With the global economy seeing early signs of recovery, businesses are now looking at IT to create value and become more agile to create differentiation in a highly competitive marketplace.For IT organizations, this creates a real challenge. We are dealing with the perpetual necessity to cut costs whilst balancing the need to invest in emerging technologies and innovative ways to augment the IT value chain. It seems, however, there is a simple answer: ‘Software-Defined’ with ‘No Limits’!With VMworld Europe concluding today, you can expect a catalyst of momentum around how software is empowering IT to break down walls, demolish barriers and reveal the opportunities ahead.To celebrate and examine this concept in more detail, the Financial Times asked EMC and VMware to record a short video series on the key elements of how to drive business value through IT Transformation. Over the next few weeks we will release a total of five videos, each addressing an area to cover when considering a transformation. To follow the series, bookmark this blog!Chapter One – Drivers for IT Transformation In the first of this series of master-class videos, we explore how the convergence of cloud, big data and mobile technology is driving IT transformation across businesses.With traditional business models being disrupted by these new technologies, senior technologists from EMC and VMware discuss why, despite pressures from the business for IT organizations to cut operational costs and address the burden of legacy IT applications and infrastructure, changing business expectations in a recovering economy are creating a phenomenal opportunity for organizations to create first mover advantage – if IT can keep pace with the business.Coming soon:Chapter 2: Transforming Your Infrastructure and Delivering a Well Run Hybrid CloudChapter 3: Transforming the Operating Model and enabling the Software Defined EnterpriseChapter 4: Transforming Applications and preparing for the Third PlatformChapter 5: Partnering to Enable Successful Transformations
Aveo Carindale’s $280 million redevelopment is being fast trackedThe second release of independent living apartments within Aveo Carindale’s $280 million redevelopment is being fast-tracked to meet unprecedented demand from retiree buyers after two months on the market.Aveo will release 27 additional apartments early from the $55 million first stage, which is set to be southeast Brisbane’s largest retirement community.Aveo Group CEO Geoff Grady attributes buyer interest to its proximity to key shopping hub, Westfield Carindale, and demand from local seniors to remain in the area.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago“Many of the inquiries for this community are from seniors in the local area who say they love the region and don’t want to live anywhere else,” Mr Grady said.“We also know that seniors aged over 65 will make up 13.7 per cent of the population in Carindale by 2021, so preparing adequate infrastructure now to cater to this increased demand is crucial.“The high volume of retirees buying off the plan ahead of the first-stage completion demonstrates how important redevelopments like Aveo Carindale are to ensuring retirees can continue living within their local community as their lifestyle and care needs change.”The existing community located opposite Westfield Carindale was established in 1985 and the $280 million redevelopment will occur over six stages to deliver 432 independent living units and a 115-bed high-care facility.The first stage is due for completion next month with independent living apartments priced from $295,000.Amenities will include healthcare consulting rooms, a restaurant and bar, gym, pool, movie theatre, library, games room and beauty salon.