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Digital Disruption in Australia Review

It’s a short read, but there's a lot packed in to this very useful guide to mergers and acquisitions in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors specific to Australia. Written by entrepreneur and leading technology lawyer Nick Abrahams, Digital Disruption in Australia: A guide for Entrepreneurs, Investors & Corporates is a wake-up call for the entire economy. It is estimated that over 50 percent of Australian businesses are currently affected in some way by digital disruption. It's not all bad with digital disruption revitalising the tech sector with the greatest rate of change in the last two  years. Abrahams provides a well ...

New workshop assists digital services businesses to grow and exit

We're delighted to invite experienced entrepreneur, corporate advisor and investor, Matt Costello, to lead a new workshop called Valuing and Growing your Digital Business to be held in Sydney on 14 October, 2015. Mini MBA for digital agencies Bookings now open for the intensive one-day. Key outcomes of this business bootcamp for digital workshop Business Valuations - what acquirers looking for and how they value the digital business Management Dashboards - how to best track the right information in your business. You will build a dashboard on the day Financial Management - understanding the balance sheet, business case developments and financial ratios specific to digital Press ...

Managing Agile Waterfall Business for ROI

Full scale 'pure' agile is not for everyone. Most companies need to work within the boundaries of a fixed funding or annual operating program and processes. And if operating in a highly regulated or complex environment, introducing agile is difficult. This one-day seminar on 31 March investigates how to take the best from both worlds, manage agile in a waterfall environment and still deliver ROI. It also brings together the C-suite of product, business, program, finance and legal managers.

Maximising the value of your digital business – and heading for the exit

Consolidation in the digital agency sector continues with the acquisition of digital agency Reactive by consulting firm Accenture in late November. Founded in 1997, Reactive Media was one of Australia’s largest independent digital agencies, headquartered in Melbourne with offices in Sydney, London, New York and Auckland. Highly successful, the agency has marquee clients such as Nissan, Coles Supermarkets, Tesco (UK) and most recently winning Goodman Fielder's digital strategy. The Reactive acquisition caps off a busy year for mergers and changes in the digital/mobile agency landscape with: Ogilvy Australia taking full ownership of digital agency Bullseye with over 100 staff in September DT (part of ...

Coca-Cola rewards agencies for truly innovative work

Coca-Cola is extending its value based compensation structure, giving its agencies the opportunity to earn 30% bonus particularly on innovative projects. According to the article in Ad Age the company is applying a "70-20-10" rule, meaning a standard performance-based compensation for the 70% of work that agencies are most used to doing. In addition, agencies can take advantage of  a guaranteed minimum bonus for the 20% of projects labeled "evolved" or the 10% for projects being tackled for the first time. Plus, there's the opportunity to earn another 5% of the guaranteed minimum in Coca-Cola's new agency bonus structure. I wrote ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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