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  • Harrison Polites | Business Spectator
    to 100 mbps and upload speeds of around 30 40 mbps by Harrison Polites 9 59am December 16 4 comments Telstra rallies against ACCC s proposed SMS fixed line regulations Telco says the latest round of regulations at odds with government s deregulation agenda by Harrison Polites 9 33am December 16 REVIEW Will 3D tech take Lytro mainstream The latest rendition of the world s first light field camera allows you to display images in 3D but the feature just doesn t justify the steep learning curve and the price tag by Harrison Polites 7 42am December 16 1 comment ACCC plans new regulations for mobile fixed line providers Regulator seeks feedback on two draft reports by Harrison Polites 11 30am December 13 TPG to pay 2m to the ACCC for false advertising High Court ruling cements outcome and ends ongoing legal saga by Harrison Polites 10 50am December 13 New NBN Co boss Morrow to push NBN mobile data agenda Former Vodafone Australia chief looks to level the playing field for local mobile operators and ISPs by Harrison Polites 7 59am December 13 CBA launches NFC payment system for the Samsung S4 Also launches new banking app for Windows 8 and Android phones by Harrison Polites 10 49am December 12 1 comment Australian internet use skyrockets ACMA Mobile internet grows exponentially but users still prefer fixed line networks for downloads by Harrison Polites 10 13am December 12 Freelancer com rival oDesk mulls an Australian expansion Sees Australia as a potential growth market based on the company s current success by Harrison Polites 9 03am December 12 M2M advancements to take online privacy debate to a whole new level Deloitte Protecting privacy may could possibly lead to shortened life span analyst contends by Harrison Polites 12 04pm December 11 Office productivity app Minute launches in Australia App to use cloud based technology to bolster the outcome of meetings and improve office productivity by Harrison Polites 11 31am December 11 Pure Storage inks partnership with Blue Connections Deal serves as the first major win since the US flash storage firm s Australian debut by Harrison Polites 11 05am December 10 Patients doctors at odds over electronic medical records access study Considerable gap highlighted between doctor and consumer attitudes towards electronic access to medical records by Harrison Polites 10 34am December 10 Australia Post loses trade mark appeal against Digital Post Australia Federal court upholds original ruling from 2012 by Harrison Polites 10 30am December 10 Page 1 ANZ Bank Harvey Norman named and shamed in online privacy study Imgur and The Daily Mail also on the list as Canberra Institute for Internet safety report highlights deficiencies in how companies handle user data by Harrison Polites 10 44am December 20 REVIEW Microsoft s Xbox One Despite some innovative features the priciest next gen console on the market just doesn t feel like the Rolls Royce of gaming by Harrison Polites 9 48am December 20 Optus flicks the switch on 4G plus network

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  • How the telcos will tackle 2014 | Business Spectator
    AAPT deal actually caps of a remarkable year for TPG and 2014 could be even bigger for the telco Triumphant TPG In May the company surprised many at the spectrum auction by paying 13 5 million for 2x10MHz in the 2 5GHz band It might not be a lot of spectrum certainly not enough for any substantial mobile broadband access play but combine it with AAPT s inter capital fibre footprint that TPG just picked up and suddenly you have the fourth infrastructure player in the Australian market TPG boss David Teoh might shun the limelight but some astute thinking in 2013 has allowed the telco to carve out a very lucrative space in the market TPG s footprint might not be very big compared to Telstra s but it s present where it matters And this is where the changes to the NBN approach come in handy for Teoh Multi dwelling units were neglected under Labor s NBN approach but TPG s aspirations to wire up 500 000 or so apartments could become a reality under Coalition rule The plans to enter apartments is ambitious and the planned revival of the HFC networks provides a significant opportunity for TPG to leverage its expertise to perhaps even lend NBN Co a helping hand It won t be alone in that aspiration but TPG has everything it needs to be serious player It won t be all smooth sailing however independent telco analyst Chris Coughlan says that dealing with the Strata corporations that own manage these buildings will be tricky I d believe that they d need a reasonable take up by the residents in the building to make an investment work also they will need to manage the interference between those on their service and those still on an ADSL2 or later perhaps a NBN supplied FTTN VDSL2 service Coughlan says Also just what ramifications do TPG s moves have on the likes of Vodafone and Optus But TPG now has more assets under its control than ever before and its reliance on others for backhaul to NBN Points of Interconnect POI has lessened substantially The New Year is shaping up as a big one for David Teoh and TPG but don t expect it to hold a parade TPG is all about keeping a low profile and getting the job done expect more of the same in 2014 Is iiNet out of targets With regards to iiNet the ISP is starting to run out of targets and given the changes to the NBN iiNet s likely to start concentrating a lot harder on services marketing and application innovations Telco analyst Paul Budde says that iiNet has strong track record on that front but warns that if they are not able to differentiate at that level they will come under price competition from TPG While a Fibre to the Premises FttP NBN would have ultimately been in iiNet s best interest Budde says in the end iiNet should make the most of what it gets FttP of course allows for a far higher level of innovation and service differentiation so in that respect they are and have always been a vocal FttP supporter Budde says As for acquisitions there may be a few more to come but the scale will be smaller and price will be proportionally lower in terms of revenue multiplier as they will also have less infrastructure assets Budde reckons there s still room for further consolidation at the second tier of the sector which includes TPG MacTel iiNet M2 as well as Optus and Vodafone M2 is probably the most interesting prospect on that list simply because it s running out of targets as well The Big Three Over to the big three telcos Telstra cleaned up at the spectrum auction it s on track to cover the majority of the country with its 4G network and despite all the turmoil and a change of government is still poised to make in a killing from the NBN The state of its copper network may be a mystery and we don t know how the HFC play will work out But behind the scenes Telstra has been pretty active in building its technology portfolio especially in the healthcare space It spent close to 25 million to buy 50 per cent of health technology provider Fred IT invested 5 2 million into HealthEngine com a service that allows patients to book doctors appointments online and splashed out 40 million to buy Database Consultants Australia s health division Apart from this Telstra also acquired Sydney based unified communications and contact centre technology integrator NSC Group North Shore Connections to beef up its Network Applications and Services NAS portfolio and invested 18 million in mobile applications developer Kony Solutions With the fixed line business in decline cashing out on the copper for 11 billion may not be such a bad thing for Telstra especially if it allows it to focus more closely on its 4G plans and global aspirations For Optus 2013 marked the beginning of its quest to atone for its sins and win back customers That campaign to lead the sector with its Net Promoter Score is likely to be an ongoing theme for Optus going into 2014 Though Optus will need more than promises and plans to make a dent on Telstra s customer base Knowing this the telco s investing big in its emerging 4G LTE network capitalising on the spectrum it acquired from its Vividwireless acquisition back in 2012 The telco has aptly called this service it s 4G plus network So far this extra capacity dual band network is only available in Brisbane Canberra Melbourne and Sydney Getting 4G plus right has to be the top priority for Optus Vodafone Australia may not have had much to say about the NBN but the project has left a big mark on the telco With chief executive Bill Morrow moving to NBN Co the obvious question

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  • Supratim Adhikari and Harrison Polites | Business Spectator
    internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Supratim Adhikari and Harrison Polites How the telcos will tackle 2014 It s been a busy year for Australian telcos and the NBN contortions in Canberra have managed to provide operators big and small with plenty of food for thought by Supratim Adhikari and Harrison Polites 8 43am December 20 1 comment Hackett s NBN challenge Internode founder Simon Hackett has been a vocal participant in the NBN debate and he is now in a position at NBN Co to make a very real difference But just how meaningful his contribution will be remains to be seen by Supratim Adhikari and Harrison Polites 10 52am November 13 11 comments The weak link in the New York Times hack The Syrian Electronic Army s attack on The New York Times sheds light on a critical DNS security soft spot Melbourne IT s reseller may have been broken into rather simply but the NYT s failure to use registry locks is a worry by Supratim Adhikari and Harrison Polites 10 16am August 29 1 comment How the telcos will tackle 2014 It s been a busy year for Australian telcos and the NBN contortions in Canberra have managed to provide operators big and small with plenty of food for thought by Supratim Adhikari and Harrison Polites 8 43am December 20 1 comment Hackett s NBN challenge Internode founder Simon Hackett has been a vocal participant in the NBN debate and he is now in a position at NBN Co to make a very real difference But just how

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  • Buffering Google's video future | Business Spectator
    of the world s publishers who compete day in day out with Google in an ultra competitive advertising market rely heavily on Google services such as its analytics product as well as its third party advertising network So on one hand Google is their largest competitor but at the same time for many it s their strongest source of both user insights and revenue contributions It s an unusual situation yet one seemingly accepted by most participants Basically the Google ad network is a collection of third party websites that have agreements with Google to place display and text ads on their websites Google does not own these properties it simply sells advertisements on these properties and shares the revenue with the owners Most websites in the world in some way or another use this service either as a core source of revenue or as a small contributor For ad buyers and marketers it is a welcome efficiency tool a way to make a buy across thousands of websites through one transaction The scale of the Google ad network s contribution to the global display advertising industry is significant For the 12 months to September 30 it generated US13 04 billion in ad revenue which makes it larger than both Facebook and Yahoo s global revenues for the same period combined Simply put it is a beast and unmatched in terms of size globally However for Google it appears to be becoming a far less important operation in the scheme of its long term strategy Despite its size the network only represented 21 1 per cent of Google s US14 89 billion in revenue for the three months ending September 30 Over the past two years revenue for Google s owned and operated properties has increased by 40 per cent at the same time the network revenues have grown only 21 per cent Revenues for the third quarter of 2013 year on year were flat the first time this has happened And second quarter revenue year on year was up only 7 per cent For publishers relying on this Google supplied revenue these statistics would be alarming So what has happened And what does it mean for publishers in 2014 Well it seems that Google believes standard display advertising banners and text placements are becoming less important than they historically have been both for advertisers and for Google itself When Google first launched its network placements back in the early 2000s it served two purposes First it gave Google a wider product range and allowed it to play in the display advertising space despite not owning any properties of its own that carried display advertising And second it was one of the earlier steps for Google in terms of getting some visibility on how users were interacting with sites outside of Google com If you look back to the third quarter in 2006 39 per cent of Google s total revenue came from the display network For the same period

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  • Top 5 tech in 2014 | Business Spectator
    and dental surgeries where a crown or prosthetic can be created during the medical procedure Cheaper 3D printers could also finally mean wider distribution on a scale that could be disruptive in the manufacturing world The other major hurdle for broader consumer adoption is the complexity and effort involved in actually putting together a 3D design for the printer which for the most part requires knowledge of CAD Breakthroughs are being made in this area with the recent release of the 400 Sense 3D scanner a hand held operated device that can produce print ready high quality 3D models by simply scanning real life objects While 3D scanners are nothing new this is the first consumer grade 3D scanner to break the sub 400 price range Sense 3D is expected to face some stiff competition in 2014 however with a number of companies planning on releasing competing products that may further drive down the price of 3D scanners Wearables also have potential to simplify the 3D modelling process and it might come as early as next year One such example is Space Glasses developed by start up Meta who are planning to release a 3D Sculpt Print Tool application in January that uses augmented reality to sculpt and design virtual 3D objects with hand controlled tools that can be sent directly to a 3D printer Cheap Laser Sintering 3D printers coupled with an accessible means of producing 3D model files has the potential to not only make an impact on the consumer market but seriously disrupt traditional manufacturing Revolutionising gaming with the Oculus Rift There has been a lot of buzz around the Virtual Reality VR headset Oculus Rift and for good reason What started off as a grassroots kickstarter campaign in late 2012 has quickly grabbed the world s attention with venture capital pouring in Just last week the company received US75 million from Netscape creator Marc Andreessen in order to complete the consumer version of the Rift It has even managed to nab legendary game developer John Carmack who now serves as Oculus VR s chief technology officer The Oculus has received high praise from various quarters including a number of big game development studios The developer version of the Oculus VR headset went on sale earlier this year and the platform already has a substantial library of playable games available with more titles set to arrive when the consumer version hits the market next year Clearly there is a lot of momentum behind the Oculus Rift but does it really live up to the hype I recently got some playtime with a development version of the device and I must say that I walked away a believer Instead of just putting a screen in front of your eyes like other VR headsets on the market the Rift takes over your entire field of vision complete with head tracking The result is a level of immersion unlike anything that has come before and it s the closest we have come to the VR pipe dream popularised in the 1990s It s not only a disruptor in the gaming industry but has the potential to impact industries like film education architecture and design The biggest challenge for the Oculus Rift is in tackling the issue of motion sickness which a large number of users have experienced and is something that the company is said to be hard at work on fixing If it can hit its scheduled release window of Q3 2014 the Oculus Rift VR headset has all the ingredients to become one of the biggest tech success stories of this decade The rise of Wearable tech In 2013 established industry players such as Google Samsung Sony and even Qualcomm dipped their toes with the first generation of wearables and their enthusiasm is only set to accelerate Apple is almost certain to debut the long rumoured iWatch which in turn should spawn a slew of new smartwatches from competitors In fact the iWatch just might establish a viable long term market the same way the iPhone did for smartphones It will also be worth watching Kickstarter funded start ups with products like the Pebble smartwatch already becoming a cult favourite amongst tech savvy audiences Popular fitness related wearables such as the Nike Fuelband and the Fitbit will also strive to evolve to prevent being pushed out of the market by smartwatches But the wearable tech battle won t be just vying for the space on our wrists with everything from glasses frames equipped with optical head mounted displays ala Google Glass to full blown headsets like the Oculus Rift and Space Glasses Google is expected to rollout consumer versions of Glass to retail markets on a global basis in 2014 but a 1 000 plus price tag may quell any chance of mainstream success The next wave of hardware innovation is going to come from wearable technology and 2014 will be the year that finally takes the category to a level of mass adoption 64 bit mobile processors pave the way for desktop level apps Apple kicked off the 64 bit mobile revolution with the iPhone 5s and it didn t take long for developers to release apps that took advantage of the additional processing power on offer But Apple won t be ahead of the system on chip SoC curve for too long with chip maker Qualcomm Samsung and Intel all announcing their plans to release 64 bit mobile chips for Android smartphones next year It s clear that 64 bit mobile processors will become another checkbox feature for high end smartphones and tablets but the performance gains that the expanded chip architecture affords is nonetheless an important step towards making mobile devices viable productivity tools It opens the door for more complex apps that would normally be relegated to PCs The greatest performance gains that the 64 bit architecture offers is the ability to access more than 4GB of RAM which will be necessary in the

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  • Krishan Sharma | Business Spectator
    by Krishan Sharma 10 00am October 04 3 comments REVIEW Samsung Galaxy Gear Samsung has taken its boldest step into the world of wearable tech with the Galaxy Gear but it faces an uphill battle trying to convince the wider public why they should pay 369 a pop for an unproven device by Krishan Sharma 9 59am September 27 1 comment What s next in Apple s product pipeline With the new iPhones and iOS 7 now out in the open the iPad is next in line for a colourful refresh Meanwhile an iWatch might be just around the corner as well by Krishan Sharma 6 44am September 20 3 comments PREVIEW Samsung Galaxy Note 3 The latest iteration of Samsung s Galaxy Note packs a hefty punch and the refinement on display should help the tech giant hold the top spot as the phablet wars heats up by Krishan Sharma 10 39am September 10 2 comments The 457 visa balancing act The Labor government s move to single out ICT firms for rorting the 457 visa system may have been designed to please the unions But there is a very real need for an informed debate one that harmonises the issue of skills gap with protecting Australian jobs by Krishan Sharma 6 31am September 04 38 comments REVIEW Leap Motion Taking gesture control mainstream Leap Motion is on a mission to make the mouse obsolete but despite the potential on display the device is still very much a work in progress by Krishan Sharma 6 39am August 22 REVIEW Lenovo ThinkPad Helix The Chinese PC giant s latest take on the hybrid form factor comes with a hefty price tag but offers plenty of reliability and functionality to keep business professionals happy by Krishan Sharma 10 08am August 05 REVIEW Sony VAIO Pro 13 Sony has managed to give the best attributes of iconic Z series a new home in the Sony Vaio Pro 13 But does the Vaio Pro 13 have what it takes to stand out against Apple s MacBook Air and Samsung s Series 9 by Krishan Sharma 9 49am July 16 Learning from the Qld Health payroll fiasco The implementation of Queensland s Health Payroll system will be remembered as one of the most disastrous IT projects in Australia s history How did things go wrong And is a 1 25 billion lesson enough to ensure that the bungle isn t repeated by Krishan Sharma 10 48am June 20 18 comments Top 5 tech in 2014 Smartphones and tablets are old news the New Year belongs to wearable technology 3D printing and virtual reality headsets by Krishan Sharma 10 35am December 19 4 comments The top 5 smart devices of 2013 With a multitude of smartphones tablets phablets and Ultrabooks to choose from here s our list of the five best that provide plenty of bang for buck by Krishan Sharma 10 16am December 10 2 comments REVIEW MacBook Pro 13 inch The 13 inch

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  • Mark Gregory | Business Spectator
    to escalate by Mark Gregory 8 44am October 30 The NBN copper whispering campaign The campaign to soften our minds to the possible use of the copper network for fibre to the node NBN is in full swing But can such a move be justified when the condition of this old wiring is kept away from the public eye by Mark Gregory 8 34am October 23 29 comments SPECIAL REPORT Upgrading the Coalition NBN Building an affordable yet future proof NBN is a riddle that the Coalition is yet to solve But there is a way that the network can be built cheaper delivered on time and optimised for upgrade by Mark Gregory 3 23pm October 04 58 comments Will the NBN be affordable without Huawei The Coalition has promised to review Huawei s lockout from NBN tenders But bringing the Chinese giant back on the NBN table won t be easy unless Turnbull is willing to stand up to US pressure by Mark Gregory 10 42am October 02 16 comments TPG on top in NBN telco shuffle With the telcos reconsidering their gameplan as the Coalition s NBN starts its journey TPG just might be the dark horse in the race by Mark Gregory 9 03am September 24 3 comments Testing Turnbull s NBN resolve With NBN reviews in the pipeline we are about to get an early glimpse of just how committed the Coalition is to greater transparency Will the government support review outcomes even if they support aspects of the Labor NBN plan by Mark Gregory 6 09am September 19 15 comments Backhaul remains the NBN s weak link Many areas of Australia still suffer from a lack of competitively priced backhaul and rather than regulating backhaul separately the incoming government should take a new approach to fixing the blackspots by Mark Gregory 6 15am September 17 4 comments NBN s glimmer of hope Labor s NBN dream might be on its last legs but the current rollout operations in Northern Territory could be the template for getting the fibre to homes efficiently by Mark Gregory 6 29am September 05 24 comments NBN Co s bad telco habits Fixing the disconnect between the industry and customers is ostensibly one of the key benefits of building a NBN But is NBN Co suffering the same affliction as the big telcos when it comes to transparency by Mark Gregory 10 12am August 20 7 comments A futile Queensland Health blame game Blacklisting IBM may provide the state government some closure but pinning the blame solely on IT suppliers is counter productive Ensuring successful implementation is a two way street and sometimes you have to learn that the hard way by Mark Gregory 10 17am August 13 10 comments Rethinking USO in a NBN world The national broadband network brings with it a profound transformation of our telecommunications sector and it s time to consider whether the current Universal Service Obligation USO regime is up to speed by Mark Gregory 10 23am August 08 6 comments Dumbing down the NBN Sacrificing competition flexibility and quality of service for the sake of an expedient rollout is a recipe for disaster Hobbling the NBN will only enshrine the telco industry s ability to fleece customers while providing a third world digital network by Mark Gregory 9 56am July 30 28 comments The faulty arguments that stifle the NBN s potential The idea of government agencies becoming retailers on the NBN is deeply flawed as is the idea of cutting features to make the cost of Labor s Fibre to the Premise FTTP match the proposed cost of the Coalition s FTTN NBN by Mark Gregory 11 04am July 24 16 comments Getting our act together on privacy The introduction of a mandatory data breach notification regime may be a bitter pill for some to swallow but putting customers first isn t exactly a bad strategy for today s businesses by Mark Gregory 10 15am July 09 Page 1 Turnbull s NBN house of cards The NBN strategic review raises more questions than answers As it stands the Coalition s plan can collapse if any one of a multitude of assumptions proves false by Mark Gregory 10 27am December 18 45 comments The NBN wrecking crew The audacity of the NBN project always made it a hard endeavour but the current mess is a sad indictment of our political process by Mark Gregory 9 46am December 11 43 comments NBN 2 0 Telstra s poisoned chalice Telstra CEO David Thodey will soon face a management decision that might seem like a golden opportunity but could in the long run hurt the telco s aspirations by Mark Gregory 9 00am November 28 29 comments Switkowski toes the Coalition s NBN line NBN Co chairman s responses to questions at his first grilling by the Senate Estimates Committee are not surprising for all the wrong reasons by Mark Gregory 10 22am November 21 46 comments Crunch time for NBN Co The NBN Co strategic review is crucial to our broadband future but it s more than likely that the final outcome has been predetermined A UK BT style FTTN network rollout will be major misstep by Mark Gregory 9 45am November 15 38 comments The Coalition needs to act on data breach laws The Coalition now has a narrow window to introduce laws that will force companies to report data breaches Though courage will be needed to implement these necessary reforms as they are not in the immediate interest of the business community by Mark Gregory 7 53am November 07 4 comments Questioning Turnbull s open and independent NBN reviews Are the Coalition s open and independent NBN reviews are anything other than a front for a change management process It s time to simply call it out for what it is justification for the government s NBN plan by Mark Gregory 8 32am November 01 27 comments The battle to control the internet Global

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  • The interconnected environment: hype vs. reality | Business Spectator
    and we still have the same interconnected vision in mind Coined as the Internet of Things IoT movement we re now striving to connect everything virtually machines with other machines M2M machines with people and people with other people Indeed many software vendors and technology organisations are putting their weight behind this trend and are developing technologies that aim to connect everything from home thermostats and cars to power grids to the Internet In fact it s been estimated that some 50 billion devices of all kinds will be interconnected by 2020 From an organisational perspective there are obvious benefits to having increased connectivity the ability to provide greater customer experiences greater access to information increased operational efficiency just to name a few But what does the IoT era actually mean for the IT department How will this new environment impact on the way organisations manage their technologies In this brave new connected world IT managers should take a pragmatic and practical approach to the adoption of IoT to maximise the rewards while minimising risks The Internet of Not Quite Everything Yet If you pare back the media and marketing hype we re actually still a long way away from having a truly connected and functional environment This is especially true for enterprises since business adoption is likely to be a lot slower than consumers if you take on a judicious approach to adoption At its core an interconnected environment for organisations is about taking existing business operations online so to realise the full potential of this movement organisations will need to address significant security data sharing and network capacity implications With up to 50 billion connected devices predicted by 2020 the management of each individual device will inevitably become more complex IT managers will need to monitor and manage the explosion in devices while being vigilant against any potential network performance and traffic flow issues We are also connecting devices facilities and infrastructure that weren t designed to be virtually connected Connecting industrial machinery and structures like power plants is already proving to add layers of complexity and has raised significant security concerns around factors like access control and data privacy For example can someone remotely take down a power grid via their mobile phone Even more complexity and implications occur when people have the same mobile device for personal and corporate use Then there s the question of data capacity specifically around the scope of network capabilities and bandwidth required to facilitate an interconnected environment Our existing knowledge would suggest that for everything to be connected large volumes of data will need to flow in many directions The challenge for IT departments will be to effectively manage this increased load on their organisations networks while operating within existing Internet infrastructures It s never too early We live in a consumer driven world as we ve seen with the BYO movement consumer demand often trumps corporate concerns when it comes to the speed and intensity of technology adoption in

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