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Melbourne Uni connects +700 apps in smart campus drive

Strategic Directions has been providing specialist data centre knowledge and support to Melbourne University for a number of years and was delighted to be involved in the recent Data Centre Project. Involved throughout the project from design to implementation and final witness testing, Strategic Directions is proud to be a trusted partner of the University.

We are exciting with the future of what this means for the university.

Uniting IoT and app platforms to boost engagement.

Source: Melbourne Uni connects +700 apps in smart campus drive

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Five Bold Predictions for the Data Centre in 2019

Data Centre White Paper – 2019

These provocative predictions are meant to challenge the thinking of anyone responsible for data center planning and strategy—because data center success requires us to get ahead of these changes, rather than constantly playing catch-up with the world around us.

The only predictable aspect of data center technology is its unpredictability. Change is often rapid, evolutionary and disruptive. For IT and data center professionals, staying ahead of the curve could easily mean the difference between
an organization’s success or failure. And for nearly four decades, AFCOM has stressed to its members the importance of remaining proactive and always moving forward. To accomplish that, we must be visionaries, capable of anticipating near- and long-term changes and acting to ensure data centers and businesses they support are prepared.

Summary:

Prediction #1: Hyperscale Data Center Growth Hits a Wall
Prediction #2: Cloud Consumption Model Finally Forces Major IT Restructuring
Prediction #3: Dynamically Optimizing the New Cost-Model Portfolio
Prediction #4: Data Center Leaders Become Full Partners in Security and Compliance
Prediction #5: The Renaissance of Liquid Cooling

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Authors

Mike Andrea, Director, GAICD,
The Strategic Directions Group

Tad Davies, Sr. Vice President,
Bick Consulting Services

Hector Diaz, Sr. Partner,
iDiaz Advisors

Bill Doty, I.T. General Manager,
CH Robinson

Carrie Goetz, Global Director, of Technology,
Paige Electric

Hector Diaz, Sr. Partner,
iDiaz Advisors

Brad Mohler, Director of Global
Data Center Strategy and Portfolio Management, Oracle

Mark Monroe, President,
Energetic Consulting, Inc.

John Parker, Global Data
Center Operations and Disaster Recovery, Esri

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ICT Strategy - Westpac CIO Curran warns ‘Big Tech’ is out of step

Vendors ‘slam dancing’, not delivering.

Westpac CIO Dave Curran spoke with iTNews  about Big Tech being out of step, which displays the importance of having a agile ICT Strategy with focus on delivery services and strategies that are inline with the business.

Strategic Directions have maintain our vendor independence, to ensure that we can focus on delivering the best outcome for our customers.  Not all product or solutions are a good fit for all organisations.

Speak with us today to a vendor independent review.

Vendors ‘slam dancing’, not delivering.

Source: Westpac CIO Curran warns ‘Big Tech’ is out of step – Finance – Strategy – Software – iTnews

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Gartner Strategic Planning Assumption 2022

Gartner predicts by 2022, as a result of digital business projects, 75% of enterprise-generated data will be created and processed outside the traditional, centralised data centre or cloud, up from less than 10% in 2018.

Key Findings

  1. Moving processing and content collection/delivery closer to the sources and consumers of information offers significant benefits and creates new business models.
  2. As the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes mainstream, analytics will be needed at the edge of the network for real-time feedback and business process optimization. This will make the use of edge computing vital.
  3. The adoption of edge computing will be slowed by a lack of awareness of its benefits and a lack of skills in its use. Organisations that lag behind in addressing these issues will miss opportunities.
  4. Cloud computing and edge computing are complementary concepts, not competitive styles of computing. Organizations that use them together will gain the benefits of both centralized and decentralized approaches.

Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2018: Cloud to the Edge

Source: Gartner Reprint

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Top 10 Technology Trends Impacting Infrastructure & Operations for 2018 - Smarter With Gartner

Interesting article from Gartner 

In 2018, IT will be increasingly tasked with supporting complex, distributed applications using new technologies that are spread across systems in multiple locations, including on-premises data centers, the public cloud and hosting providers.

David Cappuccio, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, says I&O leaders should focus on 10 key technologies and trends to support digital transformation.

I&O leaders should focus on 10 key technologies and trends to support digital transformation.

Source: Top 10 Technology Trends Impacting Infrastructure & Operations for 2018 – Smarter With Gartner

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Mobile devices a necessity in today's business world - TrackVia blog

The technologies and policies to enable this requires a carefully designed and executed strategy.

This article from Digitalpulse.PWC.com.au looking at “Keep flexible and carry on: policies for a mobile workforce”

Key Findings

  • Workforce mobility is a useful tool for talent acquisition in a competitive market.
  • Change management and collaborative technologies are key.
  • Businesses must ensure remote workers heed cyber security advice.

Securing staff with the right technical skills is high on the agenda for Australian businesses. PwC’s 2015 Global CEO Survey showed that concerns over availability of key skills are at an eight-year high among business leaders. With 44% of jobs at risk from digital disruption in the next 20 years, to ensure future prosperity we must not only attract the right talent but employ policies to retain them, too.

Last week, Business Insider reported on what may seem as a radical approach to stop tech talent from leaving: allowing staff to work abroad for three months every year.

HR director for Melbourne-based start-up Envato, James Law, told the publication: “If an Australian company can open up the world as a backdrop for work and professional development, great workers are less likely to feel that traditional pull of heading offshore to grow their careers […] Flexibility promotes agility, which we’ll need to compete and thrive”

Whilst three months’ absence may be outside the scope of many enterprises, flexible working is without doubt a growing feature of the tech business landscape. What are the considerations for catering to a mobile workforce?

Source:Keep flexible and carry on: policies for a mobile workforce

Workers are increasingly using smartphones and mobile devices to conduct their business, making mobile virtualization a legitimate and necessary option.

Source: Mobile devices a necessity in today’s business world – TrackVia blog

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New Technologies Will Drive ICT Spending Back to Double the Rate of GDP Growth, According to IDC | Business Wire

The changing workforce and the thirst for technology, smarter devices, better customer service and the desire for instant transactions, the desire for companies to become more agile and responsive is becoming more of a focus now than ever before.

Total worldwide ICT spending will grow from $4.3 trillion in 2016 to $5.6 trillion by 2021, according to a new IDC Worldwide Black Book forecast.

A large proportion of this spending will come from the fast-growing IoT market, which is forecast to reach almost $1.3 trillion in annual revenue by 2020, of which more than $1 trillion represents new opportunity outside of traditional technology market categories (devices, infrastructure, software, services, and telecom)

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Are you investing in IoT for 2020

With the increasing demand for technology and ICT expenditure expecting to hit 5.5 trillion by 2020, companies are considering their telecommunications strategy for the next 5 years.

One of the drivers for this is the growth is the Internet of Things (IoT). As electronic sensors are the enabler for IoT we can look at the investment in this area and according to PwC’s 6th Annual Digital IQ survey of nearly 1,500 business and technology executives, the IoT movement is underway

Top 10 industries investing in sensors
31% Automotive
25% Industrial
22% Hospitality
20% Healthcare
20% Retail
18% Entertainment
17% Technology
13% Financial services

This graph shows the IoT spending evolutions from 2016 – 2021

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