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Is cloud computing disenfranchising the CIO?

July 1, 2014 | Clare Coulson
Cloud computing is continuing its meteoric rise and as a partial result IT control and decision-making is moving to the line of business managers. In the middle of it: the CIO. Clare Coulson considers what these changes mean for the modern CIO...[View as PDF] read more...
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Has the spark gone out of the telco business?

June 26, 2014 | Bill Bennett
Telcos are facing a swathe of new challenges from technological change, global over-the-top content providers and a new era of regulation and market intervention. Bill Bennett asks where is the telco business going?...[View as PDF] read more...
Protect your business

Protect and serve – how safe is your personal data?

June 23, 2014 | Clare Coulson
The revelations of the Heartbleed vulnerability in April and the recent implementation of Australia’s new privacy regime in March have put data breaches firmly back in the limelight. Clare Coulson finds out more...[View as PDF] read more...
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How to hatch your business idea

June 23, 2014 | Fiona Hanlon
The statistics are compelling; basically half of all new start-up businesses fail within two to five years. Since the rise of businesses incubators and accelerators statistics show that the successful completion of an incubator programme plays a significant role in the success rate of a company. Fiona Hanlon investigates... [View as PDF] read more...
Finger on customer pulse

Finger on the pulse – measuring customer sentiment

June 19, 2014 | Anthony Doesburg
Successful businesses today must continually take the pulse of their varied customer base and respond to their wants and needs. And what better way to do this than with the plethora of cloud-based, affordable and accessible tools on the market for just that purpose? But which to choose? And why? Anthony Doesburg set out to discover what we should be looking for when considering modern CRM solutions...[View as PDF] read more...
Modern marketers guide

A modern marketer’s guide to technology

June 11, 2014 | Clare Coulson
The arrival of new technologies has opened opportunities for marketing, but taking advantage of them requires a significant shift in modus operandi. Clare Coulson asked industry thought leaders how businesses should behave and where technology fits...[View as PDF] read more...
Personal picks

Personal picks: 10 of the best for productivity

Paul Di Francesco and Clare Coulson worked the mobile social media networks to unveil the most popular productivity enhancing apps for work and play...[View as PDF] read more...
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The anatomy of technology as a change agent

March 24, 2014 | Chris Bell
The joint forces of data analytics, mobile solutions, social applications and cloud computing are disrupting whole industries and forcing change. Businesses that do not adapt are in danger of becoming extinct. Chris Bell asks the experts if change today actually begins with technology, and whether it should...[View as PDF] read more...
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...
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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...
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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 freelancer.com 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...
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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...
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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...
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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...

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