Story image

Technology and broadband vital for Kiwi businesses

09 Apr 15

According to recent survey from Statistics NZ, most small to large businesses in New Zealand were engaged in technology and in training their staff in 2014.

Nearly 90% of employees in New Zealand work in businesses that have six or more employees. The Business Operations Survey samples businesses of that size, which make up 10% of businesses in New Zealand.

The findings from the survey found that most businesses surveyed use the internet and a broadband connection. "Nearly 50% of businesses use the internet to sell goods and services, but for most businesses, these sales make up less than 10% of their total sales," business performance manager Jason Attewell says.

Of businesses using the internet, just under one-quarter used a fibre-optic connection for ultra-fast broadband in 2014. The larger the business, the more likely they were to be using fibre.

In 2014, 84% of businesses provided training to their staff – down from 89% the previous year.

The top three areas of training in 2014 were in health and safety, customer service/sales skills, and computer skills.

Tourism sales and investment in expansion increased slightly since 2013. In 2014, 29% of businesses were investing in expansion, while 24% were involved in export sales.

“This reflects a longer-term trend. The number of businesses with export sales has gone up more than 50% since 2010, and those investing in expansion have also gone up over the same period. While the survey doesn’t ask for dollar amounts, the results show a strong trend in these participation rates across industries,” Attewell says.

The Business Operations Survey provides a rich source of data about business behaviour, capacity, and performance across industries. The information collected can show changes in business characteristics over time, and provide a snapshot of business activity.

TCS collaborates with Red Hat to build digital transformation solutions
“By leveraging TCS' technology skills to build more secure, intelligent and responsive solutions, we aim to deliver superior end-user experiences."
Twitter suspects state-sponsored ties to support forum breach
One of Twitter’s support forums was hit by a data breach that may have ties to a state-sponsored attack, however users' personal data was exposed.
How McAfee aims to curb enterprise data loss
McAfee DLP aims to help safeguard intellectual property and ensure compliance by protecting sensitive data.
HPE promotes 'circular economy' for end-of-use tech
HPE is planning to show businesses worldwide that throwing old tech and assets into landfill is not the best option when it comes to end-of-use disposal.
2018 sees 1,500% increase in coinmining malware - report
This issue will only continue to grow as IoT forms the foundation of connected devices and smart city grids.
CSPs ‘not capable enough’ to meet 5G demands of end-users
A new study from Gartner produced some startling findings, including the lack of readiness of communications service providers (CSPs).
Oracle announces a new set of cloud-native managed services
"Developers should have the flexibility to build and deploy their applications anywhere they choose without the threat of cloud vendor lock-in.”
How AT&T aims to help businesses recover faster from a disaster
"Companies need to be able to recover and continue operations ASAP, without pulling resources from other places to get back up and running."