CeBIT 2013 Updates

Sydney Olympic Park to host next year’s CeBIT show | The Australian

“It’s definitely going to be bigger next year,” Ms Taranto said, adding the Homebush venue offered more than the 20,000sq m of space used at the Darling Harbour CeBIT show last month. About 600sq m was already booked for next year’s show with 12,000sq 

 

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Ollo Mobile takes top prize at CeBIT StartUp

Queensland-based startup Ollo Mobile has been awarded top prize at the inaugural CeBIT StartUp Pitch & Funding Day competition for its plans to produce a tiny cloud-based 3G mobile phone that can put children and seniors in contact with carers with one-button.

The Ollo Mobile hardware is a wearable phone. Given to children to wear to and from school, or to seniors for in-home monitoring, they are designed to give quick and simple connection directly to family members or carers – rather than routing a call to an emergency service or call centre as existing ‘panic’ alarm systems offer.

The real smarts of the Ollo service, however, is in the cloud-hosted call management service.

Ollo Mobile director Hugh Geiger said the company was well advanced in its commercialisation process and was seeking $500,000 to push ahead in the next four months with its next generation prototype.

Geiger was pitching in front of about 60 potential investors as part of the CeBIT StartUp Pitch & Funding Day.

Geiger said the company was in advanced discussion with mobile carriers in several major markets – including the United States and Australia – as well as in forming strategic partnerships with potential stakeholders

Based on a weighted matrix of criteria, the judges found that Ollo Mobile had the smartest product and service for its chosen market, coupled with most impressive strategy to market, and strongest team.

In addition to the prestige and cache that comes with taking out the honours at a CeBIT-branded event, Ollo Mobile also won a $30,000 credit with Australian payment processing innovator eWay.

CeBIT StartUp was held over three days as part of the giant CeBIT Australia 2013 business technology trade event at Darling Harbour this week.

The event including a Pitch & Funding Day in which more than 150 startup companies applied to deliver short business pitches in front of a room full of potential investors.
Just 20 finalists were invited to pitch in the morning for 5 minutes and answer questions from investors for five minutes.

From this number, six companies – Synaptor, Ollo Mobile, FrisB, CloudHerd, JayRide, Interferex – were chosen as the best of the best for further pitches in the afternoon session. Of these, Ollo Mobile was then awarded top prize for the event.

The complete list of CeBIT StartUp Pitch & Funding Day were:

AdBidx
Aeratron
Aquavation
Bluedot Innovation
Client Heartbeat
CloudHerd
Feedback Loop
FitUsIn
Food Orbit
frisB.com
Ingogo
InterfereX
Jayride
Mercurien
Ollo Mobile
Pocketbook
Synaptor
Touchscratch
Vimily
WeTeachMe

Xero demonstrates value of cloud ecosystem with seven add-on partners exhibiting at CeBIT | PRWire

Xero demonstrates value of cloud ecosystem with seven add-on partners exhibiting at CeBIT

Xero, online accounting software for small business and their advisors, is proud to announce on the launch day of CeBIT Australia, that in addition to being a sponsor and exhibitor of the event, seven of Xero’s numerous add-on partners are also exhibiting. It’s a clear demonstration of the value of Xero’s open API, which enables other cloud applications to connect to Xero’s platform.

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It’s not about the data, it’s about the analysis | ITWire

The man is Harper Reed, self-proclaimed ‘awesome guy’, who gave the keynote address at the plenary session. He was joined by Rayid Ghani, Chief Data Scientist for the campaign. The address was given in the form of an interview with CeBIT Australia CEP 

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Spotlight shines on the cloud | The Australian

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell and two senior IT people from the Obama for America 2012 campaign will kick off Asia Pacific’s biggest technology fair, CeBIT, which opens in Sydney today, while Julia Gillard will appear by video. CeBIT Australia organiser 

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Security goes military at CeBIT | IT NEWS

Introducing the cyber defence team and bug-free code for drones.

CeBIT bills itself as “the digital economy’s most important international event”, so did its Cyber Security conference deliver on that promise this week?

It certainly helped perpetuate the cyber fear doing the rounds of late, with a few subtle reminders that infosec is being militarised — including an attempt by the Australia’s Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) to ban the media from its opening keynote.

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CeBIT Australia app built in three weeks on Salesforce.com | ARN

The CeBIT app for iPhone and Android used at this week’s event in Sydney was built and submitted to the corresponding app stores within three weeks.

While CeBIT in Europe has had an app that they used for that event, Acromobile COO, Rohit Ambekar, said that this is the first time the Australian event has had its own apps.

 

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CeBIT.AU Business Award Winners Honoured

Innovation awards attract record number of entries

Sydney May 29, 2013: The winners of the CeBIT.AU Business Awards 2013 were announced at a gala celebration in Sydney tonight, with Big Data specialist Splunk Inc taking the industry’s top prize, the CeBIT.AU ICT Excellence Award.

 

Splunk Inc is a pioneering Big Data innovator that collects and harnesses machine data to enable customers to search, analyse, and visualise massive streams of real-time and historical.

 

Splunk was also awarded the CeBIT.AU Award for Top Business Solution.

 

Three other companies have also earned recognition for excellence, innovation and achievement in the information and communication technology industry, as judged by a panel of experts.

They are:

  • iiNet for Service Distinction
  • Rapid 3D for Innovation
  • MyNetFone for Outstanding Project

 

The CeBIT.AU Business Technology Awards are held annually at the giant CeBIT Australia event at Darling Harbour. The 2013 edition of the Awards attracted a record number of entries.

 

The winners at the CeBIT.AU Business Technology Awards for 2013 are:

 

1. CeBIT.AU Business Award for Service Distinction: iiNet for its Customer Charter service platform.  Living by its mantra “lead on product, differentiate on service”, the organisation employs a variety of initiatives centred around customer service. This includes its Follow The Sun program which provides 24/7 phone and email support ; its Net Promoter Score (NPS) a customer satisfaction metric which measures how likely a customer would be to recommend a company to people they know; techii,  a dedicated team of support staff to help time-poor customers and iiStore, a custom-designed space offering customers a hands-on approach.

 

2. CeBIT.AU Business Award for Innovation: Rapid 3D for its Cube 3D printer which is revolutionising how products are designed, developed and manufactured and removing the requirement for expensive production tooling, warehousing of stock and the massive cost and environmental impact of shipping product around the world. With in-built consumer-friendly features for easy operation and safety, the Cube has made 3D printing an affordable technology.

 

3. CeBIT.AU Business Award for Outstanding Project: MyNetFone for supplying Voice over IP telephony services to the Tasmanian Government which delivered a financial and technical outcome which allowed seamless migration to the next-generation technologies in the future

 

4. CeBIT.AU Business Award for Top Business Solution: Splunk Inc, the San Francisco-based company has over 5200 organisations in over 90 countries using technology that deepens business and customer understanding, improves service and uptime, reduces cost and mitigates cyber-security risk.

Jackie Taranto, the Managing Director of Hannover Fairs Australia, the organiser of CeBIT Australia 2013, said the CeBIT.AU Business Awards program had grown steadily since they were introduced in 2007 – and this year’s awards were no exception, with a record number of nominations and a very high standard of excellence.

 

“CeBIT Australia has a proud history of recognising talented, innovative and successful organisations in the ICT industry,” Ms Taranto said. “The CeBIT.AU Business Awards provide a great opportunity for the industry to pay tribute to innovative peers and witness ground-breaking new products and services.”

 

For more information about CeBIT Australia, please visit www.cebit.com.au

 

 

 

CeBIT 2013: Conroy unwraps National Strategy for Cloud Computing | ARNnet

Communications minister Senator Stephen Conroy, has revealed the government’s National Strategy for Cloud Computing, at the CeBIT Conference in Sydney. “Cloud computing has reached its tipping point, it’s no longer a trend,” Conroy told the audience.

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NSW Government Secures CeBIT for Sydney for Another Three Years

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell and Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner have announced the NSW Government has secured CeBIT Australia, the Asia Pacific arm of the world’s largest trade fair, in Sydney for 2014-16.

 

CeBIT Australia is the largest business technology event in the Asia Pacific, attracting more than 30,000 attendees from more than 45 countries each year.

 

Mr O’Farrell said the event generates around $30 million in direct and flow-on value to the NSW economy.

 

“Sydney is the national capital for ICT and the natural home for an event like CeBIT Australia,” Mr O’Farrell said.

 

“CeBIT Australia is a magnet for the best tech talent the world has to offer, and keeping the event in Sydney helps maintain the State’s reputation as one of the Asia Pacific’s leading hubs for technology, productivity and innovation.

 

“By showcasing the work of our local technology start-ups, CeBIT Australia offers a powerful platform from which we can demonstrate our capabilities to the world.”

 

Mr Stoner said the NSW Government was proud to continue as principal partner to the event.

 

“Sydney is Australia’s ICT hub and the NSW Government wants to ensure it remains a beacon for growth and innovation in the digital economy in the Asia Pacific and around the world,” Mr Stoner said.

 

“CeBIT is one of many events that will be utilising venues across the city while the new world-class facilities at Darling Harbour are being developed.

 

“This is a great endorsement for Sydney and our ability to deliver world-class events, despite the changes to our hosting spaces.

 

“Last year, I commissioned a high level industry taskforce to identify the key barriers and opportunities for growth in the State’s digital economy.

 

“The taskforce’s action plan for growth over the next decade highlighted the need to build a strong global identity for Sydney’s digital strength and CeBIT Australia provides a platform to do exactly that.”

 

Jackie Taranto, Managing Director of Deutsche Messe Worldwide in Australia and organiser of CeBIT Australia, said she was delighted that CeBIT would remain in Sydney for the next three years.

 

“2013 marks CeBIT Australia’s 12th consecutive year in Sydney and the harbour city’s appeal has been a major factor in the growth of the event over that time,” Ms Taranto said.

 

“We look forward to working even more closely with the NSW Government to cement the city’s global reputation for innovation and leadership in the digital space.”

 

Business Events Sydney, Chief Executive Officer, Lyn Lewis-Smith said keeping the CeBIT Australia event in Sydney would bring even broader benefits to the city’s global events profile and to the local economy.

 

“CeBIT is a world-renowned event and is the largest business technology event in the Asia Pacific. Events such as these act as incubators for innovation, hubs for knowledge sharing and drivers for trade, investment and international networking. Our State’s economy, digital industries, businesses and local community will all benefit from CeBIT Australia remaining in Sydney,” Ms Lewis-Smith said.

 

“Securing CeBIT is fantastic. Our city’s reputation as a leading global event destination has just been proved again. We know that the next three years and the redevelopment of Darling Harbour will present certain challenges. CeBIT’s choice to keep calling Sydney home over the development period shows that there are solutions. Sydney is open for events from 2014 – 2016.”

 

 

Aptira presents Piston Enterprise OpenStack at CeBIT

Local OpenStack Technology Leader Will Demonstrate Turnkey Enterprise Cloud at Premier Technology Event
SYDNEY – May 28, 2013 – The OpenStack® community comes to CeBIT Australia for the first time when the show opens in Sydney today. CeBIT will run to May 30 and is being held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour; OpenStack is on stand 001 in the Cloud Ecosystem section in Hall 4.

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CeBit is for C Levels – not consumers | iTWire

CeBit is an annual IT industry trade show and conference held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. It is on Wednesday (10am-6pm) and Thursday (10am to 5pm). Don’t bother asking how much something on display costs – the answer is likely to 

 

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Interview with Steve Monaghan, Chief Innovation Officer, DBS Bank (Singapore)


This week, Steve Monaghan, Chief Innovation Officer from DBS Bank in Singapore is sharing his time and experience with us on Financial Technology. He will present at the Financial Tech @ CeBIT Conference 2013 on 29 May at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Steve Monaghan, in this interview, explains the challenges of a complex financial Technology and the trends he sees influencing this industry.

He is presenting on International Keynote: Looking From the Outside In – Driving Innovation From A Customer Perspective.

1. Please briefly describe your role and responsibility at your organisation.

As Chief Innovation Officer for the Group I am accountable for building an innovation culture at DBS and driving ‘step change’ innovation initiatives across our various business groups and geographies.

 

2. What are you presenting at CeBIT Australia?

A core focus in innovation at DBS centers on changing customer experience in an impactful and meaningful way. I’ll be sharing some of our insights, learning’s and failures under the banner of “Looking From the Outside In – Driving Innovation From A Customer Perspective” at CeBIT.

 

3. What do you think are the main issues that people are facing in financial technology?

There are a broad range of issues in financial technology, from legacy to security. But from a customer perspective, simplicity is one of the key challenges. As an industry invested in complexity, how can we make banking contextual and easily actionable? There are enormous opportunities with emerging technologies to remove complexity in banking and provide customers with new interaction models.

 

4. Can you describe a current project you’re working on and how the solution/product is helping business to adapt to the challenges of financial technology?

Banking channels and instruments have grown over time requiring customers to learn disparate processes and shoulder the complexity of poor design. We have a number of convergent initiatives around simplifying and enriching customer interaction and engagement.

 

5. What do you see as the strengths for the Singapore and Australian industry; and how do these strengths compare globally?

Singapore and Australia both have strong banks and resilient markets in a well regulated environment. Globally these strengths give us a competitive advantage of a strong foundation from which to base our continued growth.

 

6. What trends do you see as influencing your industry?

Digital Darwinism is a key trend I see has having a high degree of influence in the financial industry. Banks are essentially secure information businesses with traditional distribution economics. As you’ve seen in other industries, as the digitization of business and channels accelerate, there are those whom will adapt well and those whom may no longer survive. The transition from traditional bank economics to information technology economics is both a key opportunity and at threat to traditional banking. Another key trend is the exponential growth of information available to customers to influence decision making. While information has become a commodity, insight remains invaluable.

 

7. What do you believe the future holds for financial technology?

The future is ours to create. Markets like Korea have already seen bank branch traffic reduce by 87%, presenting new challenges in reaching and selling to customers. While a new challenge for banking, there are many other industries whom have gone through similar transformations. One thing is certain, the future of financial technology is bright and growing brighter.

 

See Steve Monaghan, Chief Innovation Officer, DBS Bank (Singapore), at the Financial Tech Conference @ CeBIT Australia 2013 in Sydney on 28 – 30 May 2013.

CeBIT – all the fun of the technology fair – AFR

When Jackie Taranto casts her eye across Darling Harbour Convention Centre’s halls for the CeBIT Australia trade fair, she could be excused for patting herself on the back.

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CeBIT 2013 looms as does end of era – istart.com.au

CeBIT – the largest enterprise focused technology event on Australia’s technology calendar – kicks off at the end of next month. More than 30,000 visitors are expected for the end of an era event.

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Interview with Tim Dillon, Director Asia, Current Analysis


This week, one of the top speakers of CeBIT 2013 Enterprise Mobility conference, Tim Dillon was happy to share his thoughts on mobility in the business environment. He will present at the Enterprise Mobility @ CeBIT Conference 2013 on 30 May at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Tim Dillon, in this interview, focus on the Australian’s strengths in enterprise mobility and the main trends influencing this industry.

He is presenting on Mobile Enterprise Hype or Reality?.

1. Please briefly describe your role and responsibility at Current Analysis.

I’m a Director of the organisation working with IT&T clients to help address and understand issues around mobility in the business environment.

 

2. Why are you presenting at CeBIT Australia?

I was lucky enough to be asked! I’m presenting because I genuinely enjoy the opportunity to hear and discuss ideas and new thoughts around technology.

 

3. What do you think are the main issues that people are facing in enterprise mobility?

How to really ensure productivity and business value.

 

4. Can you describe a current project you’re working on and how the solution/product is helping business to adapt to the challenges of enterprise mobility?

As an analyst I don’t directly work on projects however I’m working with clients that are creating solutions in exciting areas around M2M, NFC, mobile platforms, analytics and future workspaces.

 

5. What do you see as the strengths for the Australian industry and how do these strengths compare globally?

Despite it occasionally feeling otherwise, we genuinely have a strong mobile network infrastructure that supports iniatives in mobile for business and consumer. We also have some incredibly skilled mobile applications and platform developers that are industry leading and world class.

 

6. What trends do you see as influencing enterprise mobility?

That’s a long list of trends – innovation and performance lifts in devices, device form factors that include tablets, smartphones, phablets, consumerisation of IT, greater expectations from companies that mobility can address their business needs, the rising tide of device security moving higher into basic MDM.

 

7. What do you believe the future holds for enterprise mobility?

I transition in the mindset away from ‘what device is it?’ to ‘which parts of my business operations can I mobilise and how?’

 

See Tim Dillon, Director AsiaC, Current Analysis, at the Enterprise Mobility Conference @ CeBIT Australia 2013 in Sydney on 28 – 30 May 2013.

Interview with Stephen Cryan, Former Executive Security Consultant, Commonwealth Bank of Australia


Our daily life now depends on a safe and resilient cyberspace. Stephen Cryan, former Executive Security Consultant of the Commomwealth Bank of Australia share with us his thoughts on the future trends of cyber security and the challenges he faced working in the banking industry.
He will present at the Cyber Security @ CeBIT Conference 2013 on 28 May at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.

He is presenting on Building and Security Buy-In for your Cyber Security Strategy.

1. Please briefly describe your role and responsibility at your organisation.

My role was to provide relationship management, security consulting and strategic advice/planning to defined business unit or units supported by CBA Enterprise Services by establishing and maintaining an effective relationship with the business unit CIOs and their leadership teams. One of the primary responsibilities as the aligned security executive is to ensure that there is easy and adequate engagement of the security organisation at appropriate points throughout both development and operational lifecycles.

 

2. What are you presenting at CeBIT Australia?

I will be presenting a brief look at how I have managed to successfully implement security controls and strategies with the support of the business units.

 

3. What do you think are the main issues that people are facing in cyber security?

There are many issues facing the modern cyber security professional and from experience the main challenge I have faced is ensuring the business and the security/risk professional are on the same page.

 

4. Can you describe a current project you’re working on and how the solution/product is helping business to adapt to the challenges of cyber security?

‘Kaching’ is the obvious example that leaps to mind from when I was working at CommBank. We very carefully considered the risks and controls between current banking process and the mobile banking processes with the end result we could re-use a significant number of the existing risk and security controls to ensure the solution was within the group’s risk appetite.

 

5. What do you see as the strengths for the Australian industry and how do these strengths compare globally?

I believe the strength of the Australian security industry compared to our global counterparts is the collaboration between security professionals. I was once told by a wise man that he doesn’t believe that security should be treated as intellectual property as damage to one bank will have a knock on effect to other.

 

6. What trends do you see as influencing cyber security?

The media is the greatest influencer of cyber security, an article in a major paper can have a majorly positive or negative effect on a security initiative.

 

7. What do you believe the future holds for cyber security?

My crystal ball tells me that we will still be outgunned and outnumber as defenders in the future and solutions like user aware firewalls will assist with containing breaches as well as enforcing chinese walls effectively. Obviously, the mobile area will be the new battlefield and I expect to see great controls in Google Play and the App Store to weed out malicious applications.

 

8. Anything else you would like to add.

I believe things will get worse before they get better but don’t despair, understand your business, support them and eventually something event will support your recommendations. Before which hill you decide to die on……

See Stephen Cryan, Former Executive Security Consultant, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, at the Cyber Security Conference @ CeBIT Australia 2013 in Sydney on 28 – 30 May 2013.

Interview with Dr Steve Hodgkinson, Research Director IT APAC, Ovum


This week, we had the chance to interview another top speaker: Dr Steve Hodgkinson, Research Director IT APAC from Ovum. He will present at the Cloud @ CeBIT Conference 2013 on 29 May at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.

In this interview Dr Steve Hodgkinson share his thoughts on the main issues people are facing in Cloud and the strengths for the Australian industry.

He is presenting on The Organisational Impact of Cloud Services Adoption.

1. Please briefly describe your role and responsibility at Ovum.

I am the IT Research Director for Ovum in the Asia/Pacific region, responsible for the research and advisory services that Ovum delivers to its many subscribers in this region. I work with many CIOs and senior executives on ICT strategy, procurement and organisational strategy conundrums.

 

2. What are you presenting at CeBIT Australia?

I will be discussing the organisational impacts of cloud services adoption based on research and case studies of early adopters. The focus will be on providing insights into how cloud services actually feel in practice in terms of the benefit/risk tradeoffs and the effect on the role of the IT department.

 

3. What do you think are the main issues that people are facing in Cloud?

The first issue is that we need to stop referring to “cloud”! It sounds too fluffy and untrustworthy. The reality is that the market leading cloud services are trustworthy, robust and secure shared services. The main issues are all about understanding the new benefit/risk tradeoffs and how to fairly evaluate cloud services vs. alternative sourcing options such as in-house, shared services and outsourcing/managed services.

 

4. Can you describe a current project you’re working on and how the solution/product is helping business to adapt to the challenges of Cloud?

I believe that there is too much ‘hype and nonsense’ in this marketspace, so my main focus is firstly on providing thought leadership around how to understand the opportunities for cloud services to transform the way ICT capabilities are sourced and delivered, and secondly on documenting and sharing case studies and stories about the experiences of early adopters.

 

5. What do you see as the strengths for the Australian industry and how do these strengths compare globally?

Australia is a ‘trustworthy’ nation in terms of the quality and integrity of our legal, regulatory and technical environments, and we have a skilled ICT local ICT industry, so we are well placed to become an exporter of trusted cloud services to the world. To do this, however, we need to accelerate the speed with which we embrace both the consumption and production of cloud services so that we are learning as fast as possible how to safely consume and deliver cloud services to support mission critical business processes in both the private and public sectors.

 

6. What trends do you see as influencing your industry?

Rising competitive pressures to innovate combined with constraints on funding and access to people and skills means that all businesses are faced with rising imperatives to ‘do more with less’. This means that we have to continually re-evaluate the value added by our activities and focus our efforts on the activities that really count and that we can do well. Cloud services provide a way to tap into global economies of scale and iteratively evolving services to source relatively commodity-like ICT capabilities better, faster and at lower cost. We can then focus our effort on driving innovative business outcomes (looking up and out!) rather than on managing technology (looking down and in!).

 

7. What do you believe the future holds for Cloud?

I believe that it is inevitable that cloud services will become a significant element of the ICT sourcing mix for all organisations. The market leading cloud services are simply shared infrastructure and application services that actually work! Once this simple fact becomes more widely understood we will see rising adoption of a wide range of cloud services provided by robust and trusted ecosystems of local and global providers.

 

8. Anything else you would like to add.

I use the phrase “cloudy is as cloudy does” to summarise the key benefit of the cloud services model. For the first time in the history of the ICT industry it is possible to fully evaluate the functionality and performance of an ICT solution before making a purchase decision. Amazing! This is a stark contrast to the traditional “pay up front and hope that it works in the future” approach. Cloud services are distinguished by the fact that they already exist, at scale, and are engineered to support many different organisations efficiently and securely. They significantly reduce the implementation risk and long timeframes that too often plague ICT projects. This has intuitive appeal to business executives because they are interested in business outcomes, not technology headaches.

See Dr Steve Hodgkinson, Research Director IT APAC, Ovum, at the Cloud Conference @ CeBIT Australia 2013 in Sydney on 28 – 30 May 2013.

Interview with Patrick Vialle, National Demand & Supply Planning Manager, Parmalat


We are pleased to have our second interview with Patrick Vialle, National Demand & Supply Planning Manager from Parmalat, who will be presenting at the Supply Chain & Logistics @ CeBIT Conference 2013 on 28 May at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.

In this interview Patrick Vialle highlights the challenges in Supply Chain & Logistics and shares his thoughts on how the CSIRO Mega Trends will influence this industry.

He is presenting on Parmalat’s Journey to Excellence in Demand Planning.

1. Please briefly describe your role and responsibility at Parmalat.

I’m the National Demand and Supply Planning Manager for Parmalat. As such, I lead a team of 16 people, dedicated to ensure supply of finished goods to our customers. Our activities cover Strategic Demand and Supply, tactical activities, project coordination. The team has the lead on the S&OP process for Parmalat.

 

2. What do you think are the main issues that people are facing in supply chain and logistics?

Demand volatility. In FMCG, people would also face retailer pressure at all level, to optimize costs without damaging the overall service levels.

 

3. Can you describe a current project you’re working on and how the solution/product is helping business to adapt to the challenges of supply chain and logistics?

We are currently undergoing series of adjustments on the demand planning process. We need to simplify the IT system in a more coherent manner. The result will bring more flexibility in facing the volatility of the demand for a faster response.

 

4. What do you see as the strengths for the Australian industry and how do these strengths compare globally?

In comparison to the Italian and French industries where I previously worked, one of the Australian industry’s strengths is definitely coming from the employees. The Australian employees have in general a better employee engagement, creativity and a positive attitude. They embrace changes as they know the industry needs modernity in terms of working techniques.

 

5. What trends do you see as influencing supply chain and logistics?

The CSIRO Mega Trends* will definitely influence supply chain and logistics. The “More for Less” highlights the earth’s limited supplies of natural water and food resources which is challenging us to find a more sustainable alternative.

“Silk Highway” brings attention to the change of the economic balance of the world with a shift from west to east and north to south. Delocalisation of companies in emerging countries is sometimes vital for the business.

The “Forever Young” simply shows that Australia has an ageing population. Therefore, we need to reflect on this demand with a supply of lightened products and more health orientated.

The “Virtually Here” trend underlines the importance of immersing ourselves into the virtual world to a much greater extent than before. We need to be more integrated with our suppliers, have the upstream and downstream more unified to optimise our communication. Social media such as Facebook and YouTube provides us details on our targeted consumers for better market research.

“Great Expectation” brings attention on the rising demand for experience over products therefore the products presentation and the company’s performance are important aspects to take into consideration.

The last trend that is not mentioned into the CSIRO Mega Trends is “Risk Management”. How can we anticipate the supply risks that we can potentially face? Finding the solution before the problem arises is essential in our industry.

 

6. What do you believe the future holds for supply chain and logistics?

A better optimisation of the supply chain for a better optimisation of the costs. Our industry’s future lies on more integration between the procurement and the supply chain.

See Patrick Vialle, National Demand & Supply Planning Manager, Parmalat, at the Supply Chain & Logistics Conference @ CeBIT Australia 2013 in Sydney on 28 – 30 May 2013.

*For more information on the CSIRO’s megatrends please Click Here

 

Interview with David Gee, Chief Information Officer, CUA


Over the next couple of weeks we will be releasing an interview with one of our top speakers from each conference to give you some insights into what you can expect from the three day CeBIT Australia 2013 Global Conferences program.

Our very first interview of the series is with David Gee, Chief Information Officer of Credit Union Australia (CUA) who will be presenting at Financial Tech @ CeBIT Australia 2013 on 29 May at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.
He is presenting on Reaping the Benefits of a Fundamental Infrastructure Overhaul.

1. Please briefly describe your role and responsibility at your organisation.

I am CIO at CUA and have been at the organisation for almost two years.  One of the primary responsibilities of my role is to support the transformation of CUA into a genuine challenger to the major banks through upgrading our IT capabilities.  Fundamental to this is ensuring we have the requisite agility, flexibility and scalability to achieve this.

 

2. What are you presenting at CeBIT Australia?

My presentation is a looking backwards at the last year and what worked well during the IT Transformation that we have successfully completed. In essence, while technology is what we are read in the headlines; this is all about ‘people’ and getting our teams to ‘lift’ and make change happen effectively.

 

3. What do you think are the main issues that people are facing in financial technology?

‘Change’ – this is occurring all around us and there are new players entering this market that provide both threats and opportunity.  To embrace this change and understand how you will play, is the key issue that we all face in Financial Services right now.

 

4. Can you describe a current project you’re working on and how the solution / product is helping business to adapt to the challenges of financial technology?

We are making significant investment in our IT infrastructures, including the relocation of our data centre and the uplifting our data storage capabilities and systems to ensure their integrity and security into the future.  These are all fundamentals that we expect to operate to support our members (customers). There has also been significant work on our Digital and Branch of the Future and in both of these cases it is all about making the Customer Experience as ‘simple’ and ‘rich’ in terms of functionality.

 

5. What do you see as the strengths for the Australian industry and how do you see these strengths compare globally?

The Australian financial services industry has shown great resilience over what has been a very challenging fiscal period and as a result our financial institutions are recognised as being among the most financially secure in the world.  From an IT perspective, we have to remain vigilant and ensure that we match this financial security with cyber security.  We expect more and more of our member (customers) to embrace digital channels and our goal is to ensure that we meet these needs.

 

6. What do you believe the future holds for financial services technology?

‘More change’; we are on the cusp of significant and accelerated change. A great example is the early work on real time payments that is going on in conjunction with the RBA.  We are living in a ‘real time’ world and our systems will need to adapt to this reality.

See David Gee, Chief Information Officer, CUA, at the Financial Tech Conference @ CeBIT Australia 2013 in Sydney on 28 – 30 May 2013.