Archive for the 'Technology' Category
Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
A couple of companies are teaming up to form opportunities and telecommunications jobs in Rhode Island.
National Grid and Verizon Business will form an alliance to provide communications services for National Grid’s U.S. and U.K.-based business, to support the delivery of National Grid’s innovative energy management solutions. The strategic agreement retains jobs in Central New York and invests in National Grid’s communications network, the companies announced today.
“Verizon Business, a company known for its quality service, community engagement and workplace excellence, is the right choice as a partner in technology, customer focus and long-term commitment to Central New York, the northeast, and beyond,” said Tom King, president of National Grid in the U.S. “We are pleased that Verizon Business will be part of our effort to support jobs in Central New York. National Grid values its role as a partner in the economic development and vitality of the communities we serve.”
As part of the transition, up to 23 National Grid network dedicated roles in the U.S. will be available in Verizon Business, and Verizon Business expects to fill approximately 20 additional project roles to support its transition plans. King said the selection of Verizon Business and the retention of local jobs reinforce National Grid’s long-term commitment to Syracuse and other National Grid locations in U.S.
The selection of Verizon Business as its network partner is part of a companywide transformation of National Grid’s information services to better serve customers. National Grid expects to spend more than $27 million in the next two years to modernize its networks and telecommunications infrastructure as part of its work with Verizon Business.
“Verizon has long been a proponent of the use of smart technology to change business models and societies,” commented Blair Crump, Verizon Business president, worldwide sales. “We have a great, synergistic business fit with National Grid, and a clear understanding of the drivers behind the company’s business strategy. We look forward to helping the company transform its operations to support future business growth”
The choice to align with Verizon Business is another example of National Grid commitment to the Central New York region.
That commitment was also recently affirmed with the strategic decision to make Syracuse the hub of critical responsibilities for National Grid’s entire U.S. business. From this single location, more than 230 National Grid Central New York employees direct payroll, accounts payable, employee and retiree benefits, procurement and other essential services from the company’s newly established Transactions Delivery Center.
The decision to locate the transactions center in Syracuse complements other new National Grid employment in the region. Since 2009, National Grid has hired nearly 450 individuals to work in its downtown Syracuse facility. Beyond the hiring for the transactions center, positions added include engineering, field management and National Grid’s customer contact center.
To accommodate potential job growth, National Grid is refurbishing the interior of its downtown Syracuse campus. The interior refurbishing joins a multi-million dollar investment in the maintenance, repair and improvements of the exterior the company’s historically significant, landmark Syracuse headquarters.
Tuesday, July 27th, 2010
38 Studios, Curt Schillings’ online game company, has announced they are moving from Maynard, Massachusetts, a move that will create new video game developer jobs in Rhode Island.
The studio has agreed to sign a $75 million loan guarantee for the move.
Rhode Island is attempting to make itself an attractive area for video game developers to set up shop, and this move demonstrates their initiative.
The Rhode Island Economic Development Corp. approved the loan.
Schilling told the Boston Globe: “I’ve invested a significant amount of my life’s earnings in 38 Studios and I will protect the loan guarantee that’s been given by the state with the same passion and interest that I’m protecting my own investment in this company. Our paths are very much aligned.”
But 38 Studios has yet to even release a game, and some opponents of the loan say that tax payers will be left with the bill if the company is not a success.
Politicians have said the amount is an extraordinary amount of money without any guarantees. Rhode Island’s governor thinks it was a risk worth taking.
According to Gamasutra, if successful, the company could attract 450 jobs to Rhode Island by the end of 2012, the studio said. 38 Studios also said it would pay a penalty if it comes up short.
The company’s first game will be the recently-revealed single-player console and PC RPG Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, due in fall 2011. The game was already in development when 38 Studios acquired Maryland-based developer Big Huge Games in May 2009.
According to their website, 38 Studios is an entertainment and IP creation company in development on a broad range of products, including online and console video games, toys, novels, comics, film, TV, and other forms of digital media.
Founded by Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling in late 2006, 38 Studios has assembled a team of world-class creative talent to bring to life an epic new intellectual property to redefine conventional multi-player gaming as it exists today, and nothing less. Furthering that goal in May 2009, 38 Studios acquired Big Huge Games and its body of extremely talented people and award-winning products and IP, ensuring the growth, market position, financial stability, and long-term success of 38 Studios.
38 Studios’ first original products will feature the artistic vision of world-renowned comic book and toy creator Todd McFarlane (www.spawn.com) and best-selling fantasy author R. A. Salvatore (www.rasalvatore.com). To bring this epic world to life, 38 Studios employs skilled and dedicated artists, programmers, designers, writers, and others drawn from the world’s most successful companies, all of whom join 38 Studios with the common goal of creating a most unique company by combining the ages-old art of the story with 21st century interactive entertainment.
Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
Starpoint Solutions, a staffing firm, is looking to hire 20 to 60 people for IT jobs in Rhode Island.
Starpoint Solutions is based in New York and is looking to hire up to 70 people in Rhode Island, with 20 to 60 being in the IT arena.
Five to 10 sales people and recruiters will also be hired in Providence.
As of December, Corporate Search Group, Inc. (CSG) became a part of Starpoint Solutions. Starpoint describes its business as a full-service staffing firm with a solid record of successful placements in the Finance, Accounting and Banking arena.
According to the Starpoint Solutions site, the combination of CSG with Starpoint brings a “wider range of offerings to clients including application development; enterprise software services; and staffing solutions for Accounting and Finance, as well as IT, Administrative, Network & Infrastructure Technology, and Executive Management.”
Starpoint also has an office in Boston and wants to establish their business in Rhode Island as well.
Positions that will come available in Rhode Island in the coming months will be listed on the Starpoint website.
The welcome news comes at a time when hiring in Rhode Island has been sluggish.
The State of Rhode Island is among those that are not seeing any relief from the current economic recession, with the state continuing to lose more jobs and Rhode Island unemployment continuing to increase.
During June, Rhode Island saw its unemployment rate increase from 12.1 percent to 12.4 percent, which is higher than the national unemployment rate at the time of 9.5 percent. The state has not seen its unemployment rate decrease since January 2007, when it went from 4.9 percent to 4.8 percent.
More good news: the maximum amount of money that the State of Rhode Island allows people to collect in unemployment benefits each week is about to increase, according to the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training.
It was recently announced that the maximum amount for someone without dependents will increase by $18 per week, or 3.4 percent, from $528 to $546. The maximum amount for someone with five or more dependents will increase by $22 per week, or 3.3 percent, from $660 to $682.
Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
One large telecommunications company is planning to eliminate several tech jobs in Rhode Island.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union Local 2323, which represents Verizon Communications‘ Rhode Island employees, recently announced that the company plans to layoff all of its 291 splice-service technicians who have been hired in Rhode Island and Massachusetts since August 2003.
Verizon announced earlier this year that it planned to eliminate 8,000 jobs in the United States. Union leaders are saying they were told 72 Rhode Island employees would lose their jobs and 219 workers in Massachusetts would lose theirs.The company has reportedly declared 1,246 employees in the two states as “surplus,” with 567 of those being splice-service technicians.
Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
Those who currently have or are seeking IT jobs in Rhode Island are among the most lucky in the state.
Rhode Island’s information industry was the only one to see an over-the-year increase in jobs during September, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. The industry employed 10,800 workers during September, down from 10,900 in August, but an increase of 3.8 percent from last year.
The state saw a total non-farm employment of 478,200 workers during September, down from 479,500 during August and a decrease of 2.6 percent from last year. The industry that took the hardest hit was natural resources and mining, which employed 200 workers, the same as August, but a 33.3 percent decrease from last year.
Wednesday, August 6th, 2008
Rhode Island IT jobs will continue to grow for the next six years.
In June 2008, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, Rhode Island’s information industry employed 11,000 people, a 4.8 percent increase from last year.
Rhode Island employment as a whole is expected to increase by more than 55,000 jobs through 2014. Employment that year is projected to reach 573,437, an increase of 10.7 percent or 55,292 jobs from 2004.