Workers Can Expect Holiday Cheer in the Office This Year in the Form of Bonuses, Parties, and Gifts, Finds CareerBuilder’s Annual Holiday Survey
Workers share the most unusual gift they received from a co-worker
CHICAGO, Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Workers have reason for holiday cheer this season as employers continue to give back to their employees with holiday perks (bonuses, parties and gifts). The national survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive© from August 13 to September 6, 2013, and included a representative sample of 3,484 workers and 2,099 hiring managers and human resource professionals across industries and company sizes.read more
Expanded Products, New Partnerships and $25 Million in Funding Among Quarter’s Highlights
SALT LAKE CITY, Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Talent Interaction Platform provider, HireVue, today announced results for its fiscal third quarter, ending October 31, 2013, which included their largest funding round to date led by Sequoia Capital and the announcement of their expanded Talent Interaction Platform.
The expanded platform includes HireVue’s flagship digital screening and interviewing capabilities, as well as new partnerships and cloud-based solutions for sourcing, skills validation and onboarding.read more
Overall IT Spend in Financial Services Will Exceed $430 Billion in 2014
Framingham, MA – December 9, 2013 – Today, IDC Financial Insights hosted a web conference “IDC Financial Insights 2014 Predictions: Worldwide Financial Services” highlighting the top 10 predictions for the year ahead. Featuring analysts Scott Lundstrom, Michael Araneta, Li-May Chew, Marc DeCastro, Roberto Gutierrez, Alex Kwiatkowski, Karen Massey, Matt Sauer, Jerry Silva, Michael Versace, and James Wester, the session provided organizations with insight and perspective on long-term industry trends along with new themes that may be on the horizon. The Predictions Web Conference series is designed to help company leaders capitalize on emerging market opportunities and plan for future growth. An audio replay of today’s webinar will be available within 24 hours. To access the replay…read more
Singapore and Hong Kong, December 9, 2013 – In 2014, IDC predicts that major strategic shifts in the cloud services space in each of the 3 major layers of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) will begin to reshape the early stage of cloud adoption in Asia.
These shifts will pit key cloud suppliers against each other and will likely lead – when the dust settles – to a new leadership structure within the IT industry.read more
International Data Corporation (IDC) today offered the first of its annual predictions for the coming year in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry. IDC’s predictions for 2014 were heavily influenced by the 3rd Platform, the industry’s emerging platform for growth and innovation built on the technology pillars of mobile computing, cloud services, big data and analytics, and social networking.read more
Volumes Are Expected To Stabilize Above 300 Million Units per Year
But With No Significant Recovery
FRAMINGHAM, Mass., December 2, 2013 – Worldwide PC shipments are expected to fall by -10.1% in 2013, slightly below the previous projection of -9.7%, and by far the most severe yearly contraction on record, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker.
Interest in PCs has remained limited, leading to little indication of positive growth beyond replacement of existing systems.
Total shipments are expected to decline by an additional -3.8% in 2014 before turning slightly positive in the longer term.
At these rates, total PC shipments will remain just above 300 million during the forecast – barely ahead of 2008 volumes.
Even in emerging markets – a primary growth engine of the PC market – shipments are projected to decline in 2014 and recover by only a few percent during the forecast.read more
According to the latest forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, worldwide tablet shipments are expected to reach 221.3 million units in 2013, down slightly from a previous forecast of 227.4 million but still 53.5% above 2012 levels.
Shipment growth is forecast to slow to 22.2% year over year in 2014 to a total of 270.5 million units.
By 2017, annual market growth will slow to single-digit percentages and shipments will peak at 386.3 million units, down from the previous forecast of 407 million units.read more
Implementation Should Be Considered According to Industry
HONG KONG, Nov. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Hong Kong Institute of Housing (“HKIH”) supports the Standard Working Hours legislation (SWH).
Work life balance is crucial in improving the working environment and quality of life for local workforce, which in return, helps to enrich the atmosphere of cohesiveness in the society.
From the perspective of property management profession, enforcing SWH will inevitably lead to an increase in the demand for manpower and salary cost.
Hence, HKIH recommends the government thoroughly studying and understanding the feasible SWH in different trades of the market, and also suggests a free autonomy be given to both the management companies (employers) and the practitioners (employees) in compromising the mutually accepted SWH.read more
LIBREVILLE, Gabon, Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The New York Forum AFRICA (a class=”colorbox-out bold” href=”http://www.ny-forum-africa.com”>http://www.ny-forum-africa.com ) (NYFA) will again be held in Gabon’s capital Libreville in 2014, with the dates announced today as May 23-25.
The theme for the Forum – the third to be held in the country – will be the Transformation of a Continent, and it will again be held under the High Patronage of His Excellency President Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of the Gabonese Republic.read more
NEW YORK, /PRNewswire/ – American employees’ confidence in the workplace was restored after a decline following the government shutdown in October, according to the Randstad Employee Index.
The monthly tracker – which measures outlook on jobs, the economy, and careers prospects – rose three points during November to 54.5.
The Randstad study was conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of Randstad and included 977 employed U.S. adults ages 18 and older.read more
Worldwide Server Market Revenues Decline -3.7% in the Third Quarter as Weak Unix Server Demand Weights on the Market, According to IDC
FRAMINGHAM, Mass., December 4, 2013 – According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, factory revenue in the worldwide server market decreased -3.7% year over year to $12.1 billion in the third quarter of 2013 (3Q13).
This was the 3rd consecutive quarter of year-over-year revenue decline, as server market demand remained soft ahead of a forthcoming refresh cycle, which is expected to emerge in early 2014.
After increasing modestly in 2Q13, server unit shipments were flat year over year in 3Q13 with 2.3 million units shipped worldwide.read more
BOSTON, Dec. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Healthcare employees are confident about the economy, their job security and the future of their employers, according to the Q3 Randstad Healthcare Employee Confidence Index.
In fact, the third quarter survey recorded a confidence level of 59.2, the highest among healthcare workers since Randstad began tracking this segment in Q1 2012.
The survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive among 170 healthcare professionals.
Data was collected July 9-11, August 5-7 and September 9-11, 2013, and thus does not reflect the attitudes of employees during and since the government shut down.read more
Press Releases of note for this week from Gartner, IDC, Towers Watson..
NGA Research Provides Country Ranking Based on Payroll Complexity
London, UK, Brussels, Belgium — 16-Oct-2013 — NGA Human Resources, a leading provider of global HR solutions, today announced the results of its 2013 Payroll Complexity research providing insight on how complex it is to run and manage payroll across a range of geographies.
The research confirms that the complexity associated with workforce administration, compliance requirements and payroll regulation remains an impediment to the globalization plans of organizations.
NGA’s Payroll Complexity research ranks countries based on the various factors elements contributing to the complexity of payroll calculation.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –One of the single most important determinants of success or failure of the present administration’s vision of healthcare reform, or the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), is the establishment of a Health Insurance…read more
Buyers of commercial cloud services, especially software as a service (SaaS), are finding security provisions inadequate
Gartner, Inc. said SaaS contracts often have ambiguous terms regarding the maintenance of data confidentiality, data integrity and recovery after a data loss incident.
This leads to dissatisfaction among cloud services users. It also makes it harder for service providers to manage risk and defend their risk position to auditors and regulators.read more
|NEW YORK, Aug. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – As women globally are gaining more foothold in boardrooms – even as numbers in the U.S. stay constant – women directors around the world share common priorities in governing their companies and ensuring the survival of their organizations.
At the WomenCorporateDirectors third annual Global Institute, more than 250 women corporate directors, board chairs, CEOs, other C-level officers, and policy experts gathered to discuss and debate topics weighing on the minds of boards today – from regulation to corporate resiliency to the growing power of emerging markets.
With more than 20 countries represented at the Global Institute, the directors voiced a number of shared priorities about the top issues they and their companies face today…
NEW YORK, July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — For the 6th consecutive month, confidence levels among the American workforce reached pre-recession highs, according to the July Randstad Employee Confidence Index released today.
In fact, employees across the nation remain confident about many aspects of the workforce, with the Index remaining virtually unchanged at 56.3 in July (vs. 56.8 in June).
This online survey, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Randstad in July of 2013, included 1,065 employed U.S. adults ages 18 and older…read more
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July 30, 2013 | JAPAN | Naohiko Abe and Makiko Konishi, Towers Watson Tokyo
In the six years since the Japan Association of Corporate Directors (JACD) published its second set of guidelines for executive compensation, Japanese companies have made some progress in enhancing the governance and transparency of their executive pay programs. For example, the number of companies with compensation committees chaired by or including independent directors has risen, while companies have begun disclosing limited pay information for executives with total compensation in excess of ¥100 million, as required by law.
Towers Watson: Tightening Incentive Plan Performance Criteria a Top Priority for Both HR and Finance Executives
July 29, 2013 | UNITED STATES | Doug Friske, Towers Watson
As pay-for-performance alignment takes on growing importance for shareholders and performance plans play a larger role in the typical long-term incentive portfolio today, we’re also seeing more convergence between the views of Finance and Human Resources leaders in many of our client companies.
One key area of relative agreement is the need for carefully calibrated performance standards for incentive compensation programs.
Worldwide page volume from digital hardcopy devices decreased to 2.98 trillion in 2012 from 3.03 trillion in 2011, a decline of -1.5% year over year, according to new research from International Data Corporation (IDC).read more
The Conference Board Leading Economic Index for Europe 29-July
The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index 30-Julyread more
PORTLAND, Ore., July 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — O’Reilly OSCON — Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. (MS Open Tech), a subsidiary of Microsoft Corp. dedicated to bridging Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies, and Azul Systems®, the award-winning leader in Java runtime scalability, announced today at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) that they are partnering on a Windows distribution build of the community-driven open source Java™ implementation, known as OpenJDK™, for Windows Server on the Windows Azure platform.read more
ARMONK, N.Y., July 25,2013 /PRNewswire/ –IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced an integrated security intelligence solution that helps organizations identify key vulnerabilities in real-time, while reducing total cost of security operations.
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Towers Watson (NYSE, NASDAQ: TW), a global professional services company, announced today it has released Talent|REWARD v7.4, the newest version of the company’s flagship software solution that assists organizations with delivering comprehensive talent management and reward programs. The latest update includes significant enhancements to the pay-for-performance capabilities, usability refinements that allow managers to focus on the exceptions, deeper linkage between caread more
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
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SPEAKER : Connected Home Program Manager Mike Jude, Ph.D.
Augmented reality (AR) is here to stay, causing regulators, politicians and network operators to scramble in order to…read more
Results Come As Obamacare Eliminates Most Distinctions Between Individual and Employer Markets
SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ –A new HealthPocket health insurance survey finds that working Americans overwhelmingly prefer to be the decision makers about…read more
EAGAN, Minn., July 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — While social media, such as Facebook and Instagram, are popular for sharing photos and other aspects of people’s lives, many users are worried that their postings could someday cost them their job.
According to a new survey from FindLaw.com, the…read more