Regardless of whoever wins Australia's next election, the big spending Rudd days are over and austerity is in. Labor or Liberal, Gillard or Abbott; government IT bosses will have to get the knives out.
Darren Greenwood keeps his feet on New Zealand's shaky ground and his head up in the long white cloud.
Darren Greenwood has been in journalism, not all of it IT, since the days of typewriters and long before the web spun its way around the world. Coming from Yorkshire, he can be blunt, and though having resided in New Zealand, as well as Australia, for quite some time, he insists he is not one of the 'sheeple!'
In cloud computing, the issue of outsourcing is as great as it is in call centres, tech support and similar spheres.
OK, as colonialists, maybe Europeans didn't treat the indigenous natives as well as we should have — and that applies to both sides of the Tasman.
You might recall me recently moaning about vendors treating New Zealand as part of Australia. Well, some of them do treat us differently, but not in ways that we Kiwis would like.
Ten years ago when dotcom was all the rage, a company in the small, provincial town of New Plymouth promised a health revolution.
Global recruitment firm Randstad says Kiwi bosses who cannot afford to give pay rises might want to consider perks and benefits such as flexible working to help them keep their staff.
Telecom NZ has relaunched its troubled XT network.
There's something disturbing when government demands a business split itself to gain broadband contracts.
"Enviro-mentalism" may be contradictory nonsense, but IT bosses must obey its impacts!
I have mixed feelings on a New Zealand government department's recent stipulation that part of its website must use open source software.