Gen-i has replaced its Biz Go seminars in the three main centres with a new event – Radar. Although the event still provides short vendor presentations, as Biz Go did, it now incorporates keynotes focusing on business trends, along with exhibition stands.
Chief technology officer and event organiser Damien Toman says Biz Go still ran in 10 regional centres this year, but Radar was a response to suggestions by Gen-i staff, vendors and customers.
“We’ve been running Biz Go in the same way since 2002. We got various suggestions about having stands and multiple streams. The keynotes [at Radar] are more high level.”
Featured keynote speaker Rod Oram, a business journalist and adjunct professor at Unitec’s business school in Auckland, told the audience at Radar in Auckland in mid-July that IT had a role to play in improving business performance in challenging economic conditions.
IT could help make workplaces attractive to retain workers in a tight labour market, and help free business owners to work more on strategy. Having inadequate time to be tactical was one of the major issues identified in ANZ bank’s recent Privately Owned Business Barometer, which surveyed 1500 firms.
“It seems to me that’s begging for an ICT response in helping people to get time to be more strategic,” says Oram.
Importers who bring in the most recent technology are also vital to improve New Zealand business confidence and performance, he says.
Other keynote speakers were Sun Microsystems’ chief software technologist Gary O’Brien, and Gen-i’s Ian Clark and Trevor Hardy.