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Stories by Hamish Barwick


A/NZ companies eye cloud for business growth: survey

By Hamish Barwick | 20 January, 2015 11:02

About two thirds of Australian and New Zealand companies are interested in using public and private cloud services to aid cost effective business growth, according to the results of an IDG Connect/ EMC survey.

Allianz Australia embraces IT-as-a-service

By Hamish Barwick | 17 December, 2014 11:41

Allianz Australia’s IT department has moved to a service-oriented model where IT provides for the needs of the business in a timely fashion.

Fake passports are big business in underground markets: report

By Hamish Barwick | 16 December, 2014 12:25

New identities, fake passports and social security cards have emerged on the hacker market in 2014 as criminals look for more ways to commit fraud, according to a new report by Dell SecureWorks.

Office 365 and Dynamics CRM in Australia alleviates data sovereignty concerns: analysts

By Hamish Barwick | 16 December, 2014 09:33

IT analysts have welcomed Microsoft’s decision to deliver Office 365 and Dynamics customer relationship management (CRM) in two Australian data centres from 2015, saying it will alleviate fears about data sovereignty in the cloud.

Data centre monitoring proves a business winner

By Hamish Barwick | 16 December, 2014 08:00

Data centre power consumption and cooling were generating extra costs for Brisbane-based wagering and lottery firm ,Tatts Group, until it rolled out data centre monitoring software.

Streaming music hits the right note

By Hamish Barwick | 15 December, 2014 13:41

Video conferencing and streaming have often been positioned as a way of helping organisations reduce travel costs. But for the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO), the technology is also providing an opportunity to bring a fresh generation of players and listeners into its fold.

Getting the right data centre connection

By Hamish Barwick | 15 December, 2014 11:55

After its acquisition of infrastructure as a service (IaaS) provider Infraserve in March 2014, the International Cloud Integrators & Telecommunications Alliance (iCITA) found itself in need of a new data centre provider.

Microsoft to host Office 365 and Dynamics CRM in Australia

By Hamish Barwick | 09 December, 2014 08:00

Microsoft has confirmed that its cloud services portfolio, Office 365 and Dynamics customer relationship management (CRM) online, will be available from two data centres in Australia by 31 March, 2015.

NAB partners with Bugwolf to test mobile services

By Hamish Barwick | 04 December, 2014 16:20

National Australian Bank (NAB) has partnered with Melbourne tech startup Bugwolf to test development projects such as the latest version of the NAB mobile banking iOS and Android app.

Cloud beats data centres in CIO priorities list: Gartner

By Hamish Barwick | 04 December, 2014 14:40

Data centres are a lower priority for Australian CIOs in 2015 as more local IT leaders look to cloud computing for scalability and lower costs, according to Gartner.

REST Industry Super finds value in software-as-a-service

By Hamish Barwick | 01 December, 2014 12:57

Retail Employees Superannuation Trust (REST) Industry Super, a Sydney based not-for-profit super fund, has used a cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) tool to manage the company’s projects and growth strategy for 2015.

Fed gov cyber security review overdue: KPMG and AISA

By Hamish Barwick | 28 November, 2014 15:02

The federal government’s review of its cyber security strategy is long overdue and reviews need to be conducted more regularly, according to KPMG Australia forensic technology director Stan Gallo.

Aus government begins review of cyber security strategy

By Hamish Barwick | 27 November, 2014 14:33

Concerns about online threats against Australia have led to the federal government launching a review of its cyber security strategy for the first time since 2008.

Cybercrime reporting site launches in Australia

By Hamish Barwick | 26 November, 2014 10:38

Australians who have fallen victim to cybercrime will be able to report the incident online via a new site called the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN).

National Australia Bank switches off ageing credit risk engine

By Hamish Barwick | 25 November, 2014 15:05

National Australia Bank (NAB) has retired 37 servers and an ageing credit risk engine (CRE) which performed data processing as its NextGen core banking platform project continues.