Over the last few days I’ve shown how wrong Kim Dotcom is when he says New Zealand has third world internet. Continue reading
New Zealand has moved two places up the ITU global technology rankings to 16. That puts New Zealand one place ahead of the USA — in front of France, Germany and Canada. Continue reading
Hats off to the team behind Wiki New Zealand, an exciting project to make data about our country accessible and understandable. The site is packed with graphs, charts and maps, all of them clean and clear.
It’s already a fabulous resource. No doubt schools can make great use of it. And as a journalist I’ll be checking facts there.
Wiki’s were a big deal five or six years ago. They are a great way to share data, particularly when people collaborate. Since their peak, wikis have fallen out of favour, mainly because many people find them difficult to use.
The good news is the Wiki New Zealand team seem ready to do all the hard work, so if you want to contribute, it’s a matter of handing over raw information and not knocking it into shape.
Telecom NZ paid a little under NZ$100 million to buy Revera, the data centre specialist formerly known as Hitachi Data Systems (HDS).
Hats off to Tony Keusgen and Google New Zealand for training recent graduates in the art of helping companies with online strategies. It may help ease smaller businesses into the online world ahead of the UltraFast Broadband roll-out.
Keusgen announced the plan to train 100 people at the recent Telecommunication Carriers Forum Mind Storm conference in Auckland.
He told delegates at the event the UFB network on its own will not get local companies moving online – partly because there aren’t enough people with the right skills serving smaller companies. He has a point.
The plan isn’t what it seems to be.
Google’s two-day training course will give people Google+ certification. The course details show it is about selling the company’s AdWords product.
In other words, it is not general training in online strategies, but training in using Google products and services to offer those online strategies. In other words it will bind 100 young people into Google’s world and by extension will make it easier for Google to sell to the thousands of companies they will consult to.
There’s nothing wrong in this. Nothing at all. Technology companies provide training to help customers and others buy things from them all the time. The products and services are complex. Sales people can’t whizz through these things in five minutes.
While there’s nothing wrong with it, it is not philanthropy. It is business development.