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Management practice lags behind tech innovation

In many organisations management practice is about 20 years behind the web. Gerry McGovern discusses what this really means… Rarely do I find organisations where senior management is truly engaged with the web. The web is still seen as some peripheral entity that is somehow disconnected from the core

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Microsoft releases Office 2016

The worldwide release of Microsoft’s Office 2016 productivity software is underway… Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the company is focused on reinventing productivity and business processes for the mobile-first, cloud-first world. “These latest innovations take another big step forward in transforming Office from a familiar set of

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Man, machine and the productivity story

Technology has increased productivity and emancipated humankind from day-to day tasks, enabling automation over drudgery, hasn’t it? As the march of the machine continues into the digital age Chris Bell explores economist Robert Solow’s famous quip that you can see the computer age everywhere but in the productivity statistics…

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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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A Better Way to Access Business Software

For many years now, there has been a general trend in business to focusing on what you do best – that is, your core competencies – and engaging third parties to provide other equipment, people, expertise, and services. Typically specialist providers can do those other things better,

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Project Management – Punch Above Your Weight

When it comes to delivering high calibre projects on-time, on-budget, anywhere in world … innovative small businesses can compete with the best of them. In fact, small scale can bring a number of advantages, such as speed, adaptability and close customer relationships, that bigger organisations find hard

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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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Managing the Production of Food

A number of the customers that we have serviced over the years are well known Australian manufacturers of mass produced food products such as Cakes, Pickles and Chocolates. We have learned a great deal about this vertical as a result of this experience. What are the special

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Salesforce hits billion dollar quarter: analysts look for profit

Tens of thousands of Salesforce faithful partied in San Francisco this week serenaded by GreenDay and seduced by Sean Penn – but investors weren’t buying… Since 2003 CRM software company Salesforce has gathered users and partners at its annual Dreamforce conference to educate, inform and entertain them

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Mindmaps Saved My Head from Exploding

I am an idea person, I have them all the time, and I also have a lot of “lists”. After finally re-writing my list for the 1000th time, I thought, there must be a better way. There must be a way to organize my thoughts (like I

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