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Ericsson boosts local R&D

Ericsson Australia plans to employ another 200 scientists in the next 12 months to undertake research into advanced mobile and data applications. The announcement is part of the company's joint initiative with the Victorian government to boost job growth in this sector. The Victorian government predicts the creation of 10,000 IT&T jobs in the state over the next 12 months and is working with Ericsson on initiatives to address the skills shortage. Rebecca Power, Ericsson Australia's people and organisation director, said collaboration between government and industry is essential to combat the growing IT skills shortage in Australia.

Aussie developer goes to Washington

Beating tough competition in the US, a Melbourne-based software developer has secured a major deal with the US Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR). Aussie company Hardcat Pty Ltd said the OTR - in Washington DC - did an exhaustive evaluation of available products in the marketplace before choosing its fixed asset management software and services. Dan Drum, Hardcat managing director said the main reason why the OTR overlooked [US] developed products was because the Hardcat's software had already been used successfully to manage assets at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

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