New year, new goals Photo: Radu Sigheti
Hot on the heels of Christmas bonhomie comes New Year's Eve. For many, it's time to take stock of the 12 months just gone and make optimistic to-do lists for 2013.
As well as the perennially popular personal goals - losing weight, giving up smoking, getting organised and achieving work-life balance - many in the technology business have ambitious business plans for 2013.
As they prepare to pull down the tinsel and return to the high-tech grindstone, IT Pro polled a cross-section of industry players on their new year's resolutions for the working year ahead.
The vendor: Adrian Di Marco, Technology One executive chairman
Rolling out the TechnologyOne cloud is top of Di Marco's to-do list for 2013. The homespun enterprise software vendor has been a player in the corporate and government markets since developing its first accounting software package in the 1980s. The firm plans to have its software-as-a-service offering ready to run by mid-2013 and will test the model on a handful of existing customers before offering it to the wider market, even though competitors have played in this space for a while.
"It's a big thing for us and a big resolution for me," Di Marco said. "We see it as a huge paradigm shift. We've been running ourselves in the cloud and will be fine tuning it before launch."
The start-up success: Mitch Harper, Bigcommerce CEO
It's good to talk, as British Telecom famously told us, and the staff at Bigcommerce will be doing much more of it, if Harper gets his way. Top of the young CEO's 2013 resolutions is improving communications between the firm's Sydney headquarters and its office in Austin, Texas, via more video chat, portals and trips for key technical and management staff.
Customers will also be in for more face time, with Harper planning to form a working group with a handful of clients, to improve the company's understanding of how Bigcommerce is deployed and the business challenges its users face.
The IT chief: Wayne McMahon, Dominos Pizza Enterprises Group CIO
Dominos has made a name for itself in recent years as one of the country's most enthusiastic adopters of digital technologies, thanks to several initiatives including an online ordering system and apps that allow customers to customise their pizzas and track their progress from oven to door. Keeping the take-away giant hurtling down this path is a key 2013 resolution for CIO McMahon.
"Next year will see the IT team deliver a number of new global digital solutions and initiatives into the market, as well as enhancements to our current digital offerings," McMahon said.
Supporting the growing needs of the organisation's European operations shares equal billing on the to-do list, with McMahon's sights set on expanding online ordering capabilities further into the Telstra global cloud.
The consultant: Dean Robertson, Mexia Consulting founder
Three years young, systems integrator Mexia has forged a name for itself as a go-to provider of BizTalk Server and Windows Azure-based solutions. Founder and technical director Dean Robertson has vowed to package its technical expertise into user-friendly offerings this year.
"We spent a lot of time in 2012 having to explain what we do - systems integration and cloud migrations - to new customers because we didn't have a clear solution offering that was centred on their pain points and opportunities," Robertson said.
"Our chief resolution for 2013 is to execute on our new 'solutions in a box' strategy around four main solution patterns that involve cloud and make it easier for customers to realise the benefits and spot the opportunities. For most of our customers cloud computing is an inevitability - it's not a matter of 'if' they'll be using some part of the cloud but 'when' so we want to be the one to help them."
What have you resolved to achieve with the help of technology in 2013?
- Follow IT Pro on Twitter.