OzTech: ANZ software market reaches $10.5B; LaunchVic updated startup program; MacTel hires engineers

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ANZ software market reaches $10.5 billion

The Australia and New Zealand software market reached $10.5 billion in the first half of 2021, according to data from research firm IDC. Australia saw a year-over-year increase of 20.6%, and New Zealand grew by 20.4%.

The first half also showed a 31% increase in cloud adoption; cloud revenues now represent 45% of the total ANZ software market.

Collaboration software saw the largest annual growth, at 49%, followed by artificial intelligence platforms, at 35%. IDC said this growth indicates strong demands from ANZ organisations in modernisation and streamlining of core business processes. Implementation of what IDC calls AI software services and intelligent knowledge-discovery tools is on the rise to support decision-making, forecasting, and improving business outcomes.

The integration and orchestration middleware software market recorded the third strongest annual growth, at 31%, across Australia and New Zealand. This has been largely driven by legacy modernisation, hybrid integration, workflow/process automation, and API-led innovation initiatives.

Revamped program helps startups work closely with Victoria government

Set up by the Victoria government in March 2016, startup agency LaunchVic has updated its CivVic program to help connect startups and government agencies. CivVic will offer a government liaison service to support established startups with procurement processes.

A new six-week pre-accelerator program is also being introduced and will bring early-stage startups and government together to prototype solutions to government challenges.

CivVic has provided support to 38 local startups since 2018.

MacTel hires more engineers

Macquarie Telecom is hiring engineers as the use of its SD-WAN services reaches 6,000 sites across Australia, four years after launching those services. The company will also hire customer service and marketing staff as it plans to double the number of SD-WAN-serviced sites in two years. Macquarie Telecom sees opportunities in the retail and aged care sectors to expand its footprint.

Recent research from GlobalData showed that nearly 60% of Australian enterprises with more than 200 employees had already adopted SD-WAN, and that one in three were considering implementing it in the next 12 months.

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