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    New skills and technology for small businesses

    People who work hard on running New Zealand's 400,000 small and medium enterprises are accustomed to constant change, and this is something they share with those who work in the technology sector. Bill Gates once said, “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years, and underestimate the change that will occur in the next 10.”

    Faster broadband access is being deployed nationwide, and it's the perfect complement to better approaches to work that have been made possible by technology. Businesses have new opportunities to find customers, to improve their services, and to be more productive. Technology professionals have new opportunities to help them. These changes may not seem urgent compared to the many other demands on time, but they are coming and it's time to learn about them and make plans.

    We are offering two free road shows to provide an update on the latest in Microsoft technology for small businesses. We'll be visiting Tauranga, Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch from 1 to 9 November 2011.

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    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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    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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    Drawing inspiration from the Rutherford Innovation Showcase

    The Rutherford Innovation Showcase is a collaboration and business development opportunity for technology companies to engage with potential partners, investors and customers. The event has been organised by NZICT Group in partnership with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Ministry of Science and Innovation and ATEED.

    It's a real inspiration to hear from so many talented people who are dedicated to running world-leading businesses from this country. We see New Zealand doing well on a number of measures. For example, the diverse technology sector represented by the TIN 100 is productive and brings in $5 billion of exports per year.

    But as Kiwis who are passionate about the potential of technology and our country's success, we are not satisfied, and we're hearing the same from others in the technology industry. We think that as a nation we can, and need, to do even better.

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    New copyright law and your internet connection - steps to take

    The Copyright Act has recently been amended to give copyright holders a new option to advise an internet account holder that the account is being used for copyright infringement.

    Copyright holders usually cannot tell who the account holder is, so the notices are sent to internet service providers and then forwarded to the internet account holders. If multiple infringements from the same internet account are detected, it could lead (after a number of warnings and a weighing of the evidence) to a penalty from the Copyright Tribunal.

    The new law is intended to keep pace with technology by providing a more practical way for creators to discourage copying of their music, movies, books and software on “file sharing” networks without permission or payment for their work. However, the new law does mean that an internet account holder now has a level of responsibility not only for their own internet use, but also for everyone else who uses the internet connection. That means a new level of accountability for what family members, flatmates and staff do online.

    Before we suggest some practical steps for internet account holders, it is useful to understand the basics of peer to peer file sharing, which is the primary focus of the new law.

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    Sharing Knowledge at TechEd 2011 in Auckland

    This week we were thrilled to host 2,000 Kiwi professionals who work with cutting edge technology to attend three days of deep technical training at the Microsoft TechEd 2011 conference in Auckland.
     
    Since we started running the event 1996, our goal has been to work with a community of experts to offer a world class event right here in New Zealand. We hope it will help these professionals keep their skills current in the rapidly changing world of technology.

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    Trustworthy Computing and Cloud Services

    Malicious attempts to infiltrate computer infrastructure have become more frequent and more sophisticated. When these attacks succeed, the consequences for the victims can be serious. Confidential information and personal information are at risk.

    In this environment, we hear that security is often the number one consideration for organisations when considering the future of their technology infrastructure. Security is a valid concern, and we encourage organisations to consider their options carefully.

    A relatively new option that has come to the fore is cloud computing. Business and government organisations can save time and money with cloud services, and they give professionals, small businesses, schools and charities unprecedented access to leading edge technology that would previously have required dedicated in-house resources that were simply beyond their means.

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    Learning for our future

    Children enjoy learning, and today’s ‘digital natives’ use technology to consume more information at a faster pace than ever before. This aptitude makes for an exciting future, but to make the most of our investments in the next generation we must be mindful of the hurdles on the course.

    How should we prepare young people for life and work in this new environment? It is not about any given device or a specific curriculum.  Although both will play a role, there needs to be a wider debate about the education strategy that will guide these choices.

    Certainly, technology can help to bring quality education to everyone. It can foster communication and collaboration among students, teachers, parents, academics and employers. This way, children have unprecedented opportunities to level the playing field, to explore, mentor one another, and be valued contributors to their communities. This requires digital literacy, which encompasses not just technical skills and understanding, but also a consciousness of online safety and cyber citizenship. And to make it work, we must improve the economic and operational efficiencies of education systems.

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    With compliments from Microsoft

    Microsoft offers a number of services free of charge to help people live and work a little smarter. Here’s a quick overview of technology to make life a little simpler and more fun.

    More than a million Kiwis use at least one of these services. There are probably at least a million more who might like to. We hope you’ll find something that will surprise and delight you.

    To make it easier to find what you're interested in, we’ve used the following themes:

    • Reach for the cloud
    • Get creative
    • Make your Office more social
    • Get technical
    • Spark new ventures and support charity

     

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    Celebrating Kiwi excellence on the World Stage

    It’s an exciting month here at Microsoft as we hold our annual Worldwide Partner Conference which celebrates the businesses who use technology to transform the way our customers work.

    This year stood out for showing Kiwi innovation to the world.

    Our success depends on the 3,500 business partners and the 29,000 professionals who work in the New Zealand ecosystem around Microsoft services and devices, and this is our chance to connect them to the Microsoft’s leaders and their peers around the world. We were delighted that seventy people from forty organisations flew all the way from New Zealand to Los Angeles this year to join us.

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