With the National Broadband Network (NBN) being steadily rolled out around Australia, small to medium enterprises will be able to discover the opportunities offered by the NBN at an Australia-wide networked NBN Digi Forum (#nbndigi) on Tuesday 30 July 2013 at 5.30 pm AEST.

The forum, which has been jointly organised at venues around Australia, by Workforce BluePrint, Vanguard Vision Consulting and North Coast TAFE, will highlight best practice case studies using both high-speed broadband and the NBN.

Wendy Perry is the Head Workforce Planner at South Australian consultancy firm, Workforce BluePrint, and she believes that declining productivity represents one of the biggest threats to a prosperous Australian economy.

“There has never been a better time to work smarter and to maximise digital options within your business,” says Ms Perry, “so we are strongly encouraging business to get involved in this forum, either as a participant, a presenter, a sponsor or all three.”

Allison Miller, Director of the Adelaide-based e-business consultancy, Vanguard Visions Consulting, says that fully engaging with new digital technologies is “a must if you want your business improve productivity and sustainability”.

“The greatest gains can often be made in small to medium businesses where technology may be underutilised – there are huge opportunities to optimise your business processes and services,” adds Ms Miller.

North Coast TAFE has been involved from the beginning of the NBN rollout in Coffs Harbour, providing training programs and services targeting the skills required by small business as well as the wider community.

Business Capability Consultant for North Coast TAFE’s Information Technology Faculty, Ian Newton, says that the knowledge, skills and understanding required for businesses to successfully leverage off the new technology are “many fold and complex”. We currently have over 250 registrations for the conference and this demonstrates how technology can help aggregate thin regional markets into viable groups.

“This forum is an ideal opportunity for businesses to get answers to mission-critical questions like:

‘How does digital engagement deliver a demonstrable effect on my business bottom line?’

What are mobile devices and smart phones doing to my traditional marketing activities?’”

The National NBN-enabled Digital Economy Forum is on Tuesday 30 July 2013 between 5.30 and 8.00 pm both online and face to face in various locations across Australia.  To attend, register with at: http://bit.ly/NBNdigiforum.

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