Archive for the ‘IT’ Category

Tech at Work – Leaders Need to Rethink their Approach

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Technology for people at work is now considered a ‘complicated’ relationship. Such is the assertion in the latest pwc TechAtWork report (read it here). Based on their international survey of 12,000 people, pwc reported the following key observations:

  • Leaders say they-re choosing tech with their people in mind, but employees don’t agree.
  • People want digital skills, but aren’t being given the opportunity
  • Employees value the human touch at work, but also like a digital assist
  • Efficiency and status drive interest in advancing digital skills.

It is well worth the time to read the full article, and to fully appreciate what these points are really making. But based on them, pwc make four recommendations for leaders on how to get more buy-in and interest in tech from their people:

  1. You can’t separate technology from your people’s experience and what motivates them
  2. Understand what it’s like to do the job
  3. Rethink who needs to be in the room when making decisions
  4. Upskilling is not traditional training – change your mindset.

Leaders of organisations need to review these recommendations, and benchmark themselves against them. The Avondale Business School (ABS) can help you with your leadership, to find out how, contact Warrick Long at or 02 49802168

Are You Digitally Mature?

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

We have no choice – digital disruption is on us, and those organisations that can adapt and adopt quickest will be the market leaders in an increasingly competitive environment.

This finding comes from the recently released research through the MIT Sloan Management Review, in collaboration with and sponsored by Deloitte Digital. Their report, ‘Coming of Age Digitally’ (click to view the report) shares the findings of their research project, involving more than 4300 managers and executives from around the world.

Also included in the findings are some important insights regarding companies adapting to the digital environment, including:

  • Digitally maturing companies push decision-making further down into the organisation;
  • Digital business is faster, more flexible and distributed, and has a different culture and mindset than traditional business;
  • Developing – not just having – digital leaders sets digitally maturing companies apart.

Obstacles that companies may face as they attempt to mature digitally include the need for a change in mindset, increased collaboration, and the need to move quickly. The research report offers a number of suggestion and practical steps to adapt, including experimentation and iteration, continued learning and pushing decision-making down the organisation.

Digital transformation is occurring so rapidly that organisations need all the help they can get in keeping pace with this change. This applies to all organisations, profit and not-for-profit. Reports such as the one from MIT Sloan can help you keep abreast of best practice, and the Avondale Business School is happy to partner with you to see your business succeed.

ABS Challenges Directors

Friday, June 1, 2018

The Board of Directors of Adventist Senior Living NNSW recently completed several modules of professional development, delivered by the Avondale Business School team. The sessions were held over three days, in February and May, and topics included the roles and responsibilities of directors, as well as finance, marketing, human resources and information management for directors.

Warrick Long and Associate Professor Lisa Barnes shared cutting edge practices and the latest research in these areas, also drawing on their extensive experiences as directors and leaders in the not-for-profit sector, including with aged care and disability services. The directors appreciated the interactive nature of the sessions, with up to date and practical information. Their feedback reflected that while they had been challenged, they were presented with easy to understand relevant concepts.

ABS presenter, Warrick Long, noted that “this is a great example of a board of directors taking their responsibilities very seriously, and endeavoring to improve their knowledge and sharpen their governance skills – it was a pleasure to work with them”.

The Avondale Business School has a suite of programs that can help your directors and leaders develop the winning edge for your business. For more information, contact Warrick Long to discuss customizing something unique for your organisation.

Strategic IT Predictions – 2017 And Beyond

Sunday, November 20, 2016

It PredictionsIn October Daryl Plummer of Gartner delivered their 10 strategic predictions for the next 3 – 5 years. These guys are worth listening to, they have a 78% accuracy rate!

A summary of the predictions can be found in an article by Neal Weinberg (find it here) and is well worth the short amount of time it will take to read. Some of them could be major game-changers for all business, and as business leaders, you need to be aware of what is looming. How prepared are you for these? A very small sample of the predictions follow, if you want to know them all, you will have to follow the link to the full article.

  1. By 2020, 100 million consumers will shop in virtual reality
  2. By 2020, 30% of web browsing sessions will be done without a screen
  3. By 2020, algorithms will alter behaviour of billions of global workers in a positive way
  4. By 2022, the Internet of Things will save consumers and businesses $1 trillion a year
  5. By 2020, 40% of employees can cut healthcare costs by wearing a fitness tracker.

If you would like further information on how Avondale Business School can help your organisation, contact Warrick Long:


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Forbes’s Top 10 IT Trends for 2015

Monday, June 8, 2015

IT TrendsForbes’s magazine recently published a list of the Top 10 IT Trends for 2015 (Read it here). As a business leader, you will want to keep on top of these and ensure you are ready for what lies ahead. For those of us old enough to remember life before computers, this list is like a science-fiction movie of our childhood. Take a look at what is coming:

  1. Computing Everywhere

Smartphones will become as integrated into business as they are in our personal lives. Consequently the smarter business operator will ensure they provide an outstanding user experience for their applications.

  1. Internet of Things (IoT)

The IoT will grow exponentially. What is the IoT?, well it is where objects (or things) are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and connectivity which exchanges data with the manufacturers, operators or other devices. Examples are in environmental monitoring (climate conditions) and remote health monitoring (pacemakers, hearing aids, etc.).

  1. 3D Printing

This is becoming cheaper and more accessible by the day, which will mean it integrates into business more and more and will explode into business processes.

  1. Advanced, Pervasive, Invisible Analytics

All the data that is being collected is being held in ever growing pools of data. As every app collects data, this information will be available to interrogate and explore.

  1. Context-Rich Systems

Expect that the systems we use will become more alert and responsive to their surroundings. For example, security measures.

  1. Smart Machines

The machines we use will increasingly learn from the data they collect and act accordingly. Forbes’s predicts this to be the most disruptive innovation of the new IT era.

  1. Cloud/Client Architecture

More and more applications will be centrally located, enabling simultaneous use of apps on multiple devices.

  1. Software-Defined Infrastructure and Applications

On the very near horizon software will dictate what IT infrastructure looks like. It will change the entire business model for infrastructure development.

  1. Web-Scale IT

The only limits for companies like amazon, Google and Facebook are that of the digital environment. They are not impeded by geographic, cultural or language boundaries. Companies that thrive will think Web-Scale.

10. Risk-Based Security and Self-Protection

The new way of functioning will move away from perimeter style IT defenses, and instead find security measures embedded throughout the entire business process.

How many of these were you already aware of? How many have you planned to integrate into your business? Your future success may well depend on being ready.

The Avondale Business School can advise your organisation on being effective in these areas – find out how by contacting Warrick Long at the Avondale Business School.


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How Well Is Your IT Managed?

Sunday, February 1, 2015

I am so old I once worked in an office with no computers! Since then I have seen IT creep into every aspect of organisations, and continually morph into its next life-form. I wonder if we had the opportunity to scrap all our existing IT and design something form the very start what it would look like?

As a consequence of this evolutionary approach to managing IT it is easy for it to become a bit of a ‘dogs breakfast’ and lack a number of key efficiency and security measures. A recent article on the Life Hacker ? Blog site (Read it here) looks at the top 10 mistakes small business makes in the area of IT.


The article expands on each mistake, and it is worthwhile taking the time to read this short article, however, as a teaser, here are the 10 mistakes in point form:

10. Not investing in training

9. Using too many communications tools

8. No social media strategy

7. Not taking security seriously

6. Not using two-step authentication

5. Failing to back-up data

4. Email chaos

3. No actual tech support

2. Slow internet

1. You’ll need to read the article…

So after reviewing the article think about your business and whether you have all these bases covered. Not your job? Then find out who’s it is and check with them.

The Avondale Business School can advise your organisation on being effective in these areas – find out how by contacting Warrick Long at the Avondale Business School.


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