Observers increasingly say we are on the edge of a Fourth Industrial Revolution, which will bring together digital, biological, and physical technologies in new and powerful combinations. This is prompting people to speak out about the need to make sure that we balance the opportunities and risks wisely.
The Standards New Zealand strategy commits us to add value by working more closely with our partners. A recent example of this was the launch of a ‘value-add’ workstream, which will enable third-party providers to produce digitally-enabled services using our standards content.
Over the past year Standards New Zealand has been sharing our business transformation journey with customers and stakeholders. We know we need to change to remain relevant and sustainable to our users. As part of this, we’ve refreshed our business strategy and initiated a series of innovation pilots.
In order to effectively transform business ideas into actions, you need a plan. A quality plan. Guidance on how to create one has been updated, providing a powerful tool to complement any quality management system, including ISO 9001.
Developing software is not always a straightforward procedure. An International standard to apply the principles of the world’s most widely used quality management system enables engineers to smooth out the process. ISO/IEC/IEEE 90003 has just been updated.
The average lifespan of businesses is shrinking, yet some have been around for hundreds of years. How to stay afloat in a rapidly changing world? A newly published standard aims to help.
Standards New Zealand has recently undertaken a review to ensure we have the right capability and capacity to deliver on our business strategy. This has resulted in some changes to our structure and to some key roles in the team.
A new core role for Standards New Zealand will be the focus on ‘NZ Inc.’ We will be working with industry and regulators to proactively develop medium-term standards work programmes for sectors that benefit the New Zealand economy. In order for us to do this, we need to work more closely with priority sectors and key stakeholders across the economy where standards can play a larger role.
Part of Standards New Zealand’s transformation programme has focused on new digital formats for standards. We currently print hard copy publications and supply the same documents digitally as PDFs. Both of these publication types have their use, but with more people reading from different screen sizes (such as phones), something else is needed.
An organisation’s greatest asset is its employees, but the impact that new recruits have on a company’s success is sometimes less clear. Or is it? New international guidelines have just been published that give recruiters a metric to measure just how well they have done.