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  • Lawrence Garvin | Business Spectator
    for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about 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 Lawrence Garvin The interconnected environment hype vs reality While the Internet of Things will bring new layers of complexity and infrastructure requirements to the corporate network the fundamentals of best practice IT remain the same by Lawrence Garvin 9 17am December 19 Rethinking the BYOA barricades IT managers need to start looking outside the corporate network to protect the perimeter Reliance on traditional network defences or even policies that focus exclusively on employees just aren t enough anymore by Lawrence Garvin 8 30am August 26 Leaving BYOD to its own devices Most IT managers reckon that they have some sort of BYOD policy in place but does this apparent awareness reflect a false sense of security by Lawrence Garvin 11 22am June 11 The interconnected environment hype vs reality While the Internet of Things will bring new layers of complexity and infrastructure requirements to the corporate network the fundamentals of best practice IT remain the same by Lawrence Garvin 9 17am December 19 Rethinking the BYOA barricades IT managers need to start looking outside the corporate network to protect the perimeter Reliance on traditional network defences or even policies that focus exclusively on employees just aren t enough anymore by Lawrence Garvin 8 30am August 26 Leaving

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  • Will Morrow's departure unwind Vodafone's turnaround? | Business Spectator
    Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password The departure of Bill Morrow from Vodafone might be a win for NBN Co but it is a loss for Vodafone Bill was specifically recruited as CEO of Vodafone Australia to fix the dramatic decline of the company after its significant networks failures two years ago The fact that Vodafone s subscriber numbers continue to decline indicates that these problems are yet to be fully remedied and the telco has a long way to go before it reclaims its former glory The problems Vodafone is facing sit on top of the already difficult position the company is in after two questionable strategic directions The first came right at the beginning back in the 1990s when it decided not to start reselling services on the then analogue mobile network from Telstra This put Vodafone in a rather distant third position in the market which at the start of the network problems stood roughly at a 50 per cent market share for Telstra and roughly a 30 per cent market share for Optus The subsequent merger with Hutchison also added a significant debt to the organisation And it left them with a mixture of network technologies which might have been one of the chief causes of the consequent network problems Bill Morrow has made inroads but the problems are far from resolved and in that respect his departure will be disruptive for a company that cannot afford any more disruption Obviously an ambitious person like Bill loves the NBN challenge which suddenly places him in the international limelight Perhaps the contracts were not tight enough to ensure that he would not leave before his job at Vodafone was finished If that was the case there was not much the company could do to stop him from moving to NBN Co The search will now be on for his replacement at Vodafone not an easy task People that take on such projects have to be very strong willed and to a certain extent single minded about the job that needs to be done Often that means a change in strategy new brooms new adjutants etc This could potentially undermine the work done so far by Morrow A softer person might well keep the changes as they are but might not have that same drive to get the job completed So no easy road ahead for Vodafone More significant changes for the company have been rumoured before for example a potential sale of Vodafone Australia The official line of the company has always been that Vodafone Australia plays an important role in the overall international organisation and that therefore no changes are planned but looking after the needs of customers from an international perspective can also be achieved through partnerships arrangement minor shareholdings etc In a rapidly consolidating telecoms market where the need for an integrated mobile and fixed infrastructure becomes increasingly evident

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  • Paul Budde | Business Spectator
    be linked to fibre networks the reality is rather different by Paul Budde 9 06am December 10 The NBN pressure cooker NBN Co boss Mike Quigley and his team have been subject to intense pressure from the federal opposition but are the attacks unwarranted by Paul Budde 9 03am December 06 Busting the internet takeover myth The international conference on internet regulation is off and running in Dubai and taking over the web is certainly not on the agenda by Paul Budde 9 53am December 04 Coalition s NBN on the right track With the NBN debate more divisive than ever and the policy framework held hostage to petty politics there are signs of some positive thinking from the Coalition by Paul Budde 11 39am November 14 The new lords of the net The internet haschanged the game for traditional heavyhitters in a number of sectors and the old guard is giving way to a new breed of conglomerates But how long can they dominate the web before they are overtaken themselves by Paul Budde 11 15am November 13 Is the NBN business model fatally flawed A business model in which the financial future of NBN Co relies on traditional telecoms income is unsound and the real economic benefits of the NBN are not being taken into account by Paul Budde 7 55am October 31 A tough 2013 for telcos It s been a tough couple of years for our second tier telcos and most will have to find a way to compete against Telstra on more than just price by Paul Budde 10 49am October 29 Losing our way on e education The education sector was one of the first to embrace the use of ICT But after an impressive start development has slowed to a trickle and realising the dream of a true e education system has proven to be difficult by Paul Budde 7 50am October 16 NBN leadership or NBN procrastination Good leadership means daring to take decisions and sticking to them and perhaps both sides of politics are failing to to stick to the task NBN policies should not be dogmatic but changing course for the sake of petty politics is bad leadership by Paul Budde 12 10pm October 02 Operating networks in an OTT world The internet has changed the nature of the network market and with operators losing control over a range of activities their days as gatekeepers are numbered by Paul Budde 10 30am September 26 Page 1 Will Morrow s departure unwind Vodafone s turnaround Bill Morrow may have made a difference but the telco s problems are far from resolved by Paul Budde 9 46am December 18 3 comments Spying 2 0 from telco tapping to cyber warfare The hacking row between Australia and Indonesia will be resolved but the sound and fury surrounding the issue highlights a salient truth of the telco world by Paul Budde 10 25am November 26 4 comments Avoiding a NBN witchhunt The Coalition government

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  • 2014: The year IT went Industrial | Business Spectator
    will impact IT organisations in 2014 DevOps teams become the norm not the exception DevOps started as an offshoot of Agile development with a focus on achieving continuous delivery will continue to catalyse change across IT departments especially in how teams from different IT domains will collaborate which tools are employed to facilitate friction less delivery and the skill sets that become increasingly desirable Today dedicated DevOps teams are found in hardware and software companies as well as a fraction of progressive enterprise IT departments In 2014 expect specific DevOps team to sprout up in all large enterprises Industrial Internet gets vertical sometimes called the Internet of Things As more objects become embedded with sensors and gain the ability to communicate the resulting information networks promise to create new business models improve business processes and reduce costs and risks Many industries are gaining a competitive advantage from connectedness among them fleet management for tracking goods and vehicles consumer electronics and retail stock control Manufacturing oil and gas automotive security transport and even environmental management smart cities are also gaining in this area In 2014 adoption will increase as companies continue to search for competitive advantages that also drive cost savings Monolithic cloud strategies fade Companies are moving towards automating the dynamic shifting of workloads from one cloud service to another for optimum performance price and availability IT will gain experience and confidence in moving a workload out of the path of a mega storm like Hurricane Sandy to a lower cost service provider or to a service provider closer to the end user so the latency is minimised In 2014 companies will move beyond the I have a cloud strategy to I have a multi cloud strategy Software defined everything hits production A software defined infrastructure is about decoupling the hardware that executes the data transactions from the software layer that orchestrates them Rather than individual elements compute storage and networking infrastructure will be treated as a set of resources required for specific workloads The goal is about using software to create an underlying infrastructure that can be managed holistically as part of the business In this world the application end user and the business are king We ll see organisations finally implement software defined architectures to achieve continued flexibility and control Expect individual terms like software defined networking and software defined storage which are just means to an end to give way to larger concepts around the software defined data centre and software defined branch Enterprises start monitoring Personal Clouds Personal cloud allows users to have access to use whatever device they want all while having constant access to the content and services they want to use whether community Facebook news sites etc personal photos hobbies music or professional data work related applications Personal cloud services will outpace the growth of enterprise cloud services due to the continued growth of mobile computing the growing number of mobile applications and the growth in number of devices owned and used for

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  • Ian Raper | Business Spectator
    adding to a generally weak day for European markets Politics Australian Election Federal Budget International News Asia Europe USA National Affairs Latest stories Gagging visas are an attack on democracy The skyrocketing price of a journalist visa for Nauru will limit coverage of Australian prisoners on a vassal state It is an insult to the democratic principles this country stands for Britain will be poorer for Scotland the brave The economic case for Scottish independence is far from settled with doubts hanging over volatile oil prices and uncertainty over future revenues One thing is certain it would be a disaster for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about 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 Ian Raper 2014 The year IT went Industrial With IT spending in Australia forecast to reach almost 77 2 billion in 2014 here s a look at the trends that will impact organisations in the new year by Ian Raper 8 24am December 18 Search Markets Global Indices Index Last Chg Chg DOW JONES 16437 05 7 7 S P 500 1842 37 4 2 0 2 NASDAQ 4174 66 18 5 0 4 FTSE 100 6739 94 48 6 0 7 NIKKEI 15912 06 31 7 0 2 Hang Seng 22846 25 58 9 0 3 The Spectators DataRoom AM Sensis slice Daniel Palmer 7 min

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  • No guarantees on NBN: Switkowski | Business Spectator
    in Request new password AAP Telstra Corporation management has directly contradicted claims by its workforce that the telco s copper network is in disrepair Appearing before a Senate Select Committee into the National Broadband Network on Tuesday the company s director of government relations James Shaw also declined to guarantee an audit of the network would be conducted before its use as part of the NBN They are matters that will be discussed in the context of negotiations Mr Shaw said responding to questions by Greens Senator Scott Ludlam The exchange followed last week s release of a strategic review into the NBN presented by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull key parts of which had been blacked out including an estimation of the cost of Telstra s copper network The Senate committee heard two weeks ago from Telstra staff who said 70 per cent of the network s joiners were being patched up with plastic bags gaffer tape and gel to protect parts of the network contained in pits Mr Shaw on Tuesday rejected the figure Do you want to hazard a statistic Senator Ludlam asked I can t Mr Shaw said Earlier NBN Co executive chairman Dr Ziggy Switkowski told the committee he would not buy into questions asking him to guarantee internet speeds One of the problems I have found in reviewing the past is there has been a too quick take up of words like guarantee Mr Switkowski said It s clear after four years of the NBN guarantees have lost currency Committee chair Senator Stephen Conroy repeatedly asked Mr Switkowski if the roll out was being deliberately slowed prompting Liberal Senator Anne Ruston to accuse him of trying to verbal the former Telstra CEO We have inherited a somewhat dissatisfied group of partners who are dissatisfied with us who have slowed deployments Mr Switkowski said later There s no change in the current strategy We are rolling out fibre to the premises where we can We have a machine that is running at four or five thousand homes a week which it was during Senator Conroy s time The NBN review released by Mr Turnbull on Thursday found that under Labor s plans the rollout would miss its 2021 target by three years and cost 73 billion up from 43 billion to complete Mr Switkowski said the rollout had been largely scattered and involved many contractors doing sub critical work The committee heard divisions within NBN Co had been providing different sets of figures on the same subject The review also found the government would not be able to meet its pledge of delivering 25 Mbps to all Australians by 2016 and its NBN plans would cost 40 per cent more than the 29 5 billion estimated in April Mr Turnbull said the coalition remained committed to limiting its equity investment in NBN Co to 29 5 billion with the excess cost to be made up through debt Print this page Related articles 10 Jan ACMA hits

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  • Hackett defends NBN Co's use of HFC networks | Business Spectator
    9 59 AM 4 Technology NBN Buzz NBN Co board member says existing infrastructure has the potential to deliver download speeds of up to 100 mbps and upload speeds of around 30 40 mbps You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password NBN Co board member Simon Hackett has provided some clarity on the Coalition s plans to use the hybrid coaxial fibre HFC network for its NBN saying that if the cable is upgraded it is capable of delivering speeds and services akin to that of broadband fibre technology In the scenario outlined on Mr Hackett s blog he explained that if upgraded in the right way the HFC networks have the potential to deliver download speeds of up to 100 megabits per second and upload speeds of around 30 40 megabits per second He also contends that NBN Co will end up owning and upgrading the existing HFC networks in the country Under Labor s NBN plan NBN Co intended to buy and then decommission the networks owned by Telstra and Optus in order to make way for the fibre rollout Optus was reportedly paid up to 800 million by NBN Co for the deal These terms are likely to be renegotiated as a revamped NBN Co determines how it will fit the existing HFC infrastructure into its network Mr Hackett took to his blog to respond to a spate of commentary criticising the Coalition s plans to revive and harness the HFC network in the rollout He stressed that the view expressed on his blog is his opinion Print this page Related articles 10 Jan ACMA hits Telstra with record fine 10 Jan Google v Facebook Who knows wins 08 Jan Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice 08 Jan Australia risks missing tech boom 08 Jan Telstra to sit on cash report More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan Kohler s Family Business China China Spectator Please log in or register to post comments Comments on this article Comments Policy mathew Mon 2013 12 16 11 31 The hysteria from many IT journalists and on some forums displays a deep misunderstanding of both what Labor were promising and the Coalition policy The fact is that Labor s NBNCo Corporate Plans consistently predicted that 50 on fibre would connect at 12Mbps and the current figures from NBNCo support this prediction In 2026 Labor predicted that less than 1 would be connected at 1Gbps FTTP would be the better policy FTTP HFC is next best The reality is that Labor s choice to re introduce speed tiers after

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  • Target suffers severe cyber breach | Business Spectator
    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 Target suffers severe cyber breach AAP 20 Dec 2013 8 47 AM Technology Emerging Tech Up to 40 million accounts compromised You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Target says that about 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been affected by a data breach that occurred just as the holiday shopping season shifted into high gear The chain said that customers who made purchases using their cards at its US stores between November 27 and December 15 may have been exposed The Minneapolis company said it immediately told authorities and financial institutions once it became aware of the breach and that it s teaming with a third party forensics firm to investigate the matter It said it is putting all appropriate resources toward the issue Target Corp advised customers who suspect there has been unauthorised activity on their cards to call them Target s first priority is preserving the trust of our guests and we have moved swiftly to address this issue so guests can shop with confidence We regret any inconvenience this may cause Chairman President and CEO Gregg Steinhafel said in a statement on Thursday Target is the latest retailer to be hit with a data breach problem TJX Cos which runs stores such as T J Maxx and Marshall s had a breach that began in

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