Facebook Can Inspire Feelings of Envy, Even Depression

Posted in News on 01 December 2015

Facebook’s signature color may be blue, but there is a whole lot of green on the social network.

A new study has revealed that feelings of envy are pretty commonplace for those who use the social media site, especially among young adults.

All too often, pictures of friends on exciting vacations, with a new car, announcing engagements and so on can cause the green-eyed monster to arise — and when that happens, people often compensate by re-posting one of their own interesting photos in a bid to get some more likes.

Izak Benbasat, information systems professor at University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business, called the behavior a “self-enhancement envy spiral.”

“Part of the coping reaction is now you start making yourself look good by posting images, videos and good news about yourself,” he said in a radio interview with CBC. “So there’s a cycle going on. So you feel envious and now you are trying to make other people feel envious to compensate.”

Benbasat who collaborated with colleagues in Germany, studied the reactions of more than 1,200 Facebook users at a German university.

The study revealed a full 25 to 50 percent of Facebook users experience some degree of envy.

While viewing friends’ travel photos is the most common cause of envy, people’s social media habits also have an effect.

Benbasat said the more people consume on Facebook, the more likely they are to feel envy, and other negative emotions such as depression or even anxiety.


5 high-tech engineering fields in demand among millennials

Posted in News on 20 November 2015

Engineering is, by definition, the blending of design, machines, structures and technology — so it's no surprise that today's rapidly evolving, technologically-driven job market means that engineers are in a prime position to move rapidly up the corporate ladder.

Engineering spans a countless number of industries and markets, from electrical engineering to software engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering... the list goes on and on. And as millennials begin to take over the job market — it's a widely cited statistic that millennials will make up 50% of the global workforce by 2020 — we're seeing more futuristic and, dare we say, sexier-sounding job titles emerging in high-tech fields like VR and green energy.

For engineers drawn to the fascinatingly technical aspect of the career path, below are a few niche jobs that may be appealing.

1. Virtual or augmented reality engineering

Virtual reality is a hot topic for 2015, with a plethora of high-profile companies like Google and Nokia dabbling in the burgeoning industry. Whether it's the task of developing the 3D models for virtual reality video game testing, or engineering the physical devices for filming and viewing an augmented reality film, engineers have their work cut out for them in this exciting field. Millennials are particularly intrigued by VR as a generation open to experimenting with and embracing new technologies.

The possibilities for a career in this field are nearly limitless as more and more companies take on virtual or augmented reality projects; even traditional industries like banking are testing VR technology in an effort to attract a younger market and help clients visualise complicated financial models or portfolios. Software engineers itching to get into the field can search for job titles ranging from 3D modeller/artist or optical design engineer, to VR developer, to multimedia engineer.

2. Drone engineering

Drone and UAV technology is another field millennials can't seem to get enough of. A recent article on the future of retail suggests that drones may pique millennials' interest due to the promise of instant gratification, a major appeal to a generation raised on clicks, likes and "there's an app for that."

Global companies are eyeing drone technology, from the expected tech behemoths like Amazon — the company plans to begin instituting drone delivery systems as soon as a year or two from now — to surprising corporations like McDonalds. Engineers interested in drone technology should concentrate on job titles such as UAV developer or UAV aerospace engineer.

3. Biomedical engineering

While healthcare or biology may initially appear on the dry end of the spectrum of engineering career possibilities, the truth is that the field is far from dull. Biomedical technologies are shaping the future of healthcare, from bionics to nanomedicine and beyond. The engineers in charge of developing, testing, maintaining and troubleshooting these technologies get a hands-on experience with some of the medical community's most advanced and exciting projects; they're literally shaping the future of healthcare.

For millennials interested in the field, a career as a biomedical engineering technician is one place to look. This job is primarily responsible for handling biomedical technology, as well as transporting, calibrating and troubleshooting such equipment.

4. Modern structural engineering

Architecture is a constantly evolving profession, and with it, city planners and structural engineers have to keep up. Recent pushes for urban sustainability and modern aesthetics mean that today's engineers have their work cut out for them. The field is a good fit for engineers with an eye for design, a passion for sustainability and green energy, and a meticulous approach to work.

Structural engineers must be prepared to work closely with designers, as well as develop familiarity with all of the latest softwares necessary for the job. These are often roles that require working in teams, making them a fit for many millennials, who tend to thrive in collaborative environments.

5. Nuclear engineering

Few jobs sound quite as cool as a "nuclear engineer," and the field itself is increasingly important as the need for alternative forms of energy becomes ever more pressing. Engineers in this field help with the research and development processes as well as the specific systems involved in harnessing nuclear energy, and often are tasked with finding practical uses for or repurposing radioactive materials.

The "cool factor" is just part of the appeal to a millennial job seeker: nuclear energy is often cited as a viable option for helping to mitigate climate change, and millennials tend to favor careers and companies that focus on socially impactful work.


MIT Researchers Built a Chip That Could Bring Night Vision to Cars, Phones

Posted in News on 19 November 2015

Thermal imaging devices like night-vision goggles can help police, search-and-rescue teams and soldiers to pick out bad guys or victims through walls or in complete darkness. However, the best devices require cryogenic cooling, making them heavy, expensive and slow.

Enter graphene, the semi-conducting material that's 100 times stronger than steel -- researchers from MIT have built a chip out of the material that may solve the problem. The resulting infrared sensors were small enough that they could be "integrated in every cellphone and every laptop," according to the study's co-author, Tomas Palacios.

Graphene is one of the best-known infrared sensing materials, so the team built a microscopic sensor chip out of the material. Further graphene was then used to carry the signals and suspend the chip over an air pocket. That eliminated the need for external cooling, normally required by such devices to separate internal heat from the target's infrared signature.

As shown above, the compact sensor was able to detect the shape of a human hand, a promising first result. The goal is to further improve the resolution, so the tech can be used in everyday devices. For example, Palacios told LiveScience that the sensors could one day be integrated into car windshields, giving you "night-vision systems in real time without blocking a driver's regular view of the road." That said, we're still waiting for a host of "promising" graphene-based technology to actually become usable products.


UX the Future of SEO: How to Adapt

Posted in Tips on 19 November 2015

The ultimate goal of all SEO endeavors is to attract visitors to your website. Yet all the traffic in the world won’t help you if your site is failing at conversions. The heart of any site’s ability to turn a visitor into a customer lies in the overall UX. UX is crucial aspect of SEO and Google has even been quoted as saying its “goal is to provide users with the most relevant results and a great user experience.” It’s the secret to its own behemoth success, and it’s the biggest factor in yours, too.

For your site to meet the expectations of all, it must provide a unique and enjoyable encounter for its visitors that is highly intuitive and easy to navigate. Yes, the keywords, images, meta tags, and so forth are still absolutely critical, but you must also infuse elements that provide a second-to-none user experience. There is no one-size-fits-all usability solution, however; to nail this, you need to know the audience you are serving.

Here are the basic rules to help you coalesce a powerful UX with your thoughtfully crafted SEO blueprint.

1. Establish Your Goals

Before any progress can be made on site design and UX, SEOs and Web designers must come to an agreement on what the goals of the website are. This will help push forward the ideas for design, content marketing strategies, and overall success.

Create buyer personas to help guide the questions and decisions that will be confronted in order to develop a premier UX. If there is ever a disagreement, simply refer back to the buyer persona outlines and ask a few key questions about the decision you’re making:

  • What goal does this help to attain?
  • Is this the best route to achieving this goal?
  • Will the user enjoy this feature?
  • How will this affect the visitor’s decision-making process?
  • Will this drive conversions?

2. UX and Website Design

The very foundation of a great UX is a great website design. Major sites like Amazon and are constantly redesigning and testing various elements to their sites for peak UX and, therefore, peak conversion rates. By doing this, sites like these are directly responding to consumer habits. When weak areas of the experience are identified, changes are made and tested. If folks are abandoning the process or bouncing off the site, you need to find these discrepancies, test alternatives, and get the process ironed out.

If your site is unattractive, difficult to navigate, or cluttered, you should most certainly consider a redesign. Your metrics aren’t lying to you; plug these holes or you will keep sinking.

To gain a clear understanding of which areas of your site are less than desirable, ask friends, family, employees and customers for their feedback on which portions of the site they found problematic. Additionally, websites like User Testing can provide an unbiased view of how visitors perceive your site.

3. Engage and Inspire

By now, you should understand the massive benefits that blogging puts forth toward SEO. Not a blog here or there, however, but a full-fledged content marketing effort. But there is one largely underutilized facet of this tactic that many businesses aren’t taking advantage of; the opportunity to engage with your visitors.

UX isn’t just about the design of the site, it’s also about making connections with people. By posting content on a regular basis, you open up an awesome opportunity to engage your following in a meaningful way. Answer questions, respond directly to comments, and add additional value by discussing current trends in your industry. This demonstrates that you have some serious knowledge about your niche. Don’t just start the conversation; continue to engage with those who chime in, and brand loyalty will start to quickly emerge.

4. Measuring UX

Your first indicator of unsuccessful UX is bounce rates; if you are experiencing a high level of bounces, try to determine why. What page is leading to the highest numbers? Figure out what it is about these sections that is turning off visitors. If it’s a straight up mystery, ask them. Place a one question poll on the offending page and ask about prices, content, site experience; whatever you suspect might be the culprit. Your audience always has the answers.

Your second clue is the granddaddy of all metrics: Conversion rates. If you are not seeing the volume of conversions that you aim to produce, establish why this is. Does your site guide visitors through the conversion funnel? Are there clear and prominent calls-to-action on each page? What is it that you want your visitors to do next after arriving on a particular page; and is that clear to visitors as well? You essentially want to hold your customer’s hand through the site experience. Don’t make them think; make it obvious where to go next.

Much like SEO itself, UX is a constantly evolving process. Never allow your site to become sedentary; always seek out new ways to innovate and improve. Conduct A/B tests to see if different versions produce superior results. Send out surveys to your audience to find out what they would like to see. It is imperative to generate the most outstanding user experience you can possibly muster; UX is the cornerstone of SEO success.


Support Data Analyst

Posted in Jobs on 19 November 2015

Join our team and experience Workday!

It's fun to work in a company where people truly believe in what they're doing. At Workday, we're committed to bringing passion and customer focus to the business of enterprise applications. We work hard, and we're serious about what we do. But we like to have a good time, too. In fact, we run our company with that principle in mind every day: One of our core values is fun.

Job Description

Key Areas of Responsibility:

- Develop expertise to become an expert in Workday’s report writing tools. 

- Investigate reporting trends and share results with support, development and project management teams.

- Proactively engage customers to suggest improvements to system functionality through optimizing custom reports and dashboards.

- Work with various stakeholders to define reporting requirements and success metrics.

- Provide stakeholders with status reports and keep them apprised of overall project status.

- Manage case queue and maintain focus on resolving customer cases quickly and effectively in line with our service level agreements.

- Document customer communications effectively in the issue management system.

- Effectively prioritize and escalate customer issues as required.

- Ability to help clients resolve reporting issues requiring in depth expertise in the Workday solution.

- Perform the following on a customer project:

--- Understand client’s reporting requirements and match to Workday’s reporting capabilities.

--- Identify a strategy for building reports using client and internal resources.

--- Build reports using Workday’s report writing tools.

--- Assist the client in testing the Workday solution and provide knowledge transfer sessions.

- Educate customers to understand and implement Workday best practices.

Key Technical Skills & Knowledge:

- Three or more years of experience in two (or more) key product areas:

--- Human Capital Management, Financial Management, Database Administration, Reporting and/or Systems Analyst.

- Three or more years of report writing experience with enterprise reporting tools for ERP systems (SAP, Oracle, or PeopleSoft reporting tools, SQL).

- One or more years of experience with data warehousing and business intelligence software (Cognos, OBIEE, MicroStrategy, SAP Business Warehouse, Informatica, etc.)

- Understanding of data modeling concepts with an ability to manipulate data using software tools and SQL.

- Extensive knowledge of building reports for HRMS and/or Financial Management systems.

- Experience implementing Workday, SAP, Oracle, PeopleSoft or similar ERP applications.

- Previous consulting experience either as an internal consultant or with a consulting/software company.

- Communication skills – ability to communicate with business users and translate the analyzed data into business language.

- Problem-solving skills – analyze the data, identify problem areas and provide solutions.

About Workday

Workday delivers Human Capital Management, Financial Management, Payroll, Time Tracking, Procurement, and Employee Expense Management applications to the world's largest organizations. Hundreds of companies, ranging from medium-sized to the Fortune 50, are gaining business value from Workday.

Workday is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. Individuals seeking employment at Workday are considered without regards to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

We do not accept resumes from headhunters, placement agencies, or other suppliers that have not signed a formal agreement with us.

Please apply here.


Posted in Jobs on 19 November 2015
Dunnes Stores is Ireland’s leading retailer positioned at the cutting edge of food and fashion retailing. We have over 155 stores in Ireland, the UK and Spain and are expanding our service and product offer all the time. Our Information Technology team is closely integrated with the business, and delivers and supports business development for the company. We are expanding our Information Technology department and are looking to recruit a number of dynamic individuals in a range of technology disciplines. This is an excellent opportunity to join a team who will be at the forefront of technology.

We are currently looking for an Oracle Analyst/ Developer for our grocery systems. The role will focus on developing reports and integration solutions in and around the Oracle Retail suite of applications. This role is typically described as a hybrid role where the person will be expected to work with the Business Analysts or super-users to complete the Business requirements and develop the appropriate technical or process-based solution.
Primary Responsibilities:
  • Develop and support Oracle Pl/SQL procedures and Forms, Reports and Apex applications to defined specifications.
  • Bring development projects through the complete lifecycle from requirements gathering, specification write-up, through to supporting user-acceptance testing and rollout support
  • Support other Team members with their project and enhancement commitments.
Required Skills
  • At least 5 years development in SQL, PL/SQL, Oracle Reports & Forms, APEX, on 10g or 11g (min 2 years) with working knowledge of at least one ERP application (Oracle, SAP, etc) in areas of Stock Management, Order Management, Forecasting and/or Planning.
  • Must have worked in a large organisation using formal methodologies for the development lifecycle.
  • Must have good customer service skills, a working knowledge of business processes and be able to communicate effectively with the business at all levels.
  • Ability to convert Business Requirements into detailed functional & technical specifications
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team player, and enjoy working in an environment that requires continuous learning.
  • Liaise with Oracle Applications counterparts across different teams
  • Working with Oracle technical support on technical issues (logging SR's)
  • Flexible to work out of regular working hours, if need be.
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal with strong presentation skills. Experience with Business Process Improvement initiatives
  • Proficient project management and collaboration tools like MS Projects and Visio.

Desired Skills
  • Knowledge of Oracle Retail Modules - ORMS, ORPM, OReIM, SIM, RPAS or other comparable Retail ERP application.
  • Also skills in Java/EJB/OC4J Applications would be an advantage.
Education & Qualifications
  • Degree or Diploma in Computer Science or other closely-related discipline
Personal Skills
  • Pro active and result oriented, process oriented.
  • Relationship builder.
  • Strong individual capable of taking the initiative as well as team player
  • Creative in defining and implementing solutions
  • Loves to work in a dynamic and challenging environment
If this sounds like the job for you, please apply now and tell us why you would be perfect for this challenging and rewarding role! Please submit a covering letter along with your CV here.  

Software Development Engineer

Posted in Jobs on 19 November 2015
Job Description
At Amazon Web Services, we run one of the largest networks in the world. We are taking all the industry trends and blending them into the critical foundation of utility computing: the network. Our goal is to become the infrastructure platform for the world and our team will make the bones of the platform “the network”, work flawlessly. Not only supporting at the global level, but amazing global companies. (

Amazon Networking is looking for senior software engineers to build a platform to manage thousands of network devices; providing significantly improved control, visibility and predictability for Amazon’s global network. Our goal is to eliminate human intervention and errors from network engineering, network build and device management by building tools and systems to successfully manage thousands of heterogeneous devices in dozens of data centers across the world.

You are interested in being part of a high-bar team with global responsibility for network automation software used across all of Amazon’s businesses. You are interested in solving difficult software problems at massive scale. You want to talk to customers directly and design solutions that solve their problems through innovation and automation. You understand how to build software in a continuous integration and continuous deployment environment. You are interested in working autonomously and owning your own code from requirements to launch and for supporting it in the field. You enjoy solving challenging problems and working in a fast-paced, flexible, collaborative team environment.
Basic Qualifications
· Strong customer orientation with ability to work directly with customer/product owner to define requirements and the associated acceptance criteria for user stories.
· Excellent software development skills, preferably in Python or Perl with Java, C/C++, Ruby acceptable as a substitute.
· Experience working in an Agile/Scrum development team with solid understand of the principles of continuous integration (CI), continuous deployment and test driven development (TDD).
· Excellent problem solving and troubleshooting skills with the ability to apply design patterns to common software problems and define dimensions of a solution including robustness, scale and maintainability.
· Strong communications skills both written and verbal are required for this role. The ability to present complex ideas in a convincing and understandable manner are a key requirement.
· Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and as part of a cross-functional team with the ability to influence others as a senior technical contributor.
· Ability to mentor more junior software developers in best practice with demonstrated capability to maintain architectural vision and software quality during the implementation cycle.
· Knowledge of and previous development experience in a Linux or UNIX environment with a good understanding of networking concepts.
· 5+ years of industry experience in core product development, building production quality software.
· A solid grounding in Computer Science fundamentals, data structures, algorithms and deftness at object-oriented design and systems architecture: a bachelor's degree or higher in Computer Science (or equivalent) is required.
Preferred Qualifications

· Certified Scrum Master Certification is a plus.
· Familiarity with networking protocols (OSPF, BGP, HSRP/GLBP, IPSEC/VPNs, DNS, HTTP).
· Familiarity with SOA design principles include orchestration and RESTful Interface definition.

Please apply here.

Java Developer

Posted in Jobs on 19 November 2015
Schedule: Full-time
If you join Accenture you can make great ideas happen for some of the world's most dynamic companies. With broad global resources and deep technical know-how, we collaborate with clients to cultivate ideas and deliver results. Choose a career at Accenture and enjoy an innovative environment where challenging and interesting work is part of daily life.
As a Java Developer specific responsibilities may include:
Required Skills:
  • Java programming in a J2EE/JEE environment
  • Java Server Pages (JSP)
  • Use of HTML, XML, Javascript and CSS
  • Oracle Databases (Oracle 10g or higher) using JDBC
  • SQL & PL/SQL stored procedures, packages, functions and triggers in Oracle 10g or higher
Application Development:-
  • Working with Business users to agree on requirements and specifications
  • Documenting functional and technical designs for your area of work
  • Developing key components in Java and Flex according to a project plan
  • Experience with requirements gathering and system design would be desirable.
  • Quite close interaction with business users is required and as such a desire to be customer facing along with the appropriate soft skills is necessary.
  • Building of prototypes, development of applications and build of interfaces with legacy, enterprise resource planning and other enterprise systems

Please apply here.

Live Jazz Music Event

Posted in Events on 13 November 2015


Time: 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Location: Inn on the Green, The Fitzwilliam Hotel
Price: Free
Category: Concert / Live Music

The Inn on the Green jazz night is growing. It's a great night Inn, starting at about 9pm and finishing around 11.30pm every Saturday night.

Want to make your night extra special? Enjoy a mouth-watering dining experience in Citron restaurant and then reserve your private booth at the bar to relax with the live jazz music.

Temple Bar Designer Mart

Posted in Events on 13 November 2015


Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Cow's Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Category: Markets

This outdoor market showcases the very best of handmade craft & design produced by Irish and Ireland-based artists. Great for browsing for gifts, or a treat for yourself, the independent designers, craftspeople and artists are on hand to give you an insight into their craft and story behind any individual piece.

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