ICYMI: Cyber merger and recruiting in the Great Resignation

By George Hopkin
A week is a long time in tech, so here’s a round-up of Technology Magazine articles that have been starting conversations around the world

Cybersecurity merger given go-ahead in $8.6bn deal

A major merger between two cybersecurity companies has been given the final go-ahead, meaning the US$8.6bn deal can be completed. NortonLifeLock, a consumer cyber safety company, and Avast, a global digital security and privacy company, became one company on September 12th after the competition authority in the UK said the merger would not give the new company an unfair advantage.

Read the full story: https://technologymagazine.com/articles/cybersecurity-merger-given-go-ahead-in-8.6bn-deal

UK’s trillion dollar demand for global technology talent

The United Kingdom is in a trillion-dollar battle for technology talent, according to a new report. And while London is still the UK’s most popular destination for a global workforce, the nation’s devolved capitals of Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast are proving popular with founders and senior executives from around the world. Recruitment and finance trends emerged in Tech Nation’s Global Talent Visa Report 2022, carried out to examine the impact of the Tech Nation Visa, offered to overseas nationals looking to move to the UK to build on or develop their technology businesses and careers.

Read the full story: https://technologymagazine.com/articles/uks-trillion-dollar-demand-for-global-technology-talent

IT recruiting has never been harder amid Great Resignation

IT talent acquisition challenges are now heavily influencing technology investment decisions, according to MuleSoft.  The 2022 IT Leaders Pulse Report reveals that almost three-quarters (73%) of senior IT leaders agree that acquiring IT talent has never been harder, and nearly all (98%) respondents say attracting IT talent influences their organisation’s technology investment choices. And with the Great Resignation having created a healthy employee market with a wealth of opportunities, employers have to be more creative if they want to attract the right talent.

Read the full story: https://technologymagazine.com/articles/it-recruiting-has-never-been-harder-amid-great-resignation

EU governments invest in a healthy digital transformation

Public services across Europe are ripe for digital innovation, with health-related services of particular interest, and EU member states allocated more than 26% of the spending under the EU Recovery and Resilience Fund to digital transition. The data emerged in the European Union’s 2022 eGovernment Benchmark report produced by Capgemini, its subsidiary Sogeti, and consortium partners IDC and Politecnico di Milano. The report looks at eGovernment performance in the delivery of 95 services across nine life events including the birth of a child, moving home, and starting a business.

Read the full story: https://technologymagazine.com/articles/eu-governments-invest-in-a-healthy-digital-transformation

Marketing and technology come together to democratise data

Chief marketing officers are targeting data and analytics (D&A) and marketing technology, with 61% of CMOs reporting they lack in-house capabilities in a new survey. Gartner discovered the resource challenge for marketing teams when they spoke with 405 CMOs and other marketing leaders between February and March this year as part of the company’s The State of Marketing Budget and Strategy 2022 survey. Marketing technology (martech) accounts for 25.4% of marketing expense, it was revealed, while talent recruitment and a lack of investment in training are of concern.

Read the full story: https://technologymagazine.com/articles/marketing-and-technology-come-together-to-democratise-data

Minority of businesses have reached full-stack observability

Less than a third of organisations have achieved full-stack observability, a report says, as IT leaders continue to grapple with the consequences of rapid digital transformations in a post-pandemic world. As IT and application environments increasingly move toward complex, cloud-based microservices, New Relic’s report found technology professionals have bold plans to ramp up observability capabilities to get ahead of issues that could impact customer experience and application security. 

Read the full story: https://technologymagazine.com/articles/minority-of-businesses-have-reached-full-stack-observability

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