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Portrait of the software developer as an artist

Creating applications, data engineering and services across PCs, mobile devices, the cloud backbone and throughout the internet of things (IoT), the developer is the artist, the keyboard is the colour palette and the command line is the painter’s easel and canvas.

Art is categorised into a number of genres, such as classical, abstract, post-modern and renaissance. Similarly, software programming falls into various fields, categories and sub-genres, such as waterfall, agile, scrum or pair-based, rapid application development (RAD) and now low-code and no-code (for business people) in the wider spectrum of code creation.

Going deeper, some people would classify different programming types by the various language types, such as declarative, concurrent, data flow, functional, and so on. Others separate them out by target device as desktop, mobile, embedded firmware software development.

To add to the confusion of how to categorise software development, modern development practices are often associated with cloud-native, cloud-first

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CIOs Must Lead The Way

In the past 18 months, Volkswagen announced delays in the launch of two crucial models, first the eighth generation of its perennial bestseller, the VW Golf, and then its flagship electric car, the ID.3, both due to glitches in software. Herbert Diess, chairman of the Management Board of Volkswagen Group, was asked to give up his role as VW brand chief, in part because of these slipups.

Executives at the giant German automaker were aware of their limitations. Mr. Diess had acknowledged the company’s inadequate software capabilities saying, “Tesla belongs among the competitors which has abilities that we currently do not have. Around half of Tesla’s engineers are software experts, while at VW’s core brand it is a much lower proportion.” And board member Jürgen Stackmann stated, “We’ve never hid the fact that software, an area of extreme importance for products in the future is a serious challenge for

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The Best Software Companies To Work For In 2020, According To Glassdoor

  • Using Glassdoor’s rankings to find the best enterprise software companies to work for shows industry leaders including Atlassian, Asana, Coupa, Databricks, Slack, Salesforce and others are balancing rapid growth while creating cultures employees want to recommend. An impressive eighteen enterprise software companies have high growth cultures 90% of their employees would recommend working in.
  • 95% of the employees working for Asana, Creatio, Looker, Everbridge, Couchbase, Sailpoint, Coupa and Zoom would recommend these companies to a friend looking for work in 2020.
  • 72% of all employees working for enterprise software companies would recommend their company to a friend, up from 62% in 2018.
  • 83% of all employees working for enterprise software companies approve of their CEO today, up from 76% in 2018.
  •  CEOs who succeed at improving their approval ratings have a major impact on the percentage of employees who recommend their company to a friend, increasing recommendation scores by
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Providence Strategic Growth Completes Majority Investment in Leading Nordic Cloud HR Software Vendor Sympa

HELSINKI & LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Providence Strategic Growth (“PSG”), the growth equity affiliate of premier asset management firm Providence Equity Partners (“Providence”), today announced the completion of a majority investment in Sympa, a leading provider of cloud-based human capital management (“HCM”) software in the Nordics. Alfvén & Didrikson, an active, long-term backer of Nordic businesses with international growth potential, invested in Sympa in 2016 and will retain a minority stake alongside the company’s founding team. PSG team members Edward Hughes, Aldo Mareuse, and Tobias Richter have joined Sympa’s board of directors. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Sympa was founded in 2005 and is now one of the fastest-growing cloud HR suite vendors in the Nordics. Its signature solution, Sympa HR, is a comprehensive HR platform that gives businesses advanced tools for automating a wide range of HR tasks and amplifies the expertise of HCM professionals. PSG’s investment will support Sympa’s

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Arm Halts IoT Software Spin-Off Plans Amid Acquisition Rumors

Arm has halted its plan to spin off two IoT software businesses into standalone entities owned by parent company SoftBank Group amid rumors that Nvidia and other companies are interested in acquiring the British chip designer.

An Arm spokesperson confirmed to CRN on Tuesday that the company has reversed a previously announced plan that it would transfer its two IoT Services Group businesses, IoT Platform and Treasure Data, to new entities under SoftBank. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news Monday.

While Arm initially aimed to give the two businesses “their own operating structures and business strategies optimized for success” with the proposed spin-off, the company decided that the two IoT units could continue to operate under Arm with operations and accounting kept separate from its silicon licensing business, according to the spokesperson.

[Related: The 10 Hottest AI Chip Startups Of 2020 (So Far)]

“After further diligence, we have

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Tacoma schools provides laptops for students in grades 6-12 ahead of remote learning

Tacoma Public Schools aims to help families avoid the scramble of last spring, when schools statewide were forced to go remote because of the coronavirus pandemic.

TACOMA, Wash. — The coronavirus pandemic complicated students’ return to school this fall unlike any other year, and Tacoma is hoping to smooth some of the hiccups from spring’s rush to online learning.

Tacoma Public Schools is currently distributing laptops to all students grades sixth through 12, ahead of online classes starting Sept. 9. Eventually, the district plans to get to 1-to-1 with all students, but a shortage of machines as districts nationwide scramble means younger ones will have to wait. There are more than 15,000 students enrolled across Tacoma’s middle and high schools, and 13,000 kindergarteners through 5th graders.

The return to online learning certainly means some strange first impressions for incoming freshman, like Alex Lindgren, who is starting at Stadium High School

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Aveva to Buy SoftBank-Backed Osisoft in $5 Billion Deal

(Bloomberg) — Aveva Group Plc has agreed to buy Osisoft in a deal that gives the SoftBank Group Corp.-backed industrial software maker an enterprise value of $5 billion.


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About $4.4 billion of the deal will be paid in cash, funded by the balance sheet and a $3.5 billion rights issue, Cambridge, England-based Aveva said in a statement on Tuesday. The remainder will be funded with debt. Osisoft is jointly owned by SoftBank’s Vision Fund and founder and Chief Executive Officer J. Patrick Kennedy’s family.

Read more: Aveva Group Is in Talks to Buy SoftBank-Backed Osisoft

There are more deals to come as industrial companies shift toward software-based automation that helps factories and machinery run more efficiently, and Aveva is a prime candidate to play “a major part” in further consolidation, Chief Financial Officer James Kidd said in an interview.

Aveva beat out several other industrial bidders for San

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US further tightens restrictions on Huawei, adds 38 more companies to Entity List

The US Department of Commerce has further restricted Huawei’s access to US-owned technology and software, produced either domestically or abroad. The department has added another 38 Huawei affiliates to the so-called Entity List, which imposes a license requirement for products set for export, and modified four existing Huawei Entity List entries. 

The license requirements are such that Huawei will now not be able to be a purchaser, intermediate or end-user for the tech and software. This will “prevent Huawei’s attempts to circumvent US export controls to obtain electronic components developed or produced using US technology,” the department said. 

The Commerce Department confirmed an amendment to its export rule in May of this year, restricting Huawei’s ability to use US technology to design and manufacture its semiconductors. The latest move tightens the rule to include any “item” (tech or software) that could be used by Huawei or connected parties, in any

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Investors Appear Satisfied With Magic Software Enterprises Ltd.’s (NASDAQ:MGIC) Prospects

NASDAQ:MGIC) price-to-earnings (or “P/E”) ratio of 50.6x might make it look like a strong sell right now compared to the market in the United States, where around half of the companies have P/E ratios below 19x and even P/E’s below 10x are quite common. However, the P/E might be quite high for a reason and it requires further investigation to determine if it’s justified.” data-reactid=”28″Magic Software Enterprises Ltd.’s (NASDAQ:MGIC) price-to-earnings (or “P/E”) ratio of 50.6x might make it look like a strong sell right now compared to the market in the United States, where around half of the companies have P/E ratios below 19x and even P/E’s below 10x are quite common. However, the P/E might be quite high for a reason and it requires further investigation to determine if it’s justified.

Recent times haven’t been advantageous for Magic Software Enterprises as its

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A Quick Analysis On Upland Software’s (NASDAQ:UPLD) CEO Compensation

This article will reflect on the compensation paid to Jack McDonald who has served as CEO of Upland Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:UPLD) since 2010. This analysis will also assess whether Upland Software pays its CEO appropriately, considering recent earnings growth and total shareholder returns.

Check out our latest analysis for Upland Software

Comparing Upland Software, Inc.’s CEO Compensation With the industry

Our data indicates that Upland Software, Inc. has a market capitalization of US$1.0b, and total annual CEO compensation was reported as US$7.6m for the year to December 2019. We note that’s an increase of 30% above last year. While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it’s worth acknowledging that the salary portion is lower, valued at US$325k.

On examining similar-sized companies in the industry with market capitalizations between US$400m and US$1.6b, we discovered that the median CEO total compensation of that group was US$3.4m. Hence, we can conclude that Jack

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