Stories by Byron Connolly

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

Data #3 reports 6.8 per cent revenue drop

ASX-listed system integrator Data #3 has reported a 6.8 per cent revenue slide for the first half of 2013 to $406.2 million, compared to the same period last year.

Written by Byron Connolly20 Feb. 13 12:48

Is it worthwhile hiring junior IT staff?

The post-GFC economic climate is still volatile, which is forcing many organisations to cut back on new staff hires and make do with their existing roster. This is particularly true for IT departments, with 2013 shaping up to be a slow year for IT recruitment, with minimal hiring.

Written by Byron Connolly20 Feb. 13 12:35

Dimension Data hits the gas with big resources win

Global IT services outfit Dimension Data has bagged a contract to design network and telephony infrastructure for Chevron’s massive Wheatstone Project, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) development in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

Written by Byron Connolly19 Feb. 13 10:31

Daily office admin making us less productive: research

Australian office workers are becoming less productive as they wrestle with the rising number of manual administration tasks and increased regulation and compliance processes, according to new research.

Written by Byron Connolly15 Feb. 13 12:17

Mobile phone sales drop for the first time since 2009

Worldwide mobile phone sales totaled 1.75 billion units in 2012, a 1.7 per cent decline from 2011 earlier despite record smartphone sales in the fourth quarter last year, according to Gartner.

Written by Byron Connolly14 Feb. 13 14:13

Pepper Group rolling out data warehouse-in-a-box

Financial services organisation Pepper Group is deploying what is claimed to be Australia’s first fully-integrated data warehouse-in-a-box, an appliance that doesn’t require IT support.

Written by Byron Connolly12 Feb. 13 08:00

CIOs struggling to meet information demands of CMOs

CIOs are struggling the meet the data demands of chief marketing officers (CMOs) who are hungry for fast access to a lot of information, according to Tristan Sternson, managing director at Melbourne-based information management consultancy InfoReady.

Written by Byron Connolly11 Feb. 13 16:37

Global domain name disputes rise 4.3 per cent: report

Some of the world’s largest brands – including those operating in Australia – continue to fend off cyber squatters with the number of domain name disputes rising by 4.3 per cent year-on-year.

Written by Byron Connolly07 Feb. 13 12:38