Category: Government

 

ANZAC’s Centenial Anniversary in relation with today’s IT industry

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Come this Saturday the 25th of April 2015, we in Australia and New Zealand, will remember those who fought for our freedom. This will be a special event as this is 100 years since our landing at Gallipoli. So why would something that happened so long ago, affect us and especially IT today.

Gallipoli saw a mindset change occur here in Australia. We were no longer going to be the cattle to be used and abused by the British. We became a voice and a power. Since this change, Australia has matured and grown quite well. However, we still are quite weak when it comes to standing up for our rights internationally.

With that being said, we still let our citizens be abused by other countries, laws, and charlatans. We seem too afraid to stand up to other countries, and seem only content to ride along as long as we don’t create too many waves. Therefore, what is the correlation between this and IT? Well read on.

Australian have always been a creative people, and here is why I state this:

Aboriginals and their skills with living in this harsh land and their mystical skills displayed in their relationship with our land. For example, did you know not one aboriginal was in Darwin when cyclone Tracey hit, but many Anglo Saxons were?

Think about some of inventions that we have created. E.g. Hills Hoist, Baby Safety Capsule, WIFI hotspots, the Paper Notepad, Plastic wine casks, Electric drill just to name a few. We have created out of need. They say that Need is the father of all inventions. Remember when our soldiers left Gallipoli, we had invented in that difficult area and site, a self-shooting gun, that fired when a water can filled to a set position. Need certainly is the father of all invention and this is testament. So how do inventions affect IT? Simple, IT is created by ideas or Need, and here is where we excel.

We at Accede are contacted from all over the world because of our creative ability, backed up with skill, history and cost effectiveness. We are not alone. Here in Australia IT absolutely creates solutions and it does this in a truly cost effective and time effective manner. We are really world leaders. So often I hear of code being created here and sold off shore. Our Government supports R and D, and this R and D is creating Export dollars for Australia. We do however as a country need to consider how we sell our inventions, e.g. completely, license or partial.

I recently spent many hours reviewing websites for software companies. In the USA, I saw mainly, sales or management of Virtual Companies or Programmers. Here in Australia, custom software, products created, and those for sale are huge. Even in Accede when our sales to clients have been quiet our R and D broke new boundaries. We have created quite a few new products, and are still doing this.

So our freedom that was purchased at such a high price, that we remember during this Saturday anniversary, has really bought us creativity in IT. Now, I challenge our IT industry, to be world leaders, not only in IT creativity, but in IT export. We really do lead the world in IT. We need to take the next step and learn how to really take our products from here in Australia to the world and to bring in the export dollars to Australia.

So my blog is a call to action for all of us involved in IT. For those involved and have skills in Exporting and commercializing join with IT and let’s make Australia a leader in this area. Truly, our skill base and the creative environment we live in makes us uniquely positioned. Let’s leverage from this position.

 

Cate Schafing is a successful Australian business woman in the IT field serving as CEO of Accede Holdings Pty. Ltd. makers of Ezymeetz, ICE and Virtual Gym. She develops innovative new technological products as a programmer and entrepreneur. In gratitude for her success her company supports NFP’s by donating $5000 per month in programming time for NFP’s requesting work.

 

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Government and Politics – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Government and Politics is a fact of life. But here in Australia are they a saint to us or a Demon? Well, I think they are a bit of both.

Politics in this context is all parties, elected or not, federal, state or local. The political party in office I am referring to as Government in this document.

In short I see both good and bad – and it relates to our actual set up.

To begin with, let’s start on the demon side and end with the saint side.

The biggest demon is that unlike a parent or business making decisions for the best long term outcome, Government and politics are based on an election period – e.g. 4 years. So often either the wrong or not the best decision is made, to fit this situation. Coupled with this, is that one government may start an initiative only to have the next government kit it out – and all the cost, setup etc. is lost.

To put this simply, I have international host sons. They come to me – each and every one with a reason for coming to Australia. Some clearly have been sent here because they need alternative teaching, parenting or even experiences to bring them back to a good level in their home country and family life. However, I have to state – that right now, I am faced with a home problem, if I was to fix this problem long term – I would take a specific course of action, but to fix the problem short term – so that I have a quality of life, I am taking another course of action. This is in fact is the core issue facing our government.

My son, who studies Politics at ANU was last night (almost middle of the night – of course, he is a uni student) discussing the carbon exchange option that Liberals have dumped. He was weighing up the good and bad of this. In short – the scheme is good. The reason for not proceeding, is that this needs to be adopted internationally (basically by all countries), and it needs clear guidelines for judging the credits and debits in respect to carbon, plus insurance of etc. In the ideal world, Australia would agree to this, and every company including the government would need to buy and sell carbon credits. However being an overly nurturing government, our government wants to do all the buying and selling for us – or this is how it is currently set up. But not all the rules are clearly established. So instead – it is dropped in total, until all the minor issues have been sorted out.

au govIf our government wants to do this correctly – it should set up the infrastructure that every business has to buy and sell the carbon credits. Then as a country it would legislate that this should happen. But our overly mothering government wants to do it all for us, and just give us a bill to pay. This of course increases the cost to manage this, plus liabilities. But most importantly it increases our dependence on our government and our complacency. In a time when we should not be complacent e.g. with Carbon, why do this – well that’s the demon – it is easier.

If they drop it until it is a signed matter of fact with all the rules etc. in place, then great for business and business and those employed see the government as a hero. If they collect the tax and pay it those in credit e.g. the Amazon forests etc. then who is going to elect them next time? So the bottom line – is that Liberals in this decision have elected to go with the demon.

Now what about the saint? Well in many ways our government is saintly. It supports disabled, homeless, health, education, infrastructure the list goes on. We might complain, but really our government is supporting so much. However the demon part of this is complacency by individuals. Our wonderful saintly government won’t let us starve or go without. So we don’t have to do things, like insure, work etc.

In simple terms, our government are tight rope walkers. The rope is that of make the best decision for our country within their limited election criteria. So whatever your political lean, realise in the end, your party will be limited when they get in power, if they wish to stay in power. You just have to hope that they will make the best possible decision for you and your country.

 

Cate Schafing is a successful Australian business woman in the IT field serving as CEO of Accede Holdings Pty. Ltd. makers of Ezymeetz, ICE and Virtual Gym. She develops innovative new technological products as a programmer and entrepreneur. In gratitude for her success her company supports NFP’s by donating $5000 per month in programming time for NFP’s requesting work.

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