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Stories by Rohan Pearce


IBM appoints new local MD

By Rohan Pearce | 07 January, 2015 11:42

IBM has announced a replacement for former Australia and New Zealand managing director Andrew Stevens, who retired in 2014. Stevens had been IBM's A/NZ MD since January 2011.

Avaya finds growth in mid-market

By Rohan Pearce | 04 December, 2014 10:01

Avaya sees opportunities for growth in the Australian mid-market as it continues its move from a primarily hardware and software company to a software and services business, according to Tony Simonsen, Avaya's MD for Australia/New Zealand.

Hellmann Australia dumps SAN

By Rohan Pearce | 18 November, 2014 08:48

Logistics company, Hellmann Australia, has moved from a conventional blade server and SAN setup to converged infrastructure in order to switch from big bang upgrades to incremental storage and compute capacity increases.

Data retention laws 'can't be and they won't be' used against pirates: Brandis

By Rohan Pearce | 04 November, 2014 09:07

Attorney-General George Brandis has said that the government's proposed data retention laws "can't be and they won't be" used to pursue Australians engaged in online copyright violation.

'Service revolution' driving customer growth at Westpac: Kelly

By Rohan Pearce | 03 November, 2014 14:17

The 'service revolution' strategy that Westpac embarked on this year has helped drive customer growth for the bank according to chief executive Gail Kelly.

Australia backs copyright crackdown in TPP

By Rohan Pearce | 17 October, 2014 14:20

Leaked details of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) negotiations reveal that Australia is pushing an approach to copyright enforcement in the region that appears to ignore broader public interest concerns in favour of the supporting rights owners.

Curriculum review falls short on ICT, says ACS

By Rohan Pearce | 13 October, 2014 13:18

The Australian Computer Society hit out at a recommendation of the government-commissioned review of the Australian school curriculum that the 'technologies' subject should be introduced at Year 9 as an elective for students.

Microsoft goes for government with Azure

By Rohan Pearce | 07 October, 2014 08:30

As the official launch of Microsoft's local region for its Azure cloud computing approaches, the vendor has announced the completion of an Industry Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP) audit.

Why GE Australia wants to invest in software innovation

By Rohan Pearce | 02 October, 2014 08:00

GE Australia CIO Mark Sheppard has pitched the creation of a local ‘software centre of excellence’ to GE's global CEO, Jeff Immelt, as part of a process of the conglomerate devolving more software development to regional subsidiaries.

Senate rejects attempt to limit ASIO hacking powers

By Rohan Pearce | 25 September, 2014 14:14

The Senate has rejected an attempt by the Greens to impose a limit on the number of devices that can be covered by a single computer access warrant obtained by ASIO.

Defence data centre overhaul gets tick of approval

By Rohan Pearce | 10 September, 2014 10:31

Defence minister David Johnston has backed a large-scale overhaul of Department of Defence's ICT services and infrastructure, confirming today that the Centralised Processing Project will be managed by Lockheed Martin.

Website blocking ineffective, dangerous in piracy fight: Google

By Rohan Pearce | 09 September, 2014 12:57

If the government introduces a system that allows rights holders to force ISPs to block access to piracy websites, more ASIC-style debacles are likely to occur, Google has warned.

Coles planning to outsource IT: Report

By Rohan Pearce | 02 September, 2014 15:20

Some IT staff will lose their jobs in a round of cuts at Coles' Melbourne head office, according to a media report.

Cloud computing: Potential, pitfalls for people with disabilities

By Rohan Pearce | 22 August, 2014 08:00

Cloud computing can help empower people with disabilities by offering increased independence and opportunities to participate in the workforce, according to a new report.

Data retention: iiNet pushes targeted alternative to mass surveillance

By Rohan Pearce | 13 August, 2014 12:38

Targeted "preservation notices" issued under the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act together with stored communications warrants offer an alternative to the mass surveillance dragnet implied by a mandatory data retention scheme, according to Internet service provider iiNet.