Australian businesses embracing emerging technologies amid accelerating pace of change

IoT adoption reaching mainstream with cognitive computing intentions high

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Australian enterprises are in the midst of a wave of technology adoption driven by the desire to stay relevant through creating new products and services, according to a new study from emerging technology analyst firm Telsyte.

The Telsyte Australian Emerging Enterprise Technology Study 2017 reveals that more half of organisations[1] are currently undergoing large scale IT transformation leading to widespread investigation, planning and roll out of emerging technologies.

Telsyte undertook a detailed analysis of nine emerging technology areas to better understand the rapid growth in adoption of transformative technologies by Australian organisations.

The Telsyte Australian Emerging Enterprise Technology Study 2017 includes coverage of:

  • Internet of things (IoT)
  • Artificial intelligence and automation
  • Voice commands
  • Advanced networks: From fibre to 5G
  • Personal computing and collaboration
  • High performance computing
  • Virtual, augmented and mixed reality
  • Blockchain and cryptocurrencies
  • Mobile payments and NFC

Enterprise IoT has quickly become mainstream

Most IT leaders predict five to ten times as many connected devices in their organisation within five years. This boom in both end-user devices and industrial machines such as sensors and cameras is creating massive volumes of data which can be used to enhance productivity, modernise processes and help leaders make better strategic decisions.

Nearly 90 per cent of Australian CIOs see IoT becoming important or critical to their organisation within five years. Nearly a quarter (23%) of organisations are in the test, development or the production phase of IoT. Early adopters are showing positive ROI with 59 per cent claiming costs saving from using IoT technologies, and 30 per cent claiming increased customer satisfaction.

The biggest barriers are the costs of rolling out IoT solutions and legacy IT infrastructure requirements. Two-thirds or more see a positive role for IoT in operations and IT, but there is also a similar level of interest for customer service and marketing applications.

“IoT gives organisations an opportunity to overhaul their systems and modernise processes, the challenge is doing this while maintaining legacy systems,” Telsyte Managing Director, Foad Fadaghi, says.

“A complete overhaul is often required with IoT creating barriers for organisations which are not yet at the right phase to make large scale investments.”

 IoT maturity within Australian organisations

Source: Telsyte Australian Emerging Enterprise Technology Study 2017

Growing interest in using artificial intelligence, machine learning and automation

The use of artificial intelligence and automation technology in the enterprise is increasing steadily as options continue to grow for everything from physical robots to digital assistants and chatbots. Nearly two-thirds of businesses are already dabbling with machine learning or deep learning to improve operations or influence business decision making.

Finance is considered an important beachhead with 65 per cent of CIOs seeing use cases for machine learning in financial modelling and fraud detection. However, many organisations are also seeing the customer as an important front for AI. Nearly two-thirds of organisations intend to use cognitive computing in some form, including customer-facing apps such as chatbots.

“AI intentions are running at two speeds in the Australian market, with businesses much more bullish about using automation technology than consumers,” Fadaghi says.

“There is an undercurrent of fear in the average consumer about the impact of AI on jobs and future prospects for later generations in a highly automated world.”

Other findings in the study include:

  • 1 in 4 IT leaders see a place for industry application of drones (or autonomous flying vehicles).
  • More than half are exploring or already developing augmented reality applications.
  • 74 per cent indicated they had use cases for voice recognition technology in their organisation.
  • Over 60 per cent see value in smart wearable devices such as smart watches and smart glasses in their organisation for internal operations, access control and customer facing applications.
  • 59 per cent are investigating the potential uses or disruption from blockchain technology in their industry.

 For further information on licensing the study or media enquiries contact:

Foad Fadaghi
Managing Director
Tel: +61 2 9235 5851
Twitter: @foadfadaghi

Telsyte’s emerging enterprise technology research program provides leading insights into the technologies and services that are re-defining how Australian organisations, including the public sector, manage operations and innovate with new products and services. The comprehensive 118 page study provides deep local insights into the issues that are impacting emerging technology uptake.

In preparing this study, Telsyte used:

  • An online survey of a representative sample of Australians CIOs and IT decision makers with 302 respondents completed in September 2016.
  • The research was conducted among businesses with more than 20 employees.
  • Interviews conducted with executives from software vendors, carriers, system integrators, hardware and big data software providers, as well as their channel partners.
  • On-going monitoring of local and global market and vendor trends.

About Telsyte

Telsyte is Australia’s leading emerging technology analyst firm. Telsyte analysts deliver market research, insights and advisory into enterprise and consumer technologies. Telsyte is an independent business unit of For more information visit

[1] With greater than 20 employees

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