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Stories by Rohan Pearce


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.

Data retention's 'chilling effect' on free speech

By Rohan Pearce | 07 August, 2014 11:49

Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson has warned that implementing mandatory data retention laws may deleterious effect on free speech in Australia.

Woolworths sees future in hybrid cloud

By Rohan Pearce | 01 August, 2014 14:27

Woolworths is using converged infrastructure as the foundation of a transition to private cloud, but the the ultimate destination will be a hybrid setup that leverages multiple public clouds, the supermarket chain’s infrastructure chief, Matt Chamley, today told the Sydney leg of EMC Forum 2014.

Shared services org eyes cloud for production — eventually

By Rohan Pearce | 24 July, 2014 15:41

The Shared Services Centre, established to provide IT and corporate services to the federal departments of education and employment, is interested in eventually expanding its use of cloud services to cover production systems, according to Susan Monkley, its CIO and deputy CEO.

NSW revamps open data repository

By Rohan Pearce | 22 July, 2014 11:19

The New South Wales government has launched a revamped open data repository.

Finish line approaches for Hyundai virtual desktop rollout

By Rohan Pearce | 18 July, 2014 14:55

Hyundai's Australian subsidiary is close to completing a company-wide VDI rollout. Head of IT at Hyundai Motor Company Australia, Bala Kothandaraman, said that virtual desktops had been rolled out to around 45 per cent of the organisation's 200 end users, with the remainder to transition in two months.

Vertigan panel sees no need to tighten NBN wholesale rules

By Rohan Pearce | 17 July, 2014 09:20

The first report out of the NBN Panel of Experts, appointed by the government to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of the National Broadband Network, has rejected calls by telcos to further strengthen the rules that restrict NBN Co to wholesale-only operations.

Why Canon Australia shunned activity-based working (well, kinda)

By Rohan Pearce | 03 July, 2014 12:56

It may only be a five-minute walk from the company's old Australian headquarters, but when it comes to facilitating flexible working there's a million miles between Canon's old HQ and its new Sydney office, according to Ian Flemington, general manager of HR and communications.

Queensland plans framework for digital government

By Rohan Pearce | 17 June, 2014 11:54

The Queensland government will develop a Digital Government Framework for using digital channels as the preferred means of delivering services to the public under a strategic roadmap released today.

Australian government will go Drupal

By Rohan Pearce | 06 June, 2014 08:00

Tender documents issued this morning have confirmed that the Australian government will push ahead with seeking to build a whole-of-government content management system based on the open source Drupal platform.

ACT govt aims to save with hybrid cloud, energy efficient ICT

By Rohan Pearce | 03 June, 2014 16:00

The ACT government expects to save $8.6 million over four years with a whole-of-government ICT transformation program that will see the territory's government employ hybrid cloud.