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The latest edition of the Institute of Director’s, Director Sentiment Survey, shows that technological change, in particular cyber security, is of concern to New Zealand boards. Only 32 per cent of boards regularly discussed cyber-risk and were confident about their company’s capacity to respond to an attack.
I once worked with a senior developer who, when confronted with the suggestion that a feature of his latest software release didn’t support the business process effectively, would respond that it was “working as intended” and refuse any further discussion.
Engaging with independent analysts who can view the situation without being blinded by love or ulterior motives is crucial to bringing assurance that you’re on the right track to making a good IT investment that will bring value to the company.
The NZ Transport Agency needed an effective digital channel for customers to interact, transact and collaborate with them on any device.
‘Digital’ as a term or concept, is continually evolving alongside the technology capabilities that underpin it. Therefore, it is only going to become increasingly important for businesses to guard themselves against the risks associated with it.
If the Internet was an industry networking event, New Zealand businesses would be the tense introvert awkwardly standing by the plate of sandwiches, wishing they could go home. Yeah, we’re that person. Why? Because we still aren’t confident about the part social media should play in our digital strategy. We’re present, but not really participating like we should be.
The rate at which new technological trends emerge is staggering. There was a time when things could take a couple of hundred years to develop, adopt, and then progress a new technology. In the last decade this has changed to just years, even months or weeks for some trends.
There are thousands of people in the world who are incredibly skilled when it comes to all things information technology. However, this prevalence also means that cyber security has become more of an issue for companies. Not only are traditional systems more at risk, but also the move towards cloud computing puts valuable data within closer reach of those who know how to access it.
We've developed a useful infographic to show all the different aspects that should be included in a digital test strategy, no matter what type of organisation you have.
For New Zealand organisations, ‘digital’ is the latest trend, encompassing the emergence of cloud computing, big data and a move towards mobile and social platforms. But are these genuinely fundamental to organisations or just the latest buzzwords?