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DIGITAL ECONOMY

Our diGiTal team looks at technology influences as they apply to all industries.  We advise on the impacts of technology on the contract structures, the laws and the corporate/commercial processes that underpin your business. Our focus, like yours, adjusts as your company and your industry demands dictate.

THE INTERNET OF THINGS (AND EVERYTHING)

There is a significant challenge in navigating the legal and commercial issues that arise when all people and all things meet “in the cloud” and the physical world becomes one interconnected information system.

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BIG DATA

A key challenge for all of us is to maximise the opportunities that arise with the increase of information flow. We look closely at the intelligent outcomes of new technologies in order to maximise these opportunities and manage advanced analytics, ``big data``, artificial intelligence and open data systems.

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CYBER SECURITY

Cyber security issues transcend the legal exposure a company may have to a cyber security breach or hack. They go to the heart of an organisations corporate reputation, on a business-as-usual basis or as part of any material transaction.

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CLOUD AND THE AS-A-SERVICE ECONOMY

Confidence in ``the cloud`` is increasing by the minute. Technology changes are driving the growth of the “As-A-Service” economy, as new types of on-demand services replace functions that have traditionally been performed “on premises”. They create entirely new “agile” commercial models requiring a fresh approach to contracting.

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E-HEALTH

While digitisation of the health sector has (to date) been focused on information technology adoption and associated process efficiencies, innovation is now firmly focused back on the patient. The market place for providing health care services (or facilitating delivery of those services) now combines both traditional and non-traditional providers.

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E-AGRIBUSINESS

The opportunities for agribusiness to benefit from changes in technology are immense, with a digital influence impacting all parts of the sector, from fundamental biology and ``produce`` transport through to advanced robotics and data analytics. Real opportunity exists for the “food bowls” of Australia to becoming globally relevant.

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E-COMMERCE

Whilst some believe the rise of online and mobile commerce now threatens the very existence of traditional retail, they are in fact complimentary. With the evolution of electronic payment systems, near field communications, digital wallets and online retail, the confluence of traditional retail and online retail is inevitable with significant challenges and opportunities.

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E-ENERGY

All aspects of the energy supply chain, from “capital heavy” generation and distribution through to retail services, are impacted by disruptive technologies. The increased focus on renewables continues, as too does the consumer demand for energy efficiency initiatives, consumer dispatchable demand and the “digital grid”.

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TRANSPORT

Opportunities now exist for material efficiency gains extracted from previously complex supply chains, including road and traffic, above rail haulage and below rail network management, aviation logistics and ports / sea transportation. Technology will create productivity gains in all steps of the supply chain.

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA

The communications industry continues to transform in the face of technology advancement. Traditional telecommunications companies are now technology companies, finding value and opportunity through their networks, online businesses and ``over-the -top`` applications. The barriers to entry can be low and the potential for disruptive innovation can be high. While challenges exist for traditional telecommunications and media companies, embracing the digital revolution will create opportunities for all.

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MINING & RESOURCES

As downward pressure is applied to commodity demand and prices, efficiency gains through technology can create ``bottom-line`` benefits. Automation also improves the management of dangerous, high cost or error-prone tasks. Productivity and efficiency gains will help us all manage through these challenging times but also provide a springboard (with speed and agility) for future growth.

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FINTECH

Innovation in payment and financial systems, and the broader transformation of traditional banks into large information technology companies, is creating significant areas of opportunity. Those institutions that successfully utilise digital technologies can leverage off new revenue lines, lower operational costs and an agility to face competitor pressures from both traditional and non-traditional players.

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