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Is Technology a Top 10 Board Issue?

Technology has changed how people communicate, collaborate and behave, creating better ways of working, learning and living which in turn is changing how organisations can be designed. Consequent changes to the economy and society are profound. Boards of many organisations are ill equipped to meet this challenge. Just as decisions on war are too important to leave to the generals, in today’s world decisions on technology are too important to be left to the CIO and external consultants. A good board must have a real understanding of the opportunities and threats, and increasingly directors must have either a technology background, or had a senior executive role that developed a working knowledge of technology issues. A corollary of this is...

Social Media in the Emerging Digitised Economy

Every new communication technology breakthrough, from radio to television, to computers, caused experts to become overly excited about the potential to revolutionise education, entertainment or business.  Visions of replacing expensive people with cheaper machines in these people-dominated economic segments, mostly, were dashed and the early excitement quickly dissipated. Cinema has not replaced theatre, computers have not replaced teachers and, whilst computers are everywhere in business, people still like doing business with people. Where technologies have brought people closer together, they have been embraced; and, where technologies have come between people, as in interactive voice response systems, they were much less successful. It is often felt that we are at a dawn of a new age, and that this moment has...

Beyond Broadband an Essential Investment for Our Future

As a 40 year veteran of the computer industry I’ve seen firsthand what technology has provided Australia and would urge the Independents to examine the major parties’ policies carefully and not reduce the debate to a simple choice between internet speeds and cost. It is much more than that; it is a choice between preparing for our future or simply making do. In 1996 when my daughter was born I remember nursing her as I surfed the Web with my then 18 year old son. I can vividly remember him saying “Dad I wonder what we will be doing on the Web when she is my age”. That will be in 2014, the end of the current budget cycle....

The Digital Economy: It's the Economy Stupid

Presentation to the Australian Computer Society Summary The Digital Economy is The Economy as everything we do is digitised and everything will soon be connected to everything else. Technology is vital to “Creating Better Ways of Working Learning and Living” but technology is not sufficient. The connected economy will not achieve its full potential without better ways of organising and managing people and things. Our Challenge Our challenge today is to realise that vision. In this election year we need to hear from our political leaders about how they will help us realise this vision for the connected economy. Such a vision requires more than technology it requires systems that build trust in data, applications and people, frictionless payment systems,...

The Digital Economy: It's the Economy Stupid

The Digital Economy is The Economy as everything we do is digitised and everything is becoming connected to everything else. Improved technology in the connected economy is vital to “Creating Better Ways of Working Learning and Living” but improved technology is not sufficient in achieving these goals, the connected economy will fail to achieve its full potential for humanity without better ways of organising and managing people and things. Technology has fascinated mankind and was core to the epic journey portrayed by Arthur C Clarke and Stanley Kubrick beginning with that memorable opening image of the primitive club in the hand of the humanoid in 2001: A Space Odyssey and sending a chill down our spines as Dave Bowman asked:...