Digital Nation

Client perspective: Interview with UTS’s Peter Moloney

What's your day job?  I'm a senior project manager based within the IT division of the University of Technology, Sydney. I work on projects in the university's IT capital management portfolio.   How did you get started in digital? My start was in information science. My first job was as a research assistant on a project mapping the killing fields of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. We were using GPS technology to map sites and generate interactive maps.   What’s your current favourite book, website, blog or source of inspiration on project management? Don't really have one. I often refer to PM standard manuals at the university.   What ...

Client-side Point of View – Interview with Luke Revill, CPA Australia

What's your day job? Senior Project Manager at CPA Australia.   How did you get started in digital? As a student studying at Adelaide University, I developed and managed an online apparel retail business in the late 1990s into the early 2000s – The Sureshot Apparel. The business concept was unique for its time. I worked together with traditional retailers to merchandise and retail their surplus stock online and distribute to an international customer base.  The concept won the Premier’s Enterprise Scholarship and a place in Adelaide University’s business incubator program. I am highly appreciative of the opportunity and support I received from this ...

Choosing mobile apps developers – a checklist

With so many agencies and developers claiming mobile expertise, it's hard to know who has the right stuff.  There are some great developers who deliver a great app or service. And then there others who are jumping on the mobile bandwagon, and deliver an inferior product. Based on vetting quite a few mobile apps developers over the last couple of years, here's what I look for... Choosing a mobile apps developer - essentials you need to know First of all, choose a developer who specialises in the type of app you want to build. Do they have experience and a track record ...

Interview with James Witika, Friday Media

What's your day job? My business card currently says Chief Operating Officer, but my day generally consists of: General Manager / Web Developer / Project Manager / Team Manager / Business Analyst - I wear all sorts of hats throughout my day. What type of projects does your company work on – how long do they run? With Friday Media's recent absorption of Lambda Software (the Hannan Group's custom software arm), it's incredibly broad.  Currently, we've got projects ranging from simple social media apps to custom business critical software. As a result, project lengths can be anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple ...

Agile Software Development for Managers – Point of View

by Tim Parsons, Director of Product Innovation at Mi9  In the Academy Award-winning 2010 caper Inception, a crew of technicians enter each other’s dreams in a dramatic quest to plant an entirely original idea in the mind of an industry scion, that they hope will change the world. Inception is an example of a group of people adapting in real-time to circumstances, each person bringing all their abilities, imagination and drive to the problem: no passengers. Inspiring, thrilling stuff. Now think of your development team: developers, data folks and designers. Do you see them operating like the crew in inception ? Or more ...

Finding hunters is the biggest business issue for agencies

What’s the biggest challenge facing digital agencies? The current challenge is finding good hunters according to the business owners I interviewed recently. It’s about finding and getting new business. Or as one agency head put it: “The challenge is getting a foot in the door that’s not even open. We can’t find the right people to do that.“ It's incredibly difficult to find people that can actually sell digital services to major corporates or government. Recruitment agency S2M Co-founder & CEO David Jackson, agrees: “More than ever agencies are looking to hire pure hunters.” There is still a role for account managers or farmers ...

Digital industry salaries predicted to increase in next 12 months

AIMIA’s Digital Agency Salary survey released last week reveals some interesting insights into employment trends in the digital sector. The survey was circulated to AIMIA member digital agencies. Key findings include: Salaries increased on average 7 % in the last 12 months Salaries are expected to increase by 5% in the next year Employee benefits/incentives offered include training, flexible work hours, benefits or bonuses, mobile phone allowance, car parking and extra annual leave. Agencies are sourcing new hires using a variety of channels. Word of mouth was rated as the most efficient strategy by 34% of respondents. This was followed by the use of recruitment ...

Digital Project Managers unite! Meet-ups booked for Sydney & Melbourne

Great discussion from the first Sydney Digital Project Managers meet-up so have just announced the next for Sydney on June 18, and Melbourne on May 30 (just after the Essential Digital Project Management workshop. Make sure you RSVP. Guest speakers to be announced shortly.  

Interview with UX specialist, James Breeze, CEO, Objective Digital

What's your day job? I run my businesses (Objective Asia in Singapore and Objective Digital in Sydney) with my wife and business partner Kylie. What type of projects does your company work on – how long do they run? We work mainly in finance, telco, travel and FMCG; helping companies understand their customers' experiences using eye tracking and other psychological research techniques. The outcomes of our work include design recommendations that improve consumer experiences across business systems, websites, mobiles and shopping environments. How did you get started in digital? My work as an Organisational Psychologist in HR and Change Management was not as exciting as ...

POV – Windows 8: Winning the war

With the introduction of Windows 8, Smart glass and Xbox 720 rumoured to be released over the coming months, is Microsoft emerging as the front runner in living room technology in the battle to dominate the consumer market? Lost a few battles, but not the war There is no doubt that Microsoft is at a crucial tipping point in the success of the company. What is not clear yet is whether Windows 8 is the tip of the iceberg of a longer term strategy which will see them dominate enterprise and domestic markets. It is well documented that Microsoft products and web technologies ...

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