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ACS Week in Review: 14 November, 2014

Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014

Post-G20 call to arms to pursue digital economy opportunities

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) and the Council of ICT Associations (CICTA) want to see action by government and industry to take advantage of what they say are multi-billion dollar digital economy opportunities in Queensland identified at the G20 Summit.

The two ICT industry bodies have jointly called on government, employer and education institutions to form a working group to identify likely trends and scenarios for employment in Queensland, given what they say is “the accelerating advancement of digital technologies”. 

According to the chair of CICTA and chair of the Queensland branch of the ACS, Dr Nick Tate, the clear message from last week’s G20 ICT Forum was that the opportunities for Queensland - and more broadly the country - presented by digital technologies “are immense”.

“However, these benefits will only be captured if we start planning now,” Dr Tate said.

Debunking the innovation myth

Banks don’t need chief innovation, data or digital officers, says Westpac’s Dave Curran. They’ve just got to get on with the job.

Australia’s banks are likely to lose a few toes to the startups nipping at their heels, but Westpac Group CIO Dave Curran thinks it highly unlikely anyone will lose a leg.

Curran, appointed into Westpac's top technology job in July, is a pragmatist when it comes to the subject of digital disruption.

On the one hand, he’s cognisant that disruption is "coming at us fast."
“Increasingly, we are seeing startups literally created overnight with a scale and capability that we couldn’t have imagined ten years ago,” Curran told an FST Media conference earlier this month.