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Using talent 'essential' to best companies

Published: Friday, 28 March 2008   Category: Life after graduation

The companies that will adapt most effectively to the credit crunch are the ones who pay attention the markets and look at talent and supply in a "best practice way", an expert has said.

Mark Raskino, an analyst with leading IT research and advisory company Gartner, stated that the imminent economic downturn ought to be seen as an "opportunity for everyone" to redesign their business techniques.

Mr Raskino was one of three speakers at the leadership event 'Strategies for competing in a downturn', being joined by Allen Timpany, chief executive of global virtual network operator Vanco, and Albert Ellis (pictured), chief executive of IT recruiter Harvey Nash.

The 'fear factor' surrounding the current economic situation will drive up the cost of attracting the best talent, warned Mr Ellis.

He urged the audience, which comprised large employers in the IT sector, to conduct a professional assessment of their talent pools to make sure they were deploying their talent in the most effective way, which could be of interest to graduates considering the industry.


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