ICT – A key source to improve Productivity

ICT – A key source to improve productivity “Productivity isn’t everything, but in the long run it’s nearly everything” Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman.   In previous postings I have described a number of arguments and sources that show: ·        The decline in productivity in Australia over the last few years ·        The importance of […] Read more

Aug, 23, 2011


ICT – One of the key sources to improve productivity – why we are under investing in it?

ICT – One of the key sources to improve productivity – why we are under investing in it?   As detailed in my previous two postings, our productivity is weakling and has been doing so over the last few years. The experts (The Productivity Commission, the Grattan Institute and many others) can explain this drop […] Read more

Aug, 17, 2011


Productivity (of lack of it) …. Everyone is talking about it!.

  Productivity (of lack of it) …. Everyone is talking about it!. Is it pure coincidence? Yesterday (10/8/11) at an American Chamber of Commerce sponsored event in Sydney, the key note speaker, the Chairman of BHP Billiton, Mr Jacques Nasser AO, spoke at length of the need for Australia to lift its productivity. He expanded […] Read more

Aug, 11, 2011


Why are we (Australians) becoming unproductive?

Productivity isn’t everything, but in the long run it’s nearly everything Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman. The subject of productivity began to attract my attention a little while ago after reading concerns by a number of leaders on the recent productivity of Australia (or lack of it). Because I am also extremely interested in technology […] Read more

Aug, 09, 2011


Practical IT strategy development – A great conversation with Rick Vosila – CIO Chubb Australia

CIO’S CORNER Practical IT strategy development June 10, 2011 Rick Vosila, CIO, Chubb Australasia Developing, implementing and maintaining IT strategies have been major challenges for many CIOs. There are numerous methodologies and approaches. Academia and top consulting firms are not short of ideas and approaches including SWOT analysis, GE Planning Grid, BCG Growth-Share matrix, Porter’s […] Read more

Jun, 13, 2011


How can you live without an iPhone and/or an iPad?

  I have been an early adopter of mobile and smart technology all my life. I am a strong believer that mobile devices provide a professional with huge productivity gains, access to information, efficiency, mobility, accessibility, and after all of that, profitability. I started using Palm Pilots back in the early nineties with a Nokia […] Read more

May, 10, 2011


The art of engaging quality IT staff – getting direct advice from Tony Kesby, CIO, Veda Advantage

The art of engaging quality IT staff April 15, 2011 Tony Kesby Recruiting and retaining quality IT staff has been a longstanding challenge for CIOs. Talent shortages, rapid changes in technology, and increased demands on IT from business leaders are ongoing issues. PicNet’s Marco Tapia speaks to Tony Kesby, CIO of Veda Advantage, on how […] Read more

Apr, 15, 2011


XchangeIT – a great Australian IT success story

  XChangeIT Software Pty Ltd is a consortium comprised of Australia’s three leading magazine distributors.  It provides an electronic trading platform for newsagents and distributors to share delivery, sales and returns information.   It is used by over 2500 newsagents nationally.  XchangeIT connects agents to distributors to streamline business processes, enable sales growth and reduce waste. […] Read more

Apr, 07, 2011


Email etiquette: rights and wrongs

Whether you think email communication is good or bad, it’s here to stay, and how you compose an email speaks to your professionalism, reliability, and personal image. So here are some tips on how to manage this vital tool. Formality Formality used to be a given in business correspondence, but no longer. Follow the same […] Read more

Mar, 30, 2011


BYO computers … this will become a trend. Be ready.

Suncorp allows staff to BYO computers, tablets       IN what could prove to be a watershed moment for corporate Australia, financial services firm Suncorp will let thousands of employees use their personal computers, including Apple iPads, at work. For the first time in its history, the organisation has decided not to refresh its […] Read more

Mar, 29, 2011


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