Saturday, February 23, 2008

Photos from ACS YIT Event with IBM Global CIO

On 14th of Feb, we had a wonderful event where IBM Global CIO spoke to an ACS crowd on his career whilst giving advice on how to build a strong career. He was a very strong speaker and was very open to questions and truly engaged his audience. I highly enjoyed listening to this very successful IT professional as well as playing the role of meeting convener for the night while running around to make sure everything is in place, greeting people etc. etc.

Yasas V. Abeywickrama, Yohan Ramasundara, Mark Hennessy , Amrit Singh and Steve Godbee.

Alvin Yeap and Yohan Ramasundara

Steve Godbee and Alvin Yeap

Thanks to everyone who attended and don't forget that we have our next event on February 26th.

Friday, February 22, 2008

YIT SIG: How to Succeed in Graduate Recruitment

After a very successful first event for the year with the IBM Global CIO, Victorian Young IT committee is moving to its second event for the year. It's the Special Interest Group that discusses 'How to Succeed in Graduate Recruitment'.

Graduate fairs –the dos and don’ts and how to get the best from them

Internships – what they are and how to secure one

The role and importance of professional associations

What to expect and how to deal with employment assessments (such as on line application forms, IQ tests, personality tests, and assessment centres or group interviews

Networking for Graduates – at fairs, events and directly with companies

Round-table discussion on issues and an opportunity to access professional advice about graduate recruitment programs in Australia

*Please bring along details of any graduate campaigns/companies that you are interested in so this session can be personalised on the night to your needs.

This session will conclude with a 20 minute round-table discussion where participants can also learn informally from the facilitator and each other about graduate recruitment.

Light refreshments will be provided.

The presenter for the event is Jill Noble.

Please register yourself and secure a seat at here.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Developing a Successful Career - Showcasing Innovative Leadership

As a great start to the new year's events calendar, ACS Victoria is organizing an event where IBM CIO will be speaking. Yes! It's IBM Global CIO, speaking in Melbourne, organized by us, an event not to be missed by students and young professionals. He is speaking about how to grow a succesful career, so if you are in town, better not miss this one!

Developing a Successful Career - Showcasing Innovative Leadership

How are career pathways, innovation and leadership linked?

Mark Hennessey, IBM's Global CIO is a leader like no other. He believes in the very nature of innovation, which is increasingly open, collaborative, multi-disciplinary and global. This shift means that organizations need to think differently and it means opening up different opportunities for the younger generation.

Presenter: Mark Hennessy

Mark Hennessy is Vice President and Chief Information Officer of IBM with responsibility for leading technology operations and strategic business initiatives to enable innovation and growth for IBM. He was appointed to this role in July 2007.
In his tenure at IBM, Mark has held a diverse series of sales, marketing and general management assignments. Prior to his current assignment, he was General Manager, Global Distribution Sector, where he was responsible for IBM's sales, strategy, marketing, and solutions for the retail, consumer packaged goods, travel and transportation industries. This set of clients represents approximately 10% of IBM's revenue around the world.

From 2001 to 2004 he was Vice President, Distribution Channels Management, primarily responsible for optimizing all of IBM's go-to-market resources and spending worldwide. In 1999, he became Vice President, Systems Sales, Asia Pacific, based in Tokyo. In this assignment, he was responsible for the sale of IBM's servers, storage, networking and printer products throughout twenty-two countries in Asia.

Mark joined IBM in 1981 as a client representative. He held various management posts with increasing responsibility until 1996 when he was promoted to Vice President, Midwestern Area Operations, which included strategic marketing programs, customer satisfaction and quality process direction for IBM's operations in ten midwestern states.

A graduate of Boston College, Mark earned a BA in economics in 1980. In 1990, he earned an MBA from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business.

Venue: State Library of Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette, Entry 3, Latrobe Street, Melbourne
Date: Thursday 14 February 2008
Time: 5:00pm for 5.30pm
Cost: Free

Register Here for this free but great opportunity!

Microsoft Eyeing to buy Yahoo! !!

Microsoft Friday made an unsolicited takeover offer of $44.6 billion for Internet portal Yahoo in a bold bid to leapfrog Google as the dominant player in the fast emerging Internet advertising market.

Yahoo's senior executives and board of directors played coy, issuing a statement that the company "will evaluate this proposal carefully and promptly in the context of Yahoo's strategic plans and pursue the best course of action to maximize long-term value for shareholders."
"We've made a great offer to Yahoo shareholders and we respect the fact that their management and board have a lot to consider," said Kevin Johnson, Microsoft's president of platform and services, in an interview. "Our strong preference is working collaboratively with Yahoo."

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