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Cloud
  • January 25 2017 Cloud computing trends to embrace this year

    There’s no doubt the adoption of cloud computing is increasing. The latest research from Gartner shows the market for cloud services is predicted to surge to $208.6 billion by the end of 2016, up from $178 billion in 2015. In Australia, an estimated 76% of businesses are utilising cloud computing (StollzNow Research), with 46% of non-cloud users planning to engage cloud Read More…

  • January 17 2017 Great expectations: 2017 as envisioned by four start-up founders and innovation leaders

    Innovation was the key word in 2016, supported by a bipartisan government agenda and highlighted through much success in the space, such as RedBubble’s $288 million IPO. In 2017, we should expect to see a new maturity coming to the market, with start-ups moving into scale-up territory, and – due to the government’s late-2016 commitment to Read More…

  • January 16 2017 How strategy drives digital transformation

    Adopting new technologies in a business is critical to drive digital transformation. However, 48% of Australian business owners are still reluctant to adopt new digital technologies due to a lack of understanding of how it works and the potential benefits. If businesses want to maximise their potential, a coherent, strong and concise digital strategy should Read More…

  • January 12 2017 Translating data Into progress for 2017

    Imagine having complete visibility across your business to quantify exactly how and where resources are being used, so you are always ready to seize new opportunities. In an age of data, this is not wishful thinking. We already have all the information. We just need to understand it. Translating Raw Data The raw data exists, Read More…

  • January 9 2017 Don’t let your security spend amount to nought – address the risk of shadow IT

    By 2020, one in three successful cyber-attacks on organisations will be via shadow IT (Gartner) – in other words, the apps and software employees use without their employer’s approval or authorisation. According to Vaughan Klein, Regional Manager of Collaboration at Cisco Australia and New Zealand, the billions of dollars Australian businesses invest in security annually Read More…

  • December 16 2016 “We’re bringing the cloud to SMEs – for real”: Maestrano’s CEO on levelling the playing field

    Co-founded by two French expats, Maestrano is fast-becoming one of Australia’s great start-up success stories. Buoyed by its most lucrative capital raise to date, the cloud computing platform provider is chasing an audacious goal: an addressable market of 4 million SMEs worldwide by mid-2017.   The brainchild of compatriots Stephane Ibos (CEO) and Arnaud Lachaume (CTO), Maestrano gathers Read More…

  • November 28 2016 See through the hype of cloud computing to understand its true value to your business

    If you’ve bought into the hype that’s surrounded cloud computing for the past few years,  you’ll likely think it’s the answer to every IT director’s prayers. Cloud platform vendors promise to lower costs with greater flexibility while service providers highlight improvements in workforce productivity and lower management overheads. While this might seem like cause to celebrate, it’s not necessarily the reality. The Read More…

  • November 17 2016 Why your business should implement workflows and document management

    Businesses were promised a ‘paperless office’ as far back as the late 1970s but we are still waiting for that utopia to materialise. In the meantime, many businesses are doing their part to reduce the amount of paper flying around the office. This includes communicating via email wherever possible and reducing the amount of printing Read More…

  • November 11 2016 Look before you leap: picking a cloud provider

    The cloud is rapidly becoming a primary IT infrastructure for growing numbers of organisations. Attracted by the promise of improved flexibility and reduced costs, many businesses are shifting core systems and processes to cloud-based platforms. It’s not enough to simply trust that a cloud provider will keep your company’s data secure. It’s important to thoroughly Read More…

  • November 1 2016 On call in the cloud: The case for SMBs transforming their contact centres

    Cloud computing has transformed almost every aspect of business IT, and call centres are the next sector ripe for cloud adoption. For SMBs, cloud contact centres are particularly attractive, offering lower costs, greater flexibility and the capacity to have an enterprise-class system catering to a smaller organisation. Call centres have undergone major transformations in the Read More…

  • October 31 2016 A starter pack of 4 cloud tools for new SMBs

    Money is tight when you set out to start a new business (unless you’ve been lucky enough to land an angel investor, of course). That’s why you need to carefully choose programs, tools and apps that not only will help you run a tight business, but also will be affordable. In fact, choosing the right Read More…

  • October 31 2016 Cost and complexity of all-in-one marketing suites a barrier to SMBs seeking automation

    There’s a huge disparity in the use of marketing automation software between large corporations (60%) and small to medium businesses (10%)*. According to Kraig Swensrud, CMO of email marketing start-up Campaign Monitor, the cost and complexity of all-in-one marketing suites, designed for the ‘big end of town’, have typically been barriers to SMBs seeking greater marketing efficiencies. Read More…

  • October 28 2016 The top tech trends from 2016 to help your business plan for growth in the new year

    Technology has been one of the biggest game changers for SMEs in the past five years. The adoption of cloud computing has enabled SMEs to access software and platforms that were previously only available to much larger organisations. The playing field has levelled out considerably. However, the rapid advancement in technology can make it difficult Read More…

  • October 14 2016 Ensuring a successful transition to the cloud

    It almost goes with saying that as-a-service IT models of various kinds are now widely available and becoming increasingly accepted, leading to numerous acronyms being coined, from SaaS and IaaS to PaaS and XaaS. To provide the preferred software to a number of departments such as marketing, finance, logistics, and others, many organisations now choose to Read More…

  • October 6 2016 All in a decade: manufacturing industry changes thanks to modern technology

    Since the turn of the millennium, the face of manufacturing has changed. In the buildup to the Financial Crisis in 2008 and for a period afterward, technology played an important role in many businesses’ decision to outsource jobs overseas. Now, technology is helping to reshape manufacturing once again, both today and in the future. Many Read More…