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Looking forward to 2016

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Technology businesses operate in a truly dynamic environment, filled annually with shifting landscapes, robust competition and a demanding consumer base. The demands placed upon technology companies create the need for innovation.
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Tis the season for Xmas cheer—and security threat predictions for the new year!

Check Point launches top predicted security threats for 2016 | Disruption Index launched to track rate of change within fin services | Young ICT explorers first national final recognises brilliant minds
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Australia telco market expected to grow 1% over 2016

According to Budde.com the overall telecoms services revenue of the Australian market was expected to have reached about $43.2 billion in 2015, slightly up on 2014 and a considerable improvement on both 2012 and 2013 when revenue was negatively affected by poor results from Vodafone and Optus.
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Telehealth to take centre stage

The total global healthcare industry is expected to grow at a rate of nearly 7% over 2015-2016. Latin America has the highest projected growth at 12.7%, and Asia, (excluding Japan), is second with growth projected at 11.5%.
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How gamification can help you prepare for new world 1:1 marketing — Stephen Schwalger, PAG Digital

It wasn't long ago that fast food chains, restaurants, clubs and hotels didn't really need to create or maintain customer databases. Good marketing at the macro level – possibly advertising supported by strategic sponsorships – seemed enough to ensure customers would keep on walking in through the front door.
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All the bottom-line action

Dimension Data selects Blue Coat | Symantec expands global operations with US$50 Million Investment | Trend Micro integrates with Microsoft Azure Security Centre
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Latest products, services and ventures

Orion Health launches Rhapsody Version 6.2 | InfoMotion enhances automated scanning features for 3pl distribution and logistics companies | BlackLine delivers industry’s first live cloud benchmarking KPIs | Riverbed announces SteelFusion 4.2 with support for VMware vSphere 6 | Riverbed launches new release of SteelCentral, the command centre for application performance | Fujitsu introduces...
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Who’s who of global Aussie ICT

CLICKVIEW | KL DATA SECURITY (KLDS) | BASE2SERVICES | OCEAN INFORMATICS | MICROMINE | SAVV-E is a learning leader, offering the latest in industry trends, technology and capability.
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A snapshot of changing roles

Promapp accelerates expansion with Global Channel Manager and BDM | JCurve ramps up recruitment to drive small business customer growth | SmartOrg Appoints Australian Rep | Hans de Back announced as CEO of Track | Anthony Wong elected as next ACS President | RainCheck makes Global VP, Strategy and Business Development appointments | Atos...
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The need to respond faster!

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Digital transformation continues to transform many of our lives and professional bodies are today no exceptions. Australian technology associations are on the front lines of innovation and must have a handle on what’s to come when considering the future of the technology.
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Labor claims Optus HFC could be NBN weak leak and blowout costs

More criticism of coalition NBN following claims Optus HFC network could be an expensive weak link | The developing world embracing smartphones | Merson awarded Pearcey Medal | Aussie Beston announces world first food traceability app
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Australian Millennials quick to abandon and be the most vocal when it comes to poor mobile retail apps and sites

Digital Performance software company Dynatrace recently announced the results of a new five-country consumer survey on mobile shopping for the 2015 Christmas season, revealing that Millennials aged 18 to 34 are leading a new era of demand for digital performance excellence.
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Martin Shanahan, CEO, IDA Ireland