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  • CIO Insights: Legacy systems – love them or leave them?

    In this fourth instalment of CIO Insights, we talk to three leading Australian technologists about whether or not to hold onto legacy systems for as long as possible, different approaches to modernising them, and how to go about making a business case for replacement.

  • Software AG acquires JackBe for mashup tooling, real-time analytics

    Software AG is adding mashup and real-time analytic capabilities to its lineup with the acquisition of JackBe. Terms of the deal, which was announced Thursday, were not disclosed.

  • Racing and Wagering Western Australia off and running for Melbourne Cup

    The IT systems of Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) are off and racing in time for this year’s Melbourne Cup, the culmination of a four-year modernisation program that includes the implementation of a Cisco Unified Computing System and intelligent network.

  • A business-focused approach in SOA design, governance

    If you listen to industry discussion of service-oriented architecture (SOA), you are likely to get the impression that SOA is best thought of as a technical approach for application integration. The reality is that SOA is much more.

  • Making enterprise architecture matter

    The right candidate needs to have some expertise in every layer of the technology stack, a keen understanding of the business, the ability to manage a matrixed (and peevish) group of siloed technologists, and the je ne sais quoi to sell concepts like service-oriented architecture to uninterested business executives.

  • TransGrid begins business process modelling project

    NSW state-owned electricity transmission network operator, TransGrid, has started a three-month business process modelling system (BPMS) project to deliver process modelling capability across its enterprise in a standard way.

  • Social media essential to IT service management: Analyst

    CIOs must start to think about integrating social media into their service desks as the technology becomes ubiquitous in everyday life, according to analyst firm, Ovum.

  • Dell introduces server with 96 CPU cores

    Dell on Monday introduced a server that can accommodate up to 96 CPU cores -- a big boost in the computational power provided by its hardware.

  • Amazon's Beanstalk aims to make Web Services easier to use

    Amazon on Wednesday planned to introduce an offering that combines its Web services into one tool that is aimed at making it easier for customers to use and fine-tune the services.

  • New higher education authority calls for fresh IT system

    The federal Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, is designing a new core information system for a new higher education agency – the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) – which is scheduled to begin operating around mid-2011.

  • Tony Ferguson Weightloss uses public Cloud services to expand into UK, South Africa

    Anecdotal reports suggest that Australian CIOs are consciously avoiding the public Cloud, but Julian Lamb, head of technology at Australian weight-loss company, Tony Ferguson, doesn’t understand why. By adopting Cloud solutions, Telstra’s version of Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), and contact centre suite IPscape, Lamb has enabled his business to add some 1600 new retail outlets across the UK and South Africa since April.

  • SOA rewards available, just not immediate: Westpac CIO

    Westpac CIO, Donna-Maree Vinci, has urged her counterparts to persist in implementing service-oriented architecture (SOA), even if the rewards aren't available immediately.

  • Talend acquires SOA vendor Sopera

    Open-source data integration vendor Talend is expanding its footprint into SOA (service-oriented architecture), announcing Wednesday that it has purchased Sopera, developer of an open-source ESB (enterprise service bus) and other technologies. Terms were not disclosed.

  • Complexity of IT systems will be our undoing

    Roger Sessions, CTO of ObjectWatch and an expert in software architecture, argues that the increasing complexity of our IT systems will be our undoing.  In fact, he just recently got a patent for a methodology that helps deal with complex IT systems. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix recently caught up with Sessions to get his take on the extent of the problem and possible solutions.

  • Cricket Victoria moves to flexible standard operating environment

    Cricket Victoria’s largely mobile workforce posed a challenge to Rebecca Brown when she began working as IT Manager of the governing body. She soon realised that allowing staff administrator rights was an issue that had to be addressed.

  • How to put IT in the user's seat

    Want to find out how your business applications are performing? Put yourself in the user's seat.

  • HP shows off tablet device for printer

    Hewlett-Packard showed off a tablet computer that serves as a control panel for its new printer. The tablet browses the Web and can be used as an e-reader.

  • Google social media strategy 'absent': Ovum

    Google's recent social media asset buy-up lacks a well-defined strategy, according to Ovum analysts Eden Zoller and Neha Dharia.

  • Yarra Trams finally settles on supply control system

    Private Melbourne tram company, Yarra Trams, will implement real-time supply monitoring and control systems over the next year as it seeks to replace obsolete systems throughout the network.

  • ABC readies ‘biggest ever' technology project

    The ABC is preparing to deploy the first stages of a CMS overhaul next month with the media giant set to replace its ageing content system by 2012.