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Shaping success for your enterprise

The fourth strategic focus area of the Hume digital strategy is about encouraging digitally enabled business in the Hume region. New research conducted by IBM and the NIEIR (National Institute of Economic and Industry Research) has presented evidence of superior financial performance for digitally advanced enterprises.

The key message is that enterprises cannot afford to stand still as digital technologies continue to redefine the business and government landscape. Several factors, including faster broadband and more sophisticated e-commerce systems, are exposing Australian organisations to unprecedented competition both domestically and abroad.

Organisations who recognise the need for change can build a transformation agenda as set out by the IBM report in five steps below.

1. Establish your position quickly. Establish whether you are a leader or a follower within your market. A good way to look at this is to focus on metrics that indicate your ability to compete in the digital age. e.g. percentage of services or sales delivered online.

2. Clarify timing. How important is it to be a leader in your sector? How quickly are digital technologies impacting your industry and how fast is your organisation’s capacity to change? These are questions you need to consider when timing your digital transformation.

3. Identify levers for action. Review which ‘levers’ are available to your organisation to drive change. They may be how you deal with your customers, how you reinvent your work practices and incentives, how you manage your cost base, how you use technology and assets or how you engage with your stakeholders.

4. Set priorities. While all your levers of change are important, you will need to decide where to focus your efforts and in what time frames. Keep in mind the plans of your competitors and how each set of actions tie back to your transformation objectives. Be sure to track progress once your priorities have been decided.

5. Develop a transformation narrative. Create a ‘story’ that clearly expresses your current position, the need for change and your plan for the future. Undertake the narrative on both a high level and a detailed business level. Describe how time will be managed and set targets.

While the IBM research is targeted at generally larger enterprises, all local businesses can start by completing the online digital readiness diagnostic. The 25 question tool will help you understand where you currently stand and where you need to go.

The full report in detail and other resources are available from IBM for download.

Maximising the impact of the NBN in the Hume Region

The recent Hume Digital strategy emphasised that the region needs to maximise the impact of the NBN in order to enable future success. The report acknowledged that there are some big challenges including:

  • Supply gaps and unmet needs in the region
  • Time – it will take up to ten years to roll the NBN out across the region
  • Not all areas will receive 100Mbps

The RDA Hume Committee dedicated to implementing the strategy have committed to:

  • Ensuring good working partnerships between the three tiers of government via the Hume strategy partnership group, NBN Co and other broadband and mobile providers
  • Increasing the use of and access to existing public sector networks
  • Exploring the creation of regional data centres in and for the Hume Region

Some longer-term actions that the region will examine include:

  • Generating innovative solutions for improving wireless broadband supply
  • Aggregating demand for and purchasing of high-speed broadband services to reduce cost and improve quality
  • Exploring how to aggregate demand for and purchasing of of high speed services to reduce costs and improve quality

CASE STUDY: Public Sector Demand Aggregation – HumeNET
The HumeNET fibre, serving the Hume Regional Alliance, formed in 2006 and built on the former HumeNET Ltd and the Hume ICT Alliance, runs HumeNET, a broadband network linking healthcare centres. Service areas encompass acute health, community and primary health, and some local GP network connections. The Hume Rural Health Alliance spans regional hospitals, 14 community health providers and nine health information service providers. One of the local users of HumeNET, the Alexandra District Hospital, is consistently recognised as one of the leaders in the delivery or rural healthcare and has received awards and nominations in the Victorian Healthcare Awards every year since 2006.
As a member of the Hume Rural Health Alliance and long term user of the HumeNET fibre network, the experience of the hospital points to the opportunities associated with high-speed broadband access, but also where there remain important obstacles for further participation and use.

Do you have an opinion on how to maximise the use of the NBN in the region? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

The content from this post was extracted from our Digital Strategy which is available for download here.

13th June Webinar Recording

Thank you to everyone who attended the Digital AgricultureHow high speed broadband and digital technologies will help you increase profitability and productivity webinar yesterday evening.

Here is a recording of the webinar for those who want to recap on some of the topics discussed or for those who missed it.

Please leave your comments and feedback below. If you liked the webinar please share the recording by clicking on one of the social media icons below.


Prepare Your Business For The Opportunities With The NBN

Fergal Coleman – Director of Symphony3 recently presented on the how businesses can prepare for opportunities presented by the NBN.

Below are the slides of the presentation. Some great information there on using the NBN, how your business needs to change and what are the benefits.

After you view the slides let us know via twitter how you have OR plan to prepare your business for the digital economy.

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Run through some of our diagnostics to prepare your business for the NBN.

Visit The Digital Rural Futures 2013 Conference

With 12 keynote speakers and 58 breakout and poster presentations the conference offers the chance to interact with some of Australia’s mostDigital Futures Region innovative business leaders, academics and regional development organisations, as well as farmers and farmer peak bodies, to set the scene and increase general awareness of delegates across a range of challenges and opportunities. See Professor David Lamb from UNE talking about the Conference running in Armidale 26-28 June 2013.

Click here to learn more about the conference.

Smart Homes – How Will They Help?

The Broadband Smart House Project

The goal of the Broadband Smart House project is demonstrate the use of the real-world applications of the NBN, including home automation, remote health monitoring, video-conferencing, rehabilitation, education, remote business, sensor monitoring, and environmental sustainability.(Source: RDA Northern Inland, 2013)

A smart home in Armidale, NSW has been created to conduct live workshops & demonstrations on the benefits of this new technology. The house is fitted with functioning installations where a typical family of four can try out the new technologies. At first instance the house will also be used by local TAFE and University students to trial and demonstrate various cutting-edge projects across a range of areas.

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Telecommunications report has some key findings for Hume Region

A recently released report by Deloitte Access Economics, entitled “Telecommunications Spend and Demand in Victoria, 2012
highlighted a number of key findings relevant for the Hume Region. The report was developed for the Department of Business and Innovation and contains some important findings. They include:

  • An estimated two-thirds of households and businesses in Victoria will not have access to NBN by 2016 which will mean high levels of unmet demand.
  • Unmet demand in the Hume Region in 2011 was 13.6% of total premises within the region (for broadband greater than 8 and less than 50 mbps), and 12.5% for broadband greater than 50 mbps. This is estimated to increase to 43% by 2016.
  • Mobile data demand is anticipated to grow rapidly.
  • Dial-up data and fixed voice will continue to decline.

Detailed information by LGA in relation to unmet demand for broadband and demand for telecommunications estimates for 2016 can be sourced from the Telecommunications Spend and Demand in Victoria 2012 Report Final.

Dr Tim Williams – Thoughts on a Digital Strategy for Hume

Dr Tim Williams of Arup, who is working with the Hume Region on the development of the Digital Economy Strategy talks about what he thinks the project means for the region.

Want to have your say? Attend one of the upcoming consultations being run by Tim and/or Kate Walters.
Monday, 7th May 2012, 10.30am to 1.30pm at the Rural City of Wangaratta, Council Chambers, Level 1, 62 Ovens St, Wangaratta
Friday, 11th May 2012, 10.30am to 1.30pm, City of Wodonga, Committee Room, 104 Hovell St, Wodonga

Tim Williams is recognised as one of the country’s leading thinkers about high speed broadband and the impact of digital media on communities, public services and business. His ground-breaking report, ‘Connecting Communities: the impact of broadband in the UK and its implications for Australia’ was launched at the Nation Press Club in Canberra in February 2011.

Kate Walters is a Senior Consultant at Arup. As an experienced team leader, Head of Policy and project manager in both the Government and private sector, Kate has worked on a range inter-related social, environmental and economic policy issues that aim to create thriving, liveable and sustainable urban areas. Kate has strong strategic understanding of economic development and placemaking and is an experienced facilitator. Tim and Kate very much appreciate your attendance at the workshops and see it as crucial to the successful delivery of the Hume Digital Economy Strategy.

NBN announced rural areas in Hume to receive fixed wireless from mid-2015

On 3oth April 2012, NBN Co announced the areas in the North East Region of Victoria to receive high speed fixed wireless broadband from mid 2015.

The fixed wireless network will deliver high speed broadband to homes and businesses at wholesale speeds up to 150 times faster than dial-up and up to eight times faster than ADSL.

“For decades, rural and regional Australia has been left behind when it comes to telecommunications,” said NBN Co stakeholder relations advisor Tony Gibbs.“NBN Co’s plan to deliver high speed broadband to every Australian with one network utilising three technologies, fibre, fixed wireless and satellite aims to change that,” he said.

The communities, which cover seven local government areas, Alpine Shire Council,  Indigo Shire Council, Moira Shire Council, Toowong Shire Council, Wangaratta Rural City Council and Wodonga City Council and East Gippsland Shire Council (not in the Hume Region).

“Today’s announcement is tremendous news for these communities, many of which have little or no access to high speed broadband, or those confined to a limited service, such as dial-up, mobile or satellite,” Mr Gibbs said. “The fixed wireless network will cover around 7,500 premises and will be switched on from mid 2015 onwards. Faster, more reliable internet will deliver speeds and services that city people take for granted. It will also mean telehealth consultations, video conferencing, interactive lessons and live collaboration with teachers and students here and abroad can become a reality.”

“To put 12Mbps fixed wireless speeds into perspective, people in the fixed wireless area who are currently on dial-up will receive speeds up to 150 times faster, on ABG satellite up to 12 times faster and ADSL up to eight times faster.*

The communities in the North East region of Victoria, receiving fixed wireless from mid 2015 are:

  • Allans Flat
  • Area surrounding  Mt Beauty township
  • Area surrounding  Wodonga city
  • Area surrounding Baranduda township
  • Area surrounding Beechworth township
  • Area surrounding Chiltern township
  • Area surrounding Cobram township
  • Area surrounding Corryong township
  • Area surrounding Myrtleford township
  • Area surrounding Rutherglen township
  • Areas surrounding Wangaratta city
  • Barnawatha
  • Bellbridge
  • Benambra
  • Bethanga
  • Bundalong
  • Dederang
  • Ebden
  • Eldorado
  • Everton
  • Glenrowan
  • Kiewa
  • Milawa
  • Moyhu
  • Omeo
  • Oxley
  • Peechelba
  • Springhurst
  • Stanley
  • Strathmerton
  • Tungamah
  • Wandiligong

Are you living in one of these areas?  How do your expect your local community will embrace high speed broadband? Leave your comments below.