Industry Insider

The Victorian Auditor-General has found that state agencies are under increasing risk from using IT systems that are past or approaching their end-of-life.

My response to the question, “what do you do for a living”? can vary depending on how much patience the person I am talking to appears to have, from ”I work in IT”, ”I build intranets of a sort” to the outright, ”I am a SharePoint Specialist.” I am normally then presented with one of two responses:

A move to the Amazon cloud for data backups is paying dividends for PFD Food Services, Australia’s largest privately owned fresh and frozen food distributor with $A1.5 billion turnover, 2,200 staff and over 65 sites across Australia.

Following the revelations of Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email account in March this year, IDM contact a number of Australian and New Zealand government ministers to ask if they had similar habits. Many confirmed their strict use of government email services for official government business. Significantly, in light of revelations this week, then Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull was one who failed to respond.

Macquarie University is migrating staff email away from Gmail to Office 365, due to concerns about data sovereignty. The university plans for all staff email and calendars to be migrated to Office 365 by the end of this year.

Although most Australian businesses understand the importance of monitoring and managing employee expenses and supplier invoices, they have not yet appreciated the value of automated systems, according to the 2015 Concur ANZ spend management index.

Has any enterprise solution ever been as maligned as much and as often as ECM has been over the past few years? Disproportionately high numbers of failed initiatives, endless issues with user adoption, persistent reports of its imminent demise as a business priority… How did the stark reality of ECM’s performance end up crash landing so far from its original promise for many organizations? And, more importantly, what are the strategies and tactics that will allow ECM to finally achieve its potential as the centrepiece of information governance and a principal driver of business value?

An effective information governance strategy depends on many intricate pieces. Like a jigsaw puzzle, if all of those pieces don’t fit together, the whole is not going to show the entire picture. If you have captured, processed and archived some of your business information, but not all of it, there are missing pieces of the information governance puzzle. It is important to understand where your information comes from, how to ensure it is available for analysis, and how you plan to access it in the future.

We all know that technology is advancing at a rapid pace.  The way we contact and interact with one another today would be unrecognisable to anyone who conducted the same tasks 20 years ago.  More and more, people are looking for faster and more efficient ways to do business – for ways to close the gap between contacts on the other side of the world.