Tech­nol­ogy tips for the dig­i­tal age

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Com­mu­ni­tynews

AUS­TRALIAN in­for­ma­tion tech­nolo­gies ex­pert Chris Ridd will be key­note speaker at a busi­ness break­fast as a guest of the City of Can­ning and Town of Vic­to­ria Park.

The break­fast, ti­tled Dig­i­tal Dis­rup­tion, is the fourth in a se­ries hosted by City of Can­ning and aims to find al­ter­na­tives for solv­ing cus­tomer prob­lems, in a cheaper, quicker and more con­ve­nient way, with tech­nol­ogy play­ing a key role.

Mr Ridd, who honed his ex­per­tise at Mi­crosoft, was most re­cently man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Aus­tralian ac­count­ing soft­ware start-up Xero. Over five years, he helped grow the com­pany to be­come Aus­tralia’s largest on­line cloud ac­count­ing soft­ware provider.

Can­ning chief ex­ec­u­tive Arthur Ky­ron said book­ing Mr Ridd was a boon for the busi­ness com­mu­nity.

“This is a rare op­por­tu­nity for busi­nesses to meet with Chris Ridd, one of the most in­no­va­tive busi­ness minds in Aus­tralia to­day,” he said.

Mr Ky­ron said one of his pri­or­i­ties was to de­velop Can­ning’s dig­i­tal pres­ence in the com­mu­nity.

“I will be work­ing to en­sure that Can­ning cre­ates a dig­i­tal busi­ness model, with greater ac­cess to pub­lic Wi-Fi and more op­por­tu­ni­ties for the com­mu­nity to ac­cess dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy,” he said.

Vic­to­ria Park chief ex­ec­u­tive An­thony Vuleta said Chris Ridd’s thoughts on dig­i­tal dis­rup­tion would be ben­e­fi­cial to lo­cal busi­ness own­ers.

“The Town has em­braced dig­i­tal change, with our dig­i­tal hub, com­pleted NBN roll­out and free Al­bany High­way WiFi,” he said. “Hope­fully at­ten­dees will gain some in­sight and come away with ideas on how to adopt new tech­nolo­gies.”

Top busi­ness­man Chris Ridd.

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