Blackstone Joins Rush to Miami With Office for Technology Staff

(Bloomberg) — Blackstone Group Inc. plans to open an office in the Miami area and hire about 215 workers as South Florida lures more finance and investment firms.



a flock of seagulls standing on a beach with a city in the background: An aerial drone view as beachgoers take advantage of the opening of South Beach on June 10, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida.


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An aerial drone view as beachgoers take advantage of the opening of South Beach on June 10, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida.

The location will mostly house back-office technology employees. Investment professionals won’t be based there, for now.

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South Florida has been actively recruiting firms including hedge funds, some of which are attracted to the state’s zero income tax. While Miami-Dade isn’t cheap by Florida standards, it can be a bargain compared to New York.

“Miami is a vibrant market with a pipeline of top talent from best-in-class technology programs and a large technology footprint,” Jennifer Friedman, a spokeswoman for Blackstone, said

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COVID-19 budgets, data security, and automation are concerns of IT leaders and staff

Dueling surveys from Kaseya showed that IT department leaders share their underlings’ worries about security and productivity.

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IT infrastructure and security management company Kaseya have released a two-part report featuring insights gleaned from surveys of both IT leaders and IT practitioners. The two reports—”Technical Priorities for IT Practitioners” and “Strategic Priorities for IT Leaders”–show that members of both sides of IT departments share broad concerns on a variety of issues including data protection and security. 

The researchers behind the study spoke with 878 respondents in July 2020, more than 500 of whom were IT practitioners and 335 were IT leaders. According to the survey responses, IT leaders are more concerned with ensuring that operations are always up and running amid coronavirus-related budget shortages, while the managers and technicians working daily with technology are more focused on maintaining productivity using limited resources.

“Our 2020 IT Operations survey makes

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Why Enterprises Should Invest in Cloud Learning for Staff

With the rise in remote work, the cloud industry has experienced extraordinary growth, largely due to enterprise businesses transitioning their physical IT infrastructure to the cloud. Along with this rapid expansion into cloud technology comes the need for a workforce with cloud expertise.

At the moment, the IT needs are changing faster than the employees in charge of these programs can handle. In fact, only 56% of cloud leaders report having an actionable plan to upskill their workforce in cloud environments.

The lack of planning surrounding employee training is only one of the pain points that comes with navigating the complexity of the cloud. Other barriers to success include a lack of internal skills and knowledge, balancing competing priorities with day-to-day work, and providing enough time for employees to study the ins and outs of the major cloud providers, while also doing their existing full-time jobs. 

A Cloud Guru, which

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Questionmark Launches Ready-Made Assessments to Help Employers Identify Staff Strengths and Weakness and Improve Performance

  • Tests cover compliance, sales & marketing, and transferable skills

  • Better skills assessments help employers make more informed people decisions

Questionmark, the online assessment provider, has launched a new ready-made assessment offer that helps employers assess the business skills of their people. The tests cover compliance, sales and marketing, and transferable skills.

Questionmark has developed the tests in response to demand from customers who wanted help to identify strengths and address areas of risk or weakness across specific skills and functions.

The launch is part of the firm’s strategy to provide an end-to-end assessment service for customers. It complements Questionmark’s enterprise-grade assessment platform. It follows the launch of Questionmark’s professional services, where the firm provides a range of consultancy and training services to help customers get up to speed on the platform.

Assessments available through the new offer will include:

Compliance tests

Employers often struggle to identify what regulations and compliance

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Microsoft probed over aim to double black staff numbers

The Microsoft sign is shown on top of the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California
The Microsoft sign is shown on top of the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California

Microsoft is being questioned by the US government over whether a diversity initiative amounts to racial discrimination.

The Department of Labor has singled out the firm’s pledge to double the number of “black and African American” senior staff by 2025.

Officials have warned the company the target appears “to imply that the employment action may be taken on the basis of race”.

Microsoft denies the accusation.

“We are clear that the law prohibits us from discriminating on the basis of race,” the firm’s lawyer Dev Stahlkopf blogged.

“We also have affirmative obligations as a company that serves the federal government to continue to increase the diversity of our workforce, and we take those obligations very seriously.

“One thing remains true of all our programmes. We hire and promote the most-qualified person. And nothing we announced

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Keeping staff engaged and productive while remote working

As we’ve seen in the previous articles on remote working and building better business continuity, the challenging conditions of 2020 have changed how we work, and for many of us, working remotely is the way forward. That has had a substantial impact on IT environments and the priorities of enterprises of all sizes, but there’s one other piece of the puzzle — the “soft” impacts of remote working on staff, and how to manage that to maintain productivity, efficiency, and morale.

Earlier this year, a study found that over half of employees were feeling “burned out” by their jobs, and the principle causes of this were the lack of separation between work and life, and an unmanageable workload. The problem that many organisations have faced is that through the mad scramble to enable remote work as social distancing and lockdowns became mandatory, the focus was on work enablement rather than

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Amazon warehouse robots ‘increase staff injuries’

Amazon has defended its safety record
Amazon has defended its safety record

Amazon’s use of robots in its warehouses has led to more injuries for human workers, an investigation says.

The Center for Investigative Reporting said it had acquired internal records for 150 warehouses over four years.

At the most common kind of Amazon “fulfilment centre”, serious injuries are 50% higher for those that have robots than those without, it says.

Amazon said its numbers were high because it encouraged the reporting of even minor incidents.

The report from journalist Will Evans was published on the centre’s own news website.

It accuses the giant online retailer of “bald misrepresentations the company has deployed to hide its growing safety crisis”.

It said Amazon officials had “profoundly misled the public and lawmakers” over its safety record.

The company, however, said: “We strongly refute the claims that we’ve misled anyone.

“The reporter is misinterpreting data, and the very internal

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Athletes And Staff Get Wearables To Ensure Social Distancing

Each year, thousands of elite and amateur runners compete in the London Marathon. Last year, 42,000 people completed the 26.2-mile course that spans across the British capital, with thousands of people lining the streets to lend their support.

The marathon is an opportunity to achieve personal goals and raise millions of dollars for charitable causes.

But running a mass participation event in the era of Coronavirus is impossible and marathons across the globe have been canceled or postponed, much to the disappointment of those who had spent months training and fundraising for their big day in the limelight.

London Marathon

London hopes things will return to normal for the 2021 event but in the meantime, the 40th staging of the event will take place in a secure bubble in St James Park. Just 100 elite athletes will compete in the men’s, women’s and wheelchair races,

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Science, tech institutes to now be rated based on support to female staff


Science and Technology institutes will be rated based on the support they give to female staff under the new Science Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP), 2020, that aims to make the arena more inclusive and diverse.


Besides stressing on support to female staff, the focus of ranking parameters will also be language and geographical locations.



“There will be a separate chapter on equity, inclusion and diversity in the new science policy,” Department of Science and Technology (DST) Secretary Ashutosh Sharma said.


Deliberations are underway to have a new STIP 2020 which is expected to be unveiled by December, he said. Both government and private institutions will be graded.


“We are setting up a framework based on which evaluation will be done. There will different parameters like how many women are recruited every year, what is total number

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Technological Institution to be rated on Female Staff Support

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Science Technology and Innovation Policy 2020: According to the newly introduced Science Technology and Innovation Policy 2020, scienttific and technological institution will be based on the support provided to the female staff in these institutions. The policy has been introduced to make such institutions more diverse and inclusive. In addition to the support extended to female staff, ranking parameters will also include the geographical location, socio-economic strata, age and language.

Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DST) was quoted saying that under the new science policy, there will be a separate chapter on inclusion, equity and diversity. He also added that deliberations for the new Science Technology and Innovation Policy 2020 are underway and the policy is expected to be unveiled by December 2020 on the basis of which Government as well as Private institutions will be graded.

The framework for evaluation is being

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