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Memories of a lost Aussie company

Yesterday I took a walk down memory lane. Enterprise software company BMC is holding its annual Australian user conference in Sydney, and I was able to catch up with...

FSI response leaves FinTech cold

The government response to David Murray’s Financial System Inquiry was an awfully long time in coming. Its cross-the-board acceptance of the vast majority of its recommendations is welcome (and...

Decision arbiters for innovation

It is apparent the revamped Government is committed to raise the effectiveness of the innovation system, and that the opposition also shares this ambition. The need for this transformation...

Riding startup herd with Wyatt Roy

It didn’t really matter who Wyatt Roy invited to his first Policy Hack event, held in partnership with the Sydney incubator/accelerator Blue Chilli. He was always going to be...

Canberra listening tour continues

“We’re listening” was the message clearly ringing out from Canberra today. Except it was being sung by the Innovation Minister Wyatt Roy, and Minister for Employment and Women Michaelia...

NSW steams ahead on digital policy

The NSW Government will unveil a series of landmark digital initiatives at the end of October, including the launch of its own digital authentication and transaction aggregation platform called...

DTO unveils first exemplar projects

Paul Shetler, the head of the government’s Digital Transformation Office, has unveiled the agency’s first projects. With no fanfare, the details were quietly disclosed on the DTO’s blog. Mr...

Step 1: start the right conversation

If a company wants to foster innovation it needs to start with the right conversations. And until senior management kicks those off, it’s not going to happen. Malcolm Turnbull...

Melbourne IT call for open data

Melbourne IT’s CEO Martin Mercer believes governments, at all levels, should make their data more available. That will enable a whole range of possibilities from new apps and new...

NBN leadership a roll-out problem

The embattled National Broadband Network company has lost yet another senior executive with its chief operating officer, former Telstra executive Greg Adcock, leaving after less than two years. Mr...

Miners tell a sad Atlassian story

When news emerged late last month that Australia’s greatest software success story, Atlassian, planned to list on the New York Stock Exchange there was some gnashing of the teeth...

Is ACCC impeding innovation?

Regulation is often cast as one of the major impediments to innovation. Normally the concern is about regulation that impedes market entry, but the ACCC and its interpretation of...

UTS sketch talent sharing plan

Australia’s GDP is 8.5 per cent higher because of the impact of university education on the workforce – adding $140 billion to the nation’s coffers last year. The figure,...

J-Bish cements Valley Girl creds

Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has used her visit to San Francisco for the annual bilateral foreign and defence talks known as AUSMIN to underscore the clear message from...