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Stories by Hamish Barwick


McDonald’s Australia to roll out iOS, Android ordering app

By Hamish Barwick | 29 October, 2014 14:31

McDonald’s Australia is set to deploy an iOS and Android smartphone app that will allow customers to prepare a meal order before they arrive at the restaurant.

Australian Post develops cloud-based app for retailers

By Hamish Barwick | 29 October, 2014 10:16

Australia Post has teamed up with NetSuite to develop a cloud-based app called SuiteApp, which is aimed at businesses that use its parcel business.

Microsoft understands why enterprises would skip Windows 8 for 10

By Hamish Barwick | 28 October, 2014 10:44

Enterprises who are running Windows 7 can upgrade directly to Windows 10 when it gets released in 2015, says Windows infrastructure technical evangelist Jeff Alexander.

Vocus Communications takes 10% interest in Amcom

By Hamish Barwick | 27 October, 2014 11:18

Vocus Communications (ASX: VOC) now holds a 10 per cent interest in Amcom Telecommunications (ASX: AMM) as it looks to potentially merge the two businesses.

Microsoft unveils Azure Australia cloud services

By Hamish Barwick | 27 October, 2014 10:42

Microsoft has announced that its Azure cloud services are now available from two data centres in Australia.

Deloitte launches crisis management service

By Hamish Barwick | 23 October, 2014 15:06

Professional services firm, Deloitte has launched a crisis management arm in Australia to help organisations deal with disasters from data breaches to an outbreak of Ebola.

Privacy complaints jump by 183% in FY14

By Hamish Barwick | 23 October, 2014 11:01

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) received 4,239 privacy complaints during FY14, a 183 per cent increase on the 1,496 received in the previous financial year, according to a report.

Victorian police spend $15m on IT refresh

By Hamish Barwick | 22 October, 2014 15:48

The Victorian police spent a total of $15 million on an IT refresh during the 2013-14 financial year, including the replacing of a distributed server network, transitioning from Windows XP to Windows 7 and designing new data centre

Distributed computing project enables UNSW's DNA research

By Hamish Barwick | 22 October, 2014 12:09

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is using donated computing power to make 20 quadrillion comparisons of 200 million DNA proteins.

Telstra enters e-health space

By Hamish Barwick | 22 October, 2014 10:52

Telstra (ASX: TLS) has launched an e-health business division called Telstra Health as it looks to connect patients with doctors via video conferencing, said group executive of retail, Gordon Ballantyne.

Identity crime costing Australia $1.6b every year, govt says

By Hamish Barwick | 21 October, 2014 14:29

The economic impact of identity crime on Australia is costing the country up to $1.6 billion each year, according to a new report by the Attorney-General’s Department.

Supercomputing facility to stay in Victoria after $6.65m grant

By Hamish Barwick | 20 October, 2014 15:18

The Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI) can continue its supercomputing research in the state after a $6.65 million injection of funds from the Victorian government.

Free online library will help Australian councils share information

By Hamish Barwick | 20 October, 2014 11:02

From November 3, Australian councils will be able to access a free online library that allows them to share processes such as building consents, wastewater management, environmental health and liquor licensing.

Mercy Health saves $1.2 million by moving to the cloud

By Hamish Barwick | 20 October, 2014 10:20

Victorian-based health care provider Mercy Health has saved an estimated $1.2 million following the migration of production workloads into a hybrid cloud environment.

Teachers Mutual Bank finds value in mobility

By Hamish Barwick | 17 October, 2014 12:41

Teachers Mutual Bank is increasingly embracing mobility to establish stronger and more personal relationship with its customers, says CIO, Dave Chapman.