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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

Universities disrupted but not displaced
Published: 26 Oct 2013 by Robert Hillard
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

NFC is failing retail but drugs could come to the rescue
Published: 21 Sep 2013 by Robert Hillard
For years now the industry has confidently predicted that Near Field Communication (NFC) would be the vehicle by which we would all abandon our leather wallets and embrace our smartphones for electronic payments. It hasn’t happened and I don’t believe … Continue reading

Reinventing the economy by using and buying IT differently
Published: 24 Aug 2013 by Robert Hillard
If any modern economy wants to keep, or even add, value to their country as the digital economy grows it has to search for productivity in new ways.  That means bringing together innovations from IT that are outside today’s core … Continue reading

Will the bionic eye solve information overload?
Published: 28 Jul 2013 by Robert Hillard
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

Challenging times for the ICT industry
Published: 24 Jun 2013 by Robert Hillard
Last month I wrote about the collection of personal information by business and government and compared the loss of privacy to George Orwell’s predictions for 1984 (see “Living as far from 1984 as Orwell”).  Barely had I written the post … Continue reading

Living as far from 1984 as Orwell
Published: 26 May 2013 by Robert Hillard
Over the last month I’ve been talking a lot about personally controlled records and the ownership of your own information.  For more background, see last month’s post and a discussion I took part in on ABC radio. The strength of … Continue reading

You should own your own data
Published: 25 Apr 2013 by Robert Hillard
In virtually every country there is a debate around privacy, driven most recently by the rise of Big Data, social networks and technology more generally.  Without doubt, the major technology companies recognise the value of the information they are collecting … Continue reading

Teleworking requires good information sharing
Published: 24 Mar 2013 by Robert Hillard
Teleworking has been in the press recently after Yahoo! CEO, Marissa Mayer, banned the practice arguing that innovation and productivity require Yahoo! Employees to be present in the office. Many HR managers have seized on the reluctance of Yahoo! and … Continue reading

For social networks, volume is the enemy of value
Published: 23 Feb 2013 by Robert Hillard
In this blog I often talk of the value of information. Information is a valuable asset and companies increasingly place great store in identifying new sources of data about their products and customers. Individually, we are also quickly assembling a … Continue reading

Is there a silver bullet in a volatile world?
Published: 19 Jan 2013 by Robert Hillard
There is little doubt that the business environment is changing faster than at any other time in history.  The recent book from Peter Evans-Greenwood, The New Instability, argues that shift in the economy is a response to technology introduced over … Continue reading

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Opportunities beyond startups
Is it just me or has the world gone mad for startups and writing software? Don’t get me wrong, I am a big fan of startups and all that they bring to the economy. However, if you read the business … Continue reading

Email works too well
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The Internet was a mistake, now let’s fix it
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The Quantum Computer dream could be killed by Information Management
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