Earlier this week, Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop unveiled the new International Cyber Engagement Strategy (ICES). The details of the document are interesting but it sends an important signal to businesses. Cybersecurity is not a technical challenge. It's a challenge that permeates almost everything we do as a nation, at work and in our personal lives.
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A number of outlets are reporting that the New York Police Department is having to shift direction in its technology strategy. Last year, Jessica Tisch, the department’s deputy commissioner for information technology, deployed 36,000 Windows Phone devices. But with the platform being dumped by Microsoft, they will be switching hardware. What are the lessons from this?
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.
A few weeks I ago, I presented a technology session to the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees. In that, I decided to focus on five megatrends I though they should keep an eye on rather than being subject to the short-term bumps we see when a new device or service is released. After all, as exciting as the release of a smartphone might be, it's unlikely to change your IT strategy.
As Gartner moves towards their annual Symposium/Expo events, they have identified three key megatrends through analysis of the Hype Cycle. Let's see if they agree with me.
This afternoon, I'll be presenting at the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees' Ideas Exchange conference. It's an interesting gig as my job will be to help a bunch of non-IT people navigate the rapidly changing world of technology. With so much happening, I decided that the best way to help them was to strip away the minutiae of seemingly daily updates and get to the big trends influencing the way businesses work today.
We're a week into the new financial year. Now that the finance team has calmed down and budgets for the next year are finalised it's a good chance for IT leaders to take a breath and look ahead. We are in the middle of a time of massive change so planning ahead has never been more challenging. What are some of the technologies you should be tracking and planning for?