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    1. Cybercriminals now target payroll, invoicing, and superannuation systems

      The cybercriminals attacking financial systems are smarter, more subtle, and better organised, and they're stealing unprecedented amounts of money. Cybercriminals are shifting their focus to second-tier targets such as payroll systems, invoicing systems, and superannuation brokers. Funds were often transferred through secondary money mules to further protect the criminals. Many of these secondary mules were older people and pensioners.

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    2. Is digital experience management the new social business?

      As companies seek a sustainable grasp on digital engagement, the focus on holistic experience management is treading a lot of the same ground as an earlier related concept, social business.Digital channel proliferation helps realize a consistent cross-channel user experience, provides timely data-driven insight, and satisfies the desire for the market to have more intimate, useful, conversational relationships with the businesses and institutions they work with.

       

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    3. Drones and big data are making utilities cheaper

      A new generation of companies is using drones and big data analytics to streamline infrastructure inspection in industries like mining, oil and gas, and agriculture. In addition to analyzing the current data for risks, utilities can also leverage the information to forecast how much money they should be spending on field work so there are no surprises to the budget. "Drones as a service" is now a booming sector, and the skies are getting crowded with unmanned aerial vehicles designed to vacuum up information.

       

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    4. MasterCard predicts digital payments to extend beyond the phone

      MasterCard says that consumers are embracing the next generation of payments, and expects digital payments to extend into the world of connected devices. A study revealed that digital wallets dominated 97 percent of total mobile payments conversations held on social media in 2015. MasterCard said the safety and security of mobile payments continued to drive conversations, as 94 percent of consumers continue to take a positive or neutral view of the services being offered to them.

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    5. Enterprise cloud performs best with DevOps, software-defined networks

      A survey of F5 customers confirms everything is connected.  Hybrid cloud is in the plans of nine out of ten organizations, and DevOps and software-defined networking (SDN) are considered the best supporting approaches to making cloud services succeed. This is one of the takeaways from a recent survey of 3.002 IT executives and managers, conducted among the customer base of F5 Networks, Inc. The study's authors, Lori MacVittie and Cindy Borovick, said there are many trends impacting application delivery, but everything is related.

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    6. ​Global BI and analytics market tipped to hit $16.9b in 2016

      The global business intelligence (BI) and analytics market is forecast to reach $16.9 billion in 2016, an increase of 5.2 percent from 2015, according to Gartner. In Australia, the BI and analytics market will reach AU$700.1 million, up 9.1 percent, while in New Zealand, revenue will reach NZ$92.3 million, an increase of 8.1 percent from 2015. Gartner said CIOs in Australia and New Zealand ranked BI and analytics as their top technology priority for 2016 in a recent annual survey. Gartner managing vice president Ian Bertram noted that as analytics have become ...

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    7. Samsung Electronics yearly net profit at lowest level in four years

      Weakening global demand for consumer electronics is hitting Samsung's earnings in its core businesses of smartphones and semiconductors, as the company sees its 4Q net profit sink by 40 percent. The result fell short of expectations, even after considering the negative impact from foreign currency exchange rates estimated at 400 billion won. Analysts expected 5.1 trillion won in net income, according to FactSet, a financial data provider. Sales edged up 1 percent to 53.3 trillion won for the quarter, while operating income rose 16 percent to 6.1 trillion won, in line with its earnings preview this ...

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    8. Don't say can't if you're a legacy company

      Cloud won't solve all of an organisation's problems, but it can co-exist with legacy to create agility within a company. One common complaint I hear from established companies is that their legacy systems and applications do not allow them to utilise the benefits of cloud. Starting with the point of view, "they can't" is a defeatist attitude and also not true. Whatever strategy you choose, "We can't" is not an option unless you want to see your business suffer. Organisations need to understand the impact the digital world will have on their strategy and plan accordingly ...

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    9. ​IoT beneath the city streets: Barcelona tests out open platform for smart services

      To manage the city's infrastructure centrally, Barcelona's council and supercomputing center, with Cisco and other technology partners, have just completed an innovative proof-of-concept platform. Wander round the streets of Barcelona and you'll probably spot various grey, unsightly cabinets housing a range of technologies that could be controlling anything from traffic and lighting to parking and waste. The city is increasingly covered in sensors, supposedly to become smarter and serve its citizens more efficiently. Yet, all these devices are disconnected from each other, and so is the data they generate.

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    10. DevOps: Still a big difference between expectation and reality

      While most IT managers believe that DevOps and Agility are important, only around a third believe they have the right infrastructure to implement it according to a survey. There is still a yawning gap between expectation and reality when it comes to DevOps: according to a recent survey, while 84 pe cent of UK organisations agree that it is vital to have IT and business alignment before setting out on the DevOps road, only 36 percent believe they have done this.

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    11. ​Australian banks back Google Pay launch

      Google is partnering with some of Australia's largest financial institutions -- ANZ, Westpac, St George, Bank of Melbourne, Bank of South Australia, Bendigo Bank, Cuscal, ING Direct, and Macquarie Bank -- to bring Android Pay to cardholders in 2016. Google announced in a blog post that in the first half of 2016, Android Pay will support MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards, and the company is working with Eftpos to support its cards, too. The company said it has also partnered with payment providers such as Braintree, eWay, First Data, and Stripe to ensure stores can accept Android Pay.

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    12. Symantec to say goodbye to passwords with biometric technology

      "The password is weak and crap," said Nick Savvides, Symantec ANZ business manager of information protection. Speaking recently to media in Singapore, Savvides went on to say that having passwords -- no matter how complicated they are -- is not the ideal way for companies to protect themselves against online threats, as cybercriminals are getting better at what they do. In an effort to improve security, Symantec will be releasing a host of capabilities next year that will feature biometric technology instead of relying on passwords.

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    13. The move towards robotics

      As more and more workplace roles and activities are slated for automation, how can CIOs help their businesses to reap the benefits of this growing trend? Analyst Gartner estimates software or robots will take one in three jobs by 2025. Just like with mobile, cloud, and big data technologies, the rise of robots will have a huge impact across all sectors and job roles, even in industries that might seem more immune to digital development. Businesses must get ready for automation - and savvy CIOs should be at the head of those preparations.

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    14. ​Eight Wire pushes for fixed-price data migration

      It's one of the biggest user bugbears in IT: data migration can be costly, risky and resource intensive. When user organisations face a significant platform shift, they often go to market for data migration services - developers, DBAs and project managers. Wellington-based Eight Wire is trying to change that, offering data migration through a point-and-click software tool called Conductor, replacing human wetware with software. But doing that opens the door to other disruptions, such as offering consumption-based pricing. That in turn creates the opportunity to offer data migration at a fixed price, known upfront before a project commences.

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    15. Goodbye, rack-and-stack administrators; hello cloud architects

      At a recent summit, CIOs described their organizations' cloud journeys. Three or four years ago IT departments and leaders were "not in the conversation" when it came to cloud service implementations. Now, organizations are looking to their IT people for leadership in what is turning out to be a new direction for their businesses. IT is taking on the role of catalyst, proponent, and sherpa for the advance into digital enterprises, Burns continued. "We pretty much all understand that the IT infrastructure has the ability to either be the enabler or the restraint on moving to digital business." There is ...

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    16. What Toyota's $1 billion investment in AI is really about

       The car maker will inject $1 billion over the next five years, adding to a $50 million investment in AI research it made with MIT and Stanford in September. For obvious reasons the headlines have focused on Toyota's leap into autonomous driving, and comparisons with Google's driverless car program abound. But the more immediate impact of Toyota's investment won't be found on the road."There's a significant impetus for safe driving, but I think manufacturing is the underreported story," says Martial Hebert, "I believe we'll see solutions in manufacturing from Toyota's efforts much ...

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    17. Unwilling to fix what's not broken, Asia firms hold back on open source

      Years after Linux and open source first emerged in the market, organisations in Asia remain unsure about the platform's ability to support enterprise applications and are cautious about moving out of their proprietary software environment. Harboring such mindset puts these companies at risk of falling behind, though fortunately awareness about the benefits of deploying open source was increasing. The fact that large tech giants such as Google and Facebook were large open source users, hiring significant number of engineers with such skill sets and contributing to the open source community, had helped improve enterprise perception.

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    18. ​Supercomputer leaders come together on new open-source framework

      Linux has long ruled supercomputing. In the latest TOP500 supercomputer ranking, 97 percent of the world's fastest supercomputers were running Linux. There's more to running a high-performance computer (HPC) than the operating system, and open-source software is getting organized to support it. HPC is used for large-scale meteorology, astronomy, engineering and nuclear physics modeling and calculations. It has unique application demands and parallel runtime requirements. Creating this software has never been easy. Supercomputing uses programming techniques, which are not used in any other kind of computing.

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    19. Can retail robots make brick and mortar shops competitive again?

      Brick and mortar retailers have been slower to adopt automation and analytics solutions, the twin technological pillars helping internet retailers gobble up market share. But the bout is young and traditional stores are primed to come out swinging in the second round. The launch this week of a retail robot from newcomer Simbe Robotics seeks to address one of the most strategically important (though admittedly boring) aspects of selling physical products on shelves in the 21st century: shelf auditing and product analytics.

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    20. The race to digital mastery is on in 2016

      When it comes to digital, we are at a pivot point. Digitizing your business isn't about technology: it's about customer obsession -- and in 2016, it will be among your ten critical business success factors helping position your firm for success in the Age of the Customer. In fact, next year will be a year of consequence: those firms that "get digital" will begin to pull ahead, and those firms that don't will begin to look increasingly archaic, facing the risk of extinction.

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    21. If everyone is now a software company, should they operate more like software companies?

      Companies are relying on software for just about everything, to the point that everyone has become, to some degree, a software company. But are these companies doing enough to ensure the quality and performance of their software? Now that everyone is in the software business, is there enough attention being paid to this prime product? Unfortunately, not yet. Perhaps there are lessons that need to be learned from the technology industry in designing, producing and securing software. At least 63% say that software companies have their own way of operating, which needs to be examined and emulated where appropriate.

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    22. Fintech investments in APAC to quadruple in 2015

      A new report from Accenture has indicated that Asia-Pacific financial services will be making fintech investments in blockchain, cloud, and security. The report, Fintech Invest in Asia Pacific set to at least quardruple in 2015, showed that in the first nine months of 2015, fintech investments nearly reached $3.5 billion from $880 million in all of 2014. This rise was said to be driven by investment deals made in and from China, by organisations including Alibaba Group Holding and its Ant Financial Services Group subsidiary, into Paytm, an Indian-based mobile payment and commerce platform; and fundraising efforts by Ping ...

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    23. Reinventing Analytics, Sideways

      The traditional way of doing analytics- with lots of separate, silo products for each aspect of analysis--is going away. New platforms allow new "sideways" combinations of features. Today if you want to fully leverage all of these different features across the organization, or as an individual, you typically have to install lots of different servers and interfaces. But what if you could do all of this with a single, blazingly-fast platform that you didn't even have to install? And you could provide a single interface that blended the best of all of these capabilities to reflect the new, more ...

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