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ACS Week In Review: 9 August 2013

Friday, 09 Aug 2013

Cloud Discussion Roundtables

The ACS is seeking feedback to the Australian Cloud Protocol discussion paper available here http://acs.org.au/information-resources/public-policy/2013-australian-cloud-protocol

Submissions close on August 19. All ACS members and non-members are invited to free Roundtables with representatives from government and ACS in Melbourne on 19th August, in Sydney on 30th August and in Brisbane on 4th September. Stay tuned for Canberra and other locations.

On Thursday August 8, the Crown complex in Melbourne hosted the 2013 iAwards, including the Australia 3.0 conference. The ACS is proud to be a partner of this wonderful event, and it was truly inspiring to see so many brilliant minds coming together to support the future of technology and the industry. The ACS congratulates all nominees and particularly those who went on to claim victory in their categories. For more information, visit www.iawards.com.au

As part of the iAwards, the ACS President Dr Nick Tate hosted a CIO roundtable, with 35 of Australia’s most senior and influential technology business figures in attendance. The roundtable focused on improving digital literacy at senior levels and better engaging the leadership of organisations with their technology solutions.

Caltex opens up to employees with SFIA

Caltex has improved job satisfaction among its IT staff by adopting the skills framework for the information age (SFIA), according to Caltex project manager Lisa Brady.

The framework, developed in the UK after its government sought out a model for describing skills and competency levels in the IT industry, was adopted a few years ago by the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

The Australian petroleum company has historically had a “very stable workforce” in the IT department, with low turnover and most staff staying for five or more years, Brady said. However, a worryingly large number of the staff voiced dissatisfaction in an employee survey last year, she said.

“No one felt they had a career,” Brady said at the itSMF LEADit conference in Canberra. “[At the time] everyone’s feeling like they’ve got nowhere to go. They’re not moving. They’re just in a box.”

Work related self-education tax reform deferred

Plans to defer the proposed $2000 limit on work-related self-education tax deductibles by another year have been heralded by several industry stakeholders as an example of stronger support for the digital economy.

The change was originally due to take effect on 1 July 2014, but deferred on Friday by Commonwealth Treasurer, Chris Bowen, to 1 July 2015 to “allow for further consultation on how best to target excessive claims, while ensuring the impact on university enrolments and genuine continuing professional development is minimised”.

The Australian Computer Society welcomed the decision, saying it will continue to fight against the policy as part of the Scrap the Cap alliance.

Information Age is live

ACS’ magazine, Information Age, is live http://www.acs.org.au/information-resources/publications/information-age

In this edition we develop serious gadget envy over Google Glass and discuss the impact this technology on the enterprise. We also profile the ACS Telecommunications Society’s Dr Ian Oppermann, discuss our approach to social media as an engagement platform for ACS and indeed embed social media in the magazine. There is much more in this edition too. Information Age is one of the few Emerald ranked magazines in the world and was recently runner up in the prestigious national technology journalism awards.