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  • Brazil keen to make local internet data storage the norm | Business Spectator
    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 Brazil seeking to shield its citizens from alleged US spying is pushing ahead with its plan to force global internet companies to store data obtained from Brazilian users inside the country according to a draft of the law seen by Reuters Despite opposition from multinational software hardware and telecommunications companies President Dilma Rousseff is pressing lawmakers to vote as early as this week on the law sparked by disclosures of widespread US spying on Brazilian telecommunications data If passed the new law could impact the way Google Facebook Twitter and other internet giants operate in Latin America s biggest country and one of the largest telecommunications markets in the world A draft of the law says the government can oblige internet service companies to install and use centres for the storage management and dissemination of data within the national territory The government would evaluate the requirement for each company the draft says taking into consideration their size their revenues in Brazil and the breadth of services they offer the Brazilian public Rousseff s insistence follows disclosures of surveillance by the United States in Brazil that went as far as tracking the personal phone calls and emails of Rousseff herself It follows recent reports of similar US spying on the leaders and citizens of Germany France and dozens of other countries The disclosures like the reports of surveillance by US intelligence agencies on American citizens and businesses come from documents leaked by Edward Snowden the former contractor for the US National Security Agency The spying has given Rousseff a leftist who is expected to run for another four year term in 2014 a cause celebre to pursue both at home and on the international stage especially after Germany said it would back a Brazilian proposal at the United Nations that would seek to strengthen international rules for internet governance and put limits on foreign surveillance Brazil will host a conference in Rio next April to discuss ways to guard internet privacy from espionage The meeting will be held by ICAAN the body that manages web domain names and is considered neutral by many because it includes governments civil society and industry Brazilian data First though comes the focus on Brazilian data Proponents of the law say in country data centres would make companies answerable to local privacy rules and other Brazilian laws They dismiss industry fears that the law would make online activities costly and inefficient and create unnecessary barriers in what is supposed to be a frontier free internet We are not regulating the way information flows just requiring that data on Brazilians be stored in

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  • Cloud provider Bulletproof eyes an ASX listing | Business Spectator
    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 Cloud provider Bulletproof eyes an ASX listing Harrison Polites 28 Oct 2013 2 06 PM 1 DataRoom Equity Capital Markets Technology Applications Cloud Computing Looks to attain a reverse listing through a merger with listed company Spencer Resources Limited 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 Australian cloud provider Bulletproof is set to list on the Australian Stock Exchange eyeing the title of becoming the country s first ASX listed pure play cloud service company The provider will list under what is known as a reverse listing whereby another firm Spencer Resources Limited SRL will buyout all of its shares and then in turn Bulletproof stakeholders will receive a majority share in of the new entity formed from the combination of the two parties The company aims for the move to raise around 1 6 million in capital which it will use to consolidate its presence in the Australian cloud computing space The firm has enjoyed an annual compound growth rate of around 40 per cent for the past five years but Bulletproof CEO Anthony Woodward says that a fresh injection of capital is now needed to spur on the company s growth Bulletproof had been actively looking for a way to achieve listed status to accelerate growth while remaining predominantly self funded he said in a statement Presented with a number of contenders Spencer Resources met Bulletproof s objective of an ideally structured and transaction ready

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  • Cloud Computing | Business Spectator
    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 Cloud Computing VMware profit beats estimates as licensing revenue jumps Shares rise 4 per cent on results by Reuters 8 30am October 22 VMware profit beats estimates as licensing revenue jumps Shares rise 4 per cent on results by Reuters 8 30am October 22 Intuit s Quickbooks primes for an Aussie assault US firm aims to lead the Australian cloud computing accounting software market with its new web app by Harrison Polites 11 47am October 18 Data sovereignty to emerge as international trade issue SoftLayer Trade agreements will emerge as a means to break down international data sharing barriers SoftLayer s Daryl Webb says by Harrison Polites 6 05am October 17 Deloitte scores double ICT deals Professional services firm joins forces with cloud consultancy Quattro Innovation Group and SAP integrator NXG Business Solutions by Supratim Adhikari 9 08am October 16 Xero raises 158 million to boost coffers Cloud based accounting company gets the support of key US shareholders as it eyes further expansion by Supratim Adhikari 11 38am October 14 1 comment Smaller vendors riding high off Amazon s cloud hype Amazon Microsoft and Verizon s push into Australia raising awareness of cloud rather than stealing customers IT consulting firm Thomas Duryea says by Harrison Polites 11 35am October 10 Verizon rules out launching new local data centres in public cloud push Will opt to house its new service in existing real estate and will then use third party centres to cover the gaps by Harrison Polites 7 59am October 09 Who will lead the Coalition s ICT agenda The Australian technology sector may be well represented in the cabinet but can it reasonably hope to be a priority industry under an Abbott government by James Riley 10 01am September 30 2 comments TECH TALK CA Technologies Peter Griffiths CA Technologies executive vice president of enterprise solutions and technology highlights what s holding back enterprise IT innovation and why companies don t need a Chief Digital Officer by Harrison Polites 10 21am September 25 Oakton expands IT agreement with David Jones Signs company on for another three years agree to onsite tech support by Harrison Polites 11 25am September 17 Why NSA s snooping means little for US tech Edward Snowden s move to expose the nexus between US tech giants and intelligence agencies was expected to damage the industry s financial performance abroad However they may actually end

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  • Cloud Computing | Business Spectator
    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 Cloud Computing 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 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 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 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 November 28 Technology and taxes A tough nut to crack Corporate taxpayers are still making clerical mistakes on the GST to the tune of over 1 billion in the last three years Taxation compliance and reporting is hard work but it doesn t need to be by Peter Boyle 9 35am November 27 Australia s 2 6 billion cloud potential With global spending on public IT cloud computing services tipped to hit the 100 billion in 2016 sky s the limit for our cloud outfits provided they play their cards right by Wayne Moulton 8 12am November 26 CloudCentral expands local footprint with NEXTDC partnership Cloud infrastructure service provider to operate out of NEXTDC s data centres in each of

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  • Mobile apps: the final frontier for brand loyalty | Business Spectator
    Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Mobile apps the final frontier for brand loyalty Jennifer Polk 23 Oct 2013 8 48 AM Technology Applications Data Management Emerging Tech Social Media As smartphones slowly replace wallets mobile apps look set to make loyalty cards redundant and will become the last vestige for harbouring brand affinity from consumers 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 What s in your wallet Better yet what apps are on your smartphone Loyalty was once measured by the frequency of your store visits or the reward cards you carried But plastic picture holders in your billfold have given way to photo sharing apps and the day planner you once carried in your briefcase has been replaced by a calendar built into a native application on your phone Although mobile payment has yet to replace credit debit or even loyalty cards our phones do represent an extension of our wallets even ourselves They may also symbolise the last vestige of brand loyalty According to a recent report the average person with a smartphone has 26 installed apps Even above average users like the typical smartphone user in South Korea only have 40 apps For me at least that number remains steady due to limited free data storage and an unwillingness to part with favourite pictures music or movies that are also taking up space In fact to make space for the recent iOS update I cleaned up my apps and ones that were seldom used or provided the same functionality as a mobile web site were deleted The remaining 40 apps were categorised based on how often they re used Sound familiar Remember cleaning out your wallet This meant throwing out old receipts shredding expired credit cards tossing loyalty cards for stores where you no longer shopped or where being a card carrying customer didn t provide any added benefits Like most things in the digital world the domain has changed but the behaviour hasn t Mobile apps even the ones of my favourite brands that don t fulfil a purpose in my life or provide value that I can t get anywhere else utility connectivity entertainment information inspiration convenience or cost savings won t have a place on my phone for very long I like most users am short on capacity both space and time I don t have the space in my phone to hold on to apps that don t serve a purpose not if it requires me to remove valuable media or prevents me from getting the latest update I don t have the time to thumb through five or six screens to find

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  • Jennifer Polk | 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 Jennifer Polk Mobile apps the final frontier for brand loyalty As smartphones slowly replace wallets mobile apps look set to make loyalty cards redundant and will become the last vestige for harbouring brand affinity from consumers by Jennifer Polk 8 48am October 23 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

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  • Deloitte scores double ICT deals | Business Spectator
    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 Deloitte scores double ICT deals Supratim Adhikari 16 Oct 2013 9 08 AM Technology Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Tech Deals Professional services firm joins forces with cloud consultancy Quattro Innovation Group and SAP integrator NXG Business Solutions 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 Professional services firm Deloitte has signed off on two substantial transactions to further reinforce the capabilities of its technology practice joining forces with cloud consultancy Quattro Innovation Group and SAP integrator NXG Business Solutions The twin deals are a reflection of how important the provision of technology solutions is becoming to both the private and public sector operators Deloitte consulting managing partner Adam Powick said the new competitive landscape is challenging organisations to think strategically about innovation with technology at the forefront of the conversation Technology and digitalisation are driving a new competitive landscape that is challenging the status quo while creating a range of opportunities for the innovative Mr Powick said The Quattro deal will see about 20 people joining Deloitte s Sydney office with Mr Powick saying that the move makes Deloitte one of the leading providers nationally across the Salesforce com and Google platforms This transaction will significantly strengthen our CRM technology design and implementation capability across a broad range of industries and private and public sector organisations with Google and Salesforce both considered leaders in providing innovative customer service applications he said Meanwhile the

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  • The future of payments will be shaped by value | Business Spectator
    Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Sometime in the not too distant future we won t go through the hassle of negotiating how to split a lunch bill We ll do it through an app Or pay your portion with your credit card your online ID or your personal secure token and tip the waiter in Blue Orbit Points Our options for paying for goods and services have expanded with innovation in information exchange and portable devices Where are future innovations likely to occur and what might this look like for consumers Going cardless The development of device technologies has meant speedier payments Portable EFTPOS machines are one example Contactless payments like PayWave another Already instead of swiping a card and providing a signature or pin number you can hold your card to a reader and a tiny antenna in the card transmits the purchase information But this still requires contact with an specific payment transaction tool a card Paypal was the first to move into frictionless transactions And if you re already using Amazon one click or an Apple ID in store requiring a plastic card for transactions seems antique Mobile phones allow us access to our online accounts through websites and apps even mobile banking can allow for a Pay Anyone at point of sale if you ve forgotten your wallet Soon you won t need to remember your phone either as wearable technologies are adopted Wearables such as Google Glass Glass make a payment Another potential development is the expansion of personal tracking devices such as a FitBit or Up Why not use tiny antennae to send payment information from a bracelet And there s the possibility of embedded devices small chips under the skin for convenience and security The evolution of devices will make point of sale devices redundant as consumers bring their own transaction services integrated into their own personal devices Tomorrow s dollars The integration of banking data with other data means it is easier to challenge the dominance of currency transactions as a way to exchange value Loyalty and reward points are already used as an alternative to currency or used in tandem with currency for purchase of goods through approved portals While these forms of value are constrained to particular organisations for specific transactions broader applications becomes possible with organisational partnerships We could even question the on going role of official currencies Online trade means payment transactions are no longer made over the same location Or the same universe Games develop their own virtual currencies and markets allow these to be converted to real world value And another approach is the creation of cryptocurrencies like BitCoin packets of data that can shared peer to peer without a centralised authority The domination of cash as king even in the grey and black market is being challenged Are you popular enough Got Klout Int he future you could use your online influence to get discounts on good and services Just make

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