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Nov 14, 2011

Smartcompany News & Analysis: Why Big Data could change your business, $20m call centre operator collapses, Where to invest in a choppy market, Warren Buffett’s tech sector play

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Today on SmartCompany we examine the collapse of a $20 million call centre operator, look at yet another set of tweaks to Google’s algorithm and examine the ACCC’s new guide for businesses planning carbon tax-related guides. Plus we explain why a glut of IR problems might occur in 2012 and examine how graduate salaries have rebounded. And in Entrepreneur Watch, James Thomson looks at Warren Buffett’s move into territory he’s always hated – the tech sector.

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Big data: The trend that could change your business
In an age of computers, GPS devices and fleet GPS transceivers, RFID tag readers, smart meters, embedded microprocessors and sensors, companies are now confronted with a tsunami of data. BY LEON GETTLER.
Big Data

Where to invest right now
The current market volatility has many asking a straightforward question: Where the hell do I invest right now? BY MICHAEL LAURENCE.

Aunty B
How do I broach a tricky topic with my business partners?
Now is the time to sit down and work out where you want things to go.
Aunty B

People Problems
Eve Ash
As long as you have employees there will be the potential for bullying to occur. If it is occurring, your company needs to act on it now.
Eve Ash

Sue Barrett
Are companies taking longer to make buying decisions or does it come down to impatience on the part of the B2B sales person, in a hurry to reach their sales targets?
Sue Barrett

Franchise tips and trends
Jason Gehrke
Forget what you thought about Generation Y being the next big group of potential franchisees, it appears that baby boomers are driving growth in franchisee numbers.
Jason Gehrke

Michel Hogan
TOMS Shoes is one of my favourite brands at the moment. There are many reasons for that, but here are just five that are worth considering for your own organisation.
Michel Hogan

Entrepreneur Watch
James Thomson
Warren Buffett has traditionally steered away from tech companies, but does his $US10.7 billion bet on IBM suggest he’s changed his strategy? Maybe not.
James Thomson

The Australian | Business Briefing Update: RBA signals comfort on rates

RBA signals comfort on rates
Geoffrey Rogow THE RBA has signalled the mining boom posed the risk of needing to have interest rates back at a more restrictive level.
CBA earnings spark sell-off
Scott Murdoch INVESTORS sold off Commonwealth Bank shares after its trading desks posted a $60 million fall in first-quarter profit today.
Spotless won't play at mooted price
John Durie SPOTLESS is happy to look at proposals above $3 a share, which means the latest mooted bid won’t get in the front door.
Rio mum on higher Hathor bid
Robb M. Stewart RIO Tinto is remaining silent on how it plans to fend off a sweetened rival bid for Canadian uranium company Hathor Exploration.
UniCredit raising adds to fears
Patrick Hosking MARKETS were shaken after Italy's biggest bank posted a surprise loss and said it would tap shareholders to boost capital.
Origin to raise $500m for LNG
David Fickling AUSTRALIA'S largest power utility, Origin Energy, plans to raise $500 million to develop its Australia Pacific LNG joint venture.
Buffett in $10.5bn bet on IBM
Erik Holm WARREN Buffett has invested $US10.7 billion in IBM this year, a reversal for the billionaire who has avoided technology stocks.
2XU expansion to shift up a gear
Damon Kitney ON Sunday, John Wylie and Clyde Davenport were cycling mates in the ConnectEast Ride for Homedown Melbourne's Eastlink tollway.
Financial Markets
Shares in the red, banks drag
THE Australian sharemarket was in the red by early afternoon, although losses had narrowed amid falls in banking and mining.
Wall St falls on Italy fears
Oil slips in cautious session
Financial Markets Coverage
Mining & Energy
Uranium exports boost for juniors
Sarah-Jane Tasker JULIA Gillard's push to allow uranium exports to India will open new funding options for emerging miners of the yellowcake.
PM to succeed on uranium to India: Left
SA premier backs Indian uranium sale
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