Tech Wreak

Stock market analysis: are we heading for Tech Wreck 2.0?

March 24, 2014 | Beverley Head
Technology stocks are flavour of the month as start-ups and angel investors flirt outrageously in the hope of joining the headlines, but some have been left scratching their heads and asking if we are heading for another tech wreck. Beverley Head investigates...[View as PDF] read more...
What retailers can learn from manufacturing

What retailers can learn from manufacturing

March 23, 2014 | Anthony Doesburg
The manufacturing sector is a prime example of an industry vertical that has embraced technology. MRP & ERP systems have transformed productivity and efficiency in a sector whose margins were squeezed by globalisation. Now retail is under similar pressures with the growth of online retailing. Here Anthony Doesburg uncovers the lessons that the retail sector can learn from the way manufacturing uses technology...[View as PDF] read more...
disruptive acquisition

Disruptive acquisition

January 16, 2014 | Clare Coulson
Directors and boards are used to navigating post-acquisition IT roadmaps, signing off on piles of cash to standardise information systems and deliver the sought-after cost efficiencies. But too often in the process they stifle the innovative systems and processes of the acquired party, throwing the metaphorical baby out with the bathwater. Clare Coulson investigates and finds a new approach is needed to foster and nurture the tech nuggets that are capable of disrupting business and magnifying future success...[View as PDF] read more...

Getting your business on the map

January 16, 2014 | Paul Di Francesco
In this ‘social, local, mobile’ world we live in, being able to pinpoint where we are, what is in our immediate vicinity and how to get there, is vital. If your business is not on the map, and you are not leveraging that data, you could be missing out not only on an effective marketing opportunity but operational and sales efficiencies too. Paul Di Francesco finds out more...[View as PDF] read more...
Freelancers take flight

Freelancers take flight

January 8, 2014 | Anthony Doesburg
The way we work is changing. The market for recruiting creative and project resources has gone global. With the likes of and oDesk, people can work anywhere and, it seems, anyone can hire the right person to do almost anything. Anthony Doesburg investigates the modern way of working...[View as PDF] read more...
Big bad wolf

Who’s afraid of the big, bad wolf? – restructuring and redundancy

January 7, 2014 | Erin Boyle
When changing markets or new technology result in the 'R words', the processes and systems need to be in place to avoid staff challenging the outcomes and further extending the pain. Erin Boyle set out to help readers be prepared for the worst...[View as PDF] read more...
Justify Technology

How to justify your technology choice

January 7, 2014 |
As technology plays an ever-stronger role in modern business models, predicting and measuring productivity gains from technology investment is becoming paramount to getting project sign off. Alex Gelman shares an excerpt on the topic from his book ‘A practical guide to selecting and justifying the right business technology’...[View as PDF] read more...
Man machine

Man, machine and the productivity story

January 7, 2014 | Chris Bell
Technology has increased productivity and emancipated humankind from day-to day tasks, enabling automation over drudgery, hasn't it? As the march of the machine continues into the digital age Chris Bell explores economist Robert Solow’s famous quip that you can see the computer age everywhere but in the productivity statistics...[View as PDF] read more...
Fletcher building

Fletcher Building lays foundations for success

November 2, 2013 | Clare Coulson
Fletcher Building is a NZ$6.5 billion company operating with 19,000 staff in more than 40 countries, manufacturing and distributing building and construction products. Its varied brands include such household names as Formica, Golden Bay Cement and Easysteel, but its HR practices and platforms are as diverse as its businesses...[View as PDF] read more...
ANZ National merging

ANZ/National: merging is no horseplay

October 3, 2013 | Amanda Schaake
Two million customers, 8500 employees, over 400 IT systems, two very different brands and a thousand ways that it could have gone very wrong. Amanda Schaake speaks with ANZ New Zealand CEO David Hisco on integrating the ANZ and National banks...[View as PDF] read more...
Mobile applications concept

Appealing Apps: 10 of the best for business

October 2, 2013 | Clare Coulson
With more than 1000 apps being submitted to the Apple App Store each day, not to mention those created for Android, the apposphere is a fast-changing environment so Clare Coulson puts a few of the best apps in the spotlight...[View as PDF] read more...
accounting for time

Accounting for time

September 24, 2013 | David McNickel
In a service-based economy where time really is money many businesses are literally leaking dollars and cents like a sieve. David McNickel investigates the new wave of service automation systems that can help manage service workers more profitably.....[View as PDF] read more...
Cyber crime

Cybercrime scene investigation

September 20, 2013 | Stuart Corner
Stuart Corner takes a look at how security intelligence software is helping those involved in corporate security and justice to narrow the field of suspects, and keep the cybercriminals at bay...[View as PDF] read more...

Does marketing automation deliver on promises?

September 19, 2013 | Anthony Doesburg
As the lines between marketing, sales and service blur ‘smarketing’ is the way forward. Anthony Doesburg investigates this blend of sales and marketing and asks if the tools are delivering on their promise, or are they just more marketing puffery?... [View as PDF] read more...
Obama mosaic

Big data buzz gets ‘BS’ tag

September 17, 2013 | Anthony Doesburg
Is big data "bullshit"? Anthony Doesburg sifts through the big data brouhaha and considers the reality behind the buzz...[View as PDF] read more...
Is forex breaking your bank

Is forex breaking your bank?

September 12, 2013 | Beverley Head
Bank fees are part of life, but when it comes to international transaction payments we could be paying over the odds. Beverley Head reports..[View as PDF] read more...
iStart guide to buying IT

The iStart guide to buying IT

August 21, 2013 | Xavier Russo
Last issue we revealed that half of all IT projects fail to deliver on expectations. If you don't want this to be you then you had better get your metaphorical ducks in a row. To help you out we asked Xavier Russo to probe the collective wisdom of iStart's readership and vendor community...[View as PDF] read more...

Back the right ERP solution to win

August 21, 2013 | Newsdesk
Purchasing and implementing an ERP system is a complex undertaking and continues to be regarded as a high-risk project by most companies. Subject expert UXC Eclipse offers its top recommendations for successfully choosing and implementing a new ERP solution...[View as PDF] read more...

E-health technology shows vital signs

August 21, 2013 | Chris Bell
From referrals systems to electronic health records and devices that allow patients to monitor their symptoms, health sector technology is evolving. Chris Bell asks if providers are making things better for healthcare professionals and patients...[View as PDF] read more...
social media explained

Does social media suck for B2B?

June 18, 2013 | Clare Coulson
In the last few years every business has jumped on the social media bandwagon. It has fragmented marketing budgets and sucked up time and money, but to what end? Clare Coulson set out to get an idea if every business really needs to engage and reports back social-media style...[View as PDF] read more...

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