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Australian IT leaders prioritising migration to hybrid cloud: Microsoft


Almost half of Australian IT leaders will drive their organisations' transition to hybrid cloud infrastructure over the next few years, according to a study by Microsoft. Approximately 40 percent of Australian respondents indicated that their organisations are already transitioning to hybrid cloud with either integrated or non-integrated public and private cloud infrastructure. Microsoft expects this number to increase to 49 percent in the next 12 to 18 months. However, 43 percent of IT leaders in Australia are still using only private cloud, while 17 percent are using only public cloud solutions, according to the survey that sampled 1,200 IT leaders within Asia Pacific. Australian organisations are not likely to increase their investments in private or public-only cloud solutions, it added.

Allens CIO bets on Australian legal sector AI boom


In an interview with iTnews, Philip Scorgie, who joined Allens last month from Chicago-based Mayer Brown, said that he expects large Australian law firms to begin adopting cloud-based cognitive computing systems within the next year. But he believes predictions that'robot lawyers' will replace humans are overstated. He instead views cognitive computing as augmenting, rather than replacing, human capabilities, for example by assisting lawyers to handle large data volumes to produce structured documents. The CIO also said that nervousness around the access foreign governments might have to firms' sensitive client data has meant the legal sector has been hesitant to adopt cloud technologies, particularly in Australia and Europe. But he added that doing so carried a risk that in-house legal teams would do so and handle more work themselves.

Geoscience Australia embedding staff within Australia Post to learn its 'culture'


The Australian government is eager to shake up how it operates, having taken its staff on digital transformation journeys and sparing no buzzword to do it. But Geoscience Australia took this one step further, immersing its staff in the world of government-owned enterprise through learning from others that are "leading" the way. Reimagining business for the digital age is the number-one priority for many of today's top executives. We offer practical advice and examples of how to do it right. Leading the way, Geoscience Australia director of scientific computing Ole Nielson explained, is the country's 210 year-old postal delivery service -- Australia Post.

IBM Is Ready To Rise Again


The logo of the software and computer services company IBM is displayed during the Viva Technology show at Parc des Expositions Porte de Versailles on May 25, 2018 in Paris, France. IBM missed a couple of high tech rallies in recent years. Big Blue's shares underperformed badly the technology sector. Over the last five years, IBM shares have lost 25.85% of their value as the Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ) shares have gained 113.23%--see table 1. The company's business initiatives have failed to produce sufficient sales to offset the decline in sales in the old businesses.