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Oracle DBA/Developer

Posted in Jobs on 29 May 2015

If your long term career ambition is to work for an exciting, dynamic software company then this is the opportunity you've been waiting for.

Working in a small team of around four people and reporting to the team lead you will be working to upgrade and develop the company's exciting software product.

With this role comes the chance to grow within a company where you can really contribute and make a difference as well as earn an extremely competitive salary for your services.

Responsibilities of role

  • Managing/supporting all internal databases consisted of Oracle 10g, 11g, 12c, RAC.
  • Develop data load, migrating user scripts.
  • Perform health checks and conducting peer design and code reviews of scripts.
  • You will be responsible for performance tuning, backup and recovery.

Essential skills required.


  • 5 years of Oracle DBA experience.
  • Must have PL/SQL experience,
  • RAC and MySQL experience.
  • Candidates must also have experience with Oracle Enterprise manager.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Experience of leading projects.

With this role comes the chance to grow within a company where you can really contribute and make a difference as well as earn an extremely competitive salary for your services.

To be considered for this excellent position please apply or contact Oliver Mc Donald on 015253404.

Oracle Developers

Posted in Jobs on 29 May 2015

Two Oracle Developers needed in Dublin with one needing to be more senior.

  • Experience in application development.
  • Experience in development of database packages, procedures, functions, triggers, views, queries (SQL).
  • DDLs for creation of tables, indexes and views.
  • Oracle Forms & Reports
  • PL/SQL.
  • CSF Designer.
  • Knowledge in Java SE, Java Swing, C#.NET, C.

Please apply here.

Software Developer

Posted in Jobs on 29 May 2015

The Duties of the Software developer will be as follows:
Write, modify, and debug software for full-stack Java application. Use source debuggers and visual development environments. Test and document software for full-stack application. 5+ years of experience are required:

  • Java, J2EE experience.
  • Hibernate and Spring framework experience. Core modules include - Hibernate Core & ORM, Spring Core, Spring MVC, Spring Transaction and Spring IOC.
  • Should have experience in working with Quartz scheduler, Bootstrap, JQuery and JavaScript. Must have knowledge from basic to intermediate level.
  • Should have intermediate knowledge in web architecture, design patterns and data modelling.
  • Should have experience working in Oracle and generic SQL databases to create, manage and deploy new database instances.
  • Experience in working with single page web application design

MUST HAVE 5+ Years experience. Competitive Salary in a Global Company.

To apply please send your CV to info @ eosits.com, subject: Software Career

Developer

Posted in Jobs on 29 May 2015

PE Global require two Junior Developer for one of our clients based in Swords in Dublin.. You would be reporting to one of our development managers, you will be joining an experienced team of talented developers to build new features and extend the existing capabilities of our international e-commerce web sites and fulfilment system.

Duties and Responsibilities of the role will be:

 

  • Designing and developing Web (MVC), API (WCF and WebApi), and desktop (WPF) applications.
  • Writing unit and automation tests.
  • Ensuring code released to production is scalable and secure.
  • Working with customers and stakeholders to understand their needs and requirements.
  • Providing design documentation, release notes and test plans.
  • Deploying releases to production and providing support and maintenance.

Our future Junior Developer possesses the following qualities and fulfills following requirements:

- A Computer Science degree or similar education.

- 2+ years software development experience.

- Knowledge of a server side language, like C#, Java, Ruby on Rails, Python, etc.

- Knowledge of web technologies, like HTML/CSS, jQuery, etc.

- Knowledge of SQL and databases, like SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, etc.

- Good communication skills – ability to express yourself to technical and non-technical people.

- Ability to work independently or as part of a team.

- Passionate about developing excellent products and growing your skills.

Please send in your Cv for the attention of Robert Carroll or contact 021 4297900.

Oracle Application Developer

Posted in Jobs on 29 May 2015

Oracle Application Developer/Functional Analyst - Oracle, Developer, Analyst, EBS

Background/Qualifications:

  • Strong hands-on experience customizing, configuring, and developing extensions for Oracle EBS R12 Financials: General Ledger, Intercompany, Projects, Accounts, Payable, Accounts Receivable, Fixed Assets, Consolidation, Allocations, and Cost Accounting.
  • Experience with Recruitment, Core HR, Absence, Learning, and Performance is a definite plus.
  • Experience with Linux (RHEL)/Unix environments is required.
  • Well rounded individual capable of performing several roles.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, complex IT environment.
  • Technical Degree or equivalent work experience.
  • Mature, Proactive person willing to accept responsibility and provide leadership.
  • Possesses a high degree of initiative.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in interpersonal and communication skills including oral and written English

Development

  • Configure and Customize the EBS application via standard Oracle extension points.
  • Customize screens. Create and maintain Workflows, Fast Formulas, alerts, and ad-hoc reports.
  • Assist with System Integration, Development, Technical Support, and Performance Tuning.
  • Must follow structured methodology such as OUM/AIM.
  • Assist Business with DataLoader Scripts, More4Apps.

Functional Analyst

  • Implement Functional and configuration changes.
  • Serve as SME for the EBS application.
  • Liaise with users to understand and document Business Requirements.
  • Design and implement solutions
  • Support and assist with period-end activities.

Project Management/Coordination

  • Work closely with Project Managers to ensure on-time on-budget delivery.
  • Organize, schedule, and manage small and medium projects.
  • Manager Risk, coordinate resources, and resolve project issues.

Testing

  • Assist with QA, UAT, and Stress Testing in coordination with the central QA team.

Previous Work Experience:

  • 5-7 years of development experience with Oracle EBS 11i/R12 (AR/AP/GL/FA/Projects) is required.
  • Experience enhancing and supporting all core modules of Oracle EBS Financials is required.
  • Proficiency with Oracle Forms, Oracle Reports, Oracle Workflow, SQL Loader, PL/SQL, SQL*Plus, TOAD, BI Publisher, JDeveloper, OA Frameworks, OBIEE, fast formulas, WebADI, Dataloader Scripting, More4Apps and UNIX Shell Scripting.
  • Experience with ETL tools like ODI.
  • Strong understanding of the E-business database objects/structures.
  • Exposure to Endeca, GRC and Hyperion Financial Management is a plus.
  • 3+ years of implementation experience working on the technical side, interacting with infrastructure, DBA, process, development, and configuration and testing teams.
  • Experience with data conversions

Leading Financial client seeking Oracle Application Developer-Functional Analyst for an excellent Permanent opportunity. For further information, please share your CV along with availability and salary expectations. Interview slots are available.

Minimum required language knowledge (speaking+writing):

  • English

Please apply here.

Marvel has an awesome API so you can build apps based on its comics and stories

Posted in News on 18 May 2015

Ever wanted to build an awesome app using characters or events from Marvel comics? Now you can, using the coolest API ever made.

The company has opened up its first official RESTful API for developers, allowing them to access an unprecedented amount of information from the Marvel universe, for free.

The API offers the ability to retrieve individual comics, an entire series, components of issues (for example, the cover), events from inside an issue, creator details and individual character data. For example, you can retrieve an entire story arc from the Marvel universe with a simple API call.

One Web developer, Raymond Camden detailed just how awesome the new API is, by building an app that lets you browse comic covers by picking a year or month.

Marvel has opened up new ways of exploring its extensive back catalog. This could be the best reason yet to learn to code if you don’t know how to already.

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The secret to building startup buzz online

Posted in Tips on 18 May 2015

There’s a lot being published these days about how to break into noisy digital environments and capture the interest of people whose attention spans are shorter than ever.

Yes, you can achieve this goal with things like paid Facebook ads and sponsored tweets. You can do it by pushing content on native advertising platforms like Outbrain and Taboola.

But I’m going to let you in on a little secret… There’s another approach that’s guaranteed to help your startup build buzz without the time and expense associated with digital marketing campaigns. If you really want to make a splash, what you need is an army of advocates.

Think about Apple’s fanboys. How many additional sales do you think Apple made – not because their products were the best, but because the social buzz surrounding them was so strong that people just had to be a part of it?

Every loyal brand advocate is a walking, talking advertisement for your company. And when you consider that 84 percent of respondents in Nielsen’s latest Trust in Advertising report cite word-of-mouth recommendations from friends and family members as the most trustworthy source of advertising, it’s clear that these power users have the potential to pay off big for your brand.

But the best news? Building an army of these advocates is easier than you think. Here’s how four entrepreneurs and startups are leveraging the power of social advocacy:

Noah Kagan

Noah Kagan is pretty much an internet business legend at this point, but if you aren’t familiar with his work, he was employee #30 at Facebook, and is consistently ranked one of the best growth hackers working today.

With credentials like that, you’d expect that Noah would have locked himself away in a tower by now – spending his days counting stacks of money – but instead, he’s currently the Chief Sumo at AppSumo, his tech tools startup that offers products at extremely low (and sometimes free) prices.

Giving away great products at a great price certainly goes a long way towards delighting customers and converting fans into brand advocates, but Noah doesn’t stop there. Consider the following anecdote from Danny Boice of Speek:

“At Speek, we use AppSumo religiously for great deals on the tools we use to run our business. One day, I got a box from Noah Kagan (the CEO of AppSumo) that contained some amazing cookies—completely out of the blue! It was a random, simple gesture that meant so much to me as a loyal customer. I thought it was absolutely brilliant of Noah to do this.”

Losing a customer here and there won’t break Noah, but it’s not just about the money for him. It’s about finding fun and exciting ways to connect with his clients – and that’s something you can do as well.

Tip: Send swag to loyal customers

The great thing about sending small gifts to customers is that it really is the thought that counts. You don’t need to send something big to make an impression – even a simple, handwritten card is enough to stand out, brighten people’s day and turn them into the kind of customers that’ll go on to recommend your products to everyone you meet.

Buffer

Few startups take sending gifts of swag more seriously than Buffer. The company employs a dedicated Community Champion – Nicole Miller – who spends 50-60 percent of her time “managing swag stock, packaging writing cards and gathering addresses.” Miller estimates that she spends 1-1.5 days a week where her entire focus is “Buffer love.”

So what does that translate to in real terms? Miller estimates that her office ships out 40 to 60 cards and packages a week, for a total of more than 1,200 hand-written cards, gifts and more.

Miller also provides a helpful breakdown of the costs associated with all of this mailing:

  • Notecards – $.92 per card/envelope (+$.49 domestic mailing)
  • T-shirts – $9.47 per shirt (+ $5.00 domestic mailing)
  • Hoodies – $23.07 per hoodie (+$8.00-$15.00 domestic mailing)
  • Moleskine notebooks – $6.80-$19.74 each (+$2.00-$8.00 domestic mailing)
  • Stickers – $.29-$.56 per sticker
  • Mugs – $9.11 each (+$15.00 domestic mailing)

A full read of Miller’s recent blog post on how Buffer delights its community is well-worth a read, but in the meantime, here’s one of the best takeaway tips for you:

Tip: Listen to your audience

Many of Buffer’s best ideas for sending swag come from checking in on its customers’ social profiles. In one particularly delightful case, the resulting care package wound up being sent not to the customer, but to her dog – with a package full of the dog’s favorite treats and some stickers to give to “her human.”

Neil Patel

Like Noah Kagan, Neil Patel is well-known in digital marketing circles as the founder of KISSMetrics, CrazyEgg and the popular QuickSprout blog.

With all these competing demands, you’d think that Neil would be too busy to connect with everybody who’s interested in engaging with his brand. But take a look at any of his recent blog posts, and you’ll find Neil himself there – responding to each and every comment he receives.

The time costs of doing so are substantial. As of August 20th, 2014, Neil estimated that, to date, he’d responded to 50,969 web comments (plus several thousand others across the web), spending an average of one minute reading and responding to each message.

Sure, Neil admits that there have been financial benefits resulting from this high level of engagement, but even more important is the way that these actions make his customers feel.

Tip: Find a way to help

That’s what it all comes down to for Neil – helping people. Adopt that same philosophy at your startup, and do whatever it takes to help your prospects and customers solve their most pressing problems. Even if you can’t end world hunger or make PC software run smoothly on a Mac, your willingness to help out will leave a lasting impression and go a long way towards converting neutral customers to true brand advocates.

When I Work

At When I Work – an employee scheduling app that helps small business owners create employee schedules in just minutes – we’ve made customer delight a top priority.

The following are just a few of the steps we’ve taken, as well as how they’ve paid off for our business:

  • Whenever our team brings on a new customer, we send out a handwritten thank you card. The cost is virtually nothing, but so far, we’ve seen that the cards are shared about 70 percent of the time on the customer’s social profiles. We’ve also seen our referrals go up by 23 percent since we started doing this.
  • We also send out free branded t-shirts to customers. Of those that have received the shirts, roughly 17 percent have recommended our product to a friend.
  • Finally – and this is one of my favorites – if you ever have an issue with our product, we’ll mail you your favorite candy to ensure that you have the sweetest experience possible with When I Work (get it?).

Again, these aren’t big gestures. A candy bar costs a dollar, and shipping it to a customer isn’t much more than that. But when you consider the financial impact this small gesture could have in terms of customer retention and future referrals, it’s practically a no-brainer.

Tip: Measure the impact of your efforts

I’m a data junkie, but even if you aren’t analytically-inclined, I’d still recommend putting some effort into tracking the impact of your efforts, whether in terms of brand sentiment, conversions or some other metric. Doing so will tell you whether or not your efforts are paying off, as well as whether some types of promotions inspire more positive feelings than others.

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6 ways to nail the job interview

Posted in Tips on 18 May 2015

Who better to ask about interviewing mistakes than IT hiring managers themselves?

When Doug Mitchell took over as CEO of direct-sales company Argenta Field Solutions in 2011, he noticed something surprising. He noticed that most Gen-Y candidates, though tech savvy and digitally plugged-in, didn't seem to have a clue about how to dress for, prepare for or conduct themselves in an interview, making his job and the job of his hiring managers difficult.

"One of my responsibilities is interviewing, while the final decision is made by our chief administrator or by the head of sales, I perform interviews as well as put a final stamp of approval on our hires. What I noticed was, especially with the latest crop of millennial candidates, they're completely unprepared. They don't understand how to dress, how to speak, how to comport themselves in a face-to-face interview," he says. "Millennials might be 'digital natives,' but they could use some pointers on good, old-fashioned face-to-face interaction at times," says Mitchell.

Six tips to nail an in-person interview

Whether you're a millennial looking to land your first job or you're a senior executive taking the next step in their career, there are some things you need to focus on to make a great first impression. "I focus on six general principles. While some might seem like common sense, they're always important to remember," says Mitchell,

Dress for the role you want

Dress for the job you want, not to job you have - or the job you're applying for. You want to aim for the job that's one level above the one you've applied to; that shows the interviewer, subconsciously, that you're looking toward a future with the company, advises Mitchell.

"Yes, we're a direct sales company. We have fairly casual uniforms for our salespeople, but if someone walks through the door in a suit and tie, or a nice blouse, pantsuit or skirt and heels, that shows me they've taken the extra effort to make themselves look professional. Even before they open their mouth, I can see they could potentially be in management someday, "says Mitchell.

Leave slang and dialect at the door

The way you talk with your friends should be the exact opposite of how you're talking to potential hiring managers. Keep it professional, formal and polite. "You'd think this wouldn't need to be said, but it does, because it has happened more than once. I've had people come in who pass the 'dress code' test, but the second they throw me a 'Yo, dawg,' it's over!, "Mitchell says.

Speaking with correct grammar goes a long way toward reinforcing the professional impression you've made by looking the part.

Bring printed copies of your resume

Yes, you've e-mailed your resume to the company. Your online profiles are updated and your LinkedIn profile is impeccable but even in this digital age, according to Mitchell, always bring at least two printed copies of your resume to the interview. "Don't even try to use the 'my printer's out of ink' or 'my printer died,' excuse. Trust me, I've heard that one a million times, "Mitchell says.

In fact, in one instance Mitchell recalls, a candidate followed up that excuse by still producing printed copies of her resume - she'd emailed the file to FedEx/Kinko's and had it printed. "That helped her in two ways. First, she showed perseverance - she encountered an obstacle to a successful interview and figured out a way to overcome it, and second, she was able to use that story to show those qualities of persistence and out-of-the-box thinking in the interview, "Mitchell says.

Become an expert on the company

Whether the job you're applying for is your "dream job" or another rung on the ladder of your career, make sure to educate yourself about the ins-and-outs of the company. "You need to be genuinely interested in who we are, what we do and why, because that's going to come across to me in an interview," says Mitchell.

Public companies can be researched via Google or other Internet searches, or through LinkedIn, Glassdoor and other sites. For more on researching prospective employers please read, Top 8 sites for researching your next employer.

In the interview itself, Mitchell says don't shy away from small talk, especially when it comes to the company, or if you've uncovered common interests shared with your interviewer. "Don't be afraid of small talk, but make sure you're not taking it overboard, "says Mitchell.

Using publically available information, you can usually find a common interest, even if it's just the fact that you're both huge fans of the company. "If you know everything there is to know about the company, what their goals are, who the competition is, what obstacles they've faced and overcome, that gives you a great basis for an ongoing conversation about how you can fit in," says Mitchell.

Never badmouth your previous employers

The best employees are never negative. If you are asked why you left your previous position or were let go, sure, be honest, but don't place blame or speak negatively about your previous, role, boss or organization. "Insightful employers are going to interpret any negativity to mean that you are the problem - especially if you cite the same reason for your last few employers," says Mitchell.

Sometimes there is no way around it, except through it. If there's no way around the negativity, make sure you have a solution or a scenario in which you can do better. Be able to demonstrate that you're working to improve or resolve the situation. "As an employer, you're always looking at your reputation to customers - you don't want to have someone out there bad-mouthing you to potential buyers. That really hurts your brand," says Mitchell.

Ask about the next steps

The interview went well. You feel great, and you just know that you nailed it but don't get cocky. "Even if you feel you really nailed the interview and are a great potential fit for the job, don't assume it's a sure thing. You can ask a question like, 'What are the next steps? When can I expect to hear from you? If I were to get this position, what would happen then?'" says Mitchell.

This point of the interview is also a great time to reiterate what you know about the company and how you feel you'd be a perfect cultural and technical fit. By talking about the company, you can subtly show the interviewer how, by landing this role, you can get them an edge and help them beat their competition.

Final thoughts

"Some of these tips may seem like 'common sense' to us older folks but from where I sit -- from the interviews I've done -- it can't hurt for Gen Y to take a few pointers from their older, wiser and more experienced peers, especially when it comes to interviewing," says Mitchell.

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IT jobs outlook: High demand, higher salaries

Posted in News on 18 May 2015

Tech professionals are netting slightly bigger paychecks in 2015

With the hot job market for technology professionals, it is not surprising that salaries are up, too – though only a bit.

Technology jobs site Dice.com reported late last week that technology pay was up again last year, with IT professionals earning an average annual salary of $89,450, an increase of 2 percent over 2013. More than half of these professionals – 61 percent – earned higher salaries in 2014, mainly though merit raises. Another 25 percent said they received higher pay by changing employers. Thirty-seven percent of tech professionals polled said they received a bonus last year, slightly more than the 34 percent in 2013.

Technical recruiters salaries jumped as well, by 19 percent to an average of $81,966, demonstrating the importance of identifying and bringing on technical professionals, Dice.com said.

Dice gathered its data by surveying 23,470 technology professionals online between late September and late November.

“As demand for technology professionals rises and highly skilled talent is harder to find, the pressure is being reflected where it counts: paychecks,” said Shravan Goli, president of Dice.com said in a statement released by the company. “Still, tech pros are less happy with their earnings, signaling to companies that in order to recruit and retain the best candidates, offering more will be necessary."

Despite the news on salary increases, satisfaction with wages declined. Fifty-two percent of professionals were satisfied with their compensation last year, down from 54 percent the prior year. Satisfaction with wages has dipped annually since 2012, Dice.com said.

Dice also said tech professionals are more confident that they can find a new position; 37 percent anticipate changing employers this year for improvements in pay or conditions. But with pay rising, professionals are slightly less likely to relocate to a new job in 2015.

Big data and cloud computing professionals earn the highest paychecks, Dice.com said. “Cloud is not new to the tech world but as more companies — large and small — adopt the technology, tech professionals with this experience will enjoy opportunities,” said Goli. “Big data made a big showing last year and we’re seeing it this year, too."

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Bing joins Google in favoring mobile-friendly sites

Posted in News on 18 May 2015

Microsoft is adjusting how it ranks Bing search results for mobile users, prioritizing sites that display better on smaller screens to accommodate the increased use of mobile search.

The changes, announced Thursday, come less than a month after Google started prioritizing mobile-optimized sites in its search results. Both companies are looking to attract more users by providing a better search experience on smartphones and tablets.

Microsoft said it expects to roll out the changes in the coming months. Sites that display well on smaller screens will also be flagged with a new "mobile friendly" tag.

In the U.S. last year, Bing had roughly 6 percent of the mobile search market, compared with Google's 83 percent, according to figures from StatCounter.

The changes don't mean mobile-optimized sites will necessarily appear at the top of results. "You can always expect to see the most relevant results for a search query ranked higher, even if some of them are not mobile friendly," Microsoft said.

It considers a variety of elements to decide which sites display best on smartphones and tablets. For example, sites with large navigational elements that are spaced well apart will be prioritized, as well as sites that don't require a lot of zooming and lateral scrolling. Bing will also favor sites with mobile-compatible content. That means pages with Flash content, which doesn't work well on iOS devices, might get demoted.

Microsoft highlighted Fandango's mobile site as one that will be prioritized under the changes, more so than Movies.com.

The company has also developed a tool to help webmasters assess the mobile friendliness of their sites. It will be made available in a few weeks.

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