A Colorado Springs corporation is challenging design engineers to use its VersaKit-30xx development system to create new designs — and win $2,500.
Ramtron International Corp., a developer of nonvolatile ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) and integrated semiconductor products, launched the design contest to introduce engineers to its 8051-based microcontroller with nonvolatile FRAM memory.
When Amnet Inc. took over the information technology contract at Mitsui Advanced Media-America, the office of 40 ran on eight different servers, some of which couldn’t communicate with each other.
The company’s software and hardware was “antiquated,” said Amnet owner Trevor Dierdorff, and it was using a variety of operating systems, including Unix and Novell.
A resurgence in consumer technology spending and the expansion of Web 2.0 helped drive tech-sector job-cut announcements to the lowest quarterly total in nearly six years, according to global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc.
Job cuts in the tech sector, which encompasses telecommunications, computer, electronics and e-commerce, fell to 29,226, down 25.8 percent from 39,379 in the previous quarter. The second-quarter figure was the lowest since 26,583 job cuts in the third quarter of 2000.
For seven years in a row, Colorado has been ranked as having the highest concentration of tech workers in the nation, according to the American Electronics Association.
Data for 2004 shows that of every 1,000 private-sector workers, 88.7 were employed in the high-tech industry.
Colorado’s high tech workers earn an average salary of $76,000, the AeA study found. The state’s high-tech payroll amounted to $12.2 billion in 2004.
Managed Business Solutions, a global IT consulting and outsourcing firm, has moved its corporate headquarters from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs to accommodate the company’s growth.
Currently operating 35 locations in the United States, Canada, South America and Europe, MBS offers a range of outsourcing services, including data center management, application management and custom development. MBS also recently expanded into business intelligence.
Tech workers are finding themselves in territory not seen since the peak of the dot.com era: an improving job market.
“Some businesses may in fact regret some of the job cuts they made in recent years, which, in retrospect, may have been too deep,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer for Challenger, Gray & Christmas, the agency that released the latest tech sector job figures. “Recent surveys suggest that employers are having an increasingly difficult time finding information technology workers.”
Intelliden Inc. has been recognized as the global market leader in network configuration management applications, according to a market analysis report by IDC, a subsidiary of the International Data Group.
The company was ranked ahead of other vendors such as Opsware, Voyence and Alterpoint.
The designation was determined using data collected from network management research, supply- and demand-side interviews, customer interviews, private company information and company 10-K statements. The forecast excluded service revenue derived from training, consulting and systems integration.
The Center for Internet Research is one of five independent centers worldwide, each with a specialized focus for using the Internet. The Colorado center focuses on public education.
“Only one-third of those who start in the ninth grade graduate (in Colorado),” said Dr. Reid Cornwall, director of the Breckenridge-based center. “Another one-third needs remediation. The Internet offers an opportunity to put collective wisdom on the Net and make it available to kids. We lose our kids in K-6. (Education) is going to hell in a hand basket. Who caused the problem is irrelevant.”
Colorado Springs has great potential to become a hub for biotechnology because of companies already in the area and the work of University of Colorado at Colorado Springs professor Karen Newell, said Ian Askill, president of Springs-based Aspire Biotech Inc., a biomaterials and medical device company.
However, Askill also listed factors that stump biotech growth in the area.
The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade awarded training grants up to $800 per employee to two Colorado Springs companies: the Harloff Co. Inc., a supplier of fabricated steel and laminated wood products for the medical and automotive industries; and Springs Fabrication Inc., a custom engineering metal fabricator.
The purpose of the grants is to help the companies provide operational training for improved productivity and the development of a skilled workforce.