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Now on to the business of making Australia competitive

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This was an eventful week. The 2016 Census promised to be one of the most ambitious demonstrations of citizen engagement ever conducted online, however due to a “confluence of events” many Australians were not able to complete the census on the allocated night.
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Passwords are our greatest security weakness

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The problem with passwords is that they’ve actually become the problem rather than the solution. Although for decades we’ve relied on passwords to protect our computer systems from hackers, they are no longer fit for purpose.
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The growing pace of business innovation

Greg Cullen, Managing Director - ANZ, Talend

In an increasingly globalised economy where competition grows stronger every day, innovation is a must-have for business survival. It enables companies to improve their performance and productivity, conquer new markets, and invent new products and services that meet ever-evolving customer needs.
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What is the ROI from an IT degree? John Ridge AM, Executive Director, ACS Foundation

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Data from the latest Australian Census return shows that on average, those working in the IT industry with a University qualification would earn an additional $191,775 over a 25 year career. The data comes from the 224,823 people who nominated that they worked in IT careers in their Australian census submissions and showed...
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Useful Mobile Apps and IT tools for start-ups—Vidya Vasu, ManageEngine

Almost 100 million new businesses are launched every year globally. Sydney ranks 16th in the top 20 cities on the 'Startup Ecosystem Index' with close to 30 startups for every million.
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The implications of digital disruption for boards – John Colvin, Colvin Consulting

It is clear to most of us that we are at the early stages of the greatest transformation of industry structures, business models and the nature of work that the world has ever seen. These changes have the potential to impact all businesses and most categories of work.
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Crossing the second chasm initiatives – Hani Iskander, Cube Capital

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Australia is a fertile land for cultivating tech companies. The majority succeed in crossing Moore’s Chasm but seem overwhelmed by the thought of crossing the Second Chasm: to double and double again in size and enterprise value. A feat that cannot be achieved internally by the sales and marketing team. Organic growth has its...
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Four key characteristics that make a city smart — Babar Jan-Haleem, Director – Big Data & Analytics Specialist Team, Oracle Asia Pacific

When you ponder the term 'smart city', it's easy to conjure up images of modern, urban centres - but this doesn't have to be the case. The smart city concept is increasingly being embraced by older, established centres keen to take advantage of the huge benefits on offer.
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2016: The year of the process, Ivan Seselj, CEO, Promapp

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At some point every business needs to take a step back in order to get a more holistic view of its operations. Which business processes are really working and which aren’t?
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How an attitude of scarcity is hurting resellers and customers

An unsettling attitude is washing through the software reseller channel – and it’s affecting, vendors, resellers and customers alike. Dubbed an ‘attitude of scarcity’, it’s the widespread feeling that there is never enough to go around.
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Siloed approach to IT causing inefficiency, higher costs for healthcare providers

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Much of today's modern healthcare system relies on large, complex organisations that have grown and expanded their capabilities over time. Comprising a wide range of departments with deep skills and expertise, they provide professional care to large numbers of patients every day.
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ACS Foundation 2016 BiG Day In Kicks off

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The ACS Foundation (ACSF) ensured over 2,000 senior secondary and university students benefitted from the insights of more than 50 experienced technology professionals at a career event with a difference, the BiG Day In, held at University of Technology
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John Ridge, Executive Director, ACS Foundation