WISE WORDS

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Mark Aver­ill, PwC New Zealand: “Tech­nol­ogy has had a mas­sive im­pact on the speed we’re all ex­pected to op­er­ate at. From our per­spec­tive at PwC, our clients want us to be in­stantly avail­able and have the abil­ity to ac­cess both peo­ple and in­for­ma­tion glob­ally. It is trans­form­ing the way we work.”

Brett O’Reilly, ATEED: "The world isn’t lin­ear any­more, it’s chang­ing in non­lin­ear ex­po­nen­tial ways. So how do you plan for that and de­velop ser­vices that can max­imise that? It’s a chal­lenge for the pub­lic sec­tor be­cause everyone is con­di­tioned to think in lin­ear cy­cles and growth plans. It’s some­thing we’ve seen in hous­ing – so far we’ve taken a very lin­ear ap­proach to solv­ing the hous­ing cri­sis. It’s also some­thing that is hap­pen­ing with trans­port. There are some very fun­da­men­tal ques­tions around driver­less cars, and chang­ing work hours and pat­terns, that aren’t lin­ear, but we are still com­ing up with lin­ear so­lu­tions.

"The num­bers have been say­ing for a long time that the lack of in­no­va­tion, and com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion in par­tic­u­lar, has been a hand­brake on the New Zealand econ­omy but what we are see­ing now is a recog­ni­tion that cor­po­rate New Zealand has to step up. We’ve of­ten con­fused in­no­va­tion with ‘start-ups’ but if you want to change the econ­omy to be more in­no­va­tive, one of the best places to start is with those com­pa­nies that al­ready have cap­i­tal and skills in place.”

Rod Drury, Xero: “There’s a big con­tra­dic­tion go­ing on as the world be­comes more tribal – you only have to look at the Brexit re­sults to see the world be­com­ing more na­tion­al­is­tic. At the same time though, tech­nol­ogy is very global. So there’s a sweet spot if you can walk around with a light touch, as New Zealan­ders do, that will leave you in­cred­i­bly well po­si­tioned for this. I think it’s hard to pre­dict the fu­ture on a lin­ear ba­sis. It’s re­ally in­ter­est­ing how a com­bi­na­tion of par­al­lel in­no­va­tions can come to­gether to make a change. You look at TVs and you might pre­dict that in­no­va­tion means hav­ing more and more pix­els. But then you look at a par­al­lel trend like in­creas­ing band­width. That, com­bined with the con­sol­i­da­tion of en­ter­tain­ment com­pa­nies and a whole bunch of other trends, sud­denly means you’re watch­ing TV on your iPad. When I look for­ward, I’m try­ing to pick those lit­tle things that ab­so­lutely come to­gether.”

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