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Australia falling further behind in IT ranking

Ben Grubb (via SMH) | April 15, 2013
Australia continues to fall in technology-ready global rankings because it is too risk-averse and conservative with IT spending.

"Lifting productivity is front and centre of the economic agenda":?Innes Willox.

'Lifting productivity is front and centre of the economic agenda': Innes Willox. Photo: Penny Bradfield

Australia continues to fall in technology-ready global rankings because it is too risk-averse and conservative with IT spending.

The 2013 Global Information Technology rankings, produced by the World Economic Forum and released Thursday, put Australia at 18th, out of 144 nations, for business and government readiness to benefit from technology. It is down from 9th in 2004 and from 17th last year.

The nation’s ranking for individual technology use rose one spot to 15th, but dropped three places to 25th for business use and down 11 positions to 19th for government.

"This reinforces both the need for high-speed ubiquitous broadband but importantly, the critical need to invest in lifting the skills needed to gain the greatest benefit from this infrastructure," Australian Industry (Ai) Group chief executive Innes Willox said of Australia's ranking.

Mr Willox said businesses required confidence and knowledge to invest, and governments needed policies in areas such as skills, innovation, cutting red tape, cybersecurity and buying technology goods.

"Lifting productivity is front and centre of the economic agenda and ICT [information and communications technology] adoption is an important part of this challenge," he said.

George Kazangi, managing director of BlueCentral, which hosts mission critical business and web applications, said business and governments were lagging behind the rest of the world because they took a risk-averse and conservative approach to technology projects.

 

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