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Posted on Jul 21, 2017

Internet of things platform wars, The Boston Consulting Group

Internet of things platform wars, The Boston Consulting Group

With the Internet of Things (IoT) poised to generate billions of dollars in economic value over the next ten years, companies have flocked to the IoT platform market, vying to become the go-to vendor. More than 400 companies offer IoT platforms today. Although some companies are emerging from the pack as possible leaders, choosing the right provider from the plethora of companies vying for the platform market remains a challenge, says The Boston Consulting Group.

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Posted on Jul 12, 2017

Renewables now cheapest energy source, RepuTex Carbon

Renewables now cheapest energy source, RepuTex Carbon

The rising price of gas, coupled with the falling cost of energy storage, has now made renewable energy storage cheaper than gas-fired power in providing reliable generation, such as instantaneous peaking or load-following supply. Notably, findings also indicate “clean coal” will not be commercially mature before 2030, meaning it will not contribute to Australia’s 2030 target under the Paris Agreement.

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Posted on Jul 5, 2017

It’s all about innovation in healthcare, CommBank Healthcare Insights Report

It’s all about innovation in healthcare, CommBank Healthcare Insights Report

Australian healthcare businesses operate in a rapidly changing environment where consumers are increasingly demanding a world-class experience. While technology is a key driver behind disruptive and transformative innovation in healthcare, there are many more ways that innovation can create value, according the CommBank Healthcare Insights Report.

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Posted on Jun 28, 2017

Retailers – watch out for Amazon, Inventium

Retailers – watch out for Amazon, Inventium

With Amazon due to land in Australia, retailers need to take the old adage “innovate or die” seriously. Interesting insights from Inventium’s founder Dr Amantha Imber who says Australian retailers are notorious for lagging behind on the innovation front compared to the US, UK and Europe.

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Posted on Jun 21, 2017

Manufacturing is far from dead, Australia Institute report

Manufacturing is far from dead, Australia Institute report

Manufacturing in Australia has faced  some daunting domestic and global challenges. Now it accounts for close to 1 million jobs, $100 billion per year in value-added, $100 billion per year in exports and 40,000 new jobs last year, manufacturing’s contribution to the national economy should not be taken for granted. Interesting reading in the Australia Institute’s new report.

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Posted on Jun 14, 2017

Why should Australia discourage new coal technology investment? Mineral Council

Why should Australia discourage new coal technology investment? Mineral Council

If countries around the world are investing so heavily in new coal technology to provide reliable and affordable electricity, why should Australia discourage this investment? It is a matter of economics and engineering that an energy mix that does not include new super-efficient baseload coal generation will be more costly and less reliable, says the Mineral Council this week in response to the electricity review.

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Posted on Jun 7, 2017

What does your non-financial performance say about you? EY survey

What does your non-financial performance say about you? EY survey

The biggest motivating factor for most companies remains building their corporate reputation with customers, followed by complying with regulatory requirements. Investor demands play a role as well, along with the incentive of improving stock valuations, but to a much lesser degree, says EY in its non-financial performance survey.

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Posted on May 17, 2017

A  balanced health budget with little controversy, Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy

A balanced health budget with little controversy, Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy

A relatively balanced health #Budget17 with little controversy, says Macquarie University’s Centre for the Health Economy. However, pressure to increase expenditure in future years will continue, driven by population ageing and growth, chronic disease, and expensive new health technology. The Federal Government will need to work with the states and territories if they are to continue providing affordable health care.

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Posted on May 10, 2017

What does Budget 2017 mean for investors? AMP Shane Oliver

What does Budget 2017 mean for investors? AMP Shane Oliver

What does the Budget mean for investors? The 2017-18 Budget has much to make it popular says AMP’s Shane Oliver. Key points include a welcome focus on housing affordability and infrastructure; subdued wages growth is keeping revenue collection down contributing to a slight deterioration in near term deficit projections (a deficit of $29.4bn for 2017-18) but a return to surplus is still projected for 2020-21; and minimal impact on the RBA and shares. Overall a positive for confidence.

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Posted on May 3, 2017

Deloitte Budget Monitor – an economic wrap-up with a difference

Deloitte Budget Monitor – an economic wrap-up with a difference

This is an economic wrap-up with a difference from Deloitte Access Economics.  It covers everything from China’s rebound, consumer sentiment, MYEFO, national income, company profits, housing affordability, taxes, bracket creep, AAA rating, debt, deficits, Obamacare, wages, The Donald to Einstein, Cartier and Tiffany! Read it and weep.

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Posted on Apr 26, 2017

Australians need to benefit from natural gas boom, McKell Institute

Australians need to benefit from natural gas boom, McKell Institute

Australia is on the cusp of a natural gas boom, with hundreds of billions of dollars worth of natural gas set to be exported in the coming decades. But to capitalise on this, an appropriate compensation mechanism must be in place to ensure the Australian economy benefits to the extent it is entitled. So says the McKell Institute.

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Posted on Apr 19, 2017

Global economy has improved over past six month despite new risks, RBA Economic Outlook report

Global economy has improved over past six month despite new risks, RBA Economic Outlook report

The global economy has improved over the past six months, though some new risks have emerged. New US policies could adversely affect stability, elections in Europe could undermine European banks, and financial stability risks in China remain elevated. The economic outlook for Australia, however, is looking pretty good, according to the Reserve Bank of Australia’s latest report.

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