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4 reasons to attend ‘Vision on the Road’

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VISION on the Road is Optus Business’ annual thought leadership roadshow, bringing together a business audience to talk technology and how it can enable business innovation and outcomes.

Supported by Optus Future of Business Report 2015Road to Growth, this year’s keynote speakers will look at how organisations can facilitate change whilst continuing to drive growth.

Following the keynotes, breakout sessions will be delivered by our industry experts and partners.

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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

  • Dom Thurbon, Founder and Chief Creative Officer – ChangeLabs
    “Thriving in times of change” (ACT, SA, VIC)
  • Gus Balbontin, former Executive Director and Chief Technology Officer – Lonely Planet
    “How to create an innovation culture in your business and why it is critical” (QLD, WA)


REASONS TO ATTEND

  • Hear from business technology thought leaders
  • Seek advice on solutions and technology
  • Learn new strategies to use in your business today
  • Share your ideas and network with peers


To register now, please click here.

WHERE & WHEN? 
Adelaide         Adelaide Convention Centre – Tuesday 22nd September
Perth Duxton Hotel – Thursday 24th September
Brisbane Sofitel Hotel – Tuesday 13th October
Melbourne Melbourne Convention Centre – Thursday 22nd October
Canberra Hotel Realm – Thursday 5th November

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Why we moved from Telstra to Optus

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Many NFP organisations are now enjoying fantastic deals and services for their telecommunications needs through the CR Voice & Data Solution. However, many others still have questions and are unsure why Church Resources (CR) moved its partnership from Telstra and started a new one with Optus.

The feedback from our Members’ regarding CR Voice & Data has highlighted the need to explain why we moved to Optus, how the new partnership works, and how NFPs are significantly benefiting from this major and exciting change.

1. Why we did it

At the time of the change, almost a year ago, CR was unfortunately unable to disclose to our Members the reasons behind the decision. This was simply due to the strict confidentiality clauses contained in our dealings with our Partners.  Continue reading

CR Voice & Data Hybrid Cloud

What is Cloud?

In the simplest terms, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer's hard drive. Clouds can be classified as public, private or hybrid.

A private cloud is a particular model of cloud computing that involves a distinct and secure cloud based environment in which only the specified client can operate.

A public cloud is basically the Internet. Service providers use the Internet to make resources, such as applications (also known as Software-as-a-Service or SaaS) and storage, available to the general public, or on a "public cloud".

By using a hybrid cloud, organisations can gain the benefits of a managed private cloud while relying on the public cloud as needed, notably for SaaS.

 


 

Get the best of both worlds: Choose CR Voice & Data Hybrid Cloud

CR Voice & Data’s hybrid cloud combines flexible on-premise infrastructure with elastic cloud resources which allows you to adapt quickly to your business requirements, enabling rapid infrastructure and services delivery, measured in hours rather than months.

In partnership with Ethan Group, CR Voice & Data can design and deploy high-performance converged private cloud infrastructure.

A well-run hybrid cloud is a protected cloud. Data protection solutions from CR Voice & Data Hybrid Cloud synthesise the strengths of private and public cloud, enabling your IT team to perform the central role of cloud services broker. IT gains the control and visibility it needs while business users are empowered to provision standardised protection services to meet their business needs.

Data protection is an inbuilt core component of CR Voice & Data’s private and hybrid cloud offering. The hybrid cloud self-service portal allows a menu of policies and SLAs set by IT where the user can select, monitor, and perform on-demand backups and restores.

Key advantages of CR Voice & Data Cloud Services

Elasticity and Simple Provisioning
CR Voice & Data’s cloud provisioning portal automates the delivery of infrastructure and applications through a self-service portal – eliminating the costly and slow process of manual provisioning. IT is now able to respond immediately to each line-of-business’ requests. Users’ access to resources are defined by policies set by IT ensuring visibility and control.

Enterprise Grade
CR Voice & Data’s cloud solution is built from the highest grade converged enterprise infrastructure on the market, the Vblock™ from VCE. Beyond the availability advantage, CR Voice & Data’s cloud services provide access to enterprise-grade features with pay-only-for-what-you-use pricing.

Private and Secure
Our solution is a private infrastructure hosted in secure data centre locations in Sydney, with defined service levels and a platform that, subject to relevant security authorisation and notice, can be physically inspected by our Members.

Australian Owned & Operated
CR Voice & Data uses Ethan Groups data centres which are all in Australia. Engineering, operations, sales and support are right next to each other. This means quicker responses to your requests.

Pay for What You Use
Virtual machine pricing is based simply on CPU, memory and storage on a per-month basis, providing Members with a predictable cost for infrastructure services that responds immediately to a change in scale as a result of expansion or consolidation.

Enquire now about CR Voice & Data Hybrid Cloud

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Optus Vision 2015

Road to Growth
Sydney Town Hall - 27 May 2015

Optus is pleased to announce that "Road to Growth" is the theme for Vision 2015. The annual Optus Business Vision event has become one of Australia's top technology thought-leadership gatherings, and each year Optus invites influential thinkers and esteemed business experts to share their thoughts on the opportunities that lie ahead for Australian business.

This year, speakers will look at how organisations can facilitate change and continue to drive growth. With customer expectations rising and smarter technologies emerging, the business landscape is becoming ever more competitive. How will your organisation retain its competitive edge?

Join in and get the insights to drive your Road to Growth.

    

Recap of Vision 2014

Wednesday 27 May 2015
Sydney Town Hall
483 George Street, Sydney
or Live Streaming
8.00am - 6.30pm

Vision 2015 will be streamed live, allowing you to join in wherever you are to get the insights to drive your Road to Growth.

 
Optus Vision is a terrific opportunity to hear from ICT thought-leaders and industry professionals, and for those attending in person, it is also represents a excellent occasion to mingle with other not-for-profit organisations.
 
Click here to register for Vision 2015.


 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 

Agenda

7:45
REGISTRATION
9:00
WELCOME & NOTES
OFFICIAL OPENING
Speaker:
MC Brad Howarth
& The Hon. Dominic Perrottet

FUTURE OF BUSINESS
Speaker:
John Paitaridis
Managing Director, Optus Business

KEYNOTE 1
Speaker:
Bernie Brooks
Prior CEO of Myer
10:25
MORNING TEA
11:00
KEYNOTES CONTINUE
KEYNOTE 2
Speaker:
David Rowan
Editor-in-chief, WIRED Magazine (UK)

KEYNOTE 3
Speaker:
TBA
12:20
LUNCH BREAK
13:45
BREAKOUT SESSION 1
TECHNOLOGY & SYSTEMS
Attaining IoT value: How to move from connecting things to capturing insights - gain an edge by taking analytics to the edge.

Speaker:
Kevin Bloch
CTO, Cisco

EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENT
How Governments stay
relevant in a digital citizen
age?

Speaker:
Grantly Mailes
Chief Technology Advocate,
Victoria Government

PEOPLE & CULTURE
Workplace - What's Next?

Speaker:
Max Wilson
General Manager
Corporate Solutions
Mirvac
14:30
BREAKOUT SESSION 2
TECHNOLOGY & SYSTEMS
Once more unto the data breach (and how the agile can survive).

Speaker:
Steve Miller
Security Operations Lead,
FireEye

EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENT
Retail Disruption: How digital technologies are changing the way we shop.

Speaker:
John Batistich
Director of Marketing,
Westfield

PEOPLE & CULTURE
How to transform your contact centres to enhance your customer experience?

Speaker:
Daniel Bergman
Head of Strategy and
Transformation,
Westpac
15:10
AFTERNOON TEA BREAK
15:40
BREAKOUT SESSION 3
TECHNOLOGY & SYSTEMS
Moving from a technology operator to an enabler of accelerating business change.

Speaker:
Peter Wataman
CIO, Flight Centre

EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENT
Getting ready for change: responding to marketplace shifts with agility.

Speaker:
Craig Ryman
CIO, AMP

PEOPLE & CULTURE
Digital First Transformation - An Optus perspective

Speaker:
Rohan Ganeson
Managing Director Customer,
Optus
16:25
CUSTOMER PANEL
Hosted by: Dr Stefan Hajkowicz | Principal Scientist, CSIRO

Stefan Hajkowicz will present the 'Our Future World' report which discusses how six global megatrends will result in significant shifts in environmental, economic and social conditions that will play out over the coming decades. Our panellists will then discuss whether Australian businesses are ready for this challenge.
17:05
NETWORKING DRINKS

Over 40,000 premises nationwide to make the transition to the National Broadband Network

NBN Co, the Australian government-owned corporation tasked to design, build and operate Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), announced on February 20 that more than 40,000 premises nationwide are to make the transition to the NBN – the largest number to make the switch at one time.

NBN Co is urging residents and businesses which have not already placed an order for services over the NBN to contact their preferred internet service provider or phone company as soon as possible.

Talk to us to discuss your NBN requirements:

  • Phone: 1300 248 724
  • Email: telecommunications@cr.org.au
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    For more information on the locations scheduled to complete the transition to the National Broadband Network click here.

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    Media Release from Optus “Optus Business strikes 5-year deal with Church Resources”

    Yesterday, Optus Business published the below media release:

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    Agreement to deliver telephony services up to 20,000 not-for-profit members

    Optus Business has signed a five-year agreement with Church Resources to deliver a large range of telephony and data services.

    Church Resources, a provider of aggregated procurement services to almost 20,000 not-for-profit members, will be able to procure its members’ mobile and fixed line offers at highly competitive rates, including voice, mobile and data services.

    John Paitaridis (pictured left), Managing Director Optus Business said, “This partnership enables Optus Business to showcase the breadth of our telecommunications and ICT expertise to Church Resources members.

    “We view this as an opportunity to deliver quality solutions and great value telecommunications to the Church, not-for-profit, health and education sector as they increasingly adopt digital technology to drive productivity and member benefits.”

    The agreement will cover the following:

    - Voice – fixed line voice services
    - Mobile – voice and data services for mobiles or tablets
    - Data – dedicated data solutions

    Luke Kenny, CEO of Church Resources said, “We have been a major provider of mobile telephone and fixed line services to Australian Church groups for over 16 years now. Our new partnership with Optus allows Church Resources to leverage our buying power to support all Australian not-for-profit organisations, not just Church.

    “This new agreement supports our vision to drive business transformation through the adoption of digital technology across the not-for-profit sector, enabled by a comprehensive mobile and data network capability.”

    Mr Paitaridis said Optus Business would seek to develop further opportunities in the not-for-profit and charity sector.

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    Source: Optus website - media releases

    Singtel-Optus prepares mobile war on Telstra

    Allen Lew, Singtel-Optus' new CEO, has formally declared to put an end to Telstra's mobile service dominance and build Australia's leading network in a move that could trigger a multibillion-dollar construction arms race between the telco providers.

    Mr Lew announced his plan to make Optus the nation’s fastest growing mobile-led multimedia organisation over the next three years – a move he acknowledged would need substantial investment to achieve.

    This offensive tactic can be expected to concern Telstra, whose supremacy in the mobile market has been a key driver of its profits over the past five years as customers’ interest in traditional services (like home phone lines) dropped.

    "We want to grow Optus and take back the market share," Lew said in his first sit-down interview since taking over Optus in October 2014.

    "The network construction is a big, big part of what we want to do.

    "We will get [our mobile network] to being the best."

    Optus has budgeted to spend $1.2 billion on its fixed-line and mobile networks in financial year 2015, whilst Telstra is set to invest $1 billion to expand and maintain its mobile network during the same period.

    In 2014, the top three telco companies generated close to $18 billion in revenue from mobile services.

    Optus 4G Plus equals Yes!

    Optus will evolve its ‘4G Plus*’ brand to encompass its entire 4G network, marking a step change in coverage and quality for customers as it reaches a milestone of more than 1100 metropolitan and regional sites supporting new 4G 700 MHz spectrum. The rapidly expanding 4G Plus network is set to reach 90% of the Australian population by April 2015.

    Optus Mobile Marketing Vice President, Ben White said, “Our 4G Plus network is getting stronger and reaching more Aussies in more places every day. With the right device, customers can enjoy superfast speeds in more big cities, regional and holiday towns, as well as a stronger 4G signal indoors, whether at home or in the office.

    Optus’ 4G Plus network is a multiband network that uses a combination of spectrum (LTE 700/1800/2100/2300/2600 MHz) to provide coverage and capacity, with 700 MHz to underpin coverage nationally.

    "Our unique combination of spectrum bands means we can deliver a great 4G experience to consumers and businesses around Australia, whether it’s in the big cities, regional or holiday areas,” said Mr White.

    “We have already given customers a taste of our 4G Plus network in more than 100 regional and holiday locations including Albury, Ballarat, Cairns, Port Augusta, Bunbury in the west and Snug in Tasmania. We are well ahead of schedule, with more to come.

    “There are multiple plusses to our plans and products, network and customer service and we believe our ‘4G Plus’ network also supports how we are helping our customers live more yes,” said Mr White.

    Optus customers with compatible 700 MHz devices such as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3, Sony Xperia Z3 and HTC One (M8) will be able to enjoy Optus’ expanding 4G Plus network. Compatible devices have the 4G in more places symbol online and in-store.