Government CIOs Urged to Hire IT Workers With Soft Skills

Woops, now the government needs to hire IT people with skills in relating to people and getting projects done! What a surprise, it has always been so.  (reposted from my google+ site!)

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Government CIOs Urged to Hire IT Workers With Soft Skills | CIO.

Ever since the 1980s when i was an IT executive, it was clear that IT people with skills at working in teams and dealing with users were a treasure.  Those that had their head in a terminal or who could not understand the business reason why software was needed had little value for the organization.  As the article states, technology is making such faults more intolerable.
So, IT practitioners, get out there and improve your business functional skills and understanding! Work on a team! get used to ambiguity and to compromising with your users and customers!

Any comments?

Dimensional Pricing For LTL

The ability to price packages by size rather than simply by weight could be important for LTL carriers (Less-than Truckload).  Often these packages are not too heavy, but take up space and ‘cube’ out the truck rather than ‘weigh’ it out.  It takes special machines to determine the size of packages quickly and automatically.  some of these are being tested now.  In 2015 it is expected that several carriers will start the move to price by dimensions as well as weight.  This article summarizes the istuation and has other links to info about the issue.

Can Dimensional Pricing Be The Financial Champion For The Less-than-Truckload Sector? – Supply Chain 24/7.

People in LTL hope that dim pricing will allow more rational pricing for their cargo, that will lead to more profit.  I’m not sure.  The business is pretty competitive, and making pricing more complex may drive business to a carrier that uses a simplified pricing scheme.  Large shippers will probably be affected the most.

Anyone have an opinion?

Maritime Insight

A publication from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The summer edition tells us a lot about the local conditions and interests at this very loage port city.