Hire for Cultural Fit, Train for the Right IT Skills

“At many forward-thinking companies,

the leadership and hiring teams understand that technology changes so rapidly that,

more important than discrete skills,

is an employee’s cultural fit

and their ability to transfer their skills, experience and values to new technology, new endeavors, new paths to the organization.

“You can always teach and/or acquire new skills and gain new experiences, but it’s hard to ‘teach’ culture”

via Hire for Cultural Fit, Train for the Right IT Skills – Network World.

Twice as many desktops still running Windows XP than Windows 8, 8.1 combined

“ATMs and other computers running Windows XP will work fine after the deadline,”

“but that it serves as a ‘warning bell’ for everyone.”

via Twice as many desktops still running Windows XP than Windows 8, 8.1 combined.

Raytheon Uses Augmented Reality To Speed Missile Design

In a typical meeting, engineers and partners collaborate within a CAVE (computer assisted virtual environment) on a videoconference.

The emphasis at meetings isn’t on having one group presenting to another, but rather on letting everyone explore the 3D models together.

“They might as well be in the same room at that point.

“If there are language barriers among international partners and engineers, the 3D models and CAVEs become a common language.”

via Raytheon Uses Augmented Reality To Speed Missile Design – InformationWeek.

Ingalls Shipbuilding secures $497 million contract for seventh USCG NSC

NSCs (National Security Cutter) are capable of meeting all maritime security mission needs required of the high-endurance cutter.

They include an aft launch and recovery area for two rigid hull inflatable boats and a flight deck to accommodate a range of manned and unmanned rotary wing aircraft.

The Legend class is the largest and most technologically advanced class of cutter in the Coast Guard, with robust capabilities for maritime homeland security, law enforcement, marine safety, environmental protection and national defense missions.

NSCs play an important role enhancing the Coast Guard’s operational readiness, capacity and effectiveness at a time when the demand for their services has never been greater.

via Ingalls Shipbuilding secures $497 million contract for seventh USCG NSC.

Who Says European Net Neutrality Politics is Boring?

.. these eight groups say, “the only threat to Internet quality is the unwillingness of telecoms operators to invest in upgrading their networks in a timely and efficient matter.”

via Who Says European Net Neutrality Politics is Boring? – Digits – WSJ.

Architect of credit default swaps to leave JPMorgan

Buying up physical assets like storage tanks gave those banks the flexibility to accept delivery of and hold on to commodities such as oil, sugar, corn and metals.

It also opened up the possibility for market manipulation, at least in the eyes of regulators.

via Architect of credit default swaps to leave JPMorgan.

Economic ‘honeymoon’ between Germany and China fades


“The Germans are sometimes described in Beijing as the Chinese Europeans – the greatest of compliments”

via Economic 'honeymoon' between Germany and China fades | Reuters.

Transparency International and the Greenwashing of Siemens


The problem for Transparency International is that it’s own due diligence procedures prohibit taking money from corporations that want to greenwash their reputations.

via Transparency International and the Greenwashing of Siemens

Billions spent on cyber security and much of it ‘wasted’

“We’re spending something like $46 billion a year on cyber security

but the percentage of breaches is increasing by 20 per cent per year

and the cost of those breaches is increasing by 30 per cent”

via Billions spent on cyber security and much of it 'wasted'.

Effectiveness prompts Novartis to end drug study

Novartis said it’s cutting off late-stage research into a potential chronic heart failure treatment because the drug has proven so effective

via Effectiveness prompts Novartis to end drug study.