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The MENA region has lead the way in the global oil and gas industry for some time now, but has this level of dominance made them complacent? Are they still in a position to compete with the emerging APAC region? Well this week leading oil and gas executives from the APAC region met at the illustrious NG O&G APAC summit at Sentosa to discuss new technology and innovation which will allow them to close the gap on the Middle East supply. 2009 saw the biggest pullback in oil demand in history and the economic downturn saw oil consumption drop by 3 million barrels per day (bpd). 2010 has seen the global market splutter back towards relative normality, offering investment opportunities across the industry, which has been capitalized on by the attendees at the recent NG O&G APAC summit hosted by GDS International. Industrialization and population growth in developing countr... (more)

IT in Australia: From Challenge to Opportunity

The economic volatility of the past few years has undoubtedly transformed the scope of technology for business, creating enormous pressure for CIOs globally. While market giants in the US and Europe struggle to weather the storm, Australia is in an enviable position, with forecasted growth significantly higher than other regions. Executives from across the technology industry believe now is the time to act and plan for the future. Opportunity is rife and the time to invest is now. So the NG CIO summit (hosted by GDS International) has been set in Queensland at the end of July t... (more)

Cloud Committee Concludes

Leading names within the telecoms industry met last week in Latin America to discuss the future of the Cloud, and its effects for the continent. Representatives from Cablevision - Federico Juarez Valdez, CIO, Telefonica Media Networks SA - Pedro Luis Planas, CTO LA, Grupo GTD - Cristian Eyzaguirre, CIO, Telefonica Media Networks Latin America - Javier Izquierdo, COO and COFETEL (Federal Telecommunications Commission) - Rodrigo Gutierrez Sandez, CIO - General Coordinator of Organisation and IT among others met in Mexico to discuss the advantages of moving to the cloud and how best ... (more)

Is Attitude over Aptitude a Viable Employment Practice

The HR landscape is always changing; the approach of hiring staff with the right attitude is quickly becoming a growing trend. This is a theory that is endorsed by Jonathan Levy, Attorney and President of Fair Measures, a management training firm: "Why do we often hire the wrong people? We don´t get the right information in the interview. We find out about their abilities, their aptitude, but not about their attitude. As a result, they may be able to adequately go through the motions of their jobs. But that´s all they do - go through the motions. They don´t have their hearts in... (more)

Europe’s Utility Leaders Gather to Discuss Alternative Energy

João Torres, President of EDP - Distribuição - Energia, S.A., has confirmed attendance as the keynote speaker at the Next Generation Utilities Summit, the most important annual meeting of Utility executives in Europe. The summit, which will be held from June 23rd-25th at the Westin CampoReal Golf Resort & Spa, Portugal, has been highlighted this year as a vital meeting place for the Utility industry’s thought-leaders to unite and combat the current economic crisis, as well as respond to the added pressure to invest in renewable energy sources and adhering to ever-changing regula... (more)