One of the most important roles for chief executives is treading a line between actively pursuing growth and managing risks.

In partnership with The CEO Institute, Pronto Software interviewed 118 CEOs from companies and industries across Australia to uncover the top 5 CEO concerns.

The full report is available at www.pronto.net/ceoinsights but here are the key highlights.

Gartner has identified that this is the year of the Internet of Things (IoT), labelling it one of the top technology trends of 2015. The IoT encompasses a network of physical objects, which contain fixed technology geared at bridging the gap between intelligent data and human interaction. In this post, I investigate innovative opportunities the IoT offers supply chain businesses.

The growing abundance of new technologies available to businesses is allowing smaller players to disrupt the established market leaders.

So, how are Australian businesses investing in technology to give them an edge in local and global markets? I explore the weapons available to smaller businesses through business intelligence and data.

As growing service organisations meticulously weigh up the value of introducing new technologies into their business how can they be really sure that the solution fits with the strategy and vision for the long term? It’s relatively easy to propose process improvement based on today’s model, but how many businesses are able to look into the crystal ball and visualise how service delivery will transform in the future, and confidently plan a technology strategy to address what hasn’t yet happened? 

Every so often, I get asked about the best technology for business software and ERP, or if a solution includes the trendy buzzword of the day. I typically don’t answer these questions directly as it is often loaded with preconceived ideas and influenced by marketing messages.

Instead, I ask them why technology is important and what their needs are. After exploring  a few “whys”, here are some of the real business needs that come out of these, often passionate, discussions.

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