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What’s next after what’s next?

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The recent Knowledge National 2016 Summit in Sydney brought together leaders from the innovative, science and technology ecosystem including entrepreneurs, business leaders, researchers, scientists and policymakers.
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Revitalising the next generation

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The challenges facing technology and business leaders have never been more daunting. Customers are hoarding their cash and sales teams are reporting lengthening sales cycles and many projects are now “on hold”.
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Leapfrogging the competition

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The big tech companies are racing to do M&A deals; the long time technology firms can no longer stand still. The blockbuster US$67 billion acquisition by computer giant Dell of data storage company EMC, the largest deal in the history of the tech industry, has heated up the M&A scene. Acquisition can help the...
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Where to next!

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Digital innovation and internet connectivity is today driving both new and old players across all industries to invest in new capabilities, define new business models and compete in new ways. These areas were all highlighted at the Data 61 + Live event at ATPs Carriage Works.
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Need for bigger cyber security budgets

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The information technology industry association CompTia recently held a ANZ community meeting get together to hear about and discuss the current cyber security issues for the channel. The event provided a forum for the local channel community to talk about IT security, how it is changing, how the treat landscape is evolving and...
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Leadership is on the line

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I recently spent a couple of days in the beautiful Blue Mountains at the Media Connect Tech Leaders conference and I must say I found it especially intriguing how the IT industry has been changing so rapidly lately.
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Innovation from the classroom up

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The recent ‘Big Day In’ event in Sydney attracted over 2000 students who are interested in careers in technology. The Australian Computer Society Foundation ACSF) has over 12 locations built into the 2016 roadshows. In 2015 the ‘BDI’ event had over 150 speakers, 165 exhibitors and 89 organisations involved in delivering 11 events across...
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From the first half

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Following the recent first half 2016 earnings results, this group highlights some notes and quotes of future expectations from a mixture of Aussie industry leaders.
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Plotting new courses

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The major technology shifts are under way. The move to cloud-based services and the greater emphasis on big data/ analytics rather than traditional analytics is having a big impact on corporate IT today. But what do these shifts mean for key vendors in the industry?
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The world of things

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As an industry, we love buzzword and we love new trends. The IT industry is exceptional in its ability to create buzz around “What’s next”? and even “after what’s next”? and it often creates new phrases and terminology for this. The industry has been good at naming things, but we also tend to overhype...
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When the giants slow down

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Recent news from the technology giants’ financial results made headline stories. Profits up, revenues down, layoffs, executive changes and more moves into sectors such as cloud, mobility and social. The general view is that 2016 is going to be tougher and different to previous years.
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Finding a stronger voice

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Over the past decade or so much has been written about the future of technology associations and their mandate for innovation and transformation brought by the changing times. The major challenge that emerges for associations is in overcoming the cultural and structural shifts necessary to adapt to the 21st century pace.
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Don Brown, CEO, Interactive Intelligence