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Management in a Digital Economy

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

From the many large and small companies that Jenrick IT work with it is clear that nearly every organisation is already or rapidly becoming, a digital business. 

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The fundamental question is, as raised in an article from nytimes, what are the right skills, training and mind-set needed for leaders to succeed in what’s now a Digital Economy?

MANAGEMENT IN A DIGITAL ECONOMY

“Business schools are a legacy industry that is trying to adapt to a digital world.”

That is a quotation from Douglas M. Stayman, associate dean of Cornell Tech in New York, summing up an article published today.

The challenge business schools face is a sign of the broader test of leadership and management across industry. It’s certainly taken time; technology transforms the economy less like a tidal wave than like a steadily rising tide. Yet by now, nearly every business is in good part a digital business. Take your pick — retailing, advertising, media, health care, finance, even farming. A modern car is a chip-filled, sensor-laden, Internet-connected computer on wheels. And the human driver, it seems, is becoming optional.

So in reporting the M.B.A. article I asked some bright people about the larger question:

What are the right skills, training and mind-set needed for business leaders who are most likely to succeed in the future?

A common theme was the need for “balance,” though how they defined that balance varied.

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A New Model: Gamevy and Employee Ownership

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Zero salary might sound like some sort of joke dreamed up by a ruthless big business mogul. However, theemployee-ownershipre is a new type of company ownership salary emerging in the tech space that could create a more committed and enjoyable workforce.

Helen Walton (one of the founders of Gamevy) explains how this new model is working out for them and where they plan to go next. It sounds like an exciting and fun journey.

Having recently met the team at ICE Expo – their energy and enjoyment for what they do is very apparent.

 

A NEW MODEL: GAMEVY AND EMPLOYEE OWNERSHIP

When we set up Gamevy about 18 months ago, we wanted to fix some of the problems we saw in other companies.

Most companies try to maximise the return for somebody else – normally a few concentrated shareholders – and those returns often happen at the expense of other stakeholders. Employees are expected to maximise their own return by battling their way through ranks of hierarchy to reach the Board. Here they can vote themselves large amounts of pay and share options (often at the expense of the shareholders and those lower down the hierarchy). The result is wasteful, damaging and – we believe – inherently flawed.

We wanted to do something different – employee ownership.

Well OK. What’s so new about that? Several companies do it.

That’s true, but either they tend to continue the rigid hierarchy of a traditional company and over-reward shares to those at the top; or over time, it becomes difficult for new and dynamic employees to make much impression or be rewarded proportionately for their work.

We needed a model that rewarded those who risked most – the people who worked for Gamevy at the start, who invested their time and money when there seemed little chance of success… but which also evened out over time so that eventually rewards would be shared out more equally.

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What Factors Make a Company a Great Place to Work?

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Commitment to people is the foundation of our business which is why Jenrick is a four time winner of the ‘Sundayarbejdsglæde Times Top 100 Companies to Work For’ awards.

We firmly believe in the importance of creating a positive, motivating and supportive environment for our employees in which to work, and as a result they find their job both enjoyable and rewarding. 

We found this excellent article from stringcaninteractive.com that highlights the four main factors that  contribute towards making a company a great place in which to work.

WHAT MAKES A COMPANY A GREAT PLACE TO WORK? HERE ARE 4 THINGS TO LOOK FOR:

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I have experienced a wide array of work environments, ranging from awesome to awful. These experiences have taught me that the type of work environment I’m in directly impacts both my personal and professional life. When looking for a company to work for, it’s not all about salary and vacation time anymore. People want to know about the culture, the opportunities for upward mobility, and the education and training made available to employees. People want to know which companies are the best places to work and what makes them great.

Now I know what makes a company a great place to work because I’m part of an organization that has been recognized for two consecutive years as one of the “Best Places To Work” in Arizona. I work at StringCan Interactive, a micro-sized (less than 50 employees) digital marketing agency in Scottsdale, Arizona and I’m proud to say, “I love my job.”

Having a job that I love and working for a great company inspired me to figure out what makes a company a great place to work. After doing some research and speaking to various employees of companies that were recipients of the “Best Places To Work” awards, four elements came up repeatedly. Here are four of the things to look for when looking for a great place to work:

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Jenrick appoints London-based Design Agency ‘The Tree’ for 2015 Brand Re-Fresh

Friday, February 6th, 2015

We can’t quite believe it ourselves but it was eight years ago when we launched the new Jenrick brand.The-Tree-creative-design-agency

Simon Murphy, CEO of Jenrick, explains why the initial re-brand project was undertaken:

“If I go back 10 years or so, you could ask anyone in Jenrick to describe the values of our company they would all use words such as welcoming, personal, authentic, caring and memorable. Yet, our external branding didn’t enable us to communicate any of these strengths with our customers.

This was why, when we launched the new Jenrick brand, we placed so much emphasis on ‘people’ within our website and other marketing. We wanted everyone to realise that it‘s the people within Jenrick that make the company such a unique place to work.”

Now, almost 10 years on from this launch, as a company we’ve grown and evolved with the brand – it feels a natural part of the company and has helped to firmly establish Jenrick as an organisation that combines all of these wonderful strengths to deliver one of the most professional and personal recruitment solutions within the UK.

The next chapter

However, all of us within Jenrick are committed to constantly improving everything that we do, which is why we continually question ‘how we do things’ with the goal of making ourselves and our service levels even better – and our branding and marketing is no exception to this philosophy.

This is why we embarked on several weeks of interviews with external creative design agencies in Q4 of 2014 with the goal of finding the right partner who could build upon what we have created over the last 8 years and help us share the strengths of Jenrick with even greater effectiveness.

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Cyber Security Predictions for 2015

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Jenrick IT are specialists at providing cyber security professionals for organisations throughout the UK. As a result, we are constantly aware of the changes within this sector and recently found the following article from Forbes.com, that highlights what are believed to be the biggest concerns on the future of information and network security in 2015.

CYBER SECURITY PROFESSIONALS PREDICT THEIR BIGGEST CONCERNS FOR 2015

With 2014 in the rear view mirror, it is fun to look forward to the year ahead and see if we can predict what may happen over the next twelve months. At the same time, predictions can prove to be very useful for businesses that are planning budgets and spending. So every December, cyber security experts begin to make their predictions on the future of infoCyber-security256rmation and network security.

“While no one can totally reliably predict the future, there are often good indications in what we see that provide likely directions for the coming year,” said Geoff Webb, senior director, security strategy with NetIQ.

“For example, it was pretty clear at the end of last year, after the details of the Target TGT -0.05% breach became public, that it wasn’t going to be a one-off incident. Rather, it was the opening salvo in what has proven to be a year-long attack on the retail industry.”

Webb added that by being able to look across multiple sources of information, evaluating the patterns of attack and defense, and providing commentary to a broader market can help set the security conversation for the coming year.

“After all, the more we can share information, the better we all are at responding quickly and preventing successful attacks. And that has huge value for everyone.”

With that in mind, here are five things that security professionals believe we need to think about in 2015.

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8 Key IT Hiring Trends to Watch out for in 2015

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

A big part of what we do is to advise IT leaders how to stay ahead of the competition, especially when it comes to keeping up to date with the latest IT hiring trends.team

The following article from cio.com covers 8 key points that we regularly communicate across to our clients to help them gain a competitive advantage. 

8 KEY IT HIRING TRENDS TO WATCH OUT FOR IN 2015

Which technology skills will be in the biggest demand in 2015? CIO.com talked to Foote Partners to find out what IT leaders need to be on the lookout for in the months ahead.

IT has grown into an entity that touches all parts of the business and organizations must keep pace or get left behind. David Foote, chief analyst and research officer with Foote Partners, makes it his business to stay on top of the technology trends driving organizations. His firm works with more than 2,600 companies monitoring IT skills pay and demand for the IT workforce. CIO.com talked to Foote to discuss the year ahead and what technology leaders need to be on the lookout for.

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UK App Economy results in jobs boom

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Jenrick IT, specialist IT recruiter found a fantastic article from Onrec, regarding the significant rise in demand for IT developers as a result of the UK app economy growth over the last mobile-recruitingyear. 

In addition, the impact of this rise has created another 15,000 IT companies across the UK, and as this article explains, many are relying on IT contractors to fulfil their development projects that only require their expertise over a short period of time.

The number of IT companies in the UK has jumped by 15,000 in the last year, rising from 306,000 in 2013 to 321,000 in 2014, as the boom in ‘app’ and ‘FinTech’ companies drives business creation, reveals research from NoPalaver Group, a leading provider of accounting services to IT contractors.

NoPalaver says that Google estimates put the contribution of the ‘app economy’ to the UK at £4 billion, expected to rise to £31 billion by 2025*, and that the sector is set to attract increasing numbers of entrepreneurs and venture capital investment.

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2015 technology predictions for CIOs

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

To kick start the new year, now is a good time to keep a close eye on what CIO’s can expect in the near future wit2015h regards to technology trends and best practices. In this article we found from ‘The Enterprisers Project’,  IT Executives reveal what they believe to be the key areas to consider to ensure a successful outcome on their IT project delivery.

2015 TECHNOLOGY PREDICTIONS FOR CIOs

1. Mobile exploits will rise sharply

“The mobile space. At the moment, from what I’ve seen in the past and the development cycles of these things, the opportunity for the bad guys to create havoc in the mobile space has barely started.”

Cliff Tamplin, Consultant and Former Vice President of Technology Support & Risk Management, Hyatt Hotels Corporation

2. Docker will live up to the hype

“Docker will largely avoid the ‘trough of disillusionment’ and continue its growth as a cloud-enabling technology.”

Lee Congdon, CIO, Red Hat

ARTICLE SOURCE: enterprisersproject.com

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CIO priorities are different around the world, but the cloud is one consistent factor.

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Jenrick IT are pleased to share this very interesting article on Gartner’s recent CIO survey that highlights the differences in the way that IT Managers around the world operate, but one thing that remains to be consistent across the globe is the importance of the cloud.

“CIO priorities are different around the World, but the Cloud is one consistent factor.” 

China is focused on growth and has bigger budgets to drive it. For North America, the big danger is complacency, while in Latin America they are confident that they have the right strategies in place. In the UK and Ireland, our focuses for growth are outsourcing and the cloud.clouds-blue-sky-620x465

These are some of the differences thrown up by the latest Gartner survey of CIOs, which shows that while there are many different approaches taken to IT, there are also similarities. One is a lack of growth for IT budgets, with Gartner pointing out that there was 0.2 percent growth from 2013 through the first quarter of this year but a region-by-region analysis shows wide deviations from that.

ARTICLE AND IMAGE SOURCE: znet.com

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If your organisation is seeking cloud support services, please contact Jenrick IT, Award winning IT Recruitment consultancy on 01932 245 500. 

Is your head in the Clouds? Here’s a reality check – by Neil Fenton (Chairman of 10Duke)

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Jenrick IT have noticed a significant rise in businesses seeking cloud application support and to complement this we are pleased to introduce Neil Fenton of 10Duke who has kindly contributed an article on what to consider when migrating to ‘The Cloud’. 

“Head in the Clouds? Here’s a reality check” by Neil Fenton

So, you’re thinking about cloud.   Fantastic, it’s the solution to all technical problems known to mankind, it is so enticingly attractive and all-encompassing that surely, in the not too distant future, Neil Fenton0654-copyStarbucks will be dispensing your favorite, Vanilla double-shot skinny latte from a cloud-based espresso machine, right? Running an online service supporting 7 million online video editors, 50,000 of whom will be using the service concurrently and from every corner of the earth will take about 1 man-week to shift to the cloud won’t it? The cloud makes it simple, doesn’t it?

Perhaps not.  Cloud services are indeed a remarkable set of abstracted computing resources that give you on-demand access to services such as database, processing, bandwidth and storage. But whether to use them, when to use them, and how to use them (as public, private or hybrid cloud deployments) entirely depends on the use case.

If you’re thinking about using the cloud here are some ‘starters for 10’ to be mindful of:

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