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What is an Enterprise Social Network?

Collaboration is a confusing term in the context of the tools used to facilitate the same in the workplace. It embraces all the tools gathered under the umbrella term "unified communications" and considerably more. Increasing these additional components are the same or similar to those that now have wide acceptance among individuals.

Know Thine Enemy - a Taxonomy of Digital Disruptors

Every enterprise today should be well aware of being disintermediated and digital disrupted. Now, recognising the wisdom of the old adage 'know thine enemy" Cap Gemini and the University of Sydney's Business School have identified eight different archetypes of digitally disruptive intermediaries.

Fear Not Bit Rot, DNA Will Come to Your Rescue

I'm sure you are all too familiar with what Internet pioneer Vint Cerf calls 'bit rot' - electronic data that is no longer accessible because the technology used to encode it has become obsolete.

Quantifying Broadband's Benefits

Last week I gave NBN Co a bit of a serve for stating the obvious, in a press release where it said: “Improved access to fast broadband through the National Broadband Network (NBN) will enable Aussie small businesses to better embrace the cloud computing revolution."

Feel Like an IT Spending Spree? Here Are Some Suggestions

The Techrepublic web site recently carried a list of "10 smart ways to spend the last of your 2014 tech budget." Clearly, it's a bit out of whack with the Australian financial year, but if you were to retitle it as "10 things to spend money on that might not seem like high priorities but could pay substantial dividends," the list becomes quite useful.

NBN Co Spins Ovum’s SME Cloud Research

Press releases that put a ‘spin’ - a particular bias - on the underlying facts are nothing new. However, it’s rather strange when a company ‘spins’ the findings of a study it has commissioned, but that’s exactly what NBN Co did last week in a press release entitled: “The cloud to bring big sky thinking for Aussie small businesses.”

2015 Forecast Fatigue

Are you suffering from prediction overload? I am. I've been filing away the 2015 forecasts from sundry analyst firms, software vendors and others for the last couple of weeks and now the total has topped the 20 mark. Here's my take on some of the most interesting.

Elevating Australia to Global Digital Leadership

The Competitive Carriers’ Coalition (CCC) – a body representing a number of smaller telcos - the Council of Small Business of Australia (COSBA), the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) and 4Hume – a body representing the Hume region of Victoria – have come together to launch the ‘2030 Communications Vision’ project.

Cloud Myth Busting Today

Cloud computing, says Gartner, “is uniquely susceptible to the perils of myths due to the nature, confusion and hype surrounding it.” This is not good. “These myths slow things down, impede innovation and induce fear, thus distracting from real progress, innovation and outcomes.”


Prediction Overload in Business

You might be familiar with this quote, attributed to Bill Gates: “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten.” Perhaps less well known is the sentence that followed: “Don't let yourself be lulled into inaction.”