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Top 10 ANZ IT stories of 2021

Here are Computer Weekly’s top 10 ANZ IT stories of 2021

From using machine learning to restore public confidence in a state transportation network to startups that are making a dent in the DevOps space, Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) organisations have been punching above their weight on the global technology stage.

Such achievements are laudable, especially amid the pandemic and cyber security threats that had gripped the two countries for much of 2021.

In this roundup, we recap the top 10 stories in ANZ, including the opportunities and challenges that organisations in the region have faced over the past year.

1. How Australia punches above its weight in cyber security

Australia is playing to its strengths in niche areas such as governance and deep tech to punch above its weight in the cyber security industry.

2. Google threatens to cut off Australia

Google’s threat to end its Australian Search operation comes in the face of new legislation that would force it to pay media publishers for news content.

3. How computer vision can protect coral reefs

The Australian Institute of Marine Science teams up with Accenture to protect coral reefs in a computer vision project inspired by a Netflix documentary.

4. Sizing up Australia’s vibrant cloud market

Australia’s public cloud market is dotted with global and domestic players, with maturing adoption across public and private sectors.

5. How Transport for NSW is tapping machine learning

Transport agency in New South Wales taps machine learning to restore public confidence in the state’s transportation network amid the pandemic.

6. Australian firms slow to wean off the mainframe

Australian companies tend to have a wait-and-see mindset that is slowing down mainframe modernisation initiatives, says Accenture expert.

7. How Yarra Valley Water is tapping APIs

The largest water retailer in Melbourne has rolled out application programming interfaces to improve operations and customer service.

8. Questions raised by New Zealand central bank boss, following cyber attack investigation

The governor of New Zealand’s central bank said the organisation must answer questions about its security following a “significant” attack.

9. How Australia’s Octopus Deploy is simplifying DevOps

Brisbane-based startup Octopus Deploy recently secured $172.5m in venture funding to advance its goal of simplifying software deployments for DevOps teams.

10. How NZ schools are tapping managed network services

Using managed network services has freed up time and resources for New Zealand school teachers and alleviated the pressure and challenges of maintaining technology infrastructure.

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