’ This is coupled with a reward philosophy which rewards high performers disproportionately.

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Why Are PC Sales Up And Tablet Sales Down?

Peter Yared is the founder and CTO of Sapho and was formerly the CTO/CIO of CBS Interactive.

Peter Yared is the founder and CTO of Sapho and was formerly the CTO/CIO of CBS Interactive.

When iPads first came out, they were hailed as the undoing of the PC. Finally, a cheap and reliable computing device for the average user instead of the complicated, quirky PC. After a few years of strong growth for iOS and Android tablets and a corresponding decrease in PC sales, the inverse is suddenly true: PC sales are up and tablet sales are “crashing.” What happened?

The tablet slowdown shouldn’t be a surprise given that tablets have hardly improved beyond relatively superficial changes in size, screen resolution, and processor speed. The initial market for tablets is now saturated: grandparents and kids have them, people bought them as Sonos controllers and such, and numerous households have them around for reading. People that want tablets have them, and there’s just no need to upgrade because they more than adequately perform their assigned tasks.

Businesses and consumers alike are again purchasing PCs, and Mac sales are on the rise year-over-year. Businesses in particular are forced to upgrade older PCs now that Windows XP is no longer supported. When purchasing a new PC, the main driver to choose a PC versus a tablet is fairly obvious: If you are creating any type of content regularly, you need a keyboard, a larger screen, and (for most businesses) Microsoft Office.

 

Reigniting Tablet Growth with “Super Tablets”

For the tablet category to continue to grow, tablets need to move beyond what Chris Dixon calls the “toy phase” and become more like PCs. The features required for a tablet to evolve into a super tablet are straight from the PC playbook: at least a 13” screen, 64 bit processor, 2GB of RAM, 256GB drive, a real keyboard, an actual file system, and an improved operating system with windowing and true multitasking capability. Super tablets form factors could range from notebooks to all-in-one desktops like the iMac. Small 7” and 9” super tablets could dock into larger screens and keyboards.

The computer industry is littered with the detritus of failed attempts to simplify PCs ranging from Sun Micrososytems’ Sun Ray to Oracle’s Network Computer to Microsoft’s Windows CE. But this time, it’s actually different. The power of mass-produced, 64-bit ARM chips, economies of scale from smartphone and tablet production, and — most importantly — the vast ecosystem of iOS and Android apps have finally made such a “network computer” feasible.
Businesses Need Super Tablets

As the former CIO at CBS Interactive, I would have bought such super tablets in droves for our employees, the vast majority of whom primarily use only a web browser and Microsoft Office. There will of course always be power users such as developers and video editors that require a full-fledged PC. A souped-up tablet would indeed garner corporate sales, as Tim Cook would like for the iPad … but only at the expense of MacBooks.

The cost of managing PCs in an enterprise are enormous, with Gartner estimating that the total cost of ownership for a notebook computer can be as high as $9,000. PCs are expensive, prone to failure, easy to break and magnets for viruses and malware. After just a bit of use, many PCs are susceptible to constant freezes and crashes.

PCs are so prone to failure that ServiceNow — a company devoted to helping IT organizations track help desk tickets — is worth over $8 billion. Some organizations are so fed up with problematic PCs that they are using expensive and cumbersome desktop virtualization, where the PC environment is strongly controlled on servers and streamed to a client.

And while Macs are somewhat better than Windows, I suggest you stand next to any corporate help desk or the Apple genius bar and watch and learn if you think they are not problematic.

The main benefits of super tablets to enterprises are their systems management and replaceability. Smartphones and tablets are so simple and easy to manage that they are typically handled by an IT organization’s cost-effective phone team rather than more expensive PC technicians, who are typically so overwhelmed with small problems that they cannot focus on fixing more complex issues. Apps can be provisioned and updated by both IT and end-users without causing conflicts or problems. If a device is lost, it is easy to remote wipe data and to provision a new device with all of the same settings.

Programs like BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) just accentuate the fact that smartphones and tablets are so easy to manage that enterprises are comfortable letting their employees pick the devices themselves. Users also get great benefits, including instant-on, long battery life, simplicity, and access to legions of apps from the iTunes and Play app stores.

 

Why Can’t the Big 3 Deliver a Super Tablet?

Former Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassée has long pointed out that Apple is gradually converging Mac OS X and iOS and will likely replace Intel processors with ARM processors. However, Apple is steadfast in maintaining a separation between the tablets and PCs and is bridging the divide with its new Continuity features. While Microsoft is willing to hack a touch interface onto a desktop experience, Apple will understandably not go there until the experience is perfect.

Apple will have to make this switch at some point soon, however, as users are increasingly expecting every screen to be touch-enabled. Tim Cook claims that he is not afraid of cannibalizing businesses, but Apple seems reticent to cannibalize its growing $20 billion Mac business.

Google’s Chromebook is essentially a PC that can only run web apps. As many commentators have puzzled, Google should be focusing on a desktop version of Android rather than Chrome OS. The market has decided that it wants native apps on smartphones and tablets, so clearly users are going to want native apps on their PC replacements, as well.

Android has a huge advantage with its large app store and developer community. The Chrome OS has an inherently flawed mission – why try to compete with Windows whilst Microsoft itself is moving beyond Windows? The new generation of ChromeBooks based on ARM chips closely matches the specs of a super tablet – there just aren’t any apps because of the Chrome OS constraint. The hardware is right, but the operating system is wrong.

Microsoft is actually very well positioned for a super tablet world with its Office 365 for iPad and Android, since as a subscription product it can draw revenue long after a manufacturer cashes in the thin margins on the hardware itself. This is an opportunity for Microsoft to make more money on a Mac than Apple does, as Microsoft did in the 1990s. Microsoft has already written off making money on Windows on low-end hardware and is setting itself up for a post-Windows future around devices and services under Satya Nadella’s leadership.

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 is a somewhat valiant attempt to reinvent the PC as a super tablet; however it is expensive and has a small screen, a subpar keyboard, a power hungry Intel processor and all of the headaches of managing Windows. The much-panned Surface 2 with Windows RT is ironically a step in the right direction, but its 32-bit ARM processor is underpowered and there aren’t many apps in the Windows Store. Microsoft coincidentally offered Windows CE devices in the late 1990s that were actually quite close to super tablets, but like with Windows touch tablet, they entered the market far too early.

The ecosystem around building, distributing and maintaining PCs is massive and Apple, and the PC companies are understandably reluctant to cannibalize their sales. Lenovo offers a 10″ Android notebook and HP is reportedly soon shipping one, but these are intentionally small and underpowered in order to not compete with notebooks. This vacuum presents an opportunity for companies like Sony that have exited the PC business but continue to sell smartphones and tablets.

Samsung in particular is reportedly looking to shutdown its PC business, and must be evaluating how to grow its tablet business now that its smartphone sales have slowed. Samsung could offer up Office 365 bundling in exchange for royalty-free device sales in its next patent conflict with Microsoft.
The Enterprise Legacy Web Holdup

An interesting side note is that large enterprises typically run numerous legacy web applications that do not work on modern web browsers, with some legacy web applications only working on ancient browsers like Internet Explorer 6. Many of these applications were built in the first wave of the Internet to enable “employee self-service” and have not been touched since that era. Perhaps the move to a simpler, cheaper PC replacement will finally shift the cost/benefit equation such that these web applications will finally be upgraded or replaced with SaaS solutions.

Here’s hoping that the Apple, Google and Microsoft can soon move into a super-tablet future where most businesses and consumers will be able to manage and customize their PCs as easily as they manage their phones and tablets … and us techies can move on from our part-time tech support jobs.

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Apple bans use of 2 chemicals in iPhone assembly

Tech AnnouncementSAN FRANCISCO: Apple is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals in the final assembly of iPhones and iPads as part of the company’s latest commitment to protect factory workers who build its trendy devices.

The decision announced Wednesday comes five months after the activist groups China Labor Watch and Green America launched a petition drive calling on Apple Inc. to abandon the use of benzene and n-hexane in the production of iPhones.

Apple says a four-month investigation at 22 factories found no evidence that benzene and n-hexane was endangering the roughly 500,000 people who work at the plants.

The Cupertino, California company nevertheless decided the substances should no longer be allowed during the final assembly process.

Benzene can cause leukemia and n-hexane has been linked to nerve damage

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