Thursday, 16 February 2012

What’s the most important sector in IT?

Statistics have revealed that Data Management has eclipsed other applications to become the primary role in IT.

A report by Corporate Executive Board found that in 2012, CIOs plan to spend 39% of their budget on information and data management (up by 8% from last year), compared to 32% on business process automation.

According to the report, up until 2011, Business Automation had taken the lead in budget allocation.

With a similar point of view, analyst company Ovum has predicted that information management will be the fastest growing sector of the global IT industry over the next 4 years. It predicts an annual growth of 10% for this sector.

“The volume of information within enterprises continues to grow at an astonishing rate, and investment is needed to both manage this information and turn it into actionable intelligence”, said Ovum analyst Tim Jennings.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Firebrand Accelerates SAP


Firebrand has launched seven new SAP courses. SAP, which stands for Systems, Applications, and Products in Data Processing - was started in 1972 by five former IBM employees in Germany. It is now the world's largest inter-enterprise software company and fourth-largest independent software supplier.

The original SAP idea was to provide customers with the ability to interact with a common corporate database for a comprehensive range of applications. Gradually, the applications have been assembled and today many corporations - including IBM and Microsoft - are using SAP products to run their businesses.


Monday, 13 February 2012

IT Certs ‘Accelerating’ fastest in 3 Years


CWJobs.co.uk reports that IT salaries have improved faster than they have in 3 years in 2011. The IT sector also saw an increase by 25% in the advertised jobs in Q4 of 2011. The main reason for the splurge is the increase in demand for specialist staff. Last year, Developers made up 41% of all IT jobs advertised.

SQL Programming was most sought after in 2011, while demand for Agile methodology increased by 59% in the last quarter of 2011, compared to Q4 of 2010.

"While there's no denying the impact the economy has had on the rate of growth, these statistics show there is recovery, and the private sector and southeast of England are leading this," said Richard Nott, website director at CWJobs.

"Last year, the spotlight was on the IT industry, particularly on areas such as security and mobile. As new issues and opportunities continue to shape the sector, skills requirements and job opportunities will change accordingly," he added.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Get Paid to Socialise!

Gone are the days when Social Media used to be considered a time-waster for young adults. The medium has transformed itself into a money making opportunity for businesses.


We're running a one day Social Media Bootcamp course exclusive for Microsoft Partners. The course teaches you everything you need to know about optimising social media for your business needs. You'll have a follow up with the instructor, to ensure that your new strategy works.


It's time to start making money from social media. Just email ddavies@firebrandtraining.co.uk to find out more and book a place on this exclusive course, taking place on 2nd March 2012 in Central London.


Read what some of the Microsoft Partners say about the course:



"Brilliant presentation. As always, Bruce hits the nail on the head and addresses a highly topical issue with insight, intelligence & of course his own flavour of humour! Love it. Thanks Bruce. You're the first person to get me genuinely interested in social media and convince me why I should be embracing it."
Roslyn Hunter, General Manager, Logisto

"Thank you Bruce - demystifying Social Media is no easy task and you successfully covered all the areas most relevant to business today - right from understanding through to action. By highlighting the array of tools and resources (content!) available I left knowing exactly what I have to do and implement now with a lot more confidence. Highly recommended!"
Peter Engelhardt, Principal, Creative Brew

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

How much is your security worth?

Computerworld reports that companies are willing to pay more for certified information security professionals.

A report by New Canaan reveals that certified professionals earn 10 to 15% higher salaries than non-certified individuals. Certifications worth the most in the field of information are CISSP, CISA and CISM.

“The demand for certified security professionals has been on the rise for some time now. Some high profile breaches like Sony, Nintendo and even the CIA have made companies nervous about their own customer data being compromised” says Robert Chapman, CEO of Firebrand Training.

This trend in IT security certs shows that it’s not just the government regulation that makes the businesses invest more in security. It is to ensure that the company and their customers don’t lose valuable data and personal information.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Do you like the Timeline?

Facebook launched the new profile look "Timeline" a while ago. Changes to Facebook always bring out mixed responses from its users. Now, Facebook is making it mandatory for users to have the Timeline and get rid of the old profile.




The latest change will allow people to access friends' status updates and activities as old as 2004, when Facebook was launched. The website, however, insists that this isn't changing any of the existing users' privacy. A spokeswomen of Facebook says "Timeline does not change any of your existing privacy settings."


What do you think about the new Facebook Timeline? Have you tried it yet?