May 17, 2020

Business IoT uptake in New Zealand doubles during 2017 – IDC report

IoT
Tom Wadlow
2 min
Auckland
Companies in New Zealand are increasingly looking to IoT to boost customer experience and drive internal process improvement, a new study has found.

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Companies in New Zealand are increasingly looking to IoT to boost customer experience and drive internal process improvement, a new study has found.  

The International Data Corporation (IDC) has revealed that 25.7% of New Zealand enterprises leveraged the power of IoT in 2017, almost a twofold increase on 2016, which saw just 13.7% of businesses use this field of technology.

Monica Collier, Research Manager for Telecommunications, IDC New Zealand, commented: “New Zealand organisations are understanding that the value of the Internet of Things is in the data it produces and, more importantly, what that data enables companies to act upon or improve.”

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"We would encourage tech buyers to ensure their IoT plans are not siloed; the plans should fit within their overall digital roadmap. For vendors, to step ahead you'll need a good IoT partner ecosystem in context with the industries you are servicing. Customers want a technology partner that understands their business as well as their technology,” she continued.

IDC reported a wide array of use cases spanning supply chain, manufacturing, retail and healthcare, beyond the so-called ‘connected cow’, an innovation which has seen many dairy farmers attached IoT collars to their herds to monitor health.

The major reason for the larger uptake of IoT across the country is customer-driven, the research says. Indeed, New Zealand organisations place more focus on the customer, as a driver for IoT, than any other country surveyed across Asia Pacific.

Companies taking advantage of this and performing well in the deployment of IoT services include Google, IBM, Dell and Rockwell Automation.

"The New Zealand IoT Alliance research says that IoT could bring NZ$2.2bn of benefit to the New Zealand economy over the next ten years. Our report illustrates how companies have understood that message and are implementing IoT to increase productivity and improve customer experience,” Collier added.

More information on the findings can be found at www.idc.com.  

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Jun 24, 2021

Legend: John McAfee

McAfee
Cybersecurity
Intel
2 min
A controversial figure, John McAfee is credited with starting an entire technology industry around cybersecurity

John McAfee is credited with starting the entire cybersecurity industry. In 1987, he set up McAfee Associates and released VirusScan. Previous antivirus programs had been released, but McAfee’s was the first with mass appeal and was soon a day zero (or at least day one) installation for Windows users as well as corporate clients.

McAfee: divisive

But McAfee was also a hugely divisive character. He dismissed his own software, claimed he never used it, and rejoiced when Intel bought McAfee and took his name off “the worst software on the planet.” He was anti-tax, pro-drugs, anti-war and pro-free trade. He was also a tireless crusader for cyber awareness, and set up a political party called the Cyber Party in order to make a bid for the office of president of the US.

“I am now everlastingly grateful to Intel for freeing me from this terrible association with the worst software on the planet”

McAfee: born in the UK

McAfee was born in Gloucestershire, UK, but moved to Salem, Virginia, where his American father (his mother was English) shot himself when McAfee was 15. McAfee worked at NASA, Univac, Xerox, Computer Sciences Corporation, Booz Allen Hamilton and Lockheed. It was while working at the latter he was given a copy of Brain, the first computer virus for PC, and began to engineer a defence.

McAfee: controversy

Controversy dogged McAfee. He was implicated as a ‘person of interest’ in the search for a neighbour who had been shot. He married a prostitute. He claimed a cocaine baron was writing his biography. He was arrested for possession of an unlicensed weapon and for manufacturing drugs in Belize (later released without charge). There were various other arrests (mainly weapons related) but not much would stick until McAfee’s anti-tax stance caught up with him. 

McAfee: arrest

He fled the US as tax authorities turned up the heat on at least four years of non payment of tax and was arrested (again) in Spain in October 2020 at the behest of the US Department of Justice. Charges for fraudulently promoting cryptocurrencies were soon added and he was formally indicted in March 2021. In June 2021, the Spanish National Court authorised McAfee’s extradition to the US, and McAfee was found dead in his cell just hours later in what is widely believed to be a suicide.

McAfee: death

Even in death, McAfee courted controversy, having announced that if he was ever found to have committed suicide, it would mean he had been murdered. A slew of conspiracy theories mushroomed in the hours after his death was announced. It’s just what he would have wanted.

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