A global study released shows 54% of IT decision-makers identify their biggest challenge as IT cost optimization. IT cost optimization, which is the practice of controlling and reducing costs while maximizing business value within an IT estate, can be difficult and with the growing complexity of technology, the challenge isn’t getting any easier.
The inequality in superannuation balances as well as the entrenched gender pay gap means more women than men are likely to spend their retirement in poverty, according to government research. Research from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) shows that more elderly women than men are living in poverty in Australia and are also more likely to re-enter the workforce following retirement, often due to financial constraints.
Two in three young Aussies either run or intend to start their own business with the pandemic radically shifting their career plans and work priorities, new GoDaddy research has found. Half of all young Aussies surveyed said they have had to change career due to the pandemic. The GoDaddy survey of 1,002 Australians aged 18-24 years found that one in four would rather own and run their own business than work for someone else and are prepared to take a pay cut to do so. GoDaddy Australia Managing Director Tamara Oppen shared that the research revealed 57% of young Australians said the pandemic had changed their work priorities, with following their passion as more important than financial security.
Most Australian households would struggle to pay over $2,000 for unexpected but necessary services like urgent home and vehicle repairs or dental work, according to a new Australian Household Threshold report. The report – based on a survey of over 1,000 Aussies by Antenna Strategic Insights for payments and funding solutions firm QuickFee – found that an unexpected bill above $1,500 would stretch the budget for 45% of Australian households.
As Australia emerges from the pandemic, a new report by ING Australia reveals 78% feel positive, and some even extremely positive (19%), about the year ahead. The ING Sense of Us Report shows 20% say positivity is the theme of the year and although some 18% are looking for a more calm year, in contrast, one in six 16% are looking to shake things up, describing the year as ‘new’ (4%), ‘energetic’ (4%), ‘fun’ (3%) and ‘yolo’ (2%).
Xero, the global SMB platform, revealed the biggest concerns for Australia’s small business owners in the lead up to the 2022 Australian Federal Election, with technology, supply chain pressure and staff challenges top of mind in the lead up to casting their vote on 21 May. Research of more than 500 small businesses across Australia, commissioned by Xero, uncovered small business owners are highly engaged with issues that affect their industry and broader community. It found over forty percent of respondents say policies that support small businesses are their top factor in considering what political party to vote for.
DoubleVerify (DV), a software platform for digital media measurement, data and analytics, released its 2022 Global Insights Report, analysing media quality and performance trends from more than one trillion impressions delivered across over 2,100 brands in 80 markets. This fifth year anniversary report explores how far the industry has come since 2017.
NetApp®, a cloud-led, data-centric software firm, announced the results of the annual Cloud Infrastructure Report based on a survey of public cloud business and IT decision makers. The report from Spot by NetApp, continuing the annual survey previously conducted by CloudCheckr following its acquisition by NetApp, highlights the current state of cloud management and how organizations are working to optimize their environments.
In a world where 63% of employees say a hybrid work model is their ideal work pact, only three in ten strongly agree that their firm provides them with the necessary tech to coact equally and inclusively from anywhere. This is according to Jabra’s 2022 edition of the Hybrid Ways of Working Global Report, carried out amongst 2,800 knowledge workers in 6 countries globally to understand sentiments and motivations in this hybrid working era.
Australia’s SMEs are increasingly seeking alternative funding that doesn’t tie up their personal assets, as they drive growth while navigating ongoing supply chain and recruitment mishaps. The latest annual SME Compass Report by fintech SME lender Banjo Loans, found SMBs have a big appetite for borrowing to fund growth, but they struggle to get their hands on it. When they do, it powers exponential expansion. The study found that 30% of respondents exceeded their revenue target in the past 12 months, up from 25% the previous year.