Danielle Uskovic

Here’s our top 10 Christmas gift ideas to suit any budget or personality in your life. We’ve got you covered from ultrabooks to tablets and accessories to storage solutions. There will be no re-gifting with these awesome tech gifts, and put you on the nice list for next year! 1. The (Mostly) Lovable Space Cadet: a one-button backup “OMG Did you wipe all of the videos of Lily's first Christmas”? Ever notice that the smartest people seem to do this kind of stuff all the time? Stage a friendly intervention with a Lenovo Iomega EZ Media & Backup Centre. – FROM ONLY $369 2. Mr Messy: a beautiful wireless keyboard and mouse We've got this new thing called wireless technology. Lenovo didn't invent it, but we do make a sleek and sophisticated Ultraslim Wireless Keyboard and Mouse that will help you with your New Year’s tidy desk resolution. –

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Xiaoyan Wang, senior vice president at Lenovo, was appointed chief information officer in March 2009. She is responsible for Lenovo's information technology strategy and operations including all aspects of Lenovo's global IT infrastructure, business applications development, support and maintenance, as well as information service delivery and security. Under Ms. Wang's leadership, the Information Technology organization is working closely with Lenovo's internal business partners in designing IT strategies, processes and architecture to support Lenovo's Think, Idea, mature and emerging market segments. Below she shares her insights on technology and some of the findings from our recent CIO whitepaper. As business people, we are working in one of the most exciting and dynamic eras of recent history. Technology is driving immense transformations in our organisations and our lives. The devices we use in our workplaces, the information and intelligence we access through our computers and the integration of new technologies with our existing work habits make for a very interesting view of the world and of business. However, technology in business cannot exist without technology leaders. It is people like you and I, CIOs and Heads of IT, that help our organisations realise the potential of technology as an enabler of change and success. With that in mind, let us consider how the role of the CIO and Head of IT are in flux. Globally, we are seeing...

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Matt Codrington is the Managing Director of Lenovo Australia and New Zealand. Here, he shares his insights about the importance of technology leaders in business today. Working at a technology company, you can sometimes take for granted the power that technology has to shape and change the world in which we live. The business world is no different. It is the transformative power of technology that has become a driving force in some of the biggest business success stories of the past decade. Commodities such as mobile devices, the internet, social networks and applications of 3D are the heroes of the technology world. However, the role of technology leaders in managing the creation and implementation of that transformation in a business context has mostly gone unseen. CIOs and Heads of IT have often been regarded as operational, rather than strategic in Australian businesses but, based on the findings of this new report from Lenovo and Intel, we can see a clear path ahead to change this. I meet a number of technology leaders in my work and while, naturally, they are very competent managers of technology, they are often underrated in terms of their business acumen. These professionals have a silent passion for enabling business strategy through technology solutions and are often waiting to be invited to express their opinion about how things can be done better. As executive leaders in Australia, we must do more when it comes to incorporating CIOs and Heads...

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In recent years, technology has stolen the spotlight in business. When it comes to the main drivers of an organisation’s success, technological advancements are often the enablers of much of this and will receive much of the kudos. However, the role of technology leaders in business is not regarded as highly as that of the technologies that, traditionally, they have commanded. CIOs and Heads of IT often struggle to be recognised as strategic players in the organisations where they work. Nevertheless, as the importance of the role of technology leaders grows in Australian businesses, it is important to understand what this group of professionals considers their next big challenges. This is not only relevant and important for them, but also businesses at large, given the fact that many rely on technology as a cornerstone of their organisation’s ongoing success. In order to gain a better picture of their perception of where they are now and where they are heading, CIOs and Heads of IT from around Australia provided their comments and opinions on this topic as part of a research project commissioned by Lenovo and Intel and carried out by Galaxy Research. As part of this research, CIOs and Heads of IT explored the topics of emerging technologies and the challenges they present, what transformations their roles may undergo in future and how members of their organisation’s executive team viewed their place in the business. The results of the...

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10 Keyboard shortcuts to boost your productivity

10 Keyboard shortcuts to boost your productivity

Keyboard shortcuts are easy to learn and can really boost your productivity. With a bit of practice, they will even become second nature. Once you master some keyboard calisthenics, you’ll be slashing through spreadsheets, controlling content and burning through budgets. Here are 10 shortcuts to add to your computer arsenal. Note: if you’re a Mac user, the Control key in Windows translates to a Command key in Mac OS. 1. Ctrl+X, Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V The fundamental Cut (Ctrl-X), Copy (Ctrl-C) and Paste (Ctrl-V) commands are at the very core of your interactions with your computer and are an indispensable time-saver. Make these your best friend and you’ll get things done a lot quicker.   2. Ctrl+A Use this to select everything. Rather than laboriously dragging a mouse down to highlight your whole document, this simple shortcut highlights everything. Team it up with a sneaky Ctrl+C and a Ctrl+V to quickly copy and paste one document into another.   3. Ctrl+F Are you hunting for a specific piece of information in a long document? The Find shortcut will skip you to the keyword or phrase you're after instantly – and will also help you find that misplaced file. Great for finding key facts in wordy webpages too.   4. Ctrl+Z The Undo shortcut will stop you screaming “But I didn't mean to do that!” at the computer. Undo that accidental last command, typing faux pas or embarrassing calculation....

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