Friday, May 27, 2011

Solving the IT worker shortage

Assalamualaikum Everyone…

Just sharing with all of u about this news abstract from The Star Online dated today wrote Jo Timbuong about "Solving the IT worker shortage"

THE shortage of skilled workers to fill positions in the country's IT industry is a longstanding problem. Everyone agrees that a solution has to be found, but it still evades us.

Open-source enterprise-software maker Red Hat said there are 2,000 to 2,500 vacancies for IT personnel each month.

In comparison, only 830 IT students graduate from our universities monthly, said Prof Dr Md Gapar Md Johar, vice-president of Academia and Dean of the Information Science and Engineering Faculty at the Management Science University.

"There definitely is a shortage and the country needs to rely on foreign knowledge workers to plug the gap," said Daniel Ng, marketing director for Asia Pacific at Red Hat.

While many blame the tertiary institutions for not being able to meet the industry needs because of an outdated computer science syllabus, Gapar believes the problem stems from the secondary-school level.

"How many science stream students are there in secondary schools who are also good in math? The good ones are usually channelled to other hard science courses, like Medicine and Engineering but not IT," he said.

This, he said, is the reason why there aren't many qualified candidates for IT courses in the country.

Gapar believes that the first thing to do to correct this is to change the way math is perceived in our schools.

Mathematics, he explained, is seen as the basics for computer programming but many students aren't interested in the subject because they see it as being boring and difficult.

"We need to change the way math is being taught in schools to make it fun. It shouldn't be just about formulae, but also (the application of) logical thinking. Students need to see math in a new light," Gapar said.

WHAT NEXT?: The IT industry is always in need of capable fresh graduates in its operations.


Another factor that contributes to the lack of talent in the IT industry is that the industry is perceived to be uncool.

Red Hat's Ng believes parents today do not have the same perception of IT, compared to the days when he was in university. "Back then my parents were proud to say that their son is taking a course in IT, and that he would subsequently work for an IT company," he said.

He said parents today have a negative view of the industry, think it is an unprofitable field and that their children will be in dead-end or boring jobs.

"Many think that when you study computer science, you will end up in some desk-bound job, like IT administrator," Ng said.

Gapar thinks that parents' generally have a bad perception of IT these days, because of the dotcom crash in early 2000.

When that happened, some IT companies experienced a plunge in revenue while many startups that had hopped onto the dotcom bandwagon without a proper business plan died.

"That has left a black mark on the industry, and so the parents are discouraging their children from pursuing careers in IT," said Gapar.


The lack of qualified IT personnel is also attributed to the mislabelling of IT courses.

Dr Yap Chee Sing, managing director of professional training company Iverson Associates, said many are being marketed as IT courses but do not cover essential IT subjects, like programming.

"It is these non-IT courses that are branded as IT that are giving the actual IT courses a bad name," he said.

Yap said the students of such courses are the ones who have difficulties looking for a job in IT after graduation because they are not equipped with the necessary skills.

Gapar believes programming is an essential skill because this is where innovation begins. "It gives you the fundamentals to make more tools and from that you can create a lot of useful software and other innovations," he said.

Employers have become more discriminating and have even identified which universities produce the graduates with the right IT skills.

"If these students have hardcore IT skills, they are scooped up the second they graduate. Those with vague qualifications will have a harder time because they lack the necessary skills despite holding a degree in IT," Yap said.

According to him, the mislabelling of IT courses goes back to the dotcom era. "At that time, the argument was that market forces pushed for such courses to be labelled IT. Some universities were apparently forced to do that to promote their courses," he said.


If Malaysia wants more IT graduates with marketable skills, Gapar said, the first thing that needs to be done is to gear IT courses towards creating innovation, and to further emphasise the need for programming skills across all IT subjects.

Having these programming courses will not only spur innovation, but will also turn Malaysians from a society of users to that of creators, he said.

Gapar said tertiary institutions also need to start encouraging multiplatform training.

Ng explained that many employers prefer to hire graduates who have multiple skills. "Companies are adopting multiplatform environments these days and their preferences for multiplatform skills make sense.

" Why would companies hire two people to take care of different systems when they can hire one who can handle both?," he said.

The many career opportunities in the IT industry also needs to be more clearly communicated. Universities need to explain to students and parents that the career spectrum is wide.

According to Ng, there are other, softer branches in IT that have not been made clear, such as marketing for example. "I think that with a good understanding of technology and a little bit of flair, an IT graduate can be a great marketer of IT products," he said.

More tweaks

While it is wise to change parents' perception of IT courses, universities need to also look at keeping their IT courses abreast of the times.

These institutes of higher learning must engage the help of the industry to find out what other values their graduates must have in order to be more marketable.

The universities must work with the industry players to recognize the latest technology trends. "Once we get the feedback, we can make changes to our IT syllabus, and these will come into effect the next semester," Gapar said.

He said that in its recent meeting, some industry players advised that universities should also put more effort into honing their students' communications skills.

"Some students are very innovative but aren't able to communicate their ideas properly," he said. The solution would be to make such students present their work in class, where their communication skills can be sharpened.

The fast-paced nature of technology is also a problem to tertiary institutions. Most of the time, the subjects they teach may have lost relevance by the time their students graduate.

Gapar, Ng and Yap countered that while technologies change, the fundamentals remain the same.

"The changes are only in the design but if you have a strong understanding of the basic fundamentals, you can deal with all kinds of changes," Gapar said, emphasising his point as to why even a basic understanding of programming is so important.

Also, Ng said, graduates cannot rest on their laurels and need to constantly upscale their skills after graduation to keep up with technology advances and to maintain their marketability.


Thursday, May 26, 2011


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"FICTION"…from BEAST New Album…Fiction & Fact


ajik nan neol itji motago modeungeol da mitji motago
ireoke neol bonaeji motago oneuldo

dasi mandeureobolge uri iyagi kkeutnaji anke aju ginagin
salgacheul pago seumyeodeuneun sangsilgameun jamsi mudeodulge
saero sseo naeryeoga sijageun haengbokhage utgo inneun neowa na
nega nal tteonaji motage baegyeongeun chulguga eomneun jobeun bang an

amureochi anke nege kiseuhago dalkomhan neoui gyeoteul tteonagajil motae
urin kkeuchiraneungeon eobseo

ireoke nan tto (fiction in fiction)
itji motago (fiction in fiction)
nae gaseum soge kkeutnaji anheul iyagil sseugo isseo
neol butjabeulge (fiction in fiction)
nochi anheulge (fiction in fiction in fiction)
kkeutnaji anheun neowa naui iyagi sogeseo oneuldo in fiction

jigeum yeogin haengbokhan iyagideulbakke eobseo
neomu haengbokhan uri dulmanui iyagiga ireoke (hyeonsilgwaneun dareuge)
sseo isseo jeomjeom chaewojigo isseo

neoneun naegero dallyeowaseo angigo
pum ane angin neoreul naneun jeoldae nochi motae
urin kkeuchiraneungeon eobseo

ireoke nan tto (fiction in fiction)
kkeunchi motago (fiction in fiction)
nae gaseum soge kkeutnaji anheul iyagil sseugo isseo
neol butjabeulge (fiction in fiction)
nochi anheulge (fiction in fiction in fiction)
kkeutnaji anheun neowa naui iyagi sogeseo oneuldo in fiction

dasi han beon deo malhajiman
jigeum neoneun nae yeope itdago geureoke mitgo isseo nan
(hajiman fiction)

nan mokjeogeul irheobeorin jakga i soseorui
kkeuteun eotteoke mamuri jieoya hae
saranghae saranghae saranghae saranghae saranghae i se geuljaman
sseo naeryeoga mudyeojin pen nunmullo eollukjin nalgeun jongi wiro
haengbokhal sudo seulpeul sudo eobseo i iyagineun

jigeum nan neomunado haengbokhan saenggage iyagireul sseujiman
modeunge baramil ppunirago yeojeonhi

nan haengbokhangeol (fiction in fiction in fiction)
uri hamkkeingeol (fiction in fiction in fiction)
ije sijagingeol (fiction in fiction in fiction)
kkeuteun eomneungeol (fiction in fiction in fiction)

**english translation**

it’s a lie, it’s a lie
we can’t end it like this
come back again, please come back
i can’t believe that you’re leaving me

i should try saying something to you
though there’s no use in it
this isn’t it, this isn’t it
i won’t believe in this truth

this is all a lie
it’s not the truth
i won’t believe any more of this
i asked many times not to leave me
this is a lie

you’re no longer beside me
this is the truth
i don’t want to believe it
though i ask you numerous times to come back again,
all of this has to be a lie

this is a lie, this is a lie
this is a lie, this is a lie
this isn’t the truth, this isn’t the truth
this isn’t the truth, this isn’t the truth

it’s a fact
my brain knows it’s true, but my heart won’t accept it
i can’t believe it
unknowingly, everything i knew now seems like an obsession
this situation that suddenly fell over my head,
i can no longer control it
i can’t empty you but i’ll try to erase you
i’ll rewrite the story of you and i


아직 잊지 못하고 모든걸 믿지 못하고
이렇게 보내지 못하고 오늘도

다시 만들어볼게 우리 이야기 끝나지 않게 아주 기나긴
살갗을 파고 스며드는 상실감은 잠시 묻어둘게
새로 내려가 시작은 행복하게 웃고 있는 너와
네가 떠나지 못하게 배경은 출구가 없는 좁은

아무렇지 않게 네게 키스하고 달콤한 너의 곁을 떠나가질 못해
우린 끝이라는건 없어

이렇게 (fiction in fiction)
잊지 못하고 (fiction in fiction)
가슴 속에 끝나지 않을 이야길 쓰고 있어
붙잡을게 (fiction in fiction)
놓지 않을게 (fiction in fiction in fiction)
끝나지 않은 너와 나의 이야기 속에서 오늘도 in fiction

지금 여긴 행복한 이야기들밖에 없어
너무 행복한 우리 둘만의 이야기가 이렇게 (현실과는 다르게)
있어 점점 채워지고 있어

너는 나에게로 달려와서 안기고
안에 안긴 너를 나는 절대 놓지 못해
우린 끝이라는건 없어

이렇게 (fiction in fiction)
끊지 못하고 (fiction in fiction)
가슴 속에 끝나지 않을 이야길 쓰고 있어
붙잡을게 (fiction in fiction)
놓지 않을게 (fiction in fiction in fiction)
끝나지 않은 너와 나의 이야기 속에서 오늘도 in fiction

다시 말하지만
지금 너는 옆에 있다고 그렇게 믿고 있어
하지만 fiction)

목적을 잃어버린 작가 소설의
끝은 어떻게 마무리 지어야
사랑해 사랑해 사랑해 사랑해 사랑해 글자만
내려가 무뎌진 눈물로 얼룩진 낡은 종이 위로
행복할 수도 슬플 수도 없어 이야기는
지금 너무나도 행복한 생각에 이야기를 쓰지만
모든게 바람일 뿐이라고 여전히

행복한걸 (fiction in fiction in fiction)
우리 함께인걸 (fiction in fiction in fiction)
이제 시작인걸 (fiction in fiction in fiction)
끝은 없는걸 (fiction in fiction in fiction)



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