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Internet traffic is set to explode, with predictions suggesting it could hit 4.8 zettabytes per year by 2022, which is more than three times the 2017 rate. In Australia, this traffic will consist of data flowing between people and applications, including Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and streaming services, and will increase even further when 5G services become mainstream.

Recently I attended a business networking event and, as you’d expect, the question “So what do you do?” was asked. I gave much the same answer as I’ve given hundreds of times before in that situation and my elevator pitch included the words, ‘business process automation’ (BPA). 

Several years ago, a Swiss Government ministry was sued after it imposed a ban on travellers from Asia entering Switzerland. The reason for the ban was the outbreak of an infectious epidemic in Asia. The ministry wanted to prevent infections in Switzerland, however the ban prevented a group of Asian business people from attending a very important conference, which for them was the key business event of the year.

It won’t surprise you to learn that I sometimes find myself writing a data governance policy for my clients.  Sometimes my clients assume that I will just take a previous policy I've written and tweak it for them. However, this really wouldn't be very helpful for the new client, as it wouldn't be designed to meet their needs!

We’re well past peak bitcoin. Are we approaching peak blockchain, the currency’s much-hyped underlying technology? Sold as a solution to all of life’s problems, blockchain offers a ton of legitimate solutions for businesses – but raises just as many questions.

While IT organizations are making progress with their own internal digital transformation, they are still struggling to support the broader enterprise, reallocate the technology portfolio, implement a more agile technology infrastructure, drive innovation, and improve customer-centricity, according to 2019 IT Key Issues Research from analyst firm The Hackett Group.

LeanIX, a provider of Software-as-a-Service solutions in Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM), has announced expanded operations in Australia, including offering local data hosting capabilities through Microsoft Azure’s data centre in New South Wales and a new strategic partnership with Citadel Group.

Companies are investing heavily in robotic process automation (RPA) to carve out a competitive advantage, according to a survey of executives from 450 companies in 14 markets worldwide (including Australia) conducted by protiviti. The survey found the average annual spend on RPA was around US$5 million, with the largest organisations planning to invest up to US$20 million.

Many government agencies overlook social media, not giving any thought to, or realising, that social media communications are State and Commonwealth Records that are required to be maintained. Other agencies we’ve spoken with assume that they are being recorded as part of their records management program, when in fact they aren’t. Considering social media has been around since 1997, it’s an area that is only just beginning to get the attention it deserves.

Deloitte Legal and UiPath are collaborating to develop and implement cutting edge automation solutions. Among the first solutions is a robot for the legal industry which Deloitte Legal and UiPath have co-developed to drive greater efficiencies for due diligence exercises.

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