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  • Deloitte & Touche exec looks to drive innovation

    For nearly 30 years, John Hagel has advised corporate executives on how to use IT to push business strategies or create new business models. So when the renowned author and management consultant was approached by officials at Deloitte & Touche USA to help launch a research centre for technology and business strategy in Silicon Valley, he leaped at the chance.

  • Extenda extends University research to local companies

    The University of Auckland’s Centre for Software Innovation (CSI) and the University’s Business School are launching a programme to boost research skills and product development in software companies, but also to connect students to the commercial world.

  • Here’s to the researchers and innovators

    At the recent Vista rollout, Steve Ballmer reportedly remarked that the internet “wasn’t fully developed” in 1995. That sparked an interesting dialogue among many of the Internet Engineering Task Force luminaries, who had researched and developed the internet in the 1980s and early 1990s. Their point: since most of the key specs were in place by 1995, Ballmer’s comment was inaccurate.

  • Mashups, wikis and Second Lives help IBM get its mojo back

    IBM’s research achievements are legendary: the hard drive; DRAM; the relational database; DES data encryption; Deep Blue, the chess-playing supercomputer; Blue Gene, Deep Blue’s DNA-simulating descendant — and two Nobel prizes. It was also granted the most patents of any company worldwide for the 14th straight year.

  • It’s time to step into the light

    Bruce Springsteen made more than a few dollars singing ‘Dancing in the Dark’. In fact, it won him a Grammy in 1985. Question: how many New Zealand organisations are betting their income — or their functionality — by dancing in their own darkness, as defined by research companies and their analysts?