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Each week our team will offer the latest and greatest from across the world of Digital Signage, AV and related technologies.

Digital Signage Makes Impact At UN Paris Climate Conference

Digital Signage was a major communications medium of choice by the organizers of the United Nations COP21 climate change summit in Paris last week.

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More than 90,000 visitors attended the “Generation Climat” area of COP21 where 24 endpoints were installed and used to inform the public, in real time, of conferences and events taking place.

The COP21 summit also incorporated the Sustainable Innovation Forum, hosted at the Stade de France, which saw tens of thousands of delegates attend including leaders from more than 190 nations.

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Top 10 IT Jobs in 2015

2015’s Top 10 Most Sought After IT Related Jobs

Are you an IT decision maker looking to understand more about current trends and future shifts in the sector? Perhaps you’re in a related field and want to understand if your skills will be in demand in the coming year?

Flagship IT and Operations publication Computerworld recently released their 2015 Forecast survey. The poll gives the low down on priorities and shifts within the IT sector and related job markets for the coming 12 months.

Here’s a look at the 10 IT skills that the 194 IT executives who responded to our survey said will be most in demand heading into 2015.

 

1. Programming/application development

 

  • 48% of respondents said they plan to hire for this skill in the next 12 months.
  • Last year’s ranking: No. 1

 

As was the case last year and the year before that, IT departments are more likely to have job openings for programmers and developers than for any other position.

 

2. Project management

 

  • 35% of respondents said they plan to hire for this skill in the next 12 months.
  • Last year’s ranking: No. 5

 

Demand for project managers jumped four spots up the list this year, and that doesn’t surprise Leon Kappelman, lead researcher for the Society for Information Management’s (SIM) IT Trends Study.

 

3. Help desk/technical support

 

  • 30% of respondents said they plan to hire for this skill in the next 12 months.
  • Last year’s ranking: No. 2

 

IT leaders say they still have a growing need for help desk and technical support staffers because ongoing projects expand the list of devices and applications that their departments must support.

 

4. Security/compliance governance

 

  • 28% of respondents said they plan to hire for this skill in the next 12 months.
  • Last year’s ranking: No. 7

 

Executives and board members are willing to spend more money on security because security breaches are making headlines these days. SIM’s research shows that IT departments are beefing up their security ranks; security ranked seventh on the organization’s list of most significant IT investments for 2014.

 

5. Web development

 

  • 28% of respondents said they plan to hire for this skill in the next 12 months.
  • Last year’s ranking: Not ranked

 

Matt Leighton, director of recruitment at Mondo, a tech staffing agency, says that Web development expertise is one of the hardest skill sets to find. “The influx of demand has not been met with the talent readily available — there is a gap in terms of what the companies want to do and the talent that is out there to execute these initiatives,” he says.

 

6. Database administration

 

  • 26% of respondents said they plan to hire for this skill in the next 12 months.
  • Last year’s ranking: No. 6

 

Database administration is a tried-and-true IT role — one that’s always needed in any organization. But the buzz around big data is what’s driving much of today’s demand for people with this skill. “You’ve got the ability to crunch massive amounts of data, but you still need to understand how your database has been put together,” says Terry Erdle, executive vice president for certifications and learning at CompTIA, a wireless industry trade group.

 

7. Business intelligence/analytics

 

  • 24% of respondents said they plan to hire for this skill in the next 12 months.
  • Last year’s ranking: No. 8

 

Respondents to the Computerworld Forecast survey who said they plan to add IT positions in the next 12 months listed BI/analytics expertise as the skill set they expect to have the hardest time finding.

 

8. Mobile applications and device management

 

  • 24% of respondents said they plan to hire for this skill in the next 12 months.
  • Last year’s ranking: No. 4

 

IT executives are trying to keep up with demand for mobile apps from employees who bring their own devices to work. This has seen a trend of hiring new people and training existing staff members who are interested in learning about mobile app development and device management.

 

9. Networking

 

  • 22% of respondents said they plan to hire for this skill in the next 12 months.
  • Last year’s ranking: No. 3

 

According to the recent Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report, 57% of U.S. technology executives said network administration tops the list of skills needed in their organizations.

 

10. Big data

 

  • 20% of respondents said they plan to hire for this skill in the next 12 months.
  • Last year’s ranking: No. 11

 

In its September 2014 report titled “Fastest-Growing Tech Skills,”Dice reported that the number of postings related to big data on its IT jobs site grew 56% year over year. Moreover, the company noted that demand for big data expertise cuts across a number of industries, helping to boost not only demand for people with the right skills, but pay as well. “Data balloons every day, and therefore the amount of information we need to sift through to get at the real nuggets of value is exponentially bigger than it was a year ago,” says HMS’s Nustad. “And the executive team’s awareness that the data brings value has created this surge in demand.”

 

Jeff Waldman’s SocialHRCamp Secret

The 3rd annual SocialHRCamp Toronto is happening this Thursday! The level of excitement, interest and curiosity is rising fast, and they should be because this Camp will likely be our best one ever, which includes more involvement from the HR/Recruitment Tech industry. This. Is. Awesome.

However, we haven’t been completely transparent with you. There is one teeny weeny thing that we have purposely kept a secret… until NOW!

So, What is This Big Hush-Hush Secret?

BNOTIONSWell, the Camp actually doesn’t end at roughly 5pm like everyone thinks it will. From 6-8pm speakers, sponsors, partners, volunteers and media will be socializing in one of the coolest office spaces in Toronto,BNOTIONS. If you haven’t heard of BNOTIONS be sure to have a look at their website (www.bnotions.com)—they are one of the biggest names in the local Toronto mobile development community and offer an absolutely phenomenal workplace for their employees. Check this out— they offer their employees the following perks:

  • Daily breakfasts, healthy snacks, weekly hot lunches and on Friday’s they get their employees together in the office over beer.
  • Extended health benefits, open vacation policy, flexible working hours and annual company retreat.
  • Encourage a healthy life—daily stretches, weekly yoga, standing desks, courtyard basketball and an energy pod.
  • Simulating work environment brimming with visionary talent, and unlimited career path guidance and support.

We love workplaces like this. Just check out the décor and ambiance of their space.

Wait, There’s More…

To add even more interest to the evening, former Dragons’ Den Canada star Bruce Croxon will be attending. Many of us know Mr. Croxon as co-founder of Lavalife, one of the premiere dating sites. He currently leads Round13, a tech investment company that focuses on growth stage digital companies such as SocialHRCamp co-sponsor Sprigg.

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This event is being brought to you by a fantastic group of what we would call emerging tech companies, all with a connection to the field of Human Resources. They are:

  • PeopleInsight – game-changing workforce analytics.
  • Sprigg – simple, effective online performance reviews.
  • QUESocial – social talent acquisition.
  • Fitzii – predictive psychometrics; online candidate pre-screening and short-listing.
  • The Reach App by Big Rock Labs – mobile professional networking app that uses location-based technology.
  • Bonus Track – the thoughts, insights and musings of SocialHRCamp Toronto speaker Rayanne Thorn.
  • JobHubble – job sharing app meets financial referral incentives.

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SocialHRCamp is filled with countless conversations, new connections, new ideas and “ah ha” moments. The evening social mixer will simply continue this trend.  By the way, spots are still available so if you are interested in participating (and you should be) register today.

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10 top Digital Signage and AV publications

There are lots of cool ways to discover the approximate web traffic of publications within AV and Digital Signage. Using trafficestimator.com, here’s a breakdown of the ten top sites in the sector and their respective number of visitors in the last month. We have also mentioned 10 more trade publications we’d suggest you watch out for in the coming years!

Digital Signage Magazines

10 popular Digital Signage websites by monthly traffic:

  1. www.digitalsignagetoday.com – 180,800 visitors p/m
  2. avnetwork.com – 107,400 visitors p/m
  3. www.ravepubs.com – 86,800 visitors p/m
  4. www.digitalsignageconnection.com – 81,000 visitors p/m
  5. www.dailydooh.com – 79,600 visitors p/m
  6. www.avinteractive.com – 58,200 visitors p/m
  7. screenmediadaily.com – 53,200 visitors p/m
  8. www.outputmagazine.com – 51,600 visitors p/m
  9. signagelive.com – 48,200 visitors p/m
  10. www.wirespring.com – 39,900 visitors p/m

 

Source: http://www.trafficestimate.com
NB: The number of visits differs from visitors (or unique visitors). Visits includes multiple visits from the same individual (repeat visits).

In The News: Editors Pick

Each week our team will offer the latest and greatest from across the world of Digital Signage, AV and related technologies.

This week’s pick:

  1. InfoComm14: Observations through a digital signage lens
  2. Digital Signage Sales 101: No Free Lunch, Only Buy and Sell Quality LED Displays
  3. Coca-Cola and Microsoft, heating up coolers with digital signage
  4. Tips: Digital Signage Glossary of  Terms
  5. The Future of Audio Visual