28Oct2013

Business and IT foundations for innovation and disruption

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Recently, I attended a CIO conference along with hundreds of other senior IT leaders. In filling the whitespace between presentations, the MC posed a question to the room “Who founded the World Wide Web (www)?”. Much to my surprise one of the attendees responded with an answer which pointed to some confusion regarding the difference
05Dec2012

2013, the year technology takes a back seat in IT

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Heading into the holiday season, information technology journalists and bloggers are producing their lists for what to expect in 2013. Unsurprisingly, the focus of these lists seem to be heavily weighted on the side of technology; embracing cloud computing, availability of broadband, the consumerisation of IT or predictions about release dates for the latest Microsoft,
05Jul2011

Is it enough to simply secure user access?

  • By Matt McInnes
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There have been some widely publicised security breaches recently and it seems hacking groups are moving into the realm of online rockstars, which will only increase the frequency of this type of breach. One we want to focus on today is the July 4 attack on a Twitter account at Fox News in the US.
18Mar2011

Google, Microsoft Office and real time document collaboration

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A great feature of Google Apps is the capacity to collaborate on documents in real time instead of draft after draft being emailed around an office (which slows production and increases data storage). One major hesitation organisations have had with regard to the uptake of Google Apps for collaboration is that you could only use
18Feb2011

A trusted, independent 1st and 3rd opinion

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Occasionally the consulting services that Pragmetric provide are misunderstood by potential clients. I hope the following thoughts help clarify where Pragmetric fits with regard to delivering your overall information and technology management strategy. Working with a General Practitioner (GP) that owns a network of medical practices around Melbourne, I learnt a very important lesson. This
20Jan2011

Should technology be the focus of the IT professional?

  • By Matt McInnes
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Almost every IT meeting I’ve been involved with all too quickly seems to head down the nuts and bolts technology path. Questions are thrown around like “how much storage space does that give us?”, “what redundancy will that provide?”, “how fast is it?”.\nLet’s look at a couple of definitions of “Information Technology”:\nfrom Answers.com – Information
30Nov2010

What happened to the NAB can happen to you.

  • By Andrew Garrett
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You’ve probably heard about the problems the NAB has been having over the last few days (some details here). Details are somewhat thin on the ground, and probably will remain so (at least as far as those of us who aren’t inside the NAB are concerned).\nWhat’s come out is some fairly light information that mentions
21Nov2010

A tale of pricing complexity

  • By Andrew Garrett
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I’m not in the habit of linking from this weblog, nor do I habitually include cartoons. However, this Dilbert strip rings very, very true. Here at Pragmetric, we find it, frankly, ridiculous how hard it is to compare offerings from vendors – even when they’re quoting to provide exactly the same thing. It shouldn’t take
16Nov2010

Risk vs Opportunity

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The goal of a business is profit. Fairly simple, right?\nIn order to make a profit, you have to actively seek out and maximise opportunities while you analyse and minimise risks that have a potential to negatively impact on the profit potential of those opportunities.\nBusiness Technology is present on both sides of the equation.\nThere are some
02Nov2010

CIO – the next generation

  • By Andrew Garrett
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There’s a new generation of pending CIOs who are working their way up the industry ranks. They’re different to the old school in a number of ways. They need to be, the technology world is changing faster than ever. Some of them have reached CIO level positions, while others are still in the early stages
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