16 Steps Every Tech Professional Can Take To ‘Recession-Proof’ Their Career

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While the tech industry tends to be more resilient in the face of recession than others, no industry is wholly immune from economic downturns. Even with technology becoming an increasing necessity in the wake of Covid-19, tech companies have still experienced layoffs, adjustments and other shocks to the system.

That’s why it’s vital for tech professionals to “recession-proof” their skills and their careers as far as possible. Below, the members of Forbes Technology Council share 16 things those working in the tech industry can do to protect themselves from the impacts of an economic downturn.

1. Master cloud-based skills.

Companies are rapidly shifting to a “cloud-first” strategy, and they are looking for employees who have cloud expertise. Update your skills to ensure you have cloud certifications and experience with cloud data migrations, cloud data management, cloud infrastructure management and containers—all are very helpful. Take advantage of partner certification and training programs, which are sometimes free. – Krishna Subramanian, Komprise

2. Join industry groups and network.

First, continue to learn. It is essential that you continue to hone your craft and stay on top of industry trends. Second, join industry groups with diverse experts to broaden your knowledge of tech areas outside of your own bubble. Third, network. It’s important to build genuine relationships with others in the industry and stay connected with them for when you need to make career shifts. – Georgette Fraser-Moore, Transformation Lead LLC


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3. Keep learning.

Keep learning at the forefront of your career. Make sure you recognize what you’re learning on the job and how to supplement

Kate Middleton Steps in Front of the Camera as She Reopens Her Favorite Museum in Glam Appearance

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Kate Middleton has some wildlife news of her own! Just days after Prince William launched his new environmental prize, Kate has announced that she will take part in a special awards show on Tuesday.

In a new video, Kate heralds the fact that London’s Natural History Museum — home to dinosaur skeletons and graphic presentations of the world’s creatures and geography — is open for business after it closed earlier this year amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Kate, who loves to take her children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis to the museum, which is a short distance from their Kensington Palace home, will take part in a virtual awards ceremony for the wildlife photographer of the year.

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Kate, who is patron of the museum, says the results of the annual contest are “truly spectacular.” Filming an address in the famous Hintze Hall, she says, “It is so wonderful to be back at the reopened Natural History Museum, where we can all enjoy its treasures once again.”

“I’m here because tomorrow night I’m announcing the 56th Wildlife Photographer of the Year. I’ve been lucky enough to have a quick preview and I can say it’s truly spectacular. I can’t wait for you all to see it.”

Each year the museum hopes that the competition will inspire people around the

IBM’s Spinoff and Restructuring Plans Look Like Steps in the Right Direction

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As a long-time critic of the company, I’ll be the first to say that IBM (IBM) still faces its share of competitive and secular pressures. But the planned spinoff of Big Blue’s managed IT infrastructure services business is encouraging news.

First, the managed infrastructure business — though said by IBM to have a $60 billion-plus backlog and more than twice the scale of its nearest rival — is clearly struggling. IBM’s “infrastructure & cloud services” revenue, which is reported within its Global Technology Services (GTS) segment, was down 7% annually in Q2, 6% in Q1 and 5% in Q4. And this is in spite of the fact that this revenue also covers the IBM Cloud public cloud services unit, which appears to be growing.

Secular headwinds — specifically, the adoption of cloud infrastructure platforms much larger than IBM’s, such as AWS and Microsoft Azure — are clearly a factor here. But growth comparisons suggest GTS has also been losing share to rivals such as Accenture (ACN) and Wipro (WIT) . A spinoff that leaves IBM’s managed infrastructure business in the hands of a management team that’s focused solely on running that business just might help turn things around.

Meanwhile, shedding the managed infrastructure business allows new CEO Arvind Krishna and other IBM execs to direct more of their attention towards value-added software, hardware and services offerings. And from the looks of things, that’s what they generally want to do.


Quite a few IBM businesses are seeing revenue declines right now. Source: IBM.

To be sure, the IBM press release announcing the spinoff still contains a lot of the usual Big Blue marketing-speak. Though IBM might now claim to be focused on “its open hybrid cloud platform and AI capabilities,” many of the businesses that aren’t being spun off have nothing

Astronaut Steps Down From Mission For ‘Personal Reasons’

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KEY POINTS

  • Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson has stepped down from Boeing’s 2021 crewed flight test
  • In a Twitter video, Ferguson stressed his dedication to the Starliner program and said it was a difficult decision
  • He will be replaced by a veteran NASA astronaut, giving the mission an all-NASA crew

The commander of the 2021 crewed Boeing flight test has stepped down from his position for “personal reasons.” He will be replaced by another veteran astronaut.

NASA and Boeing announced on Wednesday that astronaut Chris Ferguson will no longer be the commander of next year’s Boeing Crew Flight Test to the International Space Station (ISS). In their respective statements, both NASA and Boeing said Ferguson decided to step down from the mission for “personal reasons” but did not go into further details.

In a video Ferguson shared on Twitter, he stressed his dedication to the Starliner program, saying it was a difficult decision. He added that 2021 “is very important” for his family. 

“I have made several commitments which I simply cannot risk missing,” Ferguson said in the video. “I’m not going anywhere. I’m just not going into space next year.”

Although he too did not specify why he stepped down, a Boeing spokeswoman told Associated Press that one of the “commitments” was his daughter’s wedding.

“I’m taking on a new mission, one that keeps my feet planted here firmly on Earth and prioritizes my most important crew – my family,” Ferguson said in the tweet.

In the Boeing and NASA statements, Ferguson reiterated his confidence in the Starliner vehicle, calling it the “safest new crewed spacecraft ever fielded.” And even though he will not fly in the mission, he will remain active as the director of Mission Integration and Operations. This will be the first crewed mission of the Starliner

Google Partners With The British Retail Consortium, Steps Up Support For SME Retailers

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have created their “Open For Business” initiative this year to support small businesses improve their digital presence and respond to the challenges posed by Covid-19.

Last week they announced specific and targeted support for SME retailers through a partnership with the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Becky Power, the new UK Director of Consumer Retail at Google spoke about their partnership with the BRC , saying:

“We’ve seen retailers take huge steps to adapt to restrictions and shifts in consumer behaviour brought about by COVID-19… as we approach an incredibly important three months for retail, Google has launched a range of initiatives designed to put businesses back on the front foot.”

The partnership is part of Google’s global mission to support one million businesses to remain open by the end of 2021.

It focuses on two key elements – providing retailers with access to the digital skills that they need to navigate their new reality, and providing businesses with support and visibility across Google’s platforms.

Digitally upskilling retailers

With the growth in online selling, having the skills to build and use an effective online presence is crucial for retailers.

“In the space of just a few months, shoppers’ use of technology has leapt forward years – we’ve seen a 60% increase in internet usage, while search interest in online shopping and how to buy online has doubled globally.” stated Power.

However, not all businesses are equally equipped to make the most of this shift, and according to Power, “30% of UK businesses don’t have a website”.

In an attempt to level this playing field, Google has created a one-stop shop for small businesses to access training and support, called Google for Small Business.

The website gives a host of toolkits for business owners to