Australia’s CIOs are largely driven by business issues over technology issues, but they are very focussed on ensuring alignment of ICT with their business aims as a primary objective, according to the first results of a new quarterly survey by Fujitsu and Microsoft Australia.

The first Fujitsu-Microsoft Insights Quarterly (IQ) report of over 200 Australian CIOs uncovered that they are generally optimistic despite the many challenges they face, with many saying that business issues are often stronger drivers than technology issues in the Australian landscape, with business requirements taking precedence over technology.

The survey also identified that one of the current challenges faced by many CIOs revolves around the changing work landscape, driven by a rise in a ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) culture at work which is being fuelled by a tech-savvy work force, that expect to be able to connect their devices to the corporate network. The next major challenge facing CIOs was protecting and securing the network, optimising and controlling costs and improving service responsiveness.

Telstra has debuted its new 3G WiFi gateway that promises speeds of up to 42Mbps through the use of the new HSPA+ dual carrier technology in the company's Next G network.

Communications Alliance (CA) has is set to release a new telecommunications industry code for public comment. CA has announced the new code will be aimed at streamlining customer service, building better complaint handling and will include a number of stronger consumer protections.

A report published by Deloitte has concluded that the strength of online transactions is fast becoming a selling point for Australia's retailers.

Online advertising is increasingly influencing the sale of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) according to research commissioned by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB).

Southern Cross Cable has announced Ciena has its preferred bidder to undertake structural upgrades to the principal Internet cable connecting Australia to the US.

The Commonwealth Bank has launched its Kaching service, which combines peer-to-peer payments via the phone’s contacts and email addresses and social payments via a user’s Facebook friends along with NFC contactless technology.

The Victorian Government has announced a $10 millin spending plan to assist Victorian industry to improve productivity through the use of small technology.

The National Broadband Network Co (NBN Co) has announced the removal of a contentious clause that would see the company increase prices by CPI rates plus an additional 5 per cent.

THE NSW Government has announced plans to open an international business office in San Francisco to encourage investment in the technology sector.

Research conducted by the Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA) shows that Australians expect similar standards of content quality across all forms of media.

The Federal Government has released the final program guidelines for the Digital Government Program, which will make funding available to councils in the first 40 communities in the National Broadband Network’s (NBN) rollout.

Telstra shareholders have voted in favour of the $11 billion deal that will see the company hand its fixed-line copper network to the National Broadband Network (NBN).

The National Broadband Network Co (NBN Co) has released its inaugural 12-month construction outlook, detailing the rollout plan that is expected to cover more than half a million homes and buinsses across Australia.

Charles Sturt University has launched a revised Doctor of Information Technology program in response to exponential growth of both the ICT industry and doctorate market.

The University of Melbourne has welcomed the new IBM Research and Development - Australia, which will help the community better prepare for and better cope with major natural disasters and lead to a more sustainable future.

Cloud computing technology in Australia has the potential to be world leading according to a Lateral Economics study.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has vowed to continue its ongoing legal dispute with Google after filing an appeal against a recent Federal Court decision in relation to advertisements on Google’s website.

Apple has successfully blocked rival Samsung from selling its new Galaxy tablet in the Australian market after the courts found that the Galaxy 10.1 infringed on Apple’s patent rights.

The Victorian Government has opened the second round of the Broadband-Enabled Innovation Program (BEIP), inviting applicants to apply for funding for projects that develop innovative broadband solutions to boost productivity.

Recruitment specialist Hays has published its Quarterly Report – October 2011, finding that professionals with specific experience with Microsoft based software development top the list of skills in demand as job vacancies rise in many areas.

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