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Sandra Olivier - Wednesday, April 02, 2014

codingIt continues to get easier to build extravagant and more complex applications and software. People use apps that are amazingly intuitive and all of a sudden, a very high expectation is set of all technology they use. Sometimes too high. It is therefore no surprise that the need is increasing for developers to stay current and on top of trends.

As a developer, what topics do you believe will be critical to understand going forward? Share with us your thoughts on this.

Mobile is taking over
A recent report out from Cisco states that before the end of this year the number of Internet-enabled smartphones and tablets in use will exceed the number of people on earth. The traditional computer will still have a place but we’re increasingly fulfilling the picture Steve Jobs painted a couple years ago. PCs, he said, are going to be more like trucks, taking on bigger computing tasks while we get more and more done on nimble car-like mobile devices. As developers, we will have to adapt.

Understand the business your customer is in
Anybody who says you just need to implement the spec and stop asking questions doesn't know what they're talking about. Putting yourself in the customer's shoes and asking what problem you're trying to solve, not just what they asked you to solve, will put you head and shoulders above your competition. Developers often blindly rely on business people, business analysts, and user experience designers to tell them what will make a great user experience. The better you know the business the higher is the probability to implement the best system.

Speed is one of the most important factors for a great user experience on the Web. Sadly, it is rare for web developers to know how to design and implement a decent caching strategy. Relying on an unnecessary number of calls to a database and/or file system is a great way to slow things down and annoy users. Most modern frameworks have built-in ways to use memory and file-system caching, so take the extra time to learn how to do this even if you are not expecting high amounts of traffic.

So what do you think? Add to our list.

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The Technology Talent Battle (Part 2)

Mallisa Watson - Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Technology BackgroundIn part one, we had a look at how you can rotate high performers, encourage the use of innovation within your organization and ensure outside exposure.

Now I am about to take the discussion further. Join me and continue reading.

Increase talent externally
Developing and maintaining existing talent is important, but it is never enough. Skills and qualifications required to play key roles may not exist internally, and opportunities to upgrade talent always exist. A new person brings fresh ideas and perspectives into a technology organization. As such, sourcing talent externally is also critical. Naturally, great recruiting capabilities are a must, but there are also specific actions that IT organizations have found particularly useful.

Rethink location strategies when necessary
IT organizations created incredible value over the past years by relocating functions to less expensive locations. Some IT organizations are now refining their location strategies to enhance their ability to attract critical talent. In many cases, this means operating a portfolio of locations that includes lower-cost sites to perform transactional activities and locations in city centers or near universities to attract technologists with cutting-edge skills.

Draft the best athlete
Large, complex technology requires hundreds of specialized skills, and needs can change rapidly. Customer analytics and enterprise mobility may be pressing requirements, but other issues may be more critical in a few years. However, talented technologists can learn new skills quickly, so some IT organizations have focused recruiting on finding great problem solvers and communicators, with the expectation that they can pick up the skills required for a particular role.

Leverage the network
Talent attracts talent, especially in technology roles. Investing in high-profile hires, potentially from non-traditional sources for example, recruiting high-tech talent for enterprise IT roles, can help build buzz on the recruiting market.

Making required changes happen
Which of these levers to apply, how to apply them, and in what cycle depend heavily on a company’s needs, existing capabilities, and organizational constraints?

Here’s how to think about integrating these levers to help win the war for technology talent:

Get an accurate picture of future needs and current capabilities. A technology talent strategy has to start with insight into needs. Will there be large investments in multichannel customer care? Which is a bigger priority? Business innovation or quality and efficiency of IT delivery? Will cyber security risk management have to improve? At the same time, IT businesses must develop an objective view of their current skills and capabilities. How current staff feel about their career experiences, how staff are perceived outside the company, and how current recruiting and career-development processes work—or don’t work for that matter.

Develop a map of priorities. To focus efforts, leading organizations develop a heat map that shows the gaps between business needs and current skills, as well as risks related to those gaps. For example, a company might recognize that most of its developers grew up programming back-office applications, but that the business will need more sophisticated data analytics over the next two years, or that given a planned consolidation program, the company can’t afford to lose any high-performing infrastructure engineers.

Track and reinforce progress. To make sure the required, everyday behavior changes occur, progress must be tracked against a set of metrics. For example, maintenance of high performers, the number of external hires who succeed in their roles, and the percentage of staff receiving business-oriented training and syndicated with senior leaders who can resolve issues and accelerate progress.

With the current skills gap in IT, it can be challenging to find, retain and develop the right talent.

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The Technology Talent Battle (Part 1)

Mallisa Watson - Monday, February 24, 2014

abstract world technology backroundThe right IT talent can be hard to find. But executives can learn from the ways in which leading Information technology organizations develop, retain and recruit good people in their company.

A remarkable number of recruiters and executives are having a hard time finding and retaining the talent necessary not only to extract value from investments in such areas as big data and project mobility, but also to carry out everyday IT operations with the required quality, security, and efficiency. These executives are also struggling to get the most out of their existing talent. While they have staff with specific IT skills, they often lack competent individuals to solve problems that span multiple technology areas and engage business managers on topics such as technology innovation.

Interestingly enough, companies that outsource technology struggle with these talent challenges just as much as those that do not. Outsourcing changes IT talent requirements but does not reduce them.

This issue is critical for senior IT leaders. However there are a number of ways in which you can develop, retain and recruit talent.

Developing and retaining talent
Combining new talent in a technology business or any other industry, costs money, is time-consuming, and risky. Screening candidates, conducting interviews, negotiating employment terms, and getting a new hire up to speed in their role can take six months or more.

As a result, it’s crucial in winning the war for IT talent to develop and retain the team you have. In addition to all the traditional people-management levers (competitive compensation, rewards for success, effective coaching) we found that leading organizations employ a range of other approaches to develop and retain technology talent.

Rotate high performers
In many IT organizations, the career path is a traditional one. A new hire starts out in a particular domain (Web development, .Net development) and advances to assume roles of greater responsibility in that domain by demonstrating a combination of technological expertise and operational or project ability. Although this path has its advantages, it also encourages relatively narrow interest and, over time, can lead to a feeling of career “past its sell-by date.” Some IT organizations are proactively rotating high performers across technology domains and into business or operational functions as well. The purpose is to prepare managers who can engage with business leaders as peers and can more readily solve versatile technology problems that cover many parts of a traditional IT organization.

Support technology passions
The best people in the technology environment have a passion for technology. They are excited by the opportunity to use innovative technologies to solve problems. With all the focus on top-down management of IT project portfolios, individual innovation and experimentation are easily discouraged or lost. Therefore it’s important to encourage the use of innovative ways in your business.

Facilitate outside exposure
Technology is a community that extends far beyond any individual company or institution. By making time for high performers to participate in industry or functional groups (for example, standards-setting boards), leading technology shops expand their high performers’ horizons and help them feel connected to a broader technology community.

To rotate high performers, support the passionate individuals and ensure outside exposure are just some ideas to win the technology battle.

Look out for part two where I look at how to increase talent externally and ensuring you make the necessary changes to foster growth.

We understand that it can be difficult finding high performing candidates for your business, but it doesn’t have to be!

Communicate Personnel is a specialist recruitment company that source nothing but the best of the best individuals for your organization. Contact us today and set up a meeting with one of our consultants.

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Information Technology: Watch out for these trends

Sandra Olivier - Wednesday, January 29, 2014

modern interior of server room in datacenter At the beginning of every year, industry leaders make prediction around the biggest trends and changes for the coming year. Although some times these predictions ends up being just that, it’s always useful to keep an eye on this and consider it as you look towards your strategic planning for the year.

With the Information Technology industry and its data centres going through change at a breakneck pace, IT managers are sure to be kept on their toes. Changes are underway to the very fundamentals of how we create IT, how we leverage IT, and how we innovate in IT. Information Technology has always been about finding solutions by stretching the limits of creativity, but when so many fundamental elements shift at the same time, it becomes both exciting and challenging even for the most experienced IT professionals.

Restructuring IT’s role:
A recent article in Forbes suggested that in 2014 “IT becomes an agile service broker”. The numerous changes, specifically within the BI industry, provides opportunities for vendors to develop new products in which IT’s role will change from traditional gatekeeper to useful helper. The increase use of Mobile, Cloud and Big Data applications requires a shift within IT to focus more on product configuration and software development than issuing reports. Information Technology will ultimately provide the means for everyday consumers to access Business Intelligence by functioning as strategists who can grant business users’ fast-paced desires instead of prolonging the process of delivering much needed information.

A mounting skills crisis:
Although this is not new, this issue continues to be a challenge in the Information Technology industry. While organisations were quick to adopt and invest in social, mobile and cloud technologies, the unexpected rise of these technologies unleashed tremendous disruption within IT departments in all companies. The business benefit promised by these powerful assets is undeniable and therefore requires a dramatic change in the culture and skills base within IT.

Big data requires a completely different set of skills focusing on data analysis, the new mobility of employees and use of social platforms are creating a skills gap in terms of design and architecture of applications and user interfaces. Experts believe that nearly all of the 30 fastest-growing occupations in the next decade will demand workers skilled in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). But the supply of these highly skilled workers is not growing fast enough to meet the demand.

Developers continue to rule:
If there's one common thread through all of these predictions, it's Marc Andreessen's two-year-old declaration that software is eating the world. There simply aren’t enough skilled developers to write code for the numerous platforms. The changes within data centre with infrastructure becoming programmable are adding to the increase on demand for these skills. With insatiable demand comes high salaries and status, at least for those with the right combination of skills.

Mobile Apps and Applications:
Gartner predicts that through 2014, improved JavaScript performance will begin to push HTML5 and the browser as a mainstream application development environment. This year developers are sure to focus more on creating expanded user interface models including richer voice and video that can connect people in new and different ways. The increase use of mobile devices will require the building of application user interfaces that span a variety of devices and knowledge about assembling this into optimized content for each device.

The market for tools to create consumer and enterprise facing apps is complex with well over 100 potential tools vendors. For the next few years no single tool will be optimal for all types of mobile application so expect to employ several.

Time will only tell, but one thing is for sure change will be a constant in this industry and that is one prediction that is sure to come true.

Do you think these are realistic predictions for the year? Share with us your thoughts on what will shake up Information Technology in the next 12 months.

If you are in looking for a partner to help you manage your career and scope out your next job opportunity in IT, contact us. Communicate Personnel is an IT recruitment company with consultants that specialize in working with developers, architects, consultants in CRM and ERP through to BI and BA. Check out our vacancy page and apply today.

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Business Intelligence taking the world by storm

Mallisa Watson - Wednesday, November 27, 2013

business wordingCompanies around the world, of all sizes, are turning to next generation Business Intelligence (BI) tools to assist them in controlling the huge amounts of data, and putting the resulting insights to use as a competitive distinction.

A number of factors are driving this increasing dramatic need for BI tools. The production of data, social media, mobility, consumerisation and the growing need for enterprise quickness are forcing rapid change in businesses’ approach to BI.

In the past, BI was employed to analyze historic patterns and data residing within the enterprise to understand operations and customer behaviour. However, the pace of change has accelerated. This is all thanks to the power of universal social media networks, change now takes place in a matter of seconds. Disruptive influences distort what were once predictable patterns in a matter of days, or even minutes. Now, business must be constantly aware of changing market forces and customer sentiments, and must be able to refocus and change direction accordingly. This level of business speed can only be achieved with the right technology and the necessary BI skills.

Social Media
Social media analysis allows the enterprise to get accurate insights into customer sentiment and external market conditions as they change. To tap in to the wealth of information residing within social media networks, next generation BI technology analytics will be required. The ability to adapt in line with new trends will be the key factor to business success in future, and enterprises are pretty much aware of the importance of this.

Big Data
The need to integrate social media data into the BI, presents the big data challenge. Additionally to social media, enterprises must now have the capability to analyse competitor activities, email and other digital communications, location-based data and more. As the capacity, variety and speed of big data increases, advanced big data tools will become increasingly necessary to manage vast amounts of planned and unplanned data.

Africa is a mobile continent, with individuals and enterprises improving on landline and moving directly to high speed mobile connectivity. With this shift, enterprises need control panels that deliver “on-the-go” access to critical business and market information allowing them to make key decisions faster. High level executives now want the ability to interrogate figures on the move, and in light of this, gain a competitive advantage.

Avoiding BI disappointments
In the past, numerous companies have had disappointments in their BI executions commonly because their strategies have been poor or because they were not asking the right questions at the outset. That is why you need to have a full- proof BI strategy by understanding how you do business and what data do you want from your systems?

In order to successfully use BI in your organization, you need to take stock of what equipment and solutions you already have in place, assessing your current infrastructure and whether it properly supports advanced BI tools. You need to understand how mature the business processes are, and whether you are capable of supporting BI.  Defining the key business endpoint is a good start. By beginning with a broad understanding of where you are and where you want to grow to, you will be at a point to decide what steps need to be taken to achieve the goals that you’ve set up.

If you want a successful business, hire a BI specialist to help you get there.

Our specialist recruitment consultants will help find you great candidates to add to your team.  Or if you are looking for new IT jobs such as Business Intelligence, Senior Systems Analyst, BI Developers and so much more. Visit our website and apply today!

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Opportunity for Africa to fill Big Data skills gap

Mallisa Watson - Wednesday, October 30, 2013

big dataBig Data has become big business — but the skills needed to manage, analyse and convert it into meaningful insight are in short supply. Thanks to our rising technology market and a fast-growing custom for innovation, Africa is in a unique position to establish itself as a global hub for big data and analytics. With its large and rather young population who has a thirst for knowledge and a strong base of mobile device data, Africa can become a world innovation leader in this space.

The demand for big data will create more than 4.4-million jobs globally by 2015 — only one-third of which will be filled due to the skills shortages we are currently faced with. However, we need to encourage Africa’s emerging talent to pursue careers and proficiencies in big data, by offering them the necessary opportunities and convincing them of the benefits of such career paths. Partnerships between teaching institutions and technology leaders will be critical in both respects.

New courses particularly for big data must be created by our policy makers, such as scholarships and internships, to make them a viable choice for students. In the Philippines, for example, business analytics has been selected as a "priority course", with the promise of higher pay than other professions, supported by a number of full scholarships from the government. African policy makers must act now if they wish to establish their nations as a well-known source of top-ranking big data skills.

How can Africa turn Big Data into a lasting source of benefit?
By investing in big data infrastructure and high-performance computing, Africa’s education and research institutions can position themselves at the front of innovation in all ways of scientific and socio-economic fields. Big data’s has huge impact for research in other parts of the world; researchers are using it for everything from predicting outbreaks of transferable diseases, to better understanding what conditions create environmental disasters such as hurricanes and cyclones.

Establishing itself as a “go-to” source of big data skills and expertise is only the first step for Africa’s business and technology industries. By developing creativity around the potential of big data, Africa can influence the course of technological growth on a global scale, producing results that improve their and other nations’ economies and quality of life.

Developing a generation of big data professionals, with the technical skills to manage data and its analysis, is fundamental to these outcomes. Addressing it should be considered urgent.

Skill shortages are one of the many obstacles we are faced with in Africa today. But we at Communicate Personnel have the ability to match your skills with the relevant job.

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Understanding the move from BI to data analytics

Sandra Olivier - Wednesday, October 02, 2013

3D concept illustration analytics of business analysis Corporate data management has never been more critical than it is today. The amount of data available is exploding like never before, and within that data, valuable knowledge is hiding. New insights, new ideas, explanations for long-burning questions, it's all there waiting to be discovered and there's the problem. With the volume and variety of data we have today, there is a clear shift from insight to impact and it’s becoming more and more important every day.

Companies that understand the value and how to analyze all this data, to make more sound decision, are more likely to establish themselves as leaders in their respective markets.

The most effective data-driven organizations have improved their ability to quickly mine and model all of this data to find the most meaningful patterns or combinations of data to predict the next best action or outcome.

However, it’s important to clarify that Big Data is not the same thing as business intelligence. The question however for IT leaders are how the areas of data and predictive analyses differ from business intelligence?

In the past, Business Intelligence was seen as reporting on historical trends and current business performance for the sake of improving decisions. Today, people are trying to make decisions about moving the business forward, and they're being forced to do it faster. Historical reporting just doesn't cut it. They need something that's much closer to real time.

That’s where the emergence of Predictive analytics comes in, it goes beyond the traditional insights to creating business impact. This involves combing through past information to derive models and analyses that help project future outcomes. It lets you standardize and automate this process, so decisions are fact-based instead of judgment or interpretation.

A company that is data-driven sees their data as a resource, and uses it to hedge out competition.

With the importance of data-driven decisions increasingly becoming a realization for less tech-savvy branches of company teams, the need for skilled individuals in this area also grows.

A recent report released by Forrester suggest a huge career upside for IT integration, software and data architects who are willing to learn more about business intelligence and analytics. The changes in the IT industry could be your opportunity for a change in your career. Do you have experience in the Information Technology and Business Intelligence field? Are you looking for the next big break in your career? Communicate Personnel is a specialist IT recruitment company that can help you find your next IT job opportunity. We have a variety of IT vacancies ranging from Business Analysts, BI Developers, BI Analyst & more. Visit our website and apply today.

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Demand for IT security experts growing

Sandra Olivier - Wednesday, September 04, 2013

firewall protectionWith more and more companies storing and communicating data online and allowing their workers to use their own devices for work, vulnerability to cyber security has become a reality for many employers.

Recently the South African Police Service Web site was targeted by a hack attack that saw the names and personal details of some 16 000 whistle-blowers and victims of crime being mined and made publicly available via a bulletproof site.

It is therefore no surprise that the annual Symantec Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR) released in May revealed that targeted attacks last year grew an astonishing 42% over the previous year.

“The sophistication of attacks, coupled with today’s IT complexities such as virtualisation, mobility and cloud, require organisations to remain proactive and use ‘defence-in-depth’ security measures to stay ahead of attacks.” says Gordon Love, Symantec’s regional director for Africa.

Cyber-attacks generally come in two varieties: state-sponsored intellectual capital theft and strikes against critical digital infrastructure, such as power grids and banking systems.

Both kinds are being carried out thousands of times a day. No one knows the precise cost; some experts put the dollar figure in the billions and others say it could reach hundreds of billions or more.

According to Basie von Solms, research professor at the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s) Academy for Computer Science and Software Engineering (ACSSE), South Africa does not have enough experts in cyber security, and the red lights are already flashing. The major defence against cyber-attacks relies on knowledgeable cyber security experts who can be proactive to help to prevent such attacks.

IT professionals that are looking to fulfil the demand for security experts should be willing to demonstrate not only their technical expertise, but also their ideas for policies that will govern the way employees use devices and safeguard the companies’ data.

Everything is in flux with the move to the cloud and mobile devices. It's no longer about managing firewalls for IT security. It's beyond that. It's about how to protect information in the enterprise in an environment that includes cloud applications and tablets.

As a result, we are seeing an increase in demand for security specialists not just in Europe and the USA but in South Africa, which includes consultants, analysts and systems engineers. If you are looking for a new position in the IT security field, we can assist.

Communicate Personnel is a specialist IT recruitment company and have various vacancies in the IT security field that includes positions for  Security Engineers, Security Architects and more. Contact us today and let us assist you in taking the next step in your career.

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Celebrating Phenomenal Women

Sandra Olivier - Tuesday, August 06, 2013

fashion silhouette girls walking I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

- Maya Angelou

For the fairer sex, there have been some monumental advances that have been made to empower women especially in the work place. The path to the right career has been long and difficult, filled with roadblocks at every turn for those brave few who first walked it.

But thanks to those very women laying the groundwork, woman today, are free to show their intelligence, passion, and ambition, in any industry or career path they choose. We’re looking at some phenomenal women that have reached the pinnacle of the business world, the ones who are showing the way and the ones who are inspiring others.

Here in South Africa, we’ve got some amazing females who broke the norm and are very successful in the Finance, IT, Engineering, Freight and Supply Chain industries.  

Monica Singer CA(SA)
She is the CEO of the South Africa Central Securities Depository (Strate). Her company is the provider of innovative post-trade products and services as South Africa’s only certified Central Securities Depository.

Singer has held numerous board and advisory positions including being the Technical Director of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) from 1990 to 1996 and consultant to the World Bank. Monica has a BAcc in Accounting and Auditing from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa and an important role model in the Finance industry.

Ory Okolloh
She is currently Policy and Government Relations Manager for Google in Africa. In 2006, she co-founded, which tracks the Kenyan Parliament, offering details about MPs, such as debate contributions and attendance history.

Okolloh graduated summa cum laude with a BA degree in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh, and with a JD from Harvard Law School. She was previously a Summer Associate in Covington and Burling - Washington, DC, and a Chayes Fellow at the World Bank’s Department of Institutional Integrity. She is an inspiration to all women looking to go into Information Technology.

Bridgette Radebe
Radebe has great power in the mining industry. She founded and runs Mmakau Mining with investments in platinum, gold, coal and chrome. She is the nation’s first black female mining entrepreneur and serves as the President of the South African Mining Development Association and was awarded the International Business Person of the Year Award in 2008 from Global Foundation for Democracy.

Her pioneering models in creating sustainable mining communities and robust business and infrastructure development in rural areas, through integrated resources development programme, have alleviated poverty and restored the dignity of indigenous peoples.

Sindisiwe Lydia Chikunga
She is the Deputy Minister of Transport of the Republic of South Africa from 12 June 2012 and she has been a member of Parliament of RSA since 2004.

When allegations emerged last year of corrupt property deals within the department, Chikungu was outspoken about the potential for further abuses within its administration. Chikunga set up a task team including members of the portfolio committee to investigate the matter, uncovering a further possible R4-billion of misspent money.
“When you are thorough you sometimes become unpopular”

Stephanie Miles
As Senior Vice President of Commercial Services, Amber Road she  leads professional services and support teams for the delivery, implementation and ongoing support services for the company’s global trade management solutions.

Miles ran the Supply Chain visibility company, BridgePoint, for 7 years as a first tier subsidiary of CSX. While at BridgePoint, she held the positions of Senior Vice President and General Manager, and also served as a Board Member. Stephanie entered the Supply Chain Management industry in 1992, where she held numerous positions including product and project management, and Manager of Government Programs.

We salute all the females in South Africa!

Keep on doing what you’re doing, you are an inspiration to all of us. Happy Women’s Day.

If you are a phenomenal woman looking to make a change in your career, we can help. Communicate Personnel is a specialist recruitment agency with remarkable consultants who will match your skills with the relevant job.  We have career opportunities which include Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobs, Supply Chain jobs and Freight jobs. Visit our website and apply now!

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The Mobile Invasion

Sandra Olivier - Wednesday, July 31, 2013

mobileAfrica is a growing mobile continent, making smart mobile application development one of the continent's next big industries. Enterprises and developers are leading the world by bringing the market unique mobile applications suited to a growing market.

The development for this has to do with mobile devices becoming smarter, faster and more affordable. Mobile apps are relevant in today’s day and age, because the youth are progressively more tech-savvy and the population is fast seeing the advantages of self-service. This opens up a huge opportunity in South Africa to grow the mobile industry to be a sector on its own.

Lack of resources
The big concern for the mobile application industry and many mobile application firms is the issue of the shortage of skilled resources to support the mounting demand and popularity of mobile applications. It leaves the question as to whether or not mobile app developers will be able to meet the growing demands for customers and clients in South Africa.

Due to the lack of educators with sufficient industry experience, very few educational institutions offer training courses for mobile app developers. This highlights once again the importance of private industry initiatives like the app developer laboratories opened by Blackberry in Cape Town. The more trained people come aboard, the better it will be for the entire industry.

Doing it right, from the start
To be effective, mobile apps need to begin with what the customer’s needs are, and make it simple and easy to use. They also need to deliver brief, personalised and easy to navigate information to us as users, supplying all the important information at a glimpse.

One of many examples is the self-service smart  phone app; we no longer have to dial *123*100# to get in touch with service providers, with the rapid change in smart phone’s, they have created mobile phones to have pre-loaded icons and now  help is just a click away!

With the development of mobile technology and apps it means that people are less and less reliant on laptops and offices to conduct business.

Leading the world
Africa is habitually innovative, and because mobile apps are so relevant to the African perspective, with a low problem to entry for app developers, we predict massive growth in the app development space across the continent.
A pioneering youngster with little more than internet access and skill can learn to develop apps, and bring something new to the market, modified to meet African needs. There is capacity for app development across various areas - for example, banking, healthcare and education. Apps developed for the African context may also be relevant to other developing regions of the world; clearly there is huge potential for growth in this sector.

It is therefore no surprise that a number of external investments are being made into this industry, because they have spotted our talent. LGR Telecommunications are one of the investors who saw the potential, and are focusing their attention on meeting this growing need for appropriate mobile apps to develop enterprises, enhance quality of service and customer experience.

The future is unclear but one thing is certain that the mobile application industry seems to be growing and heading in the right direction.

If you want to head into the right direction with your career, then visit Communicate Personnel to help find you a new IT job. Our specialised consultants are trained in finding suitable IT jobs that will match your qualifications.  We have several exciting new mobile developer jobs. Go online and apply today or contact one of our branches.

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