Melbourne kicks off 2014 Vision – On The Road

Technology Portfolio

The inaugural 2014 Vision – On The Road event was officially opened in Melbourne today by the Minister for Technology, Gordon Rich-Phillips.

2014 Vision – On The Road is a national series of events presented by Optus to engage and educate technology and business audiences on new technology trends and how they will affect business.

Mr Rich Philips said it was a timely event, as new digital technologies, such as mobile apps, cloud computing, geo-location and data analytics are transforming both the ICT sector itself and how it enables business.

“It is also appropriate that Optus chose Melbourne for the first of its 2014 Vision – On The Road events, taking place across five states,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

“Melbourne is the hub for Australia’s ICT industry and a global leader in areas like cloud computing, interactive media, high-end research and developing strategies and programs to boost broadband services for citizens and business.

“Additionally, Victoria’s $34 billion ICT sector is home to more than 8,000 technology companies – almost a third of Australia’s total ICT workforce.”

Mr Rich-Phillips spoke of Melbourne’s first-rate technology ecosystem of universities, research centres, strong local development companies, as well as interstate and international investors.  
“This year alone, the Victorian Coalition Government has helped ensure major international companies chose Melbourne as their Australian and regional Headquarters and a base for major operations. These include IBM, Web Marketing Experts, Capgemini, SAP, Dexler, Zendesk, EdTrin, Asurion, Cyient, Servion Global Solutions and Hart Square.

“Over the past four years, the Coalition Government has helped facilitate more than $1.1 billion in new technology-related investment, creating around 5,000 jobs in key areas like software development, enterprise management software and cloud computing.”

Mr Rich-Phillips said the Napthine Government’s ICT Strategy aims to drive greater productivity and better service delivery across the public sector by taking greater advantage of trends like location awareness, mobility, cloud-based platforms, faster applications development and improved cyber security.

“The Strategy encourages innovation through partnering with the private sector more closely and productively. Events like 2014 Vision – On The Road play a key role in building the sector’s ability to innovate and connect with Government and the private sector,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

Media contact: Andrew Drever  0409 580 996 
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