IT News Review - Week Ending Monday 31/5/1999

IT News Review - Week Ending Monday 31/5/1999

Industrial award to cover IT professionalsA new federal industrial award will soon govern minimum terms and conditions of employment for professional engineers, including IT professionals. Expected to be implemented by the Industrial Relations Commission shortly,the award will apply to IT professionals employed by named respondents to the award.

Click on the link below for the full story firms up online security plansBaltimore Technology is well on the way to stitching up the government security market after gaining entry-level accreditation from the Government Public Key Authority. Certificates Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of Baltimore, was granted the accreditation under the federal government's Gateway strategy yesterday.

Click on the link below for the full story to fix Y2K issue for Vietnam telcoAustralian carrier Telstra has won a $US1 million contract from Vietnam's telecommunications authorities to ensure a smooth year 2000 transition for the country's international telecommunications network, according to the government-owned Vietnam News Service. The contract, signed last week with the state carrier Vietnam Posts &Telecommunications (VNPT), will primarily consist of installing upgraded equipment and software in the international telecommunications gateways located in Hanoi, Danang and Ho Chi Minh City, the news service said.

Click on the link below for the full story's Tas investment plan stems from Telstra saleIn what is being described as another bribe for Tasmanian Independent Senator Brian Harradine, the federal government yesterday announced a $30 million project to improve employment and IT&T in Tasmania. The government said it will allocate $15 million from the proceeds of the further sale of Telstra to Launceston for infrastructure and research projects.

Click on the link below for the full story summit addresses online growthAs part of the Government's push to make Australia Internet-savvy, the Online Council held its fifth ministerial meeting in Brisbane last week to discuss issues affecting the take-up of online technologies.

Click on the link below for the full story intelligence the key to competitive edge: Gartner GroupBusiness intelligence is unglamorous at the best of times but is decidedly essential to a business' competitive advantage. In a briefing yesterday [subbed], Len Rust executive director of Dialog, said Gartner Group had identified business intelligence as a, "hot new industry sector."Click on the link below for the full story companies form Asian mobile e-services groupFifteen organisations drawn from financial institutions, mobile phone manufacturers, smart card vendors, telecommunications carriers, postal companies and universities have formed an alliance to offer a wide range ofelectronic services through smart card-enabled mobile phones, beginning next year. The Asia Mobile Electronic Services Alliance (AMESA) aims to give customers access to mobile electronic services through a cellular phone fitted with a multi-function smart bank card, based on Visa International's Open Platform specification and using PKI (public key infrastructure) technology, according to Standard Chartered Bank, which announced the alliance yesterday.

Click on the link below for the full story lists top-rating Australian Web sitesInternet research company www.consult has released its first Australian Internet Reach Report for the nation's leading Web sites. Top of the list is Ninemsn, while Hotmail, the Web-based e-mail service, takes second place with just over 35 per cent of the Australian weekly Internet audience.

Click on the link below for the full story censorship likely to be costly: UptonThe federal senate yesterday passed the controversial Internet content legislation, which is now almost certain to become law. The Senate gave the thumbs up to the Broadcasting Services Amendment (Online Services Bill) 1999, which will see the Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA) regulating, monitoring and blocking what the federalgovernment calls "pornographic, violent or other offensive" Web sites, newsgroups and databases.

Click on the link below for the full story's monthly online sales hit $1bForty per cent of Intel's business is conducted electronically, a local Intel executive has told Computerworld.

This equates to $US1 billion in revenues a month, Keith Holtham, architecture manager for Intel Asia Pacific, said.

Click on the link below for the full story votes on Telstra USO costsThe federal senate has voted to allow Telstra to recover $252 million forproviding the USO (universal service obligation) during 1997-98, an amount significantly less than Telstra's claim for $1.8 billion. The figure is also less than the preliminary analysis of USO costs from the Australian Communications Authority (ACA), which suggested Telstra's claim of a $1.8 billion net USO cost for 1997-98 should be closer to $600 million.

Click on the link below for the full story still nixing online trading: GartnerLike most e-commerce initiatives, a lack of user faith in Internet security procedures is hampering online stock trading, according to the Gartner Group.

The organisation recently conducted a US survey on Internet stock tradingissues and found that fewer than 4.5 million Americans (about 2.5 per cent of the population) are actually buying or selling stocks online.

Click on the link below for the full story IT companies jumping on ASX bandwagonWith the success of several Australian IT companies listing on the ASX, a host of other companies are set to follow suit.

Click on the link below for the full story E-companies' value hard to ascertainDespite reporting massive growth, accurate valuation of Internet companies continues to be hard to pin down. At least this was the sentiment expressed at the Australian Information Industry Association's recent business briefing -- the Rise and Rise of E-Corporations.

Click on the link below for the full story site construction averages $US1mThe average cost of developing and launching an enterprise Web electronic commerce site is $US1 million, market research company Gartner Group has concluded in a new research study released last week. The report, "Survey Results: The Real Cost of E-Commerce Sites," estimates that 79 per cent of the total development cost is labour-related, while 10 per cent is spent on software and 11 per cent on hardware. The report also says that the cost will rise by 25 per cent annually.

Click on the link below for the full story ISPs told join industry scheme, or face finesThe Australian Communications Authority (ACA) has directed five Internet service providers (ISPs) to join the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) scheme within 21 days, or face heavy fines. Issued under section 102 of the Telecommunications Act 1997, the directions were given to #1 Computer Services, Albury Local Internet, and Darren Worley, Mark Russell and Brad Francis who operate under the business names of 'Ideal Internet', 'Vipernet' and 'Web Express', respectively.

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