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The robots are coming: “Lock up your knowledge and protect your job at all costs!” The apocalyptic warnings are starting to flow of how artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics combined with other disruptive technologies could eliminate the need for humans in the workplace. Equally skeptical voices are rubbishing the idea that anything drastic will happen, citing previous industrial revolutions as proof that new jobs will emerge to fill any gaps created by the automation of existing ones. In practice, no one really knows how quickly AI might eliminate jobs or what the employment needs will be of the future businesses and industries that have not yet been born.

But the future is not black and white. Aside from the potential to take (and make) jobs, AI might also transform jobs. Below, we share a list of some critical job roles that could be transformed or eliminated completely by the use of AI and robotics over the period from 2020 to 2030. The automation of the following six jobs would bring new opportunities to the software testing world, but could also change it in other possibly in unexpected ways.

Below we elaborate about how the role of AI in reshaping work could reverberate into the IT, software, and computer security sector of the future.

Doctors/Surgeons

Fully autonomous and remote-controlled robotic surgeons will diagnose, treat, and operate on patients in areas where there are no physical human medics available. Humans might monitor or control these robo-docs via video from central hub hospital facilities in bigger towns and cities. As a public good, the sanctity of software and computer systems upon which medical AI is based cannot be emphasised enough. Should doctors truly be replaced by Dr. Watson, AI of IBM fame, technology would literally wield power over life-or-death situations. Aside from protection from hackers, there may be special preparation companies would take to support employees working with medical tech, similar to how medical school trains doctors to deal with grave situations.

Policing

Robots could perform tasks like crowd control, and police drones could track and intercept criminals escaping from crime scenes. In a future where policing is automated, IT support would be a critical public service. Would the staff running the software support be considered peace officers? What other authority might be given to tech staff should their work coincide so closely with law enforcement? Helping municipalities secure a Robocop could become reality for software testers by 2030. Automated policing would put technology at the forefront of criminal justice and community safety — how is the industry preparing for growing responsibilities to the public sector?

Lawyers

A range of search, analysis, and contract drafting tasks are already being automated. Robot-lawyers are already overturning parking tickets in the UK and US. Additionally, smart policing devices and an expanding blanket of sensors will feed into AI judges where there would be little to no room for debate. Moral and ethical issues related to technology advances may become the next legal growth arena. As law becomes increasingly automated, software and security have gained emphasis in the law firm as well as in the public safety arena. Legal tech is likely to continue to grow as a subsector of law as well as IT.

Life Coaches/Therapists

Automation forecasts today are already causing anxiety and stress among perfectly healthy professionals. Should mass layoffs start, society could see mental health issues rise to crisis level. There are already strong provisions in place in most modern societies to protect medical information online. It may be possible that software and security experts will have requests in the future for new products and services to protect personal coaching and psychotherapy data from sessions conducted online. Also, with the continuous existential threat in terms of terrorist use of cyber attacks, anxiety solutions might be one of the future niches software vendors could fill.

Drivers/Mechanics

From taxis to buses, trucks and rescue services, automated vehicles hold the promise of being inherently safer, more fuel efficient, and productive — freeing up drivers’ time. As a vehicle becomes a digitally immersed experience for the passenger, software and IT is critical to its smooth functioning and enjoyment. By 2030, hacking could be a bigger threat to personal mobility than engine problems. Certainly more so than running out of fuel!

Personal Assistants

Future generations of Siri, Cortana, and Alexa should be able to undertake personal shopping, screen incoming calls, and determine which news to show us, even determine where we dine. To be able to instill full trust in the personal services provided by AI, consumers will require robust computer security and software. Unless there is a strong basis for protecting private data, personal assistant AIs won’t overtake real-life, flesh-and-blood PAs. However, if the market presents a demand for PA services for the masses, writing the software and securing such systems could be a lucrative area in which to establish an early presence.

In addition to this list, there are a number of ways computer security firms and vendors could evolve in response to the growing use of AI in other professions. Ultimately, today’s business leaders in every sector acknowledge that the robots are coming; it is just that we don’t know where they may have their biggest impacts.

How could AI reshape the tools for software security and testing?

Does AI pose a replacement risk or enhance the software professional’s job?

Does the role of AI in software improve the product development cycle? How would it impact jobs?

About the Authors

The authors are futurists with Fast Future – a professional foresight firm specializing in delivering keynote speeches, executive education, research, and consulting on the emerging future and the impacts of change for global clients. Fast Future publishes books from leading future thinkers around the world, exploring how developments such as AI, robotics, exponential technologies, and disruptive thinking could impact individuals, societies, businesses, and governments and create the trillion-dollar sectors of the future. Fast Future has a particular focus on ensuring these advances are harnessed to unleash individual potential and enable a very human future.

Rohit Talwar is a global futurist, award-winning keynote speaker, author, and the CEO of Fast Future. His prime focus is on helping clients understand and shape the emerging future by putting people at the center of the agenda. Rohit is the co-author of Designing Your Future, lead editor and a contributing author for The Future of Business, and editor of Technology vs. Humanity. He is a co-editor and contributor for the recently published Beyond Genuine Stupidity – ensuring AI serves humanity, and three forthcoming books -Future Transformations – Reimagining Life, Society, and Business, Unleashing Human Potential – the Future of AI in Business, and 50:50 – scenarios for the next 50 Years.

Steve Wells is an experienced strategist, keynote speaker, futures analyst, partnership working practitioner, and the COO of Fast Future. He has a particular interest in helping clients anticipate and respond to the disruptive bursts of technological possibility that are shaping the emerging future. Steve is a contributor to the recently published Beyond Genuine Stupidity – ensuring AI Serves Humanity, and co-editor of The Future of Business and Technology vs. Humanity. He is a co-editor and contributor to two forthcoming books on Unleashing Human Potential – The Future of AI in Business, and 50:50 – Scenarios for the Next 50 Years.

Alexandra Whittington is a futurist, writer, Foresight Director of Fast Future, and a faculty member on the Futures program at the University of Houston. She has a particular expertise in future visioning and scenario planning. Alexandra is a contributor to The Future of Business and the recently published Beyond Genuine Stupidity – Ensuring AI Serves Humanity. She is also a co-editor and contributor for forthcoming books on Unleashing Human Potential – The Future of AI in Business, and 50:50 – Scenarios for the Next 50 Years.

Maria Romero is a futurist and foresight researcher at Fast Future. She has worked on a range of foresight initiatives including a project for NASA’s Langley Research Center and the publication of “The Future of Student Life: Living” in On the Horizon. Maria is a co-editor and contributor to the recently published Beyond Genuine Stupidity – Ensuring AI Serves Humanity and of the forthcoming book Future Transformations – Reimagining Life, Society, and Business. She is also a contributor to Unleashing Human Potential – The Future of AI in Business.

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Java has never failed to improve year by year. 2018 seems to be another year of significant and fascinating changes for the number one programming language worldwide.

Why is it important to know about the upcoming changes to Java? Java is one of the most user-friendly computer programming languages; it is class-based, concurrent, object-oriented and is particularly designed to suit the needs of any industry. Since its onset, it has evolved in a great way to offer immense benefits to the industry.

Every year, the world of technology witnesses a lot of changes in the Java world. The challenge this year is to face these changes and incorporate them into the ongoing programs in order to reap the maximum benefits.

Retrospective: Java in 2017
2017 was a roller coaster ride for Java development along with many upgrades and advancements. Let’s have a look at Java’s transformation over the years:

Java continued to maintain its position with the heritage apps and its immense popularity among Android applications.
Java EE was moved to an open source foundation with a new host for Eclipse Enterprise for Java (EE4J).
Java EE 8 was launched in September 2017.
MicroProfile also witnessed some progress.
The community of Android has accepted Kotlin with open arms and will see even greater changes in the future.
Java in 2018
With the tremendous transformation and the major updates that happened in 2017, Java has taken a huge leap that will not only benefit the IT industry specifically but will also contribute significantly to the advancement of a number of different industries. The experts are foreseeing great changes for 2018. Some predictions are:

EE4J will see immense changes
With EE community gaining popularity, Java J2EE development will definitely strengthen its impact (also known as Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition).

Top Java tools to watch out for in 2018
The diversified tools available in the market offer different functions, thus making it difficult for developers to choose a particular one. The same goes for Java, which is specifically designed to offer excellent services to the set-top box devices and mobile phones. The light-weighted tools will be given a boost in 2018.

These are the Java development tools that are expected to offer immense benefits this year:

Eclipse — It is one of the most preferred tools among developers and has highly customizable features. Some of the advantages are:
Convenient navigational features
Seamless problem-solving
Easily customizable
Auto-completion attribute
Supported by other programming languages
Java Development Kit (JDK) — With its immense features, developers find it extremely feasible to use. The features are:
Top-notch memory allocation techniques
Cost-effective tool
Easy to use even for a novice
Easy transformation from C to other programming languages
It utilizes a personalized Java Virtual Machine (JVM) along with other resources
Java security API is amalgamated with the high as well as low level of functionality
Oracle JDeveloper — It is an integrated development framework which aims to offer an informative and visual approach in order to boost the user development experience. It has high-quality features like:
High-security services
Adoption of code features
Other attributes like open API, ANT support, audit & metrics, etc.
150+ Ajax powered components are available
NetBeans IDE — It is an open-source IDE and is compatible with Java J2EE development, along with Java SE. The features include:
Compatibility with various languages
Extensible platform
Ideal for novice users
High-performing GUI builder
Conclusion
The Java ecosystem is huge and it has been changing since its onset to suit the needs of the industry and developers. It always provides tools and technologies to fit the diversified users and their demands. These tools, along with the upcoming additions will make sure this programming language will be adopted in a wider range of digital transformations.

With its upcoming improvements, Java promises to deliver one of the most cost-effective and user-friendly solutions for making outstanding mobile phone apps in the years to come.

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By Steve Lohr
For 5 1/2 years, nearly the entire tenure of its chief executive, Virginia M. Rometty, IBM has reported a steady erosion of revenue.

Selling off its chip manufacturing and smaller data-center computer businesses contributed to the decline. So, too, did the fact that new businesses like cloud computing, data analytics and artificial intelligence had not yet grown big enough to make up for the downturn in IBM’s traditional hardware and software products.

But IBM’s half-decade losing streak will most likely end Thursday, analysts predict, when the company reports its quarterly performance.

The crossover to growth would be a long-awaited bright spot for Rometty and IBM, a challenged giant that has been overshadowed in recent years by the younger technology giants on the West Coast.

Even if IBM delivers a revenue gain, however, the bigger question facing the company remains: Has Rometty turned it around?

Skeptics abound. IBM is expected to have gotten an extra lift in the most recent quarter from currency gains and strong sales of a new line of mainframe computers. Without that help, the company’s revenue would decline by 2 percent or so, according to an estimate from A.M. Sacconaghi, a financial analyst for Sanford C. Bernstein.

There is no doubt, though, that there are signs of progress at IBM, which would not comment on its financial picture before the release of the earning report. So much attention is focused on the company’s top line because revenue is the broadest measure of the headway IBM is making in a difficult transformation toward cloud computing, data handling and AI offerings for corporate customers.

The new businesses — “strategic imperatives,” IBM calls them — now account for 45 percent of the company’s revenue. And though it still has a ways to go, IBM has steadily built up those operations — and gained converts.

The number of software developers using its cloud technology has doubled in the last year, IBM says, though it would not provide numbers. On Wednesday, Barclays upgraded IBM’s stock to a buy and noted its long-term opportunity in the cloud market. IBM’s stock price, a notable laggard as markets have surged in recent years, has climbed nearly 10 percent so far this year.

IBM was slow to recognize the significance of cloud computing and software tools delivered as Internet-style services. In artificial intelligence, the company scored a research and public relations triumph in 2011, when its Watson system defeated human champions in the question-and-answer game, “Jeopardy!” But IBM first applied the Watson technology to the daunting realm of cancer research, a lengthy struggle with little short-term financial reward.

Today, IBM trails well behind Amazon Web Services and Microsoft in the cloud market, according to analysts. Yet IBM has invested heavily in more than 60 cloud data centers in 19 countries in the past three years. And the most recent analysis by IDC, a technology research firm, and a report last month by Jefferies, a Wall Street firm, ranked IBM third in the category, ahead of Google.

The Watson technology has been retooled as dozens of services including text understanding, language translation, image recognition and sentiment analysis — all delivered via the cloud and available a la carte.

IBM’s strategy is to offer businesses cloud computing, AI technology and industry expertise tailored for each customer. Big companies, said David Kenny, senior vice president for IBM’s Watson and cloud businesses, are adapting cloud and AI technology to make their businesses faster and smarter.

“We start from our strength in knowing how enterprises operate,” Kenny said. “We’re a trusted partner for companies in this data and AI wave.”

Companies want to move quickly, Kenny said, but they often want to exploit the speed and flexibility of cloud technology from within their own computer centers, where they figure their vital business data is more secure.

AT&T began a project with IBM last fall to accelerate the use of cloud technology in developing and updating the telecommunications giant’s 2,200 in-house software applications. IBM — a longtime technology supplier to AT&T — was chosen both for its cloud expertise and its industry knowledge, said Sorabh Saxena, AT&T’s president of business operations.

The AT&T-IBM collaboration involves breaking down programs into cloud-based building blocks of code called microservices, each of which handles a certain task. So a new feature for mobile payments, for example, can be adopted quickly by updating a few lines of code rather than having to rewrite an entire program.

Most of this business software uses cloud technology that runs inside AT&T data centers — in a so-called private cloud, in contrast to a public cloud in which computing services are delivered from remote data centers owned by another company. Many corporations opt for private clouds to house their most sensitive customer and business data.

“For certain parts of our business, IBM was the ideal partner,” Saxena said.

IBM emphasizes its hybrid stance in the cloud market, offering both private and public cloud technology to its corporate clients. In its financial reporting, IBM also includes all the hardware, software and services it sells to companies to build private clouds in its total cloud revenue, which would put it on a par with Amazon.

Most industry analysts focus on the public cloud market, assuming it will grow faster as companies build fewer data centers themselves. In the public cloud market, IBM has revenue of about $2 billion a year, growing at 30 percent, according to the most recent estimate by IDC. By contrast, Amazon generates more than $12 billion a year and Microsoft about $6.5 billion.

Yet for IBM, its underlying cloud software is crucial to building a big AI business with Watson. “IBM has a strong set of assets in AI,” said Ed Anderson, an analyst at Gartner. “And cloud is the answer to getting Watson in the hands of developers.”

That was the appeal for Opentopic, a startup that uses AI technology to mine online and corporate data for marketing insights. Opentopic switched from Amazon Web Services to the IBM cloud in 2015, largely to tap Watson’s code modules for text, image and sentiment analysis, so the Opentopic developers had to write less code themselves.

“It allows us to prototype rapidly,” said Andre Konig, a co-founder of Opentopic. “And Watson is the artificial intelligence layer that makes that possible.”

The startup’s clients include Unilever, Abbott Laboratories and The Economist. Today, Opentopic does all its software development on the IBM cloud, but that will most likely change soon.

It is working with a new company that runs its business on the Amazon cloud. “We need to be where our customers are,” Konig said. “The future is going to be multi-cloud,” meaning businesses will use various services.

His comment points to a brewing issue for IBM — and perhaps one that will help determine the resilience of Rometty’s turnaround campaign.

IBM is putting all its advanced technology on the cloud — not just artificial intelligence, but also blockchain and quantum computing. If others are leaders in the underlying cloud layers, why not focus higher up and distribute its leading-edge technology on other clouds as well?
IBM says its Watson software, for example, is fine-tuned down to the chip level for the IBM cloud. But some analysts suggest that IBM may eventually take another path, working with Amazon, Microsoft and Google.

“If IBM does that,” said Frank Gens, IDC’s chief analyst, “its chance of being a cloud leader goes way up.”

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The trend of web app development is gearing up, and so is the demand for web app development experts and consultants; do you know why?

It is because web apps are leveraging the device-independent architecture while being operational on multiple devices. Pushing a user to install your application and sacrifice that precious memory space from his mobile phone is the biggest challenge, especially when there are tens of non-replaceable apps are decorating his/her app directory. Web apps can run on the browser, which means they are the modern and easily-marketable product, you can own. And as you can send out notifications and do a lot of other things, web apps are surely a savior.

Okay. So, you know that a web app is what you need to serve your audience; what’s the next? Confused in choosing an affordable web app development company for your web development projects or picking the right framework looks a tough task? Count on us. We know that you’re interested in knowing the trendy frameworks for web app development this year. So here are the top ten of them:

1. Laravel:

Laravel is regarded as the finest PHP development framework, being utilized for developing the web & mobile apps by all type of businesses. Xtreem Solution, the top PHP development Company in India, makes use of this framework in process of web and mobile application development.

For developers as well as the app owners, Laravel framework offers numerous features and benefits. Starting from Object Oriented implementations to Authorization technique, MVC Support, Artisan, Database Migration, Security, password reset, Bcrypt hashing, encryption and many other features, Laravel has it all. The framework is widely used in web app and portal development already, and it will remain in trend this year too.

In short: it’s super-secure, extremely flexible and utilizes MVC like a boss. So when you’re going to have multiple users, Laravel is the right choice for your web app.

2. Zend:

Zend is open source and PHP-based framework, which is being widely used for web development. It works to let the process of web app development faster and simpler. Besides, it is PHP7 ready which boosts simplicity, reusability and performance.

As it applies MVC Architecture, it splits the database and business logic right from the presentation layer. It means you back-end and front-end code will remain separate, letting the developers and designers work with full flexibility. Moreover, it even supports best security practices such as encryption with AES-256, encrypt etc. Besides, you can extend its several components by use of this framework as it implements OOP concepts such as inheritance and interfaces.

By using this framework, you can do the tasks like user authentication, code-generation, and ORM implementations very easily. All these aspects make it simple to use for affordable Web App Development Company, suggesting its trend in this year.

3. Ruby on Rails:

Developed in Ruby, RoR (aka. ‘Ruby on Rails’), is a server-side web framework. Its RESTful design and MVC-based features are enough to prove its efficiency. Besides, the reusability of the code, it makes the web app development easy and less time-consuming. As it comes along a testing framework, the quality-related concerned could be sorted out too.

GitHub, SoundCloud, Airbnb, Shopify, Hulu, are few famous websites built on the framework. Being open source, the framework has a huge development community from whom you can seek assistance for your project anytime. The reason why this will be trendy in 2018 is that it offers a variety of resources wherein you can seek the solution of all your web app development issues.

4. AngularJS:

AngularJS is basically a JavaScript framework which can be added to HTML web page through a tag. It extends HTML attributes through Directives and impasses knowledge to HTML through Expressions.

It is a structural framework utilized for dynamic web apps. Besides, it allows you to use HTML as your template language. Its data binding and dependency injection remove much of the code complexity you would otherwise need to write. Besides, all the activities occur within the browser, creating it a perfect partner with any server technology.

5. React.js:

React.js is recognized as an open-source, JavaScript library maintained through Facebook in aggregation with a large developer group. It allows web application developers to develop big web-applications that utilize data and can modify over time in absence of need of reloading the page.

The reason why the framework will be trendy this year is that it aims mainly to provide simplicity, speed, and scalability. It processes only user interfaces within applications. This links to View in the Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern, and it can be utilized in grouping with other JavaScript frameworks or libraries in MVC, like AngularJS.

6. Node.js:

Node.js framework has been a favourite one amongst web app developer’s for a very long time and it is expected to hold this standing for some time, suggesting its trend in 2018. It assists to create scalable and quick community programs as it’s in a position to manage with many simultaneous connections with major efficiency, which offers major scalability.

The framework also permits the creation of web servers as well as networking tools through JavaScript and a group of “modules” that manage different core functionality.

7. Django:

Django is one of the most prevalent web development frameworks which is written in Python and built through Model View Template (MVC) architecture. Affordable Web App Development Company always emphasis on this framework to make their web app development project reliable.

It is known that NASA, Instagram, Mozilla, Disqus, etc. are few popular sites that use this framework. This suggests that this framework is trending this 2018. It primarily emphasizes pluggability of components as well as reusability. Object mapping and support to multiple databases make Django ease to use and utilize for different developers, without needing them to learn a new query language to make the shift from one Database to another.

RSS feeds, content-related tasks, sitemaps, authentication of users and admin tasks can be handled through Django. The framework has multiple forums and communities, active to help you come out of confusions related to it.

8. Express JS:

Express JS is perfect for those, looking for a minimalistic open-source solution which is flexible too. As a developer, you will be delighted to use it for the web app and API development. Developing mobile applications isn’t a hard task in Express JS. This aspect boosted it to go trendy in 2018.

The framework is pluggable and very flexible. It is utilized to enhance the functionality of your web app through NPM modules and can even be straight deployed with Express. For developing websites in EXPRESS JS, only basic knowledge of CSS, HTML, and JavaScript with a basic understanding of MongoDB is enough. It supports reusable and dynamic code too. Hence, your app code won’t go too complex either.

9. YII:

PHP is a small and beautiful language, having a wide range of amazing web app development frameworks written in it. YII is another great example of the same. It leverages a component-based architecture, OOP concepts and MVC to give you 100% development and implementation flexibility. Its authentication and role-based features are unbeatable too.

The framework comes with a variety of features such as Internationalization & localization (I18N/L10N), DAO/ActiveRecord, caching, testing, scaffolding, etc. stay assured that no SQL injection will harm you, as the input validation rules are written very careful in Yii.

10. Meteor JS:

Meteor JS is an open-source isomorphic JavaScript framework for web development. Because of its isomorphic nature, the framework helps in SEO as well as loading the pages quickly. Most of its parts are written using Node.js which let the developers deploy amazing real-time web apps for different platforms using METEOR. Through using this, one requires less coding for developing web applications. Hence, it facilitates faster web development process, getting in trend in 2018.

You can integrate it seamlessly with MongoDB, METEOR makes use of distributed protocols for data distribution, which keeps the redundancy to the least and keeps your data updated on the servers, letting your audience access the most recent updates easily. The framework presents the Blaze template engine and also you can use the angular frame or even the React library. Different features contain faster developments, SEO friendly, as well as real-time web app development.

 

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Manager – Software development for underground Loaders and Trucks applications – Epiroc a part of the Atlas Copco Group

Manager – Software development for Fleet management systems and interoperability – Epiroc a part of the Atlas Copco Group

Are you in for a big challenge, like contributing to the success of starting up a new global company? Epiroc is the company Atlas Copco plans to dividend out in 2018. Epiroc will be a leading global productivity partner in the mining, infrastructure and natural resources industries. We have a unique journey ahead of us and we want you to be a part of this journey.

Rocktec Automation, is the global software and hardware design center for Epiroc. We are developing software solutions for all of our mining and construction products, everything from basic machine control to fully autonomous system remotely controlled from anywhere in the world. Our main development center is in Örebro, Sweden, but we have offices on the major automation markets around the globe. Right now we are looking for two managers to the Automation management team.

Job description  Underground Loaders and Trucks 
As the manager for the Underground Loader and Trucks application group, your mission will be to ensure that our automation products positions us as the technology leading supplier on the world market.

In this role you will lead a highly skilled team of software and hardware developers. We are fully agile with daily stand up meetings. You are going to have an extensive cooperation with the engineering and marketing teams responsible for other systems on the machine as well as external consultancies. You will work with various competences, scales of projects and platforms. You will have great responsibility and play a crucial role in bringing the Epiroc’s innovative Loaders and Trucks to the market. You like to lead software teams and develop individuals and competences to reach the goals.

  • As the manager for Loaders and trucks applications group you will focus on
  • Develop a business driven organization providing software development to the underground rock excavation division
  • Engage external partners and work with our internal efficiency to provide shorter lead times
  • Ensure that employees are sufficiently trained and motivated to fulfil the mission, as well as respect and live up to Epiroc’s values
  • Work and secure the Agile transformation and process development

Job description Fleet management systems and interoperability
As the manager for the Fleet management and interoperability group, your mission will be to ensure that our products in this technology area positions us as the technology leading supplier on the world market.

In this role you will lead a highly skilled team of software developers. We are fully agile with daily stand up meetings. You are going to have an extensive cooperation with other engineering and marketing teams in the company as well as external partners and consultancies. You will work with various competences, scales of projects and platforms. You will have great responsibility and play a crucial role in bringing the Epiroc’s innovative software solutions for fleet management and interoperability to the market. You like to lead software teams and develop individuals and competences to reach the goals.

As the manager for the fleet management and interoperability group you will focus on

  • Develop a business driven organization providing software development of software solutions in your technology area
  • Build products on the existing software platforms available
  • Build collaborations with external partners to create value from the data from our machines
  • Ensure that employees are sufficiently trained and motivated to fulfil the mission, as well as respect and live up to Epiroc’s values
  • Work and secure the Agile transformation and process development

Both positions will be part in the Automation management team.

Education, Knowledge and Experience 

You have a university degree in electronics or computer science or equivalent, combined with five or more years of people management experience and proven leadership skills. To be successful in this position you will need to demonstrate a good understanding of customer needs and market requirements. Experience from construction or mining related industry is considered an advantage as well as experience from agile development. For the position Fleet Management ander interoperability do you have a solid understanding and experience from C## and.net development.  You have strong English skills both verbally and in writing, as English is essential to communicate with both internal and external contacts.

Personality 
You like to work with people, both with stakeholders and with the team members. It is required that you are able to negotiate, present and market the ideas from your teams and the software platforms used in a convincing, self-confident yet humble way. You are a result-oriented leader with a positive attitude and the ability to develop your team. You see what needs to be done and have a strong sense of ownership, taking responsibility and leading your team until a successful conclusion has been reached. You have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, as well as a passion for continuous improvement and quality.

Epiroc sees different personalities, ethnic origin, gender, age, skills and experience as an asset. We see that the differences make the birth of new ideas and improvements, and this leads to innovation and sustained, long-term results.

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Northern Trust has agreed to acquire software development rights of Omnium technology platform from hedge fund manager Citadel.

Omnium, established in 2007, was the hedge fund administration subsidiary of Citadel before it was acquired by Northern Trust in 2011.

Following that deal, the asset manager licensed Omnion’s middle and back office investment technology and rebranded the firm to Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services, which now manages over $350bn in assets and employs around 1,200 staff.

Several key development professionals will also join Northern Trust as part of the latest deal, which is anticipated to be completed in the first half of 2018.

Northern Trust expects the deal to give it better control over technological enhancements.

Also, the asset manager hopes that this transaction will foster deeper collaboration between operations professionals and the team of developers.

Northern Trust corporate and institutional services president Peter Cherecwich said: “We are excited to have the opportunity to bring this technology development team to Northern Trust. Their deep expertise has been a key contributor to our growth, and has been critical to our success in delivering solutions to our clients – which are among the world’s most sophisticated asset managers and institutional investors.”

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Amazon is expanding its Amazon Dash Services with Virtual Dash Button Service, an SDK that will allow developers to will add one-click reordering from multiple connected devices.

The Dash program initially featured a physical button that would trigger reorders of supplies. By adding the Virtual Dash Button Services, Amazon can expand its supplies replenishment sales.

Amazon isn’t going to abandon the physical Dash button play. After all, Amazon said it has added HP, Kenmore, 3M Filtrete, Epson and Blustream to the Dash program. Dash can connect to connected devices via sensors and automatically reorder supplies.

The virtual version of Dash will be offered through the Virtual Dash Button Service, an SDK that allows third parties to add software-based reordering to screened devices. These shortcuts will allow Amazon Prime members to reorder products.

While HP’s printers that will automatically reorder ink are interesting, Amazon’s Virtual Dash Button Service may have a bigger impact. The technical details of the service (VDBS) work like this:

VDBS exposes a JavaScript SDK through an Amazon-hosted endpoint to third-party webrendering engines. This JS SDK is used for customizing and obtaining Dash Button UI components (e.g., HTML, CSS), performing Dash Button-related data operations and leveraging core Dash Button UX business logic (e.g., JavaScript events).While some use cases may require using VDBS REST APIs directly, it is recommended you take advantage of the JS SDK. Additionally, secure access tokens obtained through Amazon’s separate LWA (Login with Amazon) service are required for any data related operations through VDBS.
For now, enterprises need to email Amazon to get started with VDBS, but the program will be open to the public in the months to come.

LG, Samsung and Whirlpool are early users of VDBS.

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Credits : Entrepreneur

 

Need a software developer? It’s easy to outsource them globally, but finding the right outsourcing partner isn’t nearly as simple — though there are some strategies out there that will make your task a little bit easier.

Say, for example, that you want to outsource your software development. Maybe you’re convinced by success stories like that of Skype, which built its beta version with the help of three Estonian developers. Or a story like that of Slack, which originally outsourced the development of its app, website and even logo. Or maybe you just don’t have the cash — or the need or the time — to hire an in-house development team.

Whatever your need, to be successful at your next outsourcing endeavor, here are the top five things to consider before hiring a software outsourcing partner:

1. First, consider geography.
Before starting to look for an outsourcing partner, make it easy on yourself by carefully defining the geography in which you would like to search. Today there are tens of thousands of software outsourcing partners available across the world; Latin America, Ukraine, India, and China are just a few areas full of vendors that are ripe for the taking.

Because communication is key for successful outsourcing relationships, regions with similar time zones are often a good starting point; however, other factors such as nearshore versus offshore, cultural compatibility, political stability, low inflation rates and geographical proximity, are also critical.

Even software-outsourcing firms themselves have begun to take note of these elements,” Ludovic Gaudé, CEO of intive, told me in an interview.

Referencing his company’s recent acquisition of a Latin American software development firm, Gaudé highlighted the importance of geography. “Apart from a talented pool of engineers, a business culture similar to the U.S. and Europe, and being in a similar time zone to our clients, the [acquisition] also means that our U.S. customers benefit from bilingual developers,” he said.

2. Next, decide on price or quality.
As the saying goes, you can’t have your cake and eat it, too. The same goes for software development,even more so when you are outsourcing it. Although price and quality always have a spectrum, potential software-outsourcing partners generally fall within one of two categories: price-first vendors or quality-first vendors. So, you must choose which you prefer.

Price-first vendors will often provide a fixed-bid quote for your project, and tend to be more transactionally focused than focused on a long-term relationship. Their expertise lies in finding resources and quickly deploying them for clients with little supervision.

According to a Medium post by Mike Svystun, VP of business development at Vertalab, a price-first strategy “could work well for developing minimum viable products or isolated products limited in scope.” That said, Svystun added, “We think it’s rarely a good choice for well-established startups.”

Quality-first vendors, on the other hand, are more expensive — as well as significantly more selective about the types of projects they take. Still, they’re a better choice for all complex or mission-critical projects. That’s because they will most often work under a time-and-materials model, look for a longer term relationship and reject fixed-price bids, on principle.

Similarly, quality-first vendors will spend significant effort and resources training their teams, and often work with the partner’s senior personnel to ensure proper delivery and execution.

3. Put your candidates to the test.
Software-outsourcing vendors will each have their unique strengths and quirks. Nevertheless, there are certain core questions you can ask during an initial phone conversation to make sure a potential partner is a good cultural, philosophical and methodological fit for your company and project. Those questions:

1. “What is your approach to software development?” Listen for words like: agile, SCRUM, MVP, short sprints, quick iteration, constant communication and any others you find most important.

2. “Tell me about your previous experience with software outsourcing projects with other U.S./foreign clients similar to us.” Try to understand the type of clients the vendor has worked with in the past and how his/her services were valuable and effective. Request at least two or three references, and never risk being the vendor’s first foreign client.

3.” What are the most critical risks to a software-outsourcing relationship, and how do you manage/mitigate them?” Get an idea of the outsourcing vendor’s real experience, as well as what he or she cares most about in a project.

4. What are your strengths as a company versus those of your other competitors? Gauge what your software-outsourcing vendor most underscores in his/her own organization, in addition to any particular strategies and strengths the company is investing in.

If possible, ask a business development representative to be present for the call to help walk you through the high-level perspective of a relationship. Don’t get too technical until you delve into details that check for a potential partner’s overall fit, as well as cultural and methodological compatibilities, which are paramount.

4. Visit the partner in person, if possible.
Depending on the location you select for your search, visiting may or may not be possible. However, if it is, a personal visit can be a great way to see behind the veil and accurately determine your prospective partner’s true features.

Business development routines are well orchestrated within any professional services organization, so during a remote exploratory process, you will likely see exactly what the prospective partner wants you to see. An in-person visit, however, is much more difficult to stage, and will communicate the real state of your prospective outsourcing vendor, as Mark Kobayashi-Hillary explained in a post for Computer Weekly.

“If you have already received a dozen requests for information from your potential suppliers, each one summarising how they can meet your requirements, along with a visit from each sales team — all with a similar pitch — the site visit can highlight a supplier’s real strengths and weaknesses,” Kobayashi-Hillary wrote.

In addition, if you make the trek to visit a potential partner, keep in mind that the trip need not be too long; a day or two will give you a good sense of the location, the overall motivation level of the team, the commitment of the leadership team, the state of the physical infrastructure and the overall professionalism that the location reflects.

5. Make a decision and then communicate.
Just because the MSA and SOWs are signed and you are ready to get started with your chosen software outsourcing partner, doesn’t mean your job is over. Your vendor-partner faces the same pressures remotely that you face locally: Good talent is hard to find and hire. Understand that it could take some time for your partner to put together a team.

Once the team is finally set up, you can expect about two additional months of ramp-up, accompanied by supplementary investment for the new team to learn the ropes and adequately understand your business. Short sprints can help accelerate that training and give you a better idea of what it takes to put code into production. As the team is learning, take the time to iron out the best communication structures and mechanisms to raise red flags with your partner.

Communication can be difficult when you’re working with remote teams, but Mike Galarza, CEO of the cloud-banking and finance platform Entryless, suggested to me — during an interview we had — using tools like Asana, Skype and Github to facilitate communication for software outsourcing projects. “It is crucial to be super-proactive on the communication side, since we are far away and not physically present,” Galarza said.

Shamim Mohammad, CIO at used car retailer CarMax, pointed out an additional detail to consider. “When managing deadlines and projects,” he wrote in CIO.com, consider potential resource and technology challenges that might emerge.”

He continued, “Make sure there is time allocated for undiscovered work, and develop a contingency plan for it. Lots of projects assume a happy path, but do not plan for unanticipated and undiscovered work, which will inevitably happen.”

With the wide availability of software developers across the world, it’s easy to be overly eager in rushing to choose a partner for your project. However, the decision process must be carefully executed in order to find best fit for the task at hand. With the right decision and a little bit of luck, you too can be on your way to building the next software unicorn with the help of the right offshore IT partner.

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The ground has been cleared and construction of the golf course is underway at Grand Oaks Reserve in Cleveland. The master-planned, 600-acre community – located at the east end of the SH 105 bypass by Cleveland Middle School – will have model homes under construction by late spring or early summer, according to Amanda De Rosario, vice president of McKinley Development Group, a Willis-based company backed by China-based Yihai Group.

De Rosario shared updates on the project at a meet-and-greet with city leaders on Jan. 3 at Cleveland City Hall.

“We are very proud to be part of Cleveland’s growth. We are looking forward to this year,” she said.

In addition to 1,000 brick homes, some lining a 39-acre man-made lake, Grand Oaks Reserve will also have an apartment complex with 416 units and a condominium complex for 256 homes, ranging from 1 to 3 bedrooms. Other acreage near the entrance has been set aside for commercial development, and De Rosario says there is already a lot of interest in home and commercial sites.

“We have seen Sugarland grow up and Pearland, and now there is Cleveland. Cleveland will be there. It will be an exceptional place for people to come and build their homes,” she said. “We already have a waiting list, believe it or not, of people interested in buying homes. We are really excited about that.”

On the commercial side, the development company already has contracts for a convenience store located near the entrance and a restaurant.

David Nemeth, president of McKinley Development, told city leaders that construction of the golf course began two months ago and is on schedule.

The golf course will feature a nine-hole course and a clubhouse that can accommodate weddings, receptions and meetings.

City leaders then watched a 20-minute video presentation of how the development will look once completed and built out. Afterward, Cleveland City Manager Kelly McDonald shared her appreciation that Cleveland was selected for the project.

“This is going to be phenomenal for Cleveland. It gives me goosebumps. We have heard many things through the years that growth is coming, but I believe this is the first time since I have lived in Cleveland that this is actually going to happen,” she said. “Now let’s get it built. Let’s get it here. These are exciting times. I can’t say that enough.”

While the focus of the Jan. 3 gathering was the residential development, McKinley Development Group also is constructing a 122-acre industrial park on the west side of Cleveland on SH 105. The company has already invested $10 million between the two projects and is plans to spend $100 million more before the developments are complete.

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Independent game developer Lislore Goedhard proposed to Ted Martens using a custom build of Crypt of the NecroDancer with the help of designer Ryan Clark and composer Danny Baranowsky.

Martens is a pixel artist and animator on Crypt of the NecroDancer, and Goedhard enlisted his fellow NecroDancer colleagues Clark and Baranowsky to aide in her proposal.

Announced on Twitter, Goedhart explained how the collaboration came to be, thanking Clark for assistance in designing the build and Baranowsky for composing a remix wedding song from zone one level one of the game.

This isn’t the first time developers have used games to propose to their loved ones, but this gesture went the extra mile through its inclusion of custom made assets.

Screenshots provide a look at the content created for the proposal, including a pixilated ring used to pop the question.

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