October 2020


All the News From Delos Delta

October 2020

Delos Delta is a management consulting firm specialising in smart cities, emerging technology, innovation, economic development and organisational transformation. 

This newsletter provides your monthly dose of Delos Delta info, and highlights from the smart city sphere.  For regular updates, follow us on our social media!


Smart Norwood Payneham & St Peters!

The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is now seeking comments on their new Draft Smart City Plan.  The Plan will guide the City in becoming more digitally connected and technologically enhanced, for the benefit of the entire community.

“Council must be constantly adapting to change, and the Smart City Plan provides the dynamic framework to facilitate adoption of tested and innovative new technologies, which will enhance the Council’s service provision and community well-being.” - Mayor Robert Bria

Delos Delta is proud to have worked with Council to develop this Draft Plan, and look forward to hearing feedback from the community.  Click the button below to get involved by download a copy and completing the online survey. 

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Economic Development & Tourism in the Blue Mountains 

Following recent natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic, Blue Mountains City Council are committed to helping lead the recovery of the City. 

Delos Delta are proud to be working with Council to develop the new Economic Development and Tourism Strategy, in collaboration with key stakeholders.  The Strategy will ensure an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable Blue Mountains into the future.
In October, the Delos Delta engagement team coordinated with Council to deliver a series of workshops and interviews ensuring the new Strategy is driven by community voice and stakeholder input.

As COVID-19 restrictions eased, the team was able to travel to the Blue Mountains to conduct a number of face-to-face interviews, supplementing our strong digital engagement program.  

Delos Delta are pleased to be partnering with tourism experts, Destination Marketing Store (DMS) to deliver this Strategy. 
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Wodonga Youth Innovation Program

It’s important to celebrate the wins - especially in a challenging year like 2020.

In the midst of COVID19 restrictions, Delos Delta had the opportunity to work with 17 of Albury-Wodonga’s most talented young entrepreneurs to develop their entrepreneurial skills and appetite for innovation.  The Program marks another success in the Wodonga Innovation Project’s (WIP) plan to support local business, foster innovation and develop a resilient regional economy. 

The WIP is dedicated to fostering innovation capabilities and skills in people of all ages and experience, and to connecting the community with mentors and professionals to help nurture their ideas and grow their businesses. 

Delos Delta is proud to have worked with our colleagues Michael Phillips and Jayden Castillo on the program, and would like to thank Wodonga Council for funding the inaugural Program.

To find out more about the pitches of our young innovators, check out the Programs write up in the Bega District News and The Border Mail.  If supporting innovation and business development is important to you, feel free to get in contact and see what Delos Delta can do for your organisation or region!

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News from
City of Wanneroo 

Delos Delta are committed to driving positive change in communities around Australia.
We are currently partnering with the City of Wanneroo to review their highest-level planning document – the Strategic Community Plan.  Working with Council, Delos Delta is gathering community insights that will inform a co-designed and refreshed Community Development Plan. 

Council's commitment to community co-design will ensure the sustainable success, inclusivity and liveability of Wanneroo.  Click the link below to find out more, register for a community forum, and complete the online survey!
Register and Have A Say Here!
Another interesting discussion between QUT's Anthony Peloso, Delos Delta MD Brook Dixon and TheInformer's George Donikian!

The Smart City As A Service

QUT’s Dr. Antony Peloso and Delos Delta MD, Brook Dixon, recently sat down with George Donikian at TheInformer to discuss the pair’s latest smart city paper.

Antony and Brook worked together to write the forthcoming research paper: ‘Smart’ Does Not Make It So: The Facts and Fictions of Smart Cities.

The paper delves into smart cities, smart citizens and the role marketing plays in fostering ‘smartness’ and developing smarter cities.
Check out the interview and follow TheInformer!

Dirty Data Done Dirt Cheap
By Adrian Makeham-Kirchner

Let’s start with a trick question. What type of company is Alphabet, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Netflix, Spotify, Alibaba or Tencent? If you answered ‘data’, you are ahead of the curve in understanding new business models. 

In 2017, The Economist declared “the world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data”. In 2020 just Facebook, Alphabet, Apple and Amazon have market capitalisation of $US5 trillion, with revenues of US$773 billion. 

Alone, data is not much use to anyone except boffins. These data companies, and smart organisations across the globe, are demonstrating that activated data provides insights that drive better decisions. We are hearing leaders and voters demanding better information, nowhere has this been more evident that keeping the community informed during COVID.

Are you ready? Be honest. If not, it is okay, you can start now with small steps.

In our experience, the essential first step is doing some boring bits. No matter if you are in government, not for profit, or private entities these bits include—clear data governance, capability uplift at all levels, structured coordination mechanisms, clear and repeatable business processes, supporting architecture, communication across the data value chain and supporting these with the right mix of tools (applications and infrastructure).

Doing nothing is always an option, but this will cement some of the consistent challenges we are seeing in the activation of data. Again, reflecting on practical experiences, these challenges include siloed and single channel thinking, systemic data illiteracy, bootstrapped approaches from legacy systems, key person and ‘need to know’ approaches, and fragmented policies and practices.

Action is happening around Australia. We are seeing many local governments thinking big about their approach to data, changes in infrastructure towards cloud options, transitions from traditional to digital interfaces and, of course, the emergence of smart city data being used to drive decisions.

One word of warning. There is absolutely, positively, no single silver bullet to fix all your data challenges. There is a universe of approaches that sound great, but they still need to be driven by the needs of your whole organisations—single product decisions without the boring bits may conflate the challenges you already have.

Taking steps towards an activated data system, to underpin better decisions and inform your customers will keep you lockstep with emerging market trends, potentially lower the cost of service delivery and build a beautiful relationship with your customers.

Reach out for a conversation if you are ready to take some steps but don’t know where to start. We would love to be a partner in your modernisation.

By Adrian Makeham-Kirchner

The Delos Delta Team

Get to know Delos Delta's newest Consultant: Andrew Nilon!  

Andrew is the newest addition to the Delos Delta team, having joined in October 2020.

A graduate of the Australian National University in Law (Hons) and Arts (Major Political Science, Minors Economics and Philosophy).  Andrew has a range of experience in academia and the private sector, including work as a Research Associate at Harvard University.

Reach out if you'd like to hear more bout Andrew's expertise and the data-driven, sustainable planning support he will be helping us to deliver for clients around Australia!

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Federal Budget and Local Government

This article from the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) presents a snapshot of how the Federal Budget will affect local government planning and action.
Delos Delta works closely with an array of local government clients, supporting their community and economic development, infrastructure, tourism, land planning, smart strategy design and digital transformation.  In the digital space, a highlight of the budget was the $28 million allocated to the ‘Be Connected Program’ helping older Australians acquire digital skills. 
Read more about the Budget here!

Local Buy Panel Appointment

Delos Delta are approved suppliers on scores of expert panels around Australia.  Our pre-qualifications cover services in governance, business management, smart cities, ICT solutions, connected communities, and much more.  This now includes the Local Buy procurement panel, which facilitates hundreds of millions of dollars of government contracts every year.
Feel free to reach out to hello@delosdelta.com for more information about our expert services. 
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