IDG Contributor Network: ‘Gidday mate!’ — Atlassian goes on a Euro expedition

A right of passage for young people from Australia and New Zealand is “the big OE.”

Short for overseas experience, OE describes a common journey that young Antipodeans take discovering themselves and their world. Given the huge distances between these two countries and pretty much anywhere else on Earth, the idea of spending a year or two traveling all in one hit makes sense. And like the classic Men at Work song, the idea of a bunch of Aussies and Kiwis traveling the world in a “fried-out Kombie” is very much a reality.

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Infosys to hire 10,000 in the US in wake of H-1B review

Indian outsourcer Infosys is hiring 10,000 American workers over the next two years, in the wake of a review of U.S. visa rules and an emphasis on local hires by the administration of President Donald Trump.

Infosys said Monday it will open four new “Technology and Innovation Hubs” in the U.S., focusing on cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, user experience, emerging digital technologies, cloud, and big data.

The first such center is coming up in Indiana in August and is expected to create 2,000 jobs by 2021 for American workers, besides boosting the state economy.

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Home-sharing sites are targeting business travellers

BUSINESS travel accounts for about a third of total travel spending in America, according to the United States Travel Association, an industry group. But Airbnb, a private firm which is probably the world’s second most valuable hospitality provider after Marriott, gets less than 10% of its business from people travelling for work. As the San Francisco-based company continues to expand, it’s pretty clear whom it will be targeting.

This week Airbnb is rolling out a new tool specifically for business travellers to book home rentals. All listings deemed “Business Travel Ready” (BTR) feature free Wi-Fi, a desk, soap, shampoo, a hairdryer, an iron and check-in with a doorman (or a digital lock). In other words, all the basic amenities of a hotel. The tool also allows companies to track their spending, receive invoices directly, and manage employees’ itineraries.

Even if it is still principally for vacationers, Airbnb has seen a surge in…Continue reading

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