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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 8 September – 11.00 am to 12.15 pm AEST – BICSI web seminar hosted on R&M GoToWebinar platform: “The New S009 Standard – A Fundamental Direction Change in Cabling Regulations” – Murray Teale, …

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Tech Budgets Rebound as Technology’s Role in Navigating COVID-19 is Realised

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IDG’s recent CIO Pandemic Business Impact Study, revealed that IT budgets are rebounding. According to the results, although cost control/expense management remains top of mind, organisations are realising the necessity of technology solutions to enable them to steer the business during these turbulent times. The study explored organisations’ digital business mindsets due to the pandemic, the technologies they need to …

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Linking OT and IT with Single Pair Ethernet

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The Ethernet Alliance recently launched an industry focus around Operational Technology (OT) networks in building and industrial automation, seeking to connect with more expertise in the building- and industrial-automation industries as Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) creates new opportunities in OT networks. “As the building- and industrial-automation industries come to rely more on SPE, there is a clear need to bring …

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Firestopping for Cablers

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This article first appeared in the BICSI column of ECD magazine, August 2020, Vol.19, No.3 – https://www.ecdonline.com.au. Fire issues like detection, suppression and containment of fire and smoke aren’t normally a concern for the cabling industry, these typically being left to fire professionals. However, they become paramount to cablers if they route cabling through building elements that are deemed as …

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Datacentre Network Security and Appliance Market to Grow Over Next Five Years

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The Network Security and Datacentre Appliance market – firewall, content security, intrusion detection/prevention, and application delivery controller – is forecast to grow at 6% five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from US$14 billion in 2019 to $19 billion in 2024. Growth at 6% is slightly weaker than the typical high single-digit pattern over the last decade, but considering COVID-19, this …

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COVID-19 Has Modest Impact on Australian Office Markets So Far

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According to the Property Council of Australia’s most recent Office Market Report, the early stages of COVID-19 has so far delivered only a modest effect on office vacancy rates, reflecting the strong base settings for most CBD markets at the outset of the pandemic. The report noted that Australian CBD and non-CBD office vacancy increased from 8.3% to 9.5% over …

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CFO Sentiment: Up for the COVID Recovery Challenge

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According to the latest Deloitte ‘Australian CFO Sentiment Survey’, optimism is down, uncertainty is high, and revenues are under pressure. But many CFOs remain positive and resilient, and are looking to take hold of opportunities that will help them not only survive COVID-19, but also thrive on the other side of it. In short, the sentiment for the first half …

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Can you help a fellow ICT professional through the tough COVID-19 crisis?

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The community catch-cry “we’re all in this together” is making us aware that we can all contribute to mitigating the spread of COVID-19. And we’re all trying to do our ‘little bit’ to help get back to normal as soon as possible. But for most of us, this is generally a passive activity like working from home, social-distancing, wearing a …

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Australian Employment and Hours Worked Rose in July

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According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), seasonally adjusted employment increased by 114,700 people between June and July, and hours worked increased 1.3%. Commenting on the statistics, ABS head of Labour Statistics, Bjorn Jarvis said: “The July figures indicate that employment had recovered by 343,000 people and hours worked had also recovered 5.5% since May. Employment remained over half …

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5G Speed Revolution

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Global research firm Statista recently presented a detailed comparison of 5G download speeds in different countries, noting Australia as seeing some of the moist significant data-speed increases. Originally published by wireless coverage mapping company OpenSignal, the analysis showed that the global market for the new technology is still immature. In spite of that, the research found that users are enjoying …