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  • Thinking 'inside the box' on data centres | Business Spectator
    Companies are under pressure to reduce capital expenditure Capex and operational expenses Opex and only by leveraging new technologies and know how can this be done Containerised solutions are part of the answer to making smart investments While you ll still hear headline grabbing news such as company X opens a hyper scale data centre to service hundreds of companies in the cloud elsewhere there are numerous smaller data centres being deployed and where it involves a mining company s data centre for example the chances are it s containerised As the name implies the data centre is installed inside a container similar to a shipping container and that container is transported to the designated site Miners have always been a practical bunch To operate in remote locations in hostile environments with extremes in temperatures and cyclonic winds miners adopt a no nonsense approach to technology Make it robust Deploy it fast Make it scalable so if we need more we expand it Make it modular so if it breaks we replace it Make it movable so if the business changes we move it Hence it comes as no surprise that miners are early adopters of containerised infrastructure Most mining facilities incorporate pre fabricated containerised accommodation containerised low voltage and medium voltage electrical infrastructure switchrooms containing motor control centres variable speed drives and process control systems and data centres containing IT equipment media servers and telecom infrastructure These are all mission critical systems which are placed within containerised solutions to keep the mine in operation In other industries we also see companies leveraging the benefits of containerised infrastructure solutions Queensland is a leader in coal seam gas CSG extraction and processing All three CSG operators in Queensland use containerised electrical infrastructure water treatment solutions compression stations automation SKIDS and RTUs at the wellheads Western Australia is a leader in on shore offshore and floating LNG technologies using containerised solutions to be gas proof and explosion resilient You ll also see containerised data centres in the defence industry built sufficiently robust to withstand the shocks of aerial deployment and combat Solar farms will use containerised photovoltaic inverter systems In urban centres and cities you ll find containerised data centres and infrastructure due to other benefits Why should companies in urban centres pay upfront for their own dedicated data centre with speculative storage capacity for future requirements Is there a way for them to buy only the data capacity for their current needs with the option to easily scale up in the future and pay for it under a leasing agreement These are all benefits made possible by a containerised data centre Scalability and pay as you grow Modularity enables scalability so you can pay as you grow Movability with clear residual value of your assets will make your financial manager smile by shifting Capex to Opex Why should companies install data centre equipment into premium urban real estate which could be used to accommodate people when they have the option of

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  • Mark Bosnjak | Business Spectator
    US Given its history of disappointment a clean set of financial numbers is needed to restore confidence 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 Mark Bosnjak Thinking inside the box on data centres When we think data centres the words containerised and modular probably don t spring to mind but they should by Mark Bosnjak 10 49am December 09 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 Scoreboard Dollar bounce Adam Carr 12 min ago US

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  • REVIEW: Google's Nexus 5 | Business Spectator
    inch full HD 1920x1080 resolution screen protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and blazing speed enabled by the high end Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU and Adreno 330 GPU inside Though buyer beware prices can vary Telstra for instance charges 696 outright for the same 16GB device In terms of size the Nexus 5 is almost the same as a Samsung Galaxy S4 and weighs in at 130g The battery life is surprisingly good considering the Nexus 5 is a fast 4G phone and the battery capacity is only mid range at 2300 Milliamps Hour mAh Low to medium intensity users will find the Nexus 5 has enough charge to last a day but heavy users who read and download a lot of data on their phone or use a lot of GPS location apps will need to charge their phone by mid afternoon Unlike its predecessor the Nexus 5 functions on all three major Australian telco networks However there s one little hitch the Nexus 5 lacks support for Optus 2300Mhz 4G Plus network Other connectivity features include support for 802 11 a b g n ac dual band Wi Fi 2 4G 5G NFC and Bluetooth 4 0 Caller ID by Google is a helpful new Android 4 4 feature for Nexus 4 and 5 only that can identify some of your inbound and outbound numbers by using business data in Google Places map listings even if they aren t stored in your People contacts list Good for business Business users are also well catered for on the Nexus 5 as Kitkat 4 4 comes with Google s Quickoffice software preinstalled The Google Now digital assistant is also a welcome addition It functions at its best if you regularly use Google s Gmail Maps Calender apps The Android device manager can be enabled for your Nexus 5 by opening the Google Settings app This will let you remotely locate your phone online as well as remote lock remote wipe or cause it to ring Obviously this requires the lost stolen phone to be on and connected to a mobile phone tower or the internet Another nice productivity feature is the new full screen edge to edge reading experience for example if you re reading a long website article all you need to do is swipe up slightly to reveal the status and navigation bars The Nexus 5 user experience could have been even better if not for a few software functionality and software design issues by Google In an annoying move the Google Hangouts app has been merged with the Android SMS Messaging app which creates a poor user experience Thankfully the default Messaging app can be changed The 8SMS by Thinkleft app which is free on the Google Play Store is a good alternative Similarly the 8MP camera hardware with optical image stabilisation is let down because Google needs to drastically improve the Kitkat 4 4 default Android camera app by improving it s slow shutter speed using

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/12/9/technology/review-googles-nexus-5 (2014-01-12)
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  • Applications | Business Spectator
    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 Applications Australian IaaS market to reach 380m by 2017 Infrastructure as a Service set to take off as more organisations switch to the IaaS provisioning model and more vendors enter the local market by Supratim Adhikari 8 52am December 06 Vic state govt launches 12m fund to promote government IT Program to assist with pilots and technology trials across the various state government s departments by Harrison Polites 9 22am December 05 A view from the G cloud Government ICT has seen a significant change over the last few years with smart governments starting to leverage the scalability and agility of the cloud to drive value for money initiatives by Pradeep Bindal 7 44am December 05 Will open data lead to open government The way we engage with the government is set to get a digital makeover but an open innovation agenda doesn t necessarily equate to citizen engagement by Sarah Barns 7 43am December 05 1 comment Lifting the lid on IBM s Project Neo IBM s promising new project looks to break new ground with data visualisations but its success will rely on how well it distinguishes itself from Cognos Insight by Fredrik Tunvall 7 41am December 05 Turning Internet of Things into a growth engine The next wave of innovation promises to drive economic growth but the private sector and governments will have to make important investments in infrastructure training and education by Paul Wallbank 6 32am December 03 4 comments The CIO holds the keys to outside in play Customer experience and thinking around the customer journey may have traditionally been the purview of the marketing team but it s time the CIO stepped up to the plate by Brian Donn 6 22am December 03 Yahoo gets serious about news Yahoo s move into quality content with a news focus is a push to win the mobile advertising market The question is will it work by Martin Hirst 9 38am December 02 What if networks had a user facing nervous system There is a major shift underway for traditional IT businesses with the focus on technology and machines swiftly giving way to an age of users and applications by Damien Murphy and Russ Elsner 9 25am December 02 1 comment UXC acquires Keystone Management Solutions Listed IT services provider expands Enterprise cloud capabilities with latest deal by Supratim Adhikari 10 24am November 29 Vic Govt s cyber security data recovery plans roasted in Auditor General report Reports also put the state principal government IT provider CenITex in the cross hairs by Harrison Polites 10 54am

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  • Applications | Business Spectator
    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 Applications The next big crunch facing Australian companies Business once relied on the insights that came from a strong personal relationship between supplier and customer The successful companies of the future will be those who understand the strength in numbers by Robert Gottliebsen 6 56am January 03 30 comments Twitter founder s next social vision Details of Biz Stone s new social media venture Jelly may be thin on the ground but the app s focus on the nature of connectivity and its suite of high profile backers have the pundits talking by Daniel Palmer 10 03am December 31 Seagate Technology buys Xyratex Deal to help Seagate acquire testing equipment for its hard disk drives along with storage systems to analyse and manage network data by Reuters 8 23am December 24 Accenture expects consulting business to pick up Company aims to to build on the strength in its outsourcing unit that helped it report better than expected quarterly results by Reuters 11 04am December 20 Computing Google s robots Google s latest foray into robotics promises to be its most important to date as it harnesses the shift from automatons to intelligent units to crack the man to machine interaction code by Supratim Adhikari 10 34am December 19 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 Tencent s Ma becomes China s second richest man WeChat mania sees monthly active users climb to 236 million 11 32am December 18 HP boss scores major pay hike Meg Whitman now draws an annual base salary of 1 5 million reflecting the 93 per cent rise in HP stock this year by Reuters 11 22am December 18 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 Rethinking business continuity IT downtime whether planned or unplanned still gives organisations headaches but the potential to cut costs through well managed multi tiered data recovery has never been bigger by Charles Clarke 9 21am December 17 Telstra Box and the Web 2 0 bubble The telco has reportedly pumped 10 million into US based online storage service but

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  • Will open data lead to open government? | Business Spectator
    call to action to the Australian Public Service to improve the quantity of government services delivered online and enrich their quality depth and level of engagement with citizens Government 2 0 is a key plank in the Coalition s Policy for E Government and Digital Economy It puts technology at heart of citizen engagement and will accelerate Australian public sector efforts to engage online make agencies transparent and provide expanded access to useful public sector data On a practical level we ll be seeing the introduction of application programming interfaces APIs for government websites which in plain terms allows software programs to talk to each other allowing developers to turn data into handy apps and a re booting of efforts to release government data in open machine readable formats Having signed up to the Open Government Partnership in May of this year Australia is committed to promoting open data led innovation following albeit rather tardily the example of the US which now boasts almost 200 000 open government data sets and a thriving digital marketplace in the repackaging of open data as software service Australia s data gov au now has a paltry 50 data sets the minister noted Data consumption The Seattle based data infomediary Socrata is a good example of the kind of company to have emerged from this open innovation agenda For a fee they ll host open data for public sector clients adding new visualisation and mash up tools that let citizens or developers to mix and match data adding different contexts to socially enrich the data Want to see this data in a map Choose this view Add some local government boundary info Add this set Want to appify the data Developer here s your API The company calls it the consumerisation of data and judging by the volume of new recruits to the company this year there are no shortage of government clients signing up for the services Australian Government Chief Information Officer Glenn Archer also speaking at the GovInnovate conference wants companies like Socrata and locals like Nick Maher the developer behind Sydney public transport app TripView to build their own solutions for the way citizens can interact with government Opening up government data sets means there are new marketplaces for the design of public services which in turn means governments can benefit from the tech savvy skills of digital entrepreneurs Don t leave it up to a risk adverse public servant to navigate the digital ecosystem let the tech experts to the job To find examples of an open data driven marketplace at work in Australia today look no further than your chosen weather app which accesses its data from Bureau of Meteorology website and repackages it with nice graphics and the like On the agenda It s hard not to get excited by the promise of a more enriched and open digital ecosystem that makes the way we digitally interact with governments a whole lot better But as we stand at

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  • Sarah Barns | Business Spectator
    of disappointment a clean set of financial numbers is needed to restore confidence 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 Sarah Barns Will open data lead to open government The way we engage with the government is set to get a digital makeover but an open innovation agenda doesn t necessarily equate to citizen engagement by Sarah Barns 7 43am December 05 1 comment 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 Scoreboard Dollar bounce Adam

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  • Lifting the lid on IBM's 'Project Neo' | Business Spectator
    analytics BA portfolio and a product that caught our eye is IBM s recently announced visual data discovery tool codenamed Project Neo The solution is the result of IBM Labs coalescing some of the company s latest in memory database analytics data visualisation and design initiatives Business analytics is front and centre for IBM Investments of nearly US20 billion into R D and M A activity have left IBM with an impressive and extensive list of BA solutions However IBM has been somewhat underrepresented in the increasingly competitive market of visual data discovery solutions Vendors such as Tableau Tibco Spotfire and QlikTech have led the way with intuitive solutions that have attracted a drove of customers who are looking for intuitive and visual ways to interact with their business data But IBM is now upping its ante in the visual data discovery market by making Project Neo available as a beta program in early 2014 The stated goal for the solution is similar to that of its data discovery competitors to simplify the analysis and understanding of data for the nontechnical business user But IBM s approach is different it aims to do so by allowing business users to ask questions of raw tabular data sets in plain English The UI is simple and contains only a single Google like free text search bar where a user can ask questions such as Why are my sales down in Asia or Will higher education create a better employee Behind the scenes Project Neo automates the process of data modeling advanced and predictive data analysis and the creation of data visualisations The end result is interactive visualisations and natural language explanations of what was discovered The technologies Project Neo leverages are from five other IBM initiatives IBM SPSS Analytic Catalyst automates data preparation and analytics procedures to produce results in Project Neo in the form of interactive visualisations and plain text that explains the results in layman s terms IBM DB2 BLU provides in memory and columnar processing of data and analytic workloads behind the scenes in Project Neo IBM InfoSphere Data Explorer federates navigates and indexes a variety of data sources and applications for a unified search experience in Project Neo IBM Rapidly Adaptive Visualisation Engine RAVE Smart Metadata and Answer Coach technology automates and optimises the selection and creation of interactive and advanced data visualisations that are presented to the end user in Project Neo IBM Design initiative creates better user experiences UX across IBM s entire portfolio which for Project Neo means a sleek simple and intuitive UI Black box approach has it challenges Project Neo offers a black box search oriented approach to visual data discovery i e it automates most steps necessary for analytic insight data modelling data analysis and data visualisation In comparison competing solutions such as Tableau SAP Lumira and QlikView still require end users to understand underlying table structures pick proper dimensions and measures choose the right type of calculation and analytics and possess

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