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Analogue business with a digital facade
Published: 23 Aug 2014 by Robert Hillard
Everyone is talking about digital disruption and the need to transform their company into a “digital business”.  However, ask most people what a digital business is and they’ll talk in terms of online shopping, mobile channels or the latest wearable … Continue reading

Your insight might protect your job
Published: 26 Jul 2014 by Robert Hillard
Technology can make us lazy.  In the 1970s and 80s we worried that the calculator would rob kids of insight into the mathematics they were learning.  There has long been evidence that writing long-hand and reading from paper are far … Continue reading

The Quantum Computer dream could be killed by Information Management
Published: 22 Jun 2014 by Robert Hillard
For years now the physics community has been taking the leap into computer science through the pursuit of the quantum computer.  As weird as the concepts underpinning the idea of such a device are, even weirder is the threat that … Continue reading

Careers in Technology
Published: 25 May 2014 by Robert Hillard
Is there a future for careers in Information Technology?  Globally, professional societies such as the British Computer Society and the Australian Computer Society have long argued that practitioners need to be professionals.  However, there is a counter-argument that technology is … Continue reading

How CIOs can discuss the contribution of IT
Published: 20 Apr 2014 by Robert Hillard
Just how productive are Chief Information Officers or the technology that they manage?  With technology portfolios becoming increasingly complex it is harder than ever to measure productivity.  Yet boards and investors want to know that the capital they have tied-up … Continue reading

Login with social media
Published: 28 Mar 2014 by Robert Hillard
With a little work, social networks have the potential to be as valuable in confirming an identity as a passport.  It is the power of the crowd that can prove the integrity of the account holder, perhaps best described as … Continue reading

The race to the internet of things is a marathon
Published: 22 Feb 2014 by Robert Hillard
The PC era is arguably over and the age of ubiquitous computing might finally be here.  Its first incarnation has been mobility through smartphones and tablets.  Many pundits, though, are looking to wearable devices and the so-called “internet of things” … Continue reading

Your data is in the cloud when…
Published: 20 Jan 2014 by Robert Hillard
It’s fashionable to be able to claim that you’ve moved everything from your email to your enterprise applications “into the cloud”.  But what about your data?  Just because information is stored over the Internet, it shouldn’t necessarily qualify as being … Continue reading

Turning decision making into a game
Published: 17 Dec 2013 by Robert Hillard
Organisations are more complex today than ever before, largely because of the ability that technology brings to support scale, centralisation and enterprise-wide integration.  One of the unpleasant side effects of this complexity is that it can take too long to … Continue reading

Living without a trace of Big Data
Published: 23 Nov 2013 by Robert Hillard
I’ve watched over a number of months as major digital providers across handsets, telecommunications, internet services and virtually every other integrated offering have one by one described how they provide information to various governments. While none of this should be … Continue reading

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Living without a trace of Big Data
I’ve watched over a number of months as major digital providers across handsets, telecommunications, internet services and virtually every other integrated offering have one by one described how they provide information to various governments. While none of this should be … Continue reading

Universities disrupted but not displaced
Business and government is finally treating Digital Disruption as seriously as the topic deserves. I have written previously about the Deloitte Digital Disruption report and highlighted the fact that that in Australia two thirds of the economy will experience a … Continue reading

Will the bionic eye solve information overload?
Right now, researchers are working around the world to find ways of restoring sight to the blind by creating a bionic eye.  The closest analogy is the bionic ear, more properly called a cochlear implant, which works by directly stimulating … Continue reading




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