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ACS Week in Review: 2 May 2014

Friday, 02 May 2014

457 Visas in ICT – your views needed 

As flagged in the President’s blog update of 10 March, the ACS is calling on all ACS members to help us provide a submission into the independent review of integrity in the subclass 457 programme.

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The ACS Week In Review is a collection of key news items from the previous week, which may be of interest to ACS members and stakeholders. To view the full news item, simply click on the link in the headline.

CIO’s must innovate to stay relevant

Technology chiefs must come up with new ways to solve business problems or risk becoming irrelevant as more non-tech executives press ahead with their own technology decisions.

With more than 30 per cent of IT budgets now being controlled by business units rather than IT departments, and with two thirds of chief or "C-level" executives and business leaders saying they can make technology decisions better and faster without the involvement of IT departments, CIOs and their departments must turn their mind to innovation to remain relevant.

Those are the conclusions from the latest survey of 1000 C-level executives, business unit leaders, and IT decision makers.

Jeyan Jeeveratnam, country manager Australia for IT consultancy Avanade which commissioned the report, told IT Pro that business units taking control of IT had led to a downgrading of the chief information officer role in some organisations but this had been countered by the realisation that CIOs, and IT, could play a much more strategic role in a company.

"Three years ago there was definitely a downgrade of the CIO role happening and that forced the CIOs to rethink their roles," he said. "Today CIOs realise they need to get on with the game, that they are a strategic imperative to the business and they can be a differentiator. I think CIOs have a great opportunity to transform themselves and transform the departments and businesses going forward."

Scrap start-up programs: audit report

THE Commission of Audit’s call to abolish the Innovation Investment Fund and Commercialisation Australia, both industry assistance programs, has been slammed by industry experts.

The programs were created to support innovation and entrepreneurship in Australia but the Commission believes the government should adopt a hands-off approach in supporting the start-up sector.

The IIF is a public-private venture which invests in start-ups developing new technologies. The program was behind myriad successful companies such as jobs site Seek.

Commercialisation Australia offers funding and resources to help companies, entrepreneurs, researchers and inventors to commercialise their ideas.

It provides several funding options, including up to $50,000 for specialist advice and services, and up to $2m for early stage commercialisation of products or services.

$9.5M for Victorian Government IT procurement overhaul

The Victorian Government announced today that it would spend AU$9.5 million over four years to overhaul the way it manages and purchases its information and communication technology (ICT) services.

The multimillion dollar investment will go towards the creation of a "government cloud — a secure private data network" and a government ICT marketplace aimed at providing access for multiple suppliers to government procurement spending.

The funding is part of the development of the government's VicConnect program, which will replace the existing Telecommunications Purchasing and Management Strategy (TPAMS).

"VicConnect will create a marketplace for technology services by providing access for multiple suppliers to government ICT spending," said the Minister for Technology, Gordon Rich-Phillips, in a statement.