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Facebook CIO is keynote speaker at CIO Summit in June

Tim Campos, CIO of Facebook will share his insights on leading ICT at the world’s largest social network, at the CIO Summit in Auckland on June 25 and 26 at the SkyCity Convention Centre. The conference, now in its sixth year, is the largest gathering of CIOs and senior IT executives in New Zealand. It is organised by CIO magazine, IDC and Conferenz.

Early cloud adopters urge others to follow

Partners included in a cluster of local companies that are actively involved in Microsoft’s online services, say others need to get on board with what they believe is the inevitable shift to the cloud.

Microsoft WPC: The cloud delivers new markets, customers and responsibilities

Microsoft partners from across the globe share pointers on how they succeeded in the transition to the cloud. One CEO says they have changed their brand into a cloud provider. They developed an inside sales force, changed the sales model to capture all cloud based opportunities and have references that were able to win larger customers.

ICT leads hiring expectations two quarters in a row

ICT employers are the most optimistic in hiring expectations, with more than 40 percent saying they plan to hire more permanent staff in the next three months, according to recruitment firm Hudson. The latest Hudson Report: Employment Expectations, reveals hiring expectations among New Zealand employers have increased for the third consecutive quarter.

Competition heats up in collaboration space

A number of New Zealand enterprises block their staff from accessing social networking sites like Facebook and YouTube. But it is the features that make these websites so popular that Cisco has incorporated into its Enterprise Collaboration Platform. Geoff Laurie, Cisco New Zealand country manager, calls the new set of products “the YouTube and Facebook for the enterprise”. Its features include “show and share” which allows staff to upload videos on to their private website. Users can edit the videos and comment on the postings. The second product uses a technology called Pulse, which is said by Cisco to be the “Facebook” of the enterprise. With Pulse staff can set up their profile page similar to Facebook, to keep other enterprise users updated on their activities. The users can also utilise a search engine to help find the right person to work with on a given project or to discuss a work-related issue. “These are not vapourware,” says Laurie, as the technologies will be ready for enterprise use in January. He says consumer social networking technologies are good on collaboration for social purposes. The Cisco collaboration platform is “goal directed”, which is what the enterprises will use the collaboration technologies for. He says this is a step forward from the current collaboration mode involving mainly documents. The new platform will include voice, instant messaging and video. “Video is the most natural way to collaborate,” says Laurie for young staff coming into the workplace. Cisco New Zealand presented these technologies through a videoconference meeting with Guido Jouret, chief technology officer of Cisco’s emerging technology group. The meeting was conducted using the Telepresence high-definition videoconferencing system, one of the “start up technologies” developed by the emerging technology group. At the presentation at Cisco’s headquarters in Auckland, Guido also discussed the company’s development of a smart electricity grid. The end goal is to build a “digital nervous system” that will spread the electric load out. Jouret says this grid can potentially be “larger than the internet”.

Microsoft CFO shares five-point strategy for growth

The world is thought to have gone through the worst of the economic meltdown, but companies can expect the next five to 10 years to be vastly different from the past decade. This is the message from Microsoft chief financial officer Chris Liddell in his keynote speech at this year’s Tech Ed in Auckland.

Reality check for cloudy ambitions

IDC analyst Tim Dillon says enterprises should apply the “fitness for purpose” perspective when deploying cloud computing. “You will hear a lot of organisations touting it as a panacea to all the problems the organisation faces. This is not true,” he told those attending a recent Auckland briefing on cloud computing organised by AT & T.

IT faces unprecedented change: IDC, IBM

The next four years will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for success or failure, says John Gantz, IDC vice president, in his keynote speech at the start of this year’s CIO Summit in Auckland.