IT News Review - Week Ending Monday 8/2/1999

IT News Review - Week Ending Monday 8/2/1999

NAI cracks down on illegal software

Countless Australian organisations are illegally using e-mail encryption software and one unhappy vendor is about to go on the attack. Network Associates is planning to conduct a national campaign to flush out non-licensed users of its PGP e-mail encryption product.

Click on the link below for the full story of problem pushes Task Force into gearTaking a stab at Australia's increasing skills shortage crisis, the IT&T Industry Skills Task Force is moving forward on its initiatives to encourage education and career awareness in the industry. The task force announced last week it is seeking financial assistance from industry players of around $5000 to $10,000 per company to develop a program which will seek to address the 'looming' IT skills shortage in Australia.

Click on the link below for the full story house gives Y2K lesson GIO Building Society has a message for other corporations about to tread warily down the year 2000 compliance path - replace rather than patch. In late 1996, the company decided to embark on a project to overhaul its existing legacy systems in the face of increasing business pressure and, of course, the dreaded millennium bug.

Click on the link below for the full story McNealy: Stockpile computers for Y2KAsia is "disastrously behind" in dealing with year 2000 computer issues, so it's possible that the region's vendors will not be able to provide an adequate supply of components, leading Scott McNealy to make a suggestion that he confessed is self-serving. "My recommendation is to buy lots of computers in the second half of this year," the chief executive officer, president and chairman of Sun Microsystems said yesterday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Click on the link below for the full story Appliance makes Debut, gains supportOracle yesterday gave its first public demonstration of the Oracle8i Appliance and announced a partnership with Dell Computer to manufacture future server appliances. The news was delivered by Larry Ellison, Oracle's chief executive officer, in a speech here at the NationsBanc Montgomery Securities 16th Annual Technology Conference.

Click on the link below for the full story rules against cyber censorshipA US district court yesterday granted a preliminary injunction preventing the US government from enforcing the Child Online Protection Act (COPA) passed last year by Congress. The ruling represents the latest victory for groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that wish to prevent US lawmakers from regulating so-called "obscene" content on the Internet.

Click on the link below for the full story Online bank sets up shopAs more and more transactions are occurring on the Internet, some Internet trailblazers are hoping that the idea of online banks will take off as strongly as online stores. Launching itself into the breach of an online bank with no physical presence comes First Internet Bank, or, which will go live on 22 February. will be a completely Internet-based bank that will provide checking, money market savings, certificates of deposits, loans, credit cards, and ATM cash card services to consumers.

Click on the link below for the full story One-stop bill shopElectronic billing has hit Australian shores with the emergence of e-BILL, a subsidiary of outsource billing service provider HPA.

This is in response to an increasing desire from major billing services to satisfy a client's need to pay all bills on the one site, claims Rob Charlton, general manager of e-BILL.

Click on the link below for the full story to simplify software channel strategyIBM is simplifying its software sales and marketing programs, part of a larger move that should make it easier for the company's partners and customers to order and integrate software from IBM and its subsidiaries, the head of IBM's software sales and marketing group said today in an interview.

Click on the link below for the full story to adopt parallel import system for software?The Australian Consumer Association is pushing for the abolition of import and distribution restrictions on software in response to a survey conducted indicating Australian companies and consumers are paying too much for software products.

Click on the link below for the full story CEOs identify e-commerce as next challengeStill recovering and rebuilding from the Asian economic crisis, countries in that region have identified e-commerce as the next driver for change, with 70 per cent of CEO's claiming in a PricewaterhouseCooper survey that e-commerce would radically transform their business.

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