Westpac's outsourcing architects show true colours

The big bang outsourcing contracts made famous by the big banks over the past decade may have been a one-off occurrence, according to the architect of Westpac's famed multi-billion deal with IBM.

Written by Rodney Gedda07 Aug. 07 11:33

Australia still an IT follower, not leader, says study

While a recent study released by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) identified Australia as amongst the best in the world when it comes to IT infrastructure and global competitiveness, a Catch 22 between research and development (R&D) and the IT skills shortage has cemented the country as a follower rather than an innovator.

Written by Mitchell Bingemann06 Aug. 07 08:01

Police employ palm readers to investigate crime

Law enforcement agencies will have access to advanced biometrics and nationwide databases containing information on DNA and "persons-of-interest" as part of a plan to tighten department collaboration investigations by July 2008.

Written by Darren Pauli03 Aug. 07 16:20

ICT industry support Victorian government reshuffle

Following the surprise resignation of Victorian Premier, Steve Brack, the ICT industry has welcomed this week's Cabinet reshuffle with Theo Theophanous taking on the role of ICT Minister.

Written by Sandra Rossi03 Aug. 07 15:43

Testing times for slack software development

Local businesses are wasting up to 50 percent of software development budgets because they lack the resources, tools and knowledge to conduct efficient software testing, according to market analysts.

Written by Darren Pauli02 Aug. 07 16:08

Nairn wants more women in IT

Special Minister of State Gary Nairn will launch a program tomorrow to increase the number of women in ICT-related professions.

Written by Rodney Gedda02 Aug. 07 16:03

CEOs claim company culture is linked to performance

Just a few short years ago, CSC Australia chief Mike Shove thought he had to play the role of tough guy to deal with financial pressure the organization was facing in a highly competitive outsourcing market.

Written by Sandra Rossi02 Aug. 07 15:57

NSW govt shakes up enterprise software

The NSW Department of Commerce's Government Chief Information Office (GCIO) has embarked on a review of the Government Selected Application Systems (GSAS) program.

Written by Rodney Gedda02 Aug. 07 12:22

Centrelink ups software quality ante

National welfare agency Centrelink has initiated quality level agreements (QLA) for its in-house developed software resulting in better visibility of work done by service providers.

Written by Rodney Gedda01 Aug. 07 09:20

The booming hacking business

It's a good time to be a malicious hacker. That's because even though it's not a time of revolutionary new techniques in hacking for profit, business is booming for the established methods. Despite increased investment in information security defenses, the good guys continue to lag badly behind. According to one report by Sophos, which called the recent uptick in ­malware a "deluge," by April 2007, more than 250,000 websites were hosting malicious code and more than 8,000 were being added to that total every day.

Written by Scott Berinato26 July 07 20:43

$600 million of govt tenders up for grabs

Some 23 federal government contracts will be up for grabs when they expire by mid-2009, with eight suppliers mopping up about $500 million when the outsourcing deals were created in 2005.

Written by Darren Pauli25 July 07 10:22

Open XML recovers from brief setback to ISO approval

Microsoft's quest to have Open XML approved by the International Organization for Standards (ISO) as a global technology standard seems to have recovered from a setback it suffered a week ago, as both sides of the Open XML-ODF debate shore up arguments as the final vote to approve Open XML nears.

Written by Elizabeth Montalbano23 July 07 08:19

ICT economy booming but where's the talent?

Special Minister of State, Gary Nairn, has boldly declared that Australia is in the middle of an ICT boom with technology a major contributor to the country's economic prosperity.

Written by Dylan Bushell-Embling20 July 07 11:25

Web 2.0 vulnerabilties to watch for

New Web applications such as wikis, blogs and podcasts that foster increased collaboration and communication have enjoyed a great proliferation in recent months. They have brought with them, however, a number of new security challenges with which corporate network managers now have to contend.

Written by Greg Enright19 July 07 14:31

Maritime authority eyes ICT supplier panel

Joining the growing trend of federal government departments appointing supplier panels, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) intends to create a register of pre-approved organizations that can deliver and support ICT services and solutions.

Written by Rodney Gedda18 July 07 15:09

Biometrics new border guard by 2010

The biometric data of each person entering Australia could be permanently stored in a central repository for identity verification and cross-checking between federal government departments, national and international anti-identity fraud efforts, and border control systems.

Written by Darren Pauli18 July 07 07:00

Electronic voting to debut this election

This year's federal election will be the first to engage electronic voting when blind or vision impaired people will be able to vote at 29 locations across Australia.

Written by Rodney Gedda16 July 07 14:07

Enterprise search crawls through federal govt

In a sign enterprise search technology is becoming more appealing to federal government agencies, the national geoscience research and information organization. Geosciences Australia (GA), is looking to implement an enterprise search solution for its internal data.

Written by Rodney Gedda11 July 07 11:44
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