IT News Review - Week Ending Monday 22/3/1999

IT News Review - Week Ending Monday 22/3/1999

GST changeover is labour intensive

Even Australian companies with accounting software designed to cope with a GST world will need up to a man-month of work to phase in the changeover. The bulk of the work will be focused on examining business processes affected by the new tax and identifying GST-exempt and non-exempt items.

Click on the link below for the full story's Y2K OK but needs more workQueensland's government still has a way to go on Y2K, the state's Minister for Communication and Information Terry Mackenroth said yesterday. A report to the state cabinet, delivered yesterday, revealed that 80 per cent of departments and agencies have completed more than 50 per cent of their Y2K assessment and rectification work.

Click on the link below for the full story warns of incomplete ERP implementationsExecutives in a company hold very disparate views of the end-point of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software implementations, compared to the implementers, according to a study by Deloitte Consulting. The completion of an ERP implementation does not mean the end of the project. Instead, many companies realise that 'going live' is just the end of the beginning - that ERP has a 'second wave', said Warren Harding, a Deloitte Consulting Partner and leader of Deloitte's Enterprise Application Services in East Asia.

Click on the link below for the full story Need for business intelligence products growingAmid an atmosphere of rapid change and uncertainty, the business intelligence market is growing briskly, according to a new report by independent research firm Ovum. In fact, the report says, demand for business intelligence products and services is expected to top $US50 billion worldwide within the first few years of the next millennium.

Click on the link below for the full story, computer abuse still risingFederal information technology officials reported a significant increase in cyber attacks and unauthorised use of computers by federal employees last year, according to a report on computer security released this month. Seventy per cent of federal agencies responding to a survey compiled by the San Francisco-based Computer Security Institute and the FBI said they had been victims of unauthorised use of computer systems in 1998, up from 61 per cent in 1997.

Click on the link below for the full story OK, but what about other date problems?We may think of the Y2K problem as happening once every hundred years, but fixing it may be only a short term solution to a long term problem.

ComputerWorld spoke with two users about the choice between short-term fixes for year 2000 problems and long term options. According to Richard Ireson, IT manager at Victorian based mining company Centaur Mining & Expoloration, the organisation opted for a plan which fitted neatly with the already existing IT strategy of the company.

Click on the link below for the full story scraps cyber curbs, report saysThe Malaysian government has ended Internet restrictions it imposed last December, the national Bernama news agency reported Wednesday. The relaxation of rules is taking place partly to deflect possible negative reactions from foreign investors in Malaysia's high-tech Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) project, according to Bernama. The restrictions had included monitoring Internet activity in the country for information and messages which could affect national security; tracking content providers; and a requirement for Internet cybercafes to register with authorities.

Click on the link below for the full story govt scores its Y2K progressFederal government departments and agencies appear to have a tighter grip on year 2000 compliance projects than government business enterprises (GBE) and external entities, according to a progress report released by Senator Alston, Minister for Communication, Information Technology and the Arts, yesterday.

However, the government's July deadline appears to be creeping dangerously close for many agencies.

Click on the link below for the full story handle 'Dow 10K' with easeAfter months of speculation, the Dow Jones industrial average reached the 10,000 mark for a few minutes on Wednesday morning and spent the rest of the day hovering near the new milestone. Wall Street's gain was said to possibly hamper old computer systems that handle four digits rather than five - not unlike the more widespread year 2000 problem, where two-digit year fields can't distinguish between the years 2000 and 1900.

Click on the link below for the full story Call centres integral to customer serviceAustralia's call centre industry is growing at 20 per cent per annum according to a Call Centre Research (CCR) survey released last week.

Click on the link below for the full story reportThe perception that enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions are expensive and lengthy to implement is false, according to an IDC report due to be released shortly. Additionally, ERP vendors are not establishing relationships with prospective clients, the report says.

Click on the link below for the full story Linux fans fear Red Hat takeoverTo some in the Linux community, Red Hat Software seems to want to hijack the free Unix variant. But in interviews with Computerworld, Red Hat president Matthew Szulik endorsed the Linux Standards Base (LSB), the official Linux standards group. And Erik Troan, director of development at Red Hat, said, "We're very supportive of what the Linux Standards Base is doing. . . . Their emphasis on making applications portable is in the best interests of everybody."Click on the link below for the full story DoJ says IE5 hurts Microsoft defenceThe US Justice Department said on Friday that Microsoft's introduction of a new release of its Internet Explorer Web browser has weakened the company's defence in its antitrust trial. During the trial, which is in recess, government lawyers contended that Microsoft bundled its Web browser with its Windows operating system in order to ensure that customers would use Internet Explorer (IE) as their browser.

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