Ross HughsonRoss Hughson, former CIO at Inland Revenue Department, is at the helm of a new startup that he says will help help NZ businesses that lose hundreds of millions simply because customer contact details go stale.Hughson\u2019s answer is to help people keep their contact details up to date effortlessly, without having even to remember where. His company\u2019s new smartphone app, KeepMe( available in Apple\u2019s NZ App Store) promises to do just that, potentially helping businesses retain millions per year in revenue.At the moment, he says, each corporate system treats itself as a hub. And the problem with that is the lost millions. \u201cWe the individuals don\u2019t update everyone \u2013 we forget, we can\u2019t be bothered, or it\u2019s too hard. Contact with us stops, along with our moneyHughson\u2019s app solves this by allowing an individual to connect businesses to their own personal information hub, and to share just the information relevant to that business. From then on, any change at the hub allows all connected businesses to update their own records, on the instant.His advice for CIOs who wish to go the entrepreneurial route? \u201cIt is very important to focus on what the core value proposition for your service is and get that into market as quickly as possible,\u201d he says. \u201cThen use feedback directly from your first users to guide adding additional features and functionality\u201d. \u201cBasically do not over engineer the product on day one but get it out to get validation from the market ASAP.\u201dTony Wickstead is the new CIO at NZME. (New Zealand Media and Entertainment). The group owns radio, digital, e-commerce and print brands that include APN NZ, TRN and GrabOne.No captionWickstead was most recently CEO of Creatoi Ltd, a start up technology business borne out of the eCentre at Massey University. His previous roles included iGeneral Manager Information Technology and Customer Solutions at Express Couriers; CEO at Tomizone and CIO at the Auckland International Airport.He holds an MBA, and postgraduate diplomas in business marketing and operations from The University of Auckland.Petrus van der Westhuizen joins e-Spatialfrom BAE Systems Applied Intelligence as a spatial consultant.Petrus is a senior analytics professional and was previously based in London. He also worked as BI lead at Transport for London, and a GIS specialist for The Home Office, and London Borough of Tower Hamlets.No captione-Spatial\u2019s managing director Simon Jellie said, \u201cPetrus\u2019 experience in GIS, analytics, business intelligence and data consultancy will complement e-Spatial\u2019s growing consultancy team and comes at a time when we have won significant new business.NZ in the forefront of smart city projectsIDC NZ country manager Peter Wise is encouraging the New Zealand public to participate in the poll, which closes on 23 June. Six New Zealand smart city projects have been shortlisted in IDC\u2019s 2016 Smart City Asia Pacific Awards (SCAPA). \u201cSmart city projectscan make huge differences to urban life. Whether its improving traffic congestion using data analytics, saving rates by collecting rubbish more efficiently, or improving public safety through smart CCTV solutions,\u201d says IDC New Zealand country manager Peter Wise.No caption\u201cThe IDC Smart City Asia Pacific Awards are about acknowledging these sorts of initiatives and it\u2019s wonderful to see that New Zealand projects have been shortlisted in six of the 14 categories, up against huge economies such as China,\u201d says Wise.On its 2nd year of conducting the development index and SCAPA, IDC is once again opening up its research for public voting. Wise is encouraging the New Zealand public to participate in the poll, which closes on 23 June. This year, 50 per cent of the criteria for judging for the winners will come from public votes while the other half will be based on internal assessment (25 per cent from the IDC Research Team and 25 per cent from the Advisory Council).The New Zealand projects for consideration are:Forward Works Spatial Coordination Project Category - Public Works (Christchurch City) EMS (Energy Market Services) Load Forecast ServiceCategory - Smart Grid (Various Cities)Environment Canterbury Matrix of Good Management Farm PortalCategory - Land Use and Environmental Management (Canterbury Region)Wellington Smart ParkingCategory - Permitting, Licensing, Inspection and Zoning (Wellington City)Auckland Transport CCTV Convergence ProjectCategory - Public Safety(Auckland City)South Island Patient Information Care System (SI PICS)Category - Connected Health (South Island)The IDC Smart City Development Index is an evolving benchmarking framework that helps smart city planners analyze the current state of their Smart City initiatives. In doing so, these executives can chart future development plans, states Wise.More ICT news:Orion Health Group has announced its full year results for the year ended 31 March 2016, achieving revenue growth of 26 per cent to report operating revenue of $207 million. This is up from $164 million the previous year. Ian McCrae - CEO, Orion Health \u201cWe have launched our world-leading Amadeus precision medicine big data platform and we are now working to achieve profitable growth. We have recently made progress with several significant contracts including Cognizant recently securing its first sale under our partnership,\u201d says Orion Health CEO Ian McCrae. The best performing region was EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), recording an increase of 59 per cent year-on-year to achieve operating revenue of $48 million, the company says in a statement. Growth in this region was driven by a number of agreements signed with new and existing customers \u2013 including Boots UK and the French Ministry of Health. North America continues to be Orion Health\u2019s largest region, with revenue of $125 million, an increase of 32 per cent on the previous year. Strong growth in Canada was driven by the deployment of the first electronic patient care plan in its largest region Ontario. In the US, performance was mixed, however the year ended with the signing of two substantial agreements \u2013 a contract with Horizon Healthcare Services, Inc, a large insurer based in New Jersey with over 3.8 million members and the partnership with leading healthcare software vendor Cognizant. Cognizant have just secured the first sale under this partnership to a healthcare insurer with over three million members. One of America\u2019s leading transportation policy experts, Gregg Dal Ponte, has joined the board of transport technology and services companyEROAD. Dal Ponte is Oregon\u2019s former Administrator of the State of Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Motor Carrier Transportation Division.No captionHe has served in multiple executive leadership positions in the transportation industry. From 1996 until recently, he was administrator for ODOT\u2019s Motor Carrier Transportation Division. Under his leadership, the Motor Carrier team has pioneered and implemented ideas that bring efficiencies to government and the trucking industry by simplifying compliance and regulatory requirements, while safeguarding the Oregon transportation infrastructure.Geeks on Wheels has launched its mobile computer service in Dunedin. Matthew Carr-Gomm, CEO of Geeks on Wheels says, "The new service is a refreshing and much needed addition to the Dunedin consumer\u2019s technology experience. With the region leading NZ\u2019s ultra-fast broadband roll out, it is important that consumers have someone who can travel to them to answer computer questions, and ensure they are kept up to speed with the fast changing nature of technology"."We are finding lots of people are upgrading to ultra-fast broadband but not necessarily making the most of the benefits it has to offer," says local technician Andrew Richardson. Geeks on Wheels focuses on the home and small business market and trades six days a week. "It is the extended hours and our ability to travel to a customer\u2019s home or business that set us apart," he says.Send news tips and comments to firstname.lastname@example.orgFollow Divina Paredes on Twitter: @divinapSign up for CIO newsletters for regular updates on CIO news, views and events.Join us on Facebook.Join the CIO New Zealand group on LinkedIn.\nThe group is open to CIOs, IT Directors, CDOs, COOs, CTOs and senior IT\nmanagers.