Microsoft courts start-ups with free cloud services, skills, intros to VCs

Peter Griffin, Editor. 05 April 2022, 12:30 pm Start-up founders can now tap Microsoft for support in the form of free credits for services and platforms as well as mentorship and skilling opportunities. Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub, launched across New Zealand and Australia last week, allows an approved early-stage start-up at any stage of […]

Griffin on Tech: The EU’s plan to bring Big Tech into line

Peter Griffin, Editor. 01 April 2022, 1:47 pm New Zealand’s tech start-up community has done very nicely over the last decade or so developing software and applications that solve problems encountered all over the world. Xero embodied Rod Drury’s vision for a user-friendly accounting package. For Raygun’s founders, it was a desire to streamline the […]

Reward us on impact, not hours worked – Kiwi employees

Peter Griffin, Editor. 31 March 2022, 9:16 am A third of New Zealand business leaders claim to be rethinking how to measure their organisation’s productivity as their staff put a higher value on relationships and results over hours worked. Microsoft’s annual Work Trend Index Report released this week surveyed 31,000 people in 31 countries around […]

Mental health in the digital technology industry

Victoria MacLennan. 30 March 2022, 6:52 pm I remember reading the headline “Tech Professionals most likely to see mental health decline due to pandemic” last year and thinking wow this is serious stuff. For my own teams during 2020/21 and even now in 2022 we focused on creating social connection opportunities, encouraging outdoor activities, taking […]

Southland’s data centre plans ramp up

Peter Griffin, Editor. 29 March 2022, 9:56 am Its cool temperatures and access to abundant renewable energy make Southland an ideal site for power-hungry data centres. Now plans to make the region a hub for storing data and running high-performance applications appear to be taking shape. T4 Group, a company formed last year out of […]

Monday news in brief (28th March)

Victoria MacLennan. 28 March 2022, 7:14 pm Kia ora koutou, Monday’s ITP news is a brief wrap of interesting things across the digital technology community. Women and Leadership Professional Development Scolarships Scholarships of $1000-$5000 per person are available for women in the IT sector To encourage more women to increase their impact at work and step […]

The Okta hack and software supply chain security hazards

Peter Griffin, Editor. 24 March 2022, 10:47 am Security vendors have for years now been telling us that a key aspect of keeping your network and data safe is having watertight digital identity controls. But what if your digital identity provider gets hacked? That’s the scenario thousands of companies are faced with as Okta, a […]

5 career tips worth sharing

Victoria MacLennan. 23 March 2022, 7:52 pm Kia ora koutou ITP Members and Supporters.  It’s taken me all day to decide what to write about in my second post. Feeling spoilt for choice I started shaping up blogs on topics like upskilling and reskilling, labour market pressures, what’s in a name – IT/ICT/Digital Technology, mental health […]

One million Kiwi workers need digital upskilling in the next year alone – AWS

Peter Griffin, Editor. 22 March 2022, 1:18 pm New Zealand faces a serious deficit in digital skills that will require one million workers, 35% of the workforce, to be upskilled in the next 12 months, as rapid digital transformation creates the need for new skills. The Building Digital Skills for the Changing Workforce report, undertaken […]