Australian CIOs Talk Agility And Collaboration In Sydney

Last week I hosted Media Corp’s CIO Leaders Summit in Sydney. In addition to my emcee duties, I also moderated two panels, both of which inspired significant discussion among the more than 50 senior IT decision-makers present. Highlights included:

  • Peter Bourke, CIO of Westfield, helped drive a lively discussion on the changing role of the CIO and strategies for leading innovation within the organization versus simply responding to business needs.
  • Andrew Wiles, CIO of Vodafone, addressed the importance of talent management and the skills that IT professionals require to succeed in a fast-paced business environment.
  • The CTOs of Avaya and Cisco provided excellent insight from the vendor perspective, while David Gee, CIO of Credit Union Australia, wrapped up the event with a vision of the future — the “microtrends and megatrends” likely to affect our lives, both professionally and personally.
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The Google Vidyo Relationship - More Than Just Strange Bedfellows

Vidyo and Google are bringing video-enabled Google Hangouts to work as well as working to make video easier to use and more ubiquitious across the business and consumer landscapes.  While the early realtionship may have been seen as opportunistic, today's announcements indicate a longer term commitment to deliver software and cloud-based video solutions to iWorkers and consumers around the globe.

Vidyo has been the video component behind Google+ Hangouts for some time – just as Skyoe has been the video enabler for Facebook Video Chat.  Vidyo and Google have pushed the WebRTC standard to enable simpler video communications from a standards based browser interface, and Google is leveraging Vidyo SVC (Scalable Video Code) technology in VP9 for Chrome and other browsers. Vidyo and Google  are now taking two more steps together to   
                1. Deliver simple video conferencing in a bundle for business – ChromeBox for Meetings
                2. Enable interoperability between Google+ hangouts and other voice and video systems
                     with VidyoH2O for Google+ Hangouts


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