Sam Higgins

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Finally, A US Digital Stimulus Package … But One That Only Keeps The Lights On

Sam Higgins April 5, 2021
When US President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law, he added $1.9 trillion of economic stimulus to the $2.2 trillion provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act and $0.9 trillion included in the federal government’s appropriations bill for 2021. This brings the combined fiscal stimulus of the Trump […]
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Automation Will Reshape Australia’s Job Market For Decades To Come

Sam Higgins February 22, 2021
Seven years ago, you could have been forgiven for thinking that every second person you knew would be unemployed in just over a decade. Headlines at the time were sensational and alarmist after Oxford academics Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne estimated that 47% of American jobs were at high risk of automation. While we […]
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Facebook’s Ban On News Is A Blow To Consumers, Not Regulators

Sam Higgins February 22, 2021
UPDATE: On February 22, Facebook announced that it would restore access to news media content in Australia. This decision was taken after the Australian government agreed to changes within the regulatory regime that would: 1) take account of existing deals between platforms and publishers; 2) allow for mediation prior to arbitration; and 3) include additional […]
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The Industrialization Of Intelligence Will Drive The Autonomous Enterprise

Sam Higgins October 13, 2020
Learn the three key considerations every CIO needs to consider in building their digital transformation agenda.
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Return Of The Sovereign Cloud

Sam Higgins July 29, 2020
A decade ago, I completed the first ever assessment of Australia’s emerging “trusted” or private infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market. I followed this up with a 2010 opinion-editorial calling for improved “cloud computing regulation” in Australia as a model for global oversight of a hugely important market segment. How important? The cloud computing market has become as […]
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In A Crisis, Customer-Obsessed Government Can Save Lives

Sam Higgins July 2, 2020
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and a global recession, the need for exceptional government customer experience has never been greater.
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Tech Leadership Churn In Australian Banks — Correcting The False Promise Of Bimodal IT

Sam Higgins March 19, 2020
Principal Analyst Sam Higgins dispels the myth that having two technology portfolios run by two different leaders is the best approach.
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The Time For Digital Rhetoric Is Over: Governments Must Overcome Execution Barriers And Fulfill Their Promises

Sam Higgins February 26, 2020
I recently had the pleasure of congratulating Chris Fechner on his appointment as the new Queensland government chief customer and digital officer, a position announced by Minister for Digital Technology Mick de Brenni late last year. Chris leaves behind the role of chief digital and product officer for Service NSW, which itself was only created […]
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Back To The Future: My Return To Forrester

Sam Higgins February 18, 2020
Fifteen years ago, I faced a crossroads in my career. At the time, I was working for the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, reporting directly to the CIO, leading a team of exceptional individuals in the innovation and planning unit of the Information Services Branch. In late 2004, my team had completed development […]
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