CeBIT 2011 roundup

A hellava lot happened at CeBIT 2011. Here's a quick roundup

  • Projects designed to aid the digital economy in New South Wales, and inject approximately $30 million into the state, have been [[artnid:388589|awarded grants by the NSW Government]].

    The 11 consortiums grants, awarded under the government's Collaborative Solutions program, were announced by the NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Stoner, along with Australian Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd, at CeBIT this week.

  • Department of Finance and Regulation policy and planning division first assistant secretary, Glenn Archer, told CeBIT delegates he was [[artnid:388403|wary of marketing claims made by Cloud vendors]], especially following the hacking of Sony's PlayStation Network.

  • The Federal Government has set aside [[artnid:388392|$96.2 million over the next four years]] to aid the development of an Australian digital economy.

    Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, said the National Digital Economy Strategy would contribute to Australia’s productivity and bring about improvements including better access to health and education services for all Australians.

  • A consolidation of the Federal Government’s IT infrastructure is not a possibility, due to the [[artnid:388571|vast difference in systems]], according to the Department of Human Services (DHS) ICT assistant secretary, John Wadeson.

    Wadeson said that while the DHS is full steam ahead with the consolidation of Centrelink, Medicare and the Child Support Agency, helped along by the $576 million allocated in the recent Federal Budget, the same approach would not work across the entire government.

  • Federal Special Minister of State, Gary Gray, said Australians wanted internet access to government services to be as easy as online banking and shopping.

    Gray predicted the commonwealth's $36 billion national broadband network would [[artnid:388592|make it easier for people in regional areas]] to access services online without "driving many kilometres to the nearest regional centre".

  • Cloud adoption is rising, but vendor lock-in and security issues are two [[artnid:388724|challenges yet to be dealt]] with by CIOs, says NICTA research leader, Anna Liu.

    Liu's studies of Cloud computing have unveiled several risks not yet taken into account by Australian CIOs.

  • Ministers from all portfolios and each level of government must become involved in the execution of the National Digital Economy Strategy to ensure its success, according to iiNet chief regulatory officer, Stephen Dalby.

    Dalby [[artnid:388581|commended the establishment of the strategy]], without which many Australians would not understand the National Broadband Network (NBN) or the telecommunications industry as a whole and how it could benefit them.

    “The eight national objectives [from the National Digital Economy Strategy] are the sorts of things that we need to focus on, not just telecommunications,” Dalby said.

  • Australians would [[artnid:388592|prefer to go online]] to access government services but only a minority are doing this, according to the nation's chief information officer.

    Ann Steward said inconsistent data programs for government websites often make it difficult for people to find the services they needed.

  • Clinical leadership is [[artnid:388694|key to maximising the benefits and success of e-health]] projects, according to Queensland Health CIO, Ray Brown.

    Brown told attendees of the CeBIT conference in Sydney that Queensland's e-health strategy could not survive nor produce benefits on funding alone.

  • The success of an electronic medical records (EMR) project will [[artnid:388730depend on a level of high-velocity, mission-critical ICT]] not seen before in the sector, says the NSW Department of Health’s director of e-health and ICT strategy branch, Ian Rodgers.

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