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Stories by Rebecca Merrett


5 things you need to make customer data analytics work

By Rebecca Merrett | 21 November, 2014 16:05

The tools and methods for data analytics are continuously advancing, but when it comes to your customers there’s more to it than just technology. ANZ Bank CTO Patrick Maes shared his top tips for this at the recent Gartner Symposium on the Gold Coast.

11 steps to making innovation work

By Rebecca Merrett | 20 November, 2014 16:19

How do you get innovation off the ground and really working in your organisation? Guy Kawasaki, chief evangelist of Canva, shared his working life experience in innovation as an early employee of Apple.

Brace yourselves, Singularity is inevitable: Andrew McAfee

By Rebecca Merrett | 19 November, 2014 13:28

It’s not too hard to see a world where humans struggle to stay relevant as machines far outpace their intelligence and capabilities. This is what Andrew McAfee, research scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and author of 'The Second Machine Age', discussed at the Gartner Symposium on the Gold Coast.

Environmental services company slashes $750k a year in software support costs

By Rebecca Merrett | 18 November, 2014 14:55

With budgets tightening for many CIOs, continuing to spend large amounts of money on software support and maintenance is not something to be taken lightly. The Australian CIO of environmental services company Veolia, Brett Stapleton, says he was reluctant to sink “millions” into an SAP upgrade and ongoing support for the platform.

Where are big data and analytics heading in 2015?

By Rebecca Merrett | 14 November, 2014 15:40

Big data and analytics in 2015 will be less about collecting everything and anything and more about focusing on the most relevant data for actionable insights, according to analysts.

Organisations preparing for bring your own wearables

By Rebecca Merrett | 13 November, 2014 15:41

Just as some organisations get comfortable with bring-your-own-device programs, others are starting to prepare for wearables entering the workplace.

QLD govt talks cementing open data through legislation at G20 ICT Forum

By Rebecca Merrett | 10 November, 2014 16:10

Queensland is pushing forward in making its government data open to the public, with assistant minister to the Premier, Ray Stevens, planning to introduce legislation next year that will cement this for the long term.

How conditional random fields are ‘powerful’ in machine learning

By Rebecca Merrett | 05 November, 2014 09:00

Conditional random fields (CRFs) have been touted to be some of the most powerful methods and algorithms that underpin machine learning, says Professor Rao Kotagiri at University of Melbourne’s Department of Computing and Information Systems.

Mixed responses from industry on data retention bill

By Rebecca Merrett | 30 October, 2014 16:16

The government's new data retention bill has drawn mixed responses from industry with iiNet and Electronic Frontiers Australia opposing the legislation while Telstra is voicing its support.

Government introduces data retention bill to Parliament

By Rebecca Merrett | 30 October, 2014 11:20

The Australian government today introduced a bill for mandatory data retention that will require telcos and ISPs to retain records of people's telephone and internet communications for two years.

Protesters rise up against mandatory data retention

By Rebecca Merrett | 29 October, 2014 19:30

Civil libertarians, Internet and telecommunication industry groups, consumer groups, privacy advocates and everyday citizens gathered at Parliament house in Canberra today to protest against the government’s push for a mandatory data retention scheme.

Australian Crime Commission CIO talks Fusion data analytics

By Rebecca Merrett | 28 October, 2014 16:48

The Australian Crime Commission (ACC) is making partnerships and data sharing a top focus, as it plans to further build on its Fusion data analytics, CIO Maria Milosavljevic said at today's Big Data Summit at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Online, gamified learning is where it’s at in education

By Rebecca Merrett | 20 October, 2014 09:00

To really be a leader in the education-technology space, it takes more than just hooking up some students with Internet access and publishing content online. For the founder of MCI Institute, Denise Meyerson, it’s about using technology to shake up conventional teaching methods and improve student outcomes.

Updated: New NSW transport apps in the works

By Rebecca Merrett | 03 October, 2014 15:38

Transport for NSW, in partnership with Deloitte, has announced the winning entries from its Codeworks hackathon, which took place 20-21 September.

Australian scientists claim world record for preserving quantum information

By Rebecca Merrett | 13 October, 2014 16:21

Australian scientists from the University of NSW have claimed a world record for preserving a single quantum bit held in solid state.