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Why Working From Home Shouldn’t Be Taken For Granted

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A recent report from Statista conveyed the correlation between how different industry sectors were impacted by COVID-19 and the effectiveness of each industry’s personnel to work from home. As daily new COVID-19 cases continue to spike in the US, fears of another lockdown are mounting. While some people might loathe the idea of working from home, it’s important to remember …

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Upcoming Events

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Here’s a list of the BICSI South Pacific and other ICT industry events that are coming up in the months ahead for you to attend online: Tuesday 28 July – 11.00 am to 12.15.pm AEST – BICSI web seminar hosted on Fluke WebEx platform: Topic and speaker TBA Monday 3 to Friday 7 August – DC102 Data Centre Design instructor-led …

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TIA and Safer Buildings Coalition Sign Mutual Membership Agreement

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The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) recently joined the Safer Buildings Coalition (SBC), an independent, not-for-profit organisation providing thought leadership and education focused on advancing policies, ideas and technologies that ensure effective in-building communications capabilities for public safety personnel and the people they serve. TIA and the SBC signed a Memorandum of Understanding in June 2020 to collaborate on standards and …

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Sustained Employment Growth in US Amidst COVID-19

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According to Statista, following a surprise rise in employment in May, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently reported a further drop in unemployment for June. Total private nonfarm employment rose by 4.77 million in June, marking the second consecutive month of record job gains. While the White House was quick to celebrate those records, it’s important to note …

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NZ Amongst World Leaders in COVID-19 Economic Recovery

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A recent infographic published by economic research firm, Visual Capitalist that measured the extent to which 41 major economies are reopening showed New Zealand to be amongst the world leaders in economic recovery. The results were derived by plotting two metrics for each country: the mobility rate and the COVID-19 recovery rate. Mobility Index refers to the change in activity …

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Fast-track Consenting Law Boosts NZ Jobs and Economic Recovery

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The law to boost the economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19 in New Zealand by speeding-up resource consenting on selected projects recently passed its second and third readings. Commenting on the progress through the House, Environment Minister David Parker said: “Accelerating nationwide projects and activities by government, iwi and the private sector will help deliver faster economic recovery and …

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COVID-19 and Connectivity Report

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A recent report from the Communications Cable and Connectivity Association (CCCA) noted that, as COVID-19 has changed the way we work, educate and communicate, it is alarmingly clear that telecommunications connectivity is not just essential, but critical for the functioning of global society. This aligns closely with BICSI South Pacific’s long-standing contention that businesses – and indeed society – cannot …

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Business Outlook: Fast Crisis, Slow Recovery

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Chris Richardson, Partner at Deloitte Access Economics, is one of Australia’s most respected commentators on economic trends. Below are his most recent insights into Australia’s prospects of economic recovery from COVID-19. We assume (1) Australia succeeds in keeping virus numbers mostly suppressed, allowing restrictions to continue to be lifted, (2) a vaccine or good anti-virals are available mid-2021, and (3) …

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BICSI Fall Conference & Exhibition is Now 100% Virtual

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Given the global persistence of COVID-19, BICSI has converted its Fall Conference & Exhibition into a 100% virtual format, rather than a physical in-person event. Importantly, BICSI is determined to maintain the education, business and networking opportunities that its Fall conference is famous for by using innovative digit online event technologies. This decision has not been made lightly. The safety …

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Australia Must Urgently Skill-up for IoT Era

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Australian businesses should urgently prioritise development of Internet of Things (IoT) skills to maintain its international competitiveness, according to IoT Alliance Australia (IoTAA). The industry body has stepped up its efforts to address the issue by launching the IoT Australia Skills Barometer survey. Created with La Trobe University, the survey will inform educators about important IoT skills gaps and which IoT courses …