October, 2011

  • NZ GovTech - Microsoft New Zealand Government Affairs Blog

    InternetNZ to host debate on NZ’s Digital Future

    On Tuesday, InternetNZ will host a debate about New Zealand's Digital Future. In parallel, InternetNZ has released a discussion document titled Future: Digital.
     
    Vikram Kumar explains, “Future: Digital is about the need for a shared, common vision for where New Zealand will be in 10 to 20 years time. The economic opportunity is for high growth, exports, jobs, productivity, wages, returns and prosperity. The social, cultural, environmental and government impacts are profound. All elements have to be woven together to form a fabric of fundamental change.”
     
    These are powerful themes to work from to plan how we can contribute to our country reaching its potential. Since Microsoft’s inception, we have been excited about technology’s role in building a better future. We would like to see New Zealand make the best of these opportunities.
     
    An impressive panel of political party spokespeople and commentators is participating in the debate. It promises to be a great event.

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  • NZ GovTech - Microsoft New Zealand Government Affairs Blog

    The Great NZICT Cloud Debate

    Last night NZICT Group and EMA hosted a feisty debate about cloud computing. The moot was, “Is the cloud all hot air or the biggest game changer we’ve ever seen?”

    The speakers were Doug Wilson (CIO, Automobile Assocation), Brett Roberts (Consultant), Andrew Crabb (Head of Business and Government, TelstraClear) and Ben Kepes (Business Analyst and Entrepreneur). The debate was moderated by Doug Casement (CIO of Renaissance and industry commentator).

    The debate was presented with colour and passion, and as a member of the audience it was lots of fun, at least for those of us whose first thought on hearing the word cloud is computing, not the weather or a venue on the Auckland waterfront!

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