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John Findley is a China specialist having lived, off and on, in China for around 30 years. He now lives in Newcastle. He is a highly experienced senior executive and now runs his own migration business (a genuine independent contractor) supporting high-end executives to work in Australia.

Mind expansion: Industrial internet

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

GE has produced an exciting view of the future of uses of the internet and computing: "The Industrial Internet: Pushing the Boundaries of Minds and Machines".

To me, as an engineer, this is an exciting view of productivity growth.  However, as a small business operator it raises more questions about how we (SMEs) can participate in the bounty and benefits of computing and the internet. The GE paper focuses on big business.  More...


Are small business people tech dopes?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

This survey by Deloitte Access Economics suggests that small business people are low tech adapters. John argues there are other reasons. He asks: are SMEs tech savvy?

I believe there is a huge gap in the development and distribution of computer-based solutions for SMEs. More...


Engage with China the right way

Thursday, September 20, 2012

I have a somewhat hazy recollection of a visit to the Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce by a minister of the Keating cabinet in the early ’90s (going back quite a few years).
 
The minister addressed the Austcham with the message “Australia should engage with Asia”.  One wag at the rear of the room rose to his feet and pointed out, with great politeness, that the minister was addressing Austcham in Hong Kong and all members had been engaged with Asia for decades. More...


The reality of SME innovation

Friday, August 24, 2012

As an old engineer with decades of experience in Australian manufacturing, in large and small enterprises (before I pursued a career offshore), I feel that it is impossible for SMEs to introduce technological innovation, or at least the opportunities for technological innovation are extremely limited.
 
Recently the Prime Minister received a report 'Smarter Manufacturing for a Smarter Australia'.  The 5 key points made in the report are too rarefied to be actionable.  More...


China Cannot Stop; China Will Not Stop

Monday, August 20, 2012

I do not have extensive research resource, nor am I properly trained to make economic forecasts.  I just have 25 years living and working in many cities of China, a keen eye and an engineer’s training.    I frequently read erudite and well researched publications discussing a slowdown in China. More...