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Three things you can expect at Vantage™ 2017

Telstra Vantage™

Posted on August 29, 2017

3 min read

It’s that time of year again! Soon we’ll open the doors to Telstra Vantage™ 2017, where we’ll be joined by most Australian enterprise and government organisations to share stories and experiences focused on insights, inspiration and innovation.

Now in its fourth year, Vantage will bring together industry leaders, thought leaders and technology, providing our customers with an experience where they can explore how the magic of technology will power the businesses of tomorrow. I personally look forward to Vantage, which gets bigger and better each year! This year’s event will be no exception!

What can our customers expect in 2017?

You can hear first-hand from Anousheh Ansari, the first female private space explorer about making your dreams a reality

2017 Keynote Speaker Anousheh Ansari

In 2006, Anousheh Ansari captured headlines around the world as the first female private space explorer. Her trip to the International Space Station also meant that she was the fourth private explorer to visit space and the first astronaut of Iranian descent.

Today she calls herself a ‘serial entrepreneur’. She’s started a number of inspiring journeys, including her own technology company, Prodea, which specialises in IoT platforms.

She’ll be speaking at Vantage 2017 about how you can become the change you want to see in the world to achieve your dreams.

You can learn to think more like a freak with New York Times best-selling author, Stephen Dubner

2017 Keynote Speaker Stephen Dubner

Stephen Dubner is one of the minds who co-authored the Freakonomics series, which has sold over seven million copies around the world. I’ve read all of his books, Freakonomics is a personal favourite. He provides readers with a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems. His keynote will present ideas on how you can adopt his counter-intuitive style, challenging how you think.

You can see world leading tech solutions first hand and get the right advice on how you can use tech to deliver business benefits

Each year we pack the Telstra World village floor with unique technology experiences that will help our customers find better ways to do business. This year will be no exception! Some of the cool technology on display will include:

  • Smart Bins, Connected Vehicles and Smart Lights, part of the future made possible by the Internet of Things
  • A live Security Operations Centre staffed with Telstra Sec. Ops. Staff ready to give you advice on managing cyber risk.
  • A demonstration of the flexibility and control you can get with Telstra Programmable Network
  • Next Generation unified communications and collaboration solutions, including something brand new from Telstra.

We’ll have more awesome tech to share from our sponsors and partners, and I for one look forward to getting my geek on in the Telstra Village to learn more!

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Digital concierge connects tech savvy seniors

Tech and Innovation

Posted on November 29, 2016

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Recently named ‘World’s Best Place to Retire’, a Sydney-based aged care facility is pioneering the tech offering by digitally connecting its residents.

While the traditional ‘cuppa’ remains firmly on the menu, it’s the way in which residents at the Mark Moran Vaucluse Spirit of Life (SOL) Precinct engage with technology to order the ‘cuppa’ that’s new. The move represents a true marker of the new era in retirement and aged care facilities – using technology to deliver on its vision of disruptive innovation.

The facility replaced the outdated (and mundane) paper-based approach, instead looking to digital technology to provide innovative ways to engage, communicate and entertain their residents through Telstra’s Guest Service Solutions.

 “We have created a lifestyle precinct, a resort in the middle of the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, that brings together the latest technology solutions including Scandinavian gymnasiums connected to cloud based systems, robot technology from Japan for rehabilitative activities and Telstra as a leader in innovation,” says Co-Founder Mark Moran.

In an Australian first for retirement and aged care living , Telstra’s Guest Service Solution technology not only digitally connects the ‘new-age’ aged care residents to one another but also enhances the value of independent living that all aged-care residents desire.

With the use of in-room Digital Concierge, residents are able to access rich electronic content and services at their fingertips. The Digital Concierge tablet fully integrates into the IPTV, enabling residents to watch Free to Air TV or in-room video on demand whenever and wherever they choose. In addition, the Digital Concierge also includes events, spa and restaurant booking capability as well as ordering room service, maintenance and housekeeping.

One resident shared the benefits of digital technology in enhancing their independent living and quality of life.

“The Digital Concierge tablets here are so helpful! I order my groceries on it twice a week and they’re delivered to my door. I can let the Concierge know if there’s anything I need in my suite, or maintenance if I need something fixed. I don’t need to make phone calls or drive anywhere to get these bits and bobs sorted out – I just use my tablet! But the best part has got to be how simple it is… or how I can watch TV on two different screens – my television or my tablet – at the same time!”

Voted the ‘World’s Best Place to Retire’ this year by The Seniors Global Awards London, Mark Moran is truly raising the bar in the retirement and aged care industry. Yet as many fields have done in the past, it’s going to be of vital importance for aged care to take advantage of powerful new technologies in order to satisfy demands for our increasingly computer literate population. These interactions will help residents and staff in bridging the communication gap, as well as provide reassurance to families in the level of care and support that is being delivered to their loved ones.



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Does Asia have what it takes to drive digital transformation?

Business and Enterprise

Posted on November 22, 2016

5 min read

In cities like Tokyo, Singapore, Shanghai and Hong Kong, Asia boasts some of the most technologically advanced and connected communities in the world. However, new research by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) highlights there is still a long way to go for the region to be a global leader in digital infrastructure, skills, and technology ecosystems – the building blocks of success in the modern economy.

As part of a new ‘Connecting Capabilities’ report commissioned by Telstra, the EIU has released the first Asian Digital Transformation Index, a ranking of 11 markets in the region plus three global comparators on 20 indicators covering digital infrastructure, human capital and industry connectedness.

We commissioned the research to improve understanding of digital capabilities in the region as access to high quality network services and a vibrant technology ecosystem are increasingly a core competitive advantage for countries and companies alike. This view was confirmed by the research, which found that 94 per cent of businesses believe a country’s infrastructure is important to their organisation’s digital transformation.

The Index shows that Singapore, South Korea and Japan are leading the pack in Asia thanks in large part to the fact they have strong enterprise grade networks, access to the latest services and technology, generally high education standards and well-connected industries.

While these countries lead Asia, they are still behind the United States and indeed Australia and the United Kingdom as well on many key measures. Moreover, the Asian region as a whole has some catching up to do.

The research shows the challenge is particularly great for large developing countries like India, the Philippines and Indonesia. So while India is renowned for their large pool of well trained, technically literate workers and Indonesia and the Philippines have some of the most active social media communities in the world, they still have a long way to go to be globally competitive right across infrastructure, human capital and ecosystems.

Asia has been a growth engine for the global economy for a sustained period now and with the region’s middle class expected to double by 2030 to more than 1.2 billion households the potential is there for further success. However, a significant deficit in areas like network quality or technical skills, will impact the ability of businesses operating in the region to succeed in the connected, digital first world of the future.

Most businesses recognise they need to act, with nine in 10 business leaders interviewed wanting to see digital transformation in their organisation. However, without access to infrastructure and a skilled workforce, the long term return on investment for business embracing digital transformation could be compromised.

The question every country needs to ask itself is – are they doing enough to ensure they have the tools their citizens and businesses will need? Countries like China, which ranked in the middle of the Index, recognise they need to improve. China plans to invest over US$100 billion in the development of internet networks in 2016 and 2017, while their ‘Internet Plus’ action plan is promoting the use of digital technologies across different industries.

China already has the largest population of internet users and one of the most advanced e-commerce sectors in the world, and this level of investment is likely to drive a climb up the Index in the years ahead.

The growing focus on digital transformation is translating into increased demand for services. As a leading provider of connectivity, managed network and cloud services in Asia, we already work with thousands of companies across the region to deliver them the technologies and tools they need to drive digital to the core of their business. We’re committed to continuing to invest in our business in Asia to deliver the latest technologies and scale up to meet growing demand and sophistication. We believe that when it comes to Asia’s digital transformation the best is definitely yet to come.

Read the full report here:   

About the Economist Intelligence United Connected Capabilities Report

Connecting Capabilities: The Asian digital transformation is a report from the EIU, commissioned by Telstra. The report is based on three interrelated research efforts.

First, the Asian Connecting Capabilities Index, which is a quantitative ranking of 11 economies in the region (China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand) and three global comparators (Australia, the UK and the US), is comprised of 20 indicators across three categories: digital infrastructure, human capital and industry connectedness. The categories and the individual criteria in them, are weighted according to the EIU’s assumptions of their relative importance.

Digital Transformation Index

Country Score
1 Singapore 75.6
2 South Korea 72.5
3 Japan 70.7
4 Hong Kong 65.7
5 Taiwan 65.1
6 Malaysia 42.0
7 China 33.9
8 Thailand 23.9
9 India 19.3
10 Philippines 18.8
11 Indonesia 16.0
Comparator countries Score
United States 77.3
Australia 74.3
United Kingdom 72.6


Second, the report and Index draws on a survey of 870 executives in the same 14 countries primarily across six industries: manufacturing, financial services, media, healthcare, professional services and logistics.

Third, the index and the survey findings were supplemented by interviews with senior executives and experts.

The EIU bears sole responsibility for the editorial content of this report. The findings do not necessarily reflect the views of Telstra.

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Five things I learnt at #Vantage16

Telstra Vantage™

Posted on October 17, 2016

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Now in its third year, Telstra Vantage 2016 was better, bigger and brighter than ever before. Partnering with leading technology giants from around the world, the Vantage Village brought together the very latest in innovation and technology and some of the world’s leading thinkers together under the one roof.

Here are my stand outs from a massive two days that saw 4,000 guests, 1,000 experts and 17 Olympic sized swimming pools worth of technology on display.

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Andre Agassi to headline at Vantage

featured Telstra Vantage™

Posted on August 17, 2016

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Tennis legend Andre Agassi, a man who doesn’t require any introduction, has been announced as the headline speaker for Vantage, Australia’s leading technology and business event.

We’re delighted to announce that the renowned Andre Agassi will be joining a line-up of 50 speakers at Vantage to share insights and his lessons for success from his varied career – from his rise to professional sportsman at the age of 16, and his dedication and drive to go on and be the World No.1 tennis player, win an Olympic Gold Medal, hold 60 men’s single titles and eight Grand Slam Championships over 20 years – to becoming a successful entrepreneur, author, business founder and philanthropist.

More than 4000 attendees will hear Andre discuss the power of discipline and dedication in achieving success, and share his thinking around leadership, diversity and the role they play both on the court and in the business arena.

Last week we also announced that Sir Ken Robinson will join us as a key speaker at Vantage. Sir Ken is a globally renowned author, speaker and international expert on the development of innovation and creativity in driving success. He’s received global recognition since his TED Talks went viral, and they’re now some of the most viewed TED Talks ever, you can view them  here.

As we continue our countdown of the 35 days left until Vantage, we’ll be sharing many more exciting announcements about the disruptive thinkers, subject-matter experts and new technologies we’ll be showcasing at Vantage.

You can read more about what to expect at Vantage in my earlier blog here.  If you’re interested in attending Telstra Vantage™ you can contact your Telstra Account Executive to find out more. For other news and announcements check back here.


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