17 Nov

Productivity and paperwork in the public sector

Productivity and paperwork in the public sector

Given the responsibility that rests on their shoulders, day-in, day-out, it’s natural to want assurance that government workers at all levels are provided with the tools and systems to run smoothly. We all know that devising, discussing and implementing policies and amendments to legislation can be an intense and drawn-out process. Helping public service staff who are working for us achieve a suitable level of productivity should be a priority for federal, state and local authorities. The good news is that moves have been in place for some time to boost productivity in the public sector, since the introduction of the Australian Public Service (APS) Information and Communications Technology Strategy in 2012. As …

23 Apr

Digital connections – uncovering precious memories

Digital connections – uncovering precious memories

Australia’s digital government agenda is at an inflection point. In the first quarter of 2015, the agenda has accelerated rapidly. At the federal government level, this has been boosted by the new Digital Transformation Office (DTO). It is sponsored by the Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, and the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott. The goal: by 2017, all major federal government transactions will be delivered digitally. Australia is following the UK and the USA’s digital government lead. The citizen experience is rightly being placed front and centre in “a relentless focus on the needs of the user”. The newly released Digital Service Standard & Design Guide provide the design criteria for the 500-day sprint …

27 Nov

Working together towards zero landfill

Working together towards zero landfill

The concept of “zero landfill” is simple: everything is reused, nothing is destroyed or thrown out. Zero landfill is an important part of the sustainability conversation; the need to minimise waste in an increasingly resource-constrained environment has been well recognised. Moreover, the goal of “zero landfill” indicates a business is taking real steps to address its sustainability for the long term – an increasingly attractive proposition to investors. At Fuji Xerox Australia, we not only work to the principle of zero landfill, but we also look to maximise the value of used items through reusing rather than recycling whenever possible. At our state-of-the-art Eco Manufacturing centre, we continually develop new reuse programs and …

30 Oct

Delivering better services through technology

Delivering better services through technology

How can you deliver better services to the community? How can you do more with less? Are you adopting new tools and platforms to innovate and lead your organisation to drive productivity? These are only a few of the questions which were heavily discussed and debated at the recent FuturGov Summit in Canberra, attended by leading government agencies from Australia, Europe and the United Kingdom. The discussion tables, panel sessions and notable keynote presentations focused on such key topics as mobility, cloud, information management, security, collaborative tools to drive productivity, emerging technologies, data management, the Government ICT reform and what’s bugging CIO’s. What stood out from the conversations I heard and discussions with …

18 Oct

Working towards a cloud future

Working towards a cloud future

Last month I attended the “Transitioning to Digital Recordkeeping” Conference along with records managers across Australian government departments which just happened to be in Canberra at the same location as FutureGov. One event concentrating on how to change the way government works, and how government and citizens can connect in a better more effective way, and the other working out how to keep a record of it all. The premise of the conference was all too familiar; too much information, not enough government policy, and emerging technologies. Records management in the cloud was the focus of the panel session in which I participated. Having listened to a couple of the presentations and subsequent …

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The next generation of work opens the door to new opportunities and challenges. The workplace of tomorrow will be a transformed place where greater mobility, increased innovation, collaboration and employee flexibility will be key drivers of change. At Fuji Xerox Australia we help businesses integrate data, documents and business processes and turn tomorrow’s documents into knowledge. Nextwork explores the dawn of the ‘new working world’ and how we can successfully harness the opportunities and mitigate the challenges of tomorrow.

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