Australian companies are spending 3.7% more on tech this year than last year but that money doesn't seem to be going to traditional vendors, based on data coming from Gartner.
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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Although it missed the official deadline, the Federal Government today released the Intergenerational Report, which emerges every five years and attempts to project what Australian society (and its associated finances) will look like for future generations. One trend the report is keen to embrace? Big data.
It's one thing to log data; it's another to actually do something with it. A recent IDC survey of 100 Australia CIOs highlights the areas where data is most likely to be ignored. While newer and more complex forms of data such as video are neglected, we're also not doing much with plain web log files.
We were impressed with Power BI for Office 365 when we checked it out earlier this year. The tool has now upgraded with a new 'Q&A' feature that makes it easy to create visualisations from simple natural language queries.