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National Broadband Rollout Announcement Due Next Week March 30, 2009

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The Australian Federal Minister for Communications, Stephen Conroy, announced today that he will release next week the results of the Tender for the National Broadband Rollout here in Australia.

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With the self-orchestrated exclusion of Telstra, the result of this should be interesting, but I imagine it would be difficult to go past the Optus ONI/TERRiA Bid.

Guess we’ll see when the Prime Minister returns from the UK next week.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

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Article in Business Acumen Magazine March 26, 2009

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An article I wrote for Software Queensland earlier last month on Building a Platform for Growth using IT was picked up in this month’s Business Acumen Magazine… Both Print and Electronic.

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The electronic version is here:

http://www.businessacumen.net.au/better-business-technology/boost-technology-platform-now-ready-for-next-cycle-urges-software-qld

Here is my original post on the topic (The Pre-Release)

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

Sorry – We’re Full (Twitter Maxes Out) March 20, 2009

Posted by Glenn Irvine in Blog, Commentary, Futuring.
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Twitting this morning, and went to add a new twit when I received the White Whale of Death on the Twitter Site.

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Which prompted me to consider whether the potential advertising-oriented funding model for Twitter may break with the geometric growth of it’s use. It’s closest equivalent would be SMS which underwent tremendous growth, and Twitter could well replace it, but SMS has a use funding model with the Telcos. Twitter does not, and may not be considering monetising this way.

Will they be able to keep up with the infrastructure requirements globally for it’s use under this model?

It will be interesting to keep a watching brief on this…

In the meantime, I guess I’ll wait a while, and then send a tweet out there that I have just posted this Blog 🙂

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

Lotusphere comes to Brisbane – Eos Case Study! March 16, 2009

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Brisbane put on a Queensland perfect day for the Lotusphere Comes to You roadshow today.

It was a well run event and the keynote and general sessions were all well attended, and well received.

I presented a Case Study on a recent convert to the Lotus Collaboration solutions, and we had great discussions at the Business Partner trade displays and amongst the industry players in general.

I tweeted during the Keynote, that I was surprised by the number of little features you never realise are in the products (like Notes 8.5) that you use every day… Always one of the nice little surprises at these events.

The Case Study went well, and I had some interesting discussions with people around their plans for the installed Lotus products on their sites. Lots of interest in 8.5 Upgrades this year!

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

Queensland ICT Industry Comes of Age March 10, 2009

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With a Full Page Advertisement in today’s Courier Mail, the Queensland ICT Industry represented completely for the first time by every active Industry Association, has launched the 100,000 Jobs 100 Day Campaign in Brisbane today.

Addressing both the Premier and the Leader of the Opposition, the 70,000 strong industry in Qld (larger than mining and agriculture combined) promised to create another 30,000 jobs with the new Qld Government’s assistance over 3 years.

A 10 point plan has been detailed with highlights including a “Silicon Valley” like Qld Innovation Precinct, a Broadband Fibre Pathways Initiative, an Industry Apprenticeship Scheme, and several innovation and industry development funds.

Full details of the Campaign and 10 point plan are available at www.qldict.org.au

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com
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New US Federal CIO Announced – Vivek Kundra. Can Australia Learn from This? March 5, 2009

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The Washington Post has announced the new Chief Information Officer for the Obama Administration: Vivek Kundra. Currently the CTO of the District of Columbia.

The interesting thing about Vivek is his introduction of Google Apps in the DC Government and his use of social technology in the government there. My earlier prediction that Vivek would be the Federal CTO in January was close, just a slight change in the role. This leaves the CTO role still open and I believe a leading candidate there is the current CTO of Cisco, Padmasree Warrior.

The newly created Federal CIO role will have responsibility for Federal Whole of Government initiatives, and will be augmented by a CTO role that he was originally thought to be the main candidate for.

At 34 years of age, Vivek will bring a new understanding of modern social technology to the Whitehouse and the World. He had a significant role in the Obama campaign, and the Web 2.0 and social media that was used in that campaign will no doubt undergo some significant analysis by political organisations around the globe for the major affect they had in the campaign.

Australian politics could learn a lesson or two, the local state election campaign in Queensland hasn’t used these technologies nearly enough, and the younger demographic has not seriously been engaged.  With some maturity and greater understanding of the technologies involved, I see this changing over the next 3 years, and may in fact play a bigger role in our next Federal election.

I feel President Obama has shown some modern thinking and leadership that the ICT industry can take heart in. The very creation of  Federal CIO and CTO positions highlights the critical importance of ICT in our current World. Australia’s politicians should seriously take note…

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com