IT News Review - Week Ending Monday 12/4/1999

IT News Review - Week Ending Monday 12/4/1999

Qld government throws open jobs

The Queensland government is throwing open the job positions of the entire top tier of technocrats responsible for creating and operating its communications and information strategic plan. The Department of Communication and Information is advertising for five managers on annual salaries of up to $123,000.

Click on the link below for the full story ERP costs more than measurable ROIERP projects typically cost users more than they pay back in measurable financial benefits, according to a survey released last week by Meta Group. The survey of 63 companies with enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems turned up an average negative value of $US1.5 million when quantifiable cost savings and revenue gains were balanced against spending on hardware, software, consulting and support, Meta Group said.

Click on the link below for the full story consumer summit calls for the dogsThe IT industry has to get serious about addressing consumer problems or the pressure on government to act will become irresistible. And this could even mean a computer industry ombudsman.

Click on the link below for the full story drive IT employment boomThe latest statistics from Drake IT Recruiting show that IT job generation continued to rise in the April June quarter with an increase of 2.3 per cent in the number of employment opportunities created.

Click on the link below for the full story Water ready for Y2KThere will be no need to hoard water when Sydney ushers in the millennium just in case Sydney Water is not Y2K compliant. This week, Sydney Water Board launched its Y2K Web site ( to keep the public informed of its progress. Alex Walker, managing director, Sydney Water said, "we started working on Y2K in 1996 and all systems will be Y2K compliant by the end of June this year. This includes all testing. There is only 1.57 per cent of the systems remaining to be tested. "Click on the link below for the full story yet to realise e-commerce realityDespite repeated hype, Australian business is yet to grasp a full understanding of e-commerce's ability to impact global economies.

The problem stems from ongoing senior management misunderstanding of e-commerce. According to Mitch Radomir, business development manager of network integrator NetStar, around 75 per cent of "CEO-level" people surveyed by the University of Technology, Sydney, believe e-commerce is just an electronic transaction.

Click on the link below for the full story passes Europe in info revolution, IDC saysThe United States remains the dominant information economy, but Asia-Pacific has passed Europe in the pace of developing information infrastructures, according to a recent survey conducted by market research firm IDC.

Click on the link below for the full story energy dept shuts down nuclear weapon lab's computersIn an effort to strengthen its security procedures, the US Department of Energy (DoE) has shut down the classified computer systems at three nuclear weapons labs, except for those "directly involved in the safety and security support" of the labs, according to Matt Donoghue, a spokesman at the Washington-based agency. The Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California, were affected, he said.

Click on the link below for the full story, Netscape ink multimillion-dollar dealFDX, Federal Express' parent company, and Netscape Communications have announced a multiyear, multimillion-dollar agreement for a new service that integrates FedEx's online delivery services with Netscape's Netcenter portal.

The deal adds package shipping and tracking services to Netcenter, thus offering a single place to buy, sell, ship and track goods.

Click on the link below for the full story companies eat IT productivity crow, report findsJudging by their annual reports, most large US companies deem themselves leaders in using information technology to get ahead in global markets, but new research indicates that belief may not be merited. Preliminary findings from a worldwide study of 6000 companies suggests that US companies spend more on information technology than their European counterparts, but gain less in efficiency and productivity.

Click on the link below for the full story losing consumer e-commerce, says execMerchants are missing out on a vast business-to-consumer e-commerce market because of the lack of fast and cheap Internet access to homes and remote offices worldwide, according to William Johnson, general manager of the networks and access communications division at Compaq Computer. "If everyone had a half-a-megabit-per-second connectivity to their homes, then business-to-consumer e-commerce volumes would easily outperform business-to-business e-commerce," Johnson said, during a keynote speech at the Networld & Interop conference here yesterday.

Click on the link below for the full story face dynamic growth: IDCIntranets are in the midst of a transformation from a primary use of displaying static content to performing mission-critical functions,according to a report from market researcher IDC. Currently, 50 per cent of US companies with 500 or more employees use an intranet, and 55 per cent of the companies in this segment that do not use an intranet plan to deploy one this year, according to Mike Comiskey, an IDC analyst.

Click on the link below for the full story leaders agree on Y2K reportingState and federal ministers with responsibility for year 2000 have agreed to recommend to their governments that public reporting of Y2K compliance in government should be at least quarterly, and on an agency-by-agency basis. The meeting between ministers in Adelaide on Friday resulted in all states and territories agreeing to comply with a minimum reporting format, detailing percentage readiness and contingency planning.

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