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Mind the knowledge gap – IT in the boardroom

Following a number of high-profile project train wrecks last year, we ask if there is enough understanding of IT at board level. Clare Coulson spoke to those in the know to get some answers… “This topic is actually a very timely one,” says Paul Matthews, CEO of the Institute of IT

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CIOs to spend $US2.5 million per minute on IoT

The Internet of Things is eating IT budgets, with Gartner forecasting that next year CIOs will spend $US2.5 million a minute on IoT deployments… The steep trajectory of demand means that in five years one million new internet commented devices will be deployed every hour. Welcome to

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Why a $50k System is Overkill for Your Small Business

If you’ve ever bought a computer, you’ve felt it. Felt the pain that comes from seeing your shiny new system drop in price by 10% soon after you bought it… or 25% or 50%. With technology moving as quickly as it does, this price-drop pain is almost inevitable. But

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SME Systems: Knowledge Transfer Between Generations

Of the 2 million small businesses in Australia (and millions more in the US, UK and other nations) many are facing a critical challenge: How can they best transition knowledge from Baby Boomer staff and owners to Gen X and Y employees? ‘Has anybody else seen that

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Expense Management Software Benefits SMBs

Aberdeen Group’s T&E Expense Management Automation Report reveals a number of very interesting findings about the benefits of expense management automation for organisations. An interesting overarching insight is that expense management automation alone- excluding timesheet or project management automation- yields very high cost and risk savings for organisations of

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Chief digital officers tipped as key to future business success

Almost half of Australian businesses surveyed already have a chief digital officer but the new role must be better articulated to avoid conflict with existing CIO responsibilities and promote acceptance… A new study shows that the ever-increasing importance of digital technology within businesses has given rise to

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If most projects fail, why bother doing them at all?

There is still hope, explains international project management expert Gary Nelson… It is a tragic statistic – according to the most recent KPMG Project Management Survey (July 2013), only 33 percent of projects in New Zealand in 2012 were delivered on budget, 29 percent were delivered on

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Middleware – Bridging Disparate Systems

As businesses evolve, they tend to adopt more than one software system to manage their varied transaction flows and processes. The breadth of their requirements increases, resulting in disparate system usage across the board. Examples include: Financial Reporting Debtors and Creditors Inventory Manufacturing Systems Job Costing Time

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Hosted versus Installed Time Accounting Systems- Which is Right for Your Organization?

Today’s business owners can choose from many options for time accounting systems. Companies often concentrate on how they will use the system and what they need to do to complete and manage their time entry and reporting. Equally as important is how and where you will manage

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Shadow IT seduces CFOs

The lure of cloud computing for CMOs is well understood and has seen more of the IT budget head to that department – now it’s the CFO’s turn… Delays and “chaos” in the planning cycle is driving chief financial officers to seek alternatives to the trusty spreadsheet,

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