Worldly and Informed Content Powers Spectacular Growth of New Zealand Site.
Industry interest in the announcement that Napier-based business site MSCNewswire routinely achieved more than one million visits a month has prompted the site's proprietors to publish a confirming certificate (pictured) from iSystems, also of Napier, the hosts of the site.
Vogueish status means Facebook remains unchallenged Guide Book for scam artists.
Scam artists are researching the backgrounds of their targets especially where they sit in corporate structures. In one such recent example an employee of Spark, the telecoms provider, was led to believe that their caller, a fraudster, was part of their own hierarchy, a superior.
His systems implementation lesson remains to be learned.
Gordon Hogg who died recently personified the era in which New Zealand could lay claim to be among the most advanced nations, if not the most advanced, in terms of large scale networked computerisation.
At the cusp of the 1960s/70s Gordon Hogg as the head of Databank implemented the world’s first nationwide bank cheque clearing system. From the outset it worked to specification and became for a generation the country’s pre-eminent technological showcase.
It was owned and run by the clearing banks of the era and for almost its entire existence was under the unchallenged direction of Mr Hogg.
He was New Zealand’s first technocrat. A big-picture man he had taken a number of bold decisions and foremost among them was to engage IBM as supplier instead of Burroughs (now Unisys) which was then the recognised banking supplier.
From his eerie atop Databank House in Boulcott Street, he also established Wellington’s first US-style corporate office.
Eschewing the conventional desk centrepiece Mr Hogg arranged himself around a lavish hotel suite layout, thus eliminating the desk barrier which office psychologists were starting to identify as an obstacle to the free exchange of ideas.
Outside were arrayed his lieutenants, all specialists in their fields.
Possessed of matinee idol good looks, imposing height, and a suave yet friendly manner Mr Hogg’s personality permeated this, for New Zealand, very large organisation.
He ran it as a benevolent fiefdom.
On one occasion his own house was under re-decoration and one of the tradespeople without knowing who Hogg was confessed that what he really wanted to do was work in the computer sector.
Admiring the young man’s craftsmanship, Hogg put him into a career at Databank.
The question raised to this day by Databank is this. How did such a gigantic and pioneering computerised set-up perform as it should have done from the get-go?
Other subsequent and far less innovative institutional large scale networked systems in contrast continue to stutter and stall at implementation with each party blaming the other for non-performance.
In the cool mists of time we can now define some indicators.
The central one is Gordon Hogg’s surprise selection of IBM as the supplier.
At this time IBM globally had in the slogan of the era “bet the company” on the success of its 360 mainframe series, quite different from anything that had gone before.
Gordon Hogg always knew that IBM therefore had to guarantee the success of what would become a central global reference site for this very series.
In other words, IBM would have to keep its feet to the fire and always be ready in terms of deploying its high-level technical expertise onto the project as and when it was required.
There would be no distractions. No dilution of available expertise then or in the future.
“Big systems, doing big things,” was a Gordon Hogg motto and as it turned out, a highly workable one.
He emerged from his unexpected and unwanted seclusion looking thinner than before and rather more grey and describing the entire ordeal as if it were business as usual, another day at the office. The sequestration of prince Al Waleed Bin Talal, grandson of Ibn Saud the founder of Saudi Arabia, continues meanwhile to raise more questions than it did answers.
A “Worldly and Informed Content” powers spectacular growth of New Zealand site.
Forecasts and reports unfiltered by the constraints imposed by the perceived need to adhere to rigid prevailing socio-political ideologies was an explanation for MSCNewswire surpassing one million visits per month.
MSCNewswire founder Max Farndale noted the site’s correct prediction of the outcomes of the United States presidential election as well as the New Zealand general election.
Similarly MSCNewswire had predicted the failure of the Trans Pacific Partnership free trade arrangement.
The service he said had benefitted from having sources deep within operational trade and politics throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East.
Mr Farndale pointed out that the site had profited too from the requirement for conventional media to become hyperlocal.
This device designed to try to hold their market share had also accelerated demand for what he described as “a worldly and informed context” in which to frame the news, especially economic news.
MSCNewswire’s objective he said was to provide the big contextual picture along with the nuts and bolts one in which for example MSCNewswire consistently identifies exporter contractual traps notably in tendering, copying, and actually getting paid.
The National Press Club is a joint venture partner with MSCNewswire. || Saturday February 10, 2018 |||
NZ Government ‘s enhanced competitive thrust paralyses the media mainstream
Jan 28, 2018 - Dazzled by the reforming zeal of the new Labour –led government , the mainstream media has been blinded to the most visible piece of social engineering on the production line which is a new broadcasting channel to add to the flotilla of channels that it already controls.
It will be a new television channel and it will compete for an audience which is already enduring compounding fractures which add up to countless such channels from at home and abroad.
The budget mooted appears to be in the $80 million category and with the inevitable invisible costs, especially the human ones, attendant upon the launch of a new state broadcasting channel this sounds modest.
The actual cost including launch and the below-the-line contingencies will be at least 20 percent higher judging by previous such launch experiences.
The state already controls the nation’s two main television channels TV1 and TV 2 and also the national public broadcasting station, RNZ.
The doctrinal underpinning of the scheduled television channel which is said to be in the “conversation” stage is that both the state controlled broadcasters TV 1 and TV 2 are considered to be giving their audience too much of what they want instead of what they need.
This amounts to the two state channels broadcasting in their fight for audience share too much entertainment especially of the violent and shock-horror variety.
RNZ with its emphasis on what people need to know has become the model for the new state broadcasting venture.
The extent to which the proposed channel will evolve as an identity one is still in the melting pot it seems.
The government already controls the Maori TV channel which has earned high marks across audiences for its exhibition of the more high minded English-language productions from the northern hemisphere, especially those in the classical mould.
So there is a degree of concern even in the Maori tv channel that they too will find their audience split by the intervention of the new government television channel which is now so determinedly under consideration, if in fact, a decision has not already been made to launch it.
The Labour governmental zeal to enter the television channel business can be traced back several generations to the launch of TV 2 on the back of the existing TV1.
The Labour cabinet of this era was surprised when two sets of competing state television news crews would turn up to record their utterances.
The result was that the news side was consolidated into TV1.
These mainstream television stations in turn compete with the independent TV 3.
TV 3 which also owns Radio Live has been conscious of this new state sponsored launch, especially of one with an identity underpinning.
TV 3 along with its state television channel competitors has shared for exampling an embarrassing grappling with Maori language vowel sounds as its seeks to publicly demonstrate its consciousness of diversity.
In fact Maori language and its correct pronunciation, from those who spoke it as a first language, was an area of strong emphasis by the preceding New Zealand Broadcasting Service.
The mainstream television channels meanwhile co-exist with numerous independent television and radio channels dedicated to district audiences.
New Zealand visit indicated live sheep, fresh water
Saudi Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal’s rapid reversal of fortune in recent months is conclusive proof that money cannot buy you friends and most definitely not influential ones.
From Bill Gates through to such media honchos as Rupert Murdoch and Michael Bloomberg, the prince’s pals and associates have been characterised by their silence on the prince’s undeniably serious plight.
Not a peep either from former New Zealand prime minister John Key who we picture meeting the prince in Riyadh officially to push the New Zealand cause.