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25 Sep 2015

After winning the leadership ballot, Turnbull told the media that Australia needs to embrace innovation and digital disruption.  What that will most likely mean is that Startups, not small business, will likely take centre stage.

“The Australia of the future has to be a nation that is agile, that is innovative, that is creative,” Turnbull said.  “We can’t be defensive, we can’t future-proof ourselves.  We have to recognise that the disruption that we see driven by technology, the volatility in change, is our friend if we are agile and smart enough to take advantage of it.  There has never been a more exciting time to be alive.”

These are words the former communications minister has used many times before, particularly while speaking at tech startup events.

While it is early days, we can expect the new prime minister to embrace new technologies as opposed to old ones – effectively putting the mining and manufacturing sectors on notice.

Many in Australia’s tech community are coming out in support of the new Prime Minister, seeing his forward and tech facing stance as the drive for innovation that has left several key ministries struggling to employ staff and struggling to dole out the few grants they were allocated.  Many are keen to see solar technology as a key to this new government, paraphrasing the new PM himself “if we are agile and smart enough to take advantage of it.”  Others still are hoping to see the research and discovery sciences given that boost that has seen so many bright Australian minds pinched by overseas companies who know how to pay someone what they are worth.

Despite these factors, Turnbull has promised to consult widely and will need to woo the National Party if his government wants to pass anything through the Senate or Parliament with ease, as evidence by his first day in the big office.  These changes will not come quickly, but will be coming.  Any political analyst will note that the new PM’s first order of business is to shore up his support and build a base around him to drive his proposals.

The Nationals have been pushing for an effects test which essentially means bringing in a law designed to better protect farmers and small business owners from anti-competitive conduct from large companies.  This will be a tough sell to a party that has been mostly in favour with big business owners, but in order to bring Australia back from the one track economy the abandoning car manufactures have left the nation with, protecting the businesses that cannot retreat off-shore will be what makes or breaks the next election.  The Prime Minister has not commented yet on his opinions about an effects test, many have noted his background in big business as an investment banker, so the cards are even.  What is known is his deputy, Julie Bishop, is against the change.

Will the Nationals flex their political muscle and force Turnbull to back the effects test?  What technology will be given pride of the first off the mark?  As an Australian IT company, HSD will surely watch this space.

11 Sep 2015

The Melbourne show of World Festival of Magic has been an amazing 25 year success story for HSD, the Lions Club of Melbourne, and local special needs Organisations, Children & Families.

HSD has been proud to sponsor special kids from the Melbourne Metro Area for many years, enabling them to focus on having fun and gain therapy from this wonderful event rather than the hardship of the illnesses so many of these children suffer from.

As well as giving a free show for the families some of the funds have been directed to groups such as St Vincent's Hospital, Cancer Council Victoria, Australian Lions Children's Mobility Foundation the builder of the Hart Walker for the severely disabled, and Fare Share.

HSD looks forward to many more years of working together.  This show plays Australia wide, so please check the dates for the shows in your area and make a donation on behalf of your company to this great cause!

28 Aug 2015

What a month it has been for us here at HSD!  Our family has expanded twice within the past thirty days!

In July we celebrated with our Senior Analyst Programmer Craig Letcher as he and his wife announced the birth of their baby daughter Bonnie.

To top off the joy we were already feeling, one month to the day later our CRM Consultant Jayvita Suddoo and her husband welcomed their baby boy Jayesh into their family.

This has all of us at HSD wondering just who is next!

07 Aug 2015

In 2009 the Australian Federal Government endorsed the Online and Communications Council’s (OCC) recommendation that all Federal, State, and Territorial websites meet WCAG 2.0 Level A standards by December of 2012 and pass WCAG 2.0 Level AA standards by December of 2014.

What does this mean?
It means that users with low or no vision and users with mobility disabilities need and should have the same opportunity to access and use government websites that all other Australians do.  This comes in the form of accessibility for screen reader tools, font and colour choices that do not have extreme blurring when the screen size is enhanced, and linear tab orders to eliminate erratic focus.

How does this affect my website?
HSD has three staff members who have been trained by Vision Australia to ensure that every external web system we have started designing since 2012 for any government institution passes these Level AA standards as set out.

How can HSD help you?
Please contact us with any questions you have about how your website can be used by all Australians!

24 Jul 2015

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull's ‘Digital by Default Strategy’ puts the onus on government agencies to innovate and improve the quality and availability of services over the internet.  How will your agency meet an obligation and reduce user frustration whilst leading to savings through operational efficiencies?

Did you miss out on one of our recent events?  Watch as HSD explains the key points of this new policy and how HSD can assist you and your company can best navigate through it!  Click here to watch it on YouTube