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Abetz announces overhaul for e-government

The federal government is to dramatically shake up its internal IT strategy by the end of the year and will implement an ambitious scheme of programs including identity management, tougher contracts for vendors and an IT skills program.

Written by Julian Bajkowski29 Aug. 05 08:33

QLD IT minister promises better industry tracking

Having parachuted into a new Ministry of IT Policy, Queensland's latest cyber politician, Chris Cummins, is banking that increased research and reporting will sooth perennially strained relations between the government and local industry.

Written by Julian Bajkowski24 Aug. 05 08:00

Ill wind blows through e-Health adoption

E-Health initiatives have medicos fuming over time-consuming software and parents traumatized over automatic rebates that not only don't arrive but disrupt childcare arrangements.

Written by Julian Bajkowski23 Aug. 05 09:14

Microsoft offers RFID system for postal services

Microsoft is marketing an RFID (radio frequency identification device) package for postal services at a stamp exhibition in Taiwan, hoping to woo the government's post office and potentially forge a new line of business for the software maker.

Written by Dan Nystedt and John Ribeiro23 Aug. 05 08:14

WA launches e-medicine centre

Western Australian premier Geoff Gallop today launched the world's first e-medicine research initiative at Edith Cowan University.

Written by Sandra Rossi23 Aug. 05 08:00

Intel kicks off global wireless networking initiative

Intel publicly lined up behind municipal wireless networking projects on Thursday, kicking off an initiative with hardware, software and networking partners to help communities around the world carry out the sometimes controversial rollouts.

Written by Stephen Lawson19 Aug. 05 07:30

Users rate vendors on quality, performance

How does your vendor rate as a supplier? Are you happy with your support and services? When it comes to rating vendors, customers are ideally placed to recount their own, first-hand experiences. Put simply customers are on the frontline. There are no analyst reports or vendor brochures that can match the real-world assessment of a customer. In a bid to set the ratings landscape, Siobhan McBride and Sandra Rossi polled readers asking them to nominate the top two vendors they'd dealt with recently and those who didn't come up to scratch.

Written by Siobhan McBride and Sandra Rossi17 Aug. 05 08:19

Electoral commission eyes open source voting

If bringing total democracy to electronic voting can only happen via software source code that can be viewed by all, the Australian Electoral Commission is happy to oblige with its next-generation election application.

Written by Rodney Gedda16 Aug. 05 07:41

Digital divide problem growing: Sensis Report

The digital home is a concept out of reach for many people, who live on the other side of a "digital divide", Sensis has found.

Written by Dahna McConnachie12 Aug. 05 11:37

Trujillo to punish IT over billing bungles

Telstra's battle-scarred IT shop is again bracing for the broom of change, with new CEO Sol Trujillo singling out the telco's near-moribund billing infrastructure as a key strategic failing.

Written by Julian Bajkowski12 Aug. 05 10:57

Results see key Telstra staff jettisoned as Trujillo fronts PM

On what must be the busiest day on record for Telstra's management, the telco has posted a bumper profit, appointed a new chief operations officer, jettisoned its technology chief and presented its new CEO, Sol Trujillo, to the Prime Minister for a verbal beating over his anti-rural outbursts.

Written by Julian Bajkowski11 Aug. 05 12:43

Salary gains modest for IT professionals, outlook cloudy

The 2005 Australian Computer Society (ACS) Remuneration Survey remains one of the largest of its kind in Australia and provides a detailed picture of working life for Australia's ICT professionals.

Written by Siobhan McBride08 Aug. 05 10:02

Beattie creates new IT portfolio

A Queensland government reshuffle has spawned a new IT policy portfolio reporting directly to Premier Peter Beattie after a turbulent six months which has seen the state's leader at loggerheads with the local software industry over comments its wares came second to those of SAP.

Written by Michael Crawford and Julian Bajkowski05 Aug. 05 10:25

Abbott tells e-health vendors to shape up

Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott has warned e-health vendors and systems designers eyeing off federal coffers that their products must deliver tangible economic benefits over technological improvements if they expect to get government funding for e-Health.

Written by Michael Crawford04 Aug. 05 11:35

E-health data standards close to confirmation

The federal government is only weeks away from formalizing data standards for Australia's national electronic health record system.

Written by Michael Crawford01 Aug. 05 09:30

Labor cools enthusiasm for Hotmail leaks

Less than three hours after launching a new Hotmail address to expose government waste, the Australian Labor Party has warned public servants to never use their work computers or e-mail addresses to send information to it.

Written by Julian Bajkowski and Michael Crawford29 July 05 12:07

AusCert, GovCert vie for technology space

Roles and responsibilities in the Australian IT security landscape are in confusion following the formation of yet another official IT security organisation.

Written by Michael Crawford25 July 05 12:00

Defence adds more protection

With an existing mixture of mainframe and proprietary Unix systems, the Department of Defence has chosen the x86 and IA64 architectures over Sparc for its new $450,000 security management application.

Written by Rodney Gedda25 July 05 09:32
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