Tuesday, 06 October 2020 23:03

AIIA, Pure Storage, Digital Realty and Lighting Council all welcome Fed Govt 2020-21 Budget

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The commentary from various elements of the tech industry on Budget night has been positive, which is great news for the digital economy, digital funding, reversing planned R&D changes, 5G and more.

The AIIA has come out to welcome billions in new digital funding in the Budget as The Australian Federal Government is backing The Australian Digital Economy.

Then the Lightning Council Australia, an organisation we didn't even know existed, but is the peak body for the lightning industry in Australia, has also come out to welcome the announcement to "reverse plans to cut an estimated $1.8 billion from the Research and Development Tax Incentive Program".

We have also heard from two other companies - Pure Storage and Digital Realty.

Michael Alp, Vice President, Australia and New Zealand, at Pure Storage said: "The government’s move to adopt and transition to digital technologies ($800 million Digital Business Plan package) is definitely needed to keep Australians safe and supported. As progressive as we have been in the past, there are many layers of infrastructure and process under threat of attack, obsolescence or growing cost.

"At the heart of this is the data of our people, land and businesses which needs to be safe, adaptable and usable by our core agencies. It's the greatest asset of our government for preserving our identity, way of life, security and standard of living.”

Michael Alp, VP ANZ, Pure Storage

Mark Smith, Managing Director, Asia Pacific at Digital Realty said: “The rollout of 5G mobile services will create a high speed platform for business operations to take complete advantage of big data, artificial intelligence and the internet of things.

"The government’s move to boost 5G access will help provide critical connectivity and infrastructure to local enterprises, particularly when demand on internet infrastructure is so high. A cloud-first strategy – whether multi-cloud or agnostic – is crucial to capitalise on a faster 5G network ensuring businesses can compete.”

Mark Smith, MD AP at Digital Realty

More information on the AIIA is here, with the Australian Federal Government's Budget 2020-21 home page here, with the official Budget documents here.

The Government's 1 minute Budget 2020-21 overview video is embedded below:

The Budget 2020-21 JobMaker Plan video is below:


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