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WA child services seeks its first CIO

The Department for Child Protection in Western Australia is on the hunt for its first CIO to create a co-ordinated IT strategy to improve service delivery to around 2200 staff across the state.

Written by Byron Connolly15 April 13 15:17

Newcastle Permanent searching for a CIO

Newcastle Permanent is looking for a CIO to lead a team of 70 IT staff and drive the $8 billion retail banking provider’s systems development, IT operations and overall technology direction.

Written by Byron Connolly03 April 13 11:49

Get some perspective on IT pricing, says licensing expert

Software specialist Filipa Preston has weighed in on the IT pricing debate, saying although prices are in most instances too high, many of the figures quoted during last week’s parliamentary inquiry were “not representative of the reality.”

Written by Byron Connolly27 March 13 14:29

IT pricing committee to explore Apple’s music claims

The IT pricing inquiry committee will take up Apple boss Tony King’s suggestion of approaching record labels to discuss the issue of Australians paying higher prices for digital music.

Written by Byron Connolly25 March 13 16:35

Inquiry will 'weigh on' vendors setting future pricing

The scrutiny applied to Adobe, Apple and Microsoft at last week’s IT pricing inquiry was a small victory for consumers despite each vendor's response not “coming close to a justification for higher prices”, said Matt Levey, head of campaigns at Choice.

Written by Byron Connolly25 March 13 14:44

Microsoft blames costs and competition for higher pricing

Microsoft Australia boss Pip Marlow blamed labour and rental costs, compliance with local laws, customer perception and increased competition as key reasons for up to a 70% price disparity between the company’s products in Australia and the United States.

Written by Byron Connolly22 March 13 15:36

Interview: Ross Dawson, futurist

Leading Australian author and futurist, Ross Dawson, discusses his framework for the "CIO of the Future" and what CIOs need to do now to stay relevant in the future.

Written by Byron Connolly15 March 13 13:53

NAB operations overhaul to save $800 million annually

National Australia Bank (NAB) expects to save $800 million annually in a five year plan which includes reducing the complexity of its technology systems, centralising operations and support functions, and reshuffling senior management positions.

Written by Byron Connolly13 March 13 11:13

Telstra to deliver unified comms from the cloud

Telstra is delivering integrated voice, video, presence and mobility applications as a cloud service, following a new agreement with networking equipment vendor Cisco.

Written by Byron Connolly05 March 13 10:59

Google Australia boss quits

Google Australia boss Nick Leeder has quit his post and will move overseas to run the organisation’s operation in France.

Written by Byron Connolly04 March 13 15:11

Rural and regional Aussies to get better broadband from space

Communications minister Stephen Conroy claims two satellites, to launch in 2015, will offer broadband services to the bush that will be faster than most people receive in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney on the current copper network today.

Written by Byron Connolly04 March 13 14:26

Anittel reports $5.9 million half year loss

Anittel Group (ASX:AYG) has reported a net loss of $5.9 million for its half year ending December 31, 2012 following a 31.5 per cent dive in hardware and software product sales over the period.

Written by Byron Connolly01 March 13 10:54

Brisbane City Council IT jobs will go

Despite union pressure, 55 IT staff at Brisbane City Council (BCC) will lose their jobs after the council decided to outsource their roles to Indian outsourcer HCL.

Written by Byron Connolly28 Feb. 13 10:25

Class action against Vodafone to be filed by end of May

A doctor who couldn’t receive calls at a hospital, a mother who couldn’t contact her child’s day care centre and a person who had her credit rating unfairly tarnished are among those who are joining a class action against Vodafone.

Written by Byron Connolly26 Feb. 13 13:18

IT worker shortage continues as jobs remain unfilled

There was a shortage of 4600 IT professionals across Australia during the December quarter with skills in data warehousing, business intelligence and SAP technologies remaining in high demand, according to the Clarius Skills Index.

Written by Byron Connolly26 Feb. 13 00:01