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OpenWorld closed

OpenWorld closed

This year's Oracle OpenWorld conference provided an insight into which vendors have intriguing grand plans, and which ones prefer to rely on marketing bluff.

October 26, 2006 by in Processors

Virtual realities

Virtual realities

It's nigh on impossible to hear a bad word about virtualisation software at the moment, but is it good news for everyone?This week I talked to Open Universities Australia (OUA) IT manager, Anthony Russo, for a story about their PeopleSoft Campus Solutions and CRM rollout.

October 19, 2006 by in Servers

Hockey's cybertrust lost in space

Hockey's cybertrust lost in space

If ever there's been a prelude to a government agency cutting ties with a red-faced service provider, Joe Hockey's veiled rant about Cybertrust was probably it.The Department of Human Services minister has let his feelings be known about failed backup power in one of the security giant's datacentres that housed a Centrelink mainframe.

September 21, 2006 by in Government : AU

An ITIL threat

An ITIL threat

Think the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) framework is boring? So did one Commonwealth Bank worker, apparently.

September 5, 2006 by in CXO

ATO offshoring precedent still on horizon

ATO offshoring precedent still on horizon

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) may have opted against a recent proposal to offshore but it seems the writing is on the wall following May's federal budget.As I spoke to ATO second commissioner Greg Farr by phone last Thursday for an update on the Change Program, I was slightly surprised to hear him again bring up the issue of skills shortages.

August 7, 2006 by in CXO

Hidden meanings in NSW's 'People First'

Hidden meanings in NSW's 'People First'

While some states boast about procurement plans and how much they'll boost industry coffers, the NSW government appears to be heading in the opposite direction.At a media briefing last week, the NSW Minister for Commerce John Della Bosca and NSW government CIO Paul Edgecumbe unveiled a seemingly complex strategy for how they'll gain better ROI from the state's IT infrastructure over the next four years.

August 1, 2006 by in CXO

Those pesky vendor sales reps

Those pesky vendor sales reps

Ever been frustrated by calls from a vendor sales rep spruiking a technology that's obviously not relevant to your operations? Bartercard chief information officer Jason Van is.

June 29, 2006 by in CXO

A testimonial bites back

A testimonial bites back

Never have I seen a stranger vendor "testimonial" given than that by the NSW Department of Primary Industry's Warwick Lill of Sun Microsystems at Gartner's data centre summit last week. The presentation was billed as a Sun Microsystems 'solution session', whereby Sun's data centre practice manager Gary Kelly would interview Lill about the Department's data centre reference implementation (with Sun as key services partner, obviously).

June 25, 2006 by in Government

Analysing the analysts

Analysing the analysts

Analyst group Gartner has been prominent on the conference front of late, cranking up its talk-fests in Sydney around outsourcing, application integration, data centres and security. Technology managers come from far and wide for the events, but are they worthwhile?

June 19, 2006 by in CXO

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