Stories by Rohan Pearce


Australian government likely to standardise on Drupal

The federal government is eyeing the introduction of a government-wide content-management system. The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) has indicated its preference is to use the open-source Drupal Web platform and to have the CMS delivered as a cloud service.

By Rohan Pearce | 09 May, 2014 15:30

Tags: open source, drupal

Westpac renews Optus mobile contract

Westpac has signed a new five-year deal with Optus, with the telco to continue managing 13,000 mobile devices for the bank.

By Rohan Pearce | 09 May, 2014 15:02

Tags: mobility, Westpac, contact centre, optus, st george, contact centres, Telstra

Microsoft gives ACMA access to real-time malware data

Microsoft and the Australian Communication and Media Authority have struck an agreement that means the software vendor will share real-time data about malware-infected computers with the watchdog organisation.

By Rohan Pearce | 09 May, 2014 12:51

Tags: security, Microsoft, Australian Internet Security Initiative, Australian Communications and Media Authority, malware

NBN Co to ramp up fixed wireless

NBN Co's current plan to deliver broadband services to the 7-8 per cent of population outside the NBN fixed line footprint woefully underestimates the demand in those areas according to a report released today by the government-owned company.

By Rohan Pearce | 07 May, 2014 16:40

Tags: Bill Morrow, JB Rousselot, national broadband network, nbn co, NBN

Devs take TownCraft to the small and big(ger) screens

Australian indie game developers Flat Earth Games have released versions their laid-back village building simulator — TownCraft — for the iPhone and Mac.

By Rohan Pearce | 06 May, 2014 17:32

Tags: Minecraft, games

Inside Coles' 'cloud first' policy

Coles has adopted a cloud-first policy as an extension of long-running architecture principles that gave preference to buying software over building it.

By Rohan Pearce | 06 May, 2014 13:35

Tags: Cloud, platform as a service, coles, infrastructure-as-a-service, Coles Group, cloud computing, Software as a service

Government opens Document Verification Service to private sector

Private sector organisations have begun employing a government service that can be used to certify the validity of certain personal ID documents, the federal attorney-general, George Brandis, announced this morning.

By Rohan Pearce | 05 May, 2014 10:54

Tags: George Brandis, Document Verification Service (DVS), security, privacy

New Vic IT procurement marketplace inches closer

The Victorian government will spend $9.5 million over four years to build a marketplace for technology services that can be purchased by government agencies.

By Rohan Pearce | 02 May, 2014 11:47

Tags: VicConnect Program, Gordon Rich-Phillips, VicConnect, Victoria, victorian government

Hornsby Council rolls out virtual desktops

Hornsby Shire Council in northern Sydney is in the pilot phase of a rollout of virtual desktop infrastructure. The rollout, which is due to be completed by the end of June, will involve shifting the council's employees from Windows XP to virtual Windows 7 desktops delivered via Nutanix converged infrastructure.

By Rohan Pearce | 02 May, 2014 09:52

Tags: VDI, virtualization, desktop virtualization, Nutanix, virtualisation, VMware, virtual desktops

Optus takes issue with deregulation proposals

Australia's number two telco, Optus, has taken issue with elements of proposed deregulation of the telecommunications industry.

By Rohan Pearce | 01 May, 2014 12:37

Tags: telecoms, deregulation, optus, Telstra

ANZ registers efficiency growth

ANZ has reported what the CEO Michael Smith described as "a good half year result".

By Rohan Pearce | 01 May, 2014 11:01

Tags: GoMoney, anz bank, ANZ, banking, finance

Games industry calls for speedy passage of classification changes

The Interactive Games and Entertainment Association and the Game Developers’ Association of Australia have called for the quick Senate passage of a bill that would change the process of classification for some gaming content.

By Rohan Pearce | 30 April, 2014 15:42

Tags: games, classification

NSW govt launches geospatial data strategy

The New South Wales government has launched a new strategy to encourage the use by the public and private sectors of geospatial datasets created by government agencies.

By Rohan Pearce | 30 April, 2014 12:42

Tags: geospatial, NSW Government, location, nsw, geospatial data, open data, location based services, location-based data

State government backs Startup Victoria with $100k

The Victorian government has backed Startup Victoria to the tune of $100,000. The state's technology minister, Gordon Rich-Phillips, yesterday officially launched the nonprofit organisation whose mission is to aid fledgling startups in Victoria.

By Rohan Pearce | 30 April, 2014 11:26

Tags: Gordon Rich-Phillips, startups, Victoria, victorian government

Optus slashes more jobs in new restructure

Optus this morning confirmed job losses as a result of restructuring of its consumer, business and corporate support divisions. Over the next two days approximately 350 staff will be notified that their positions are being made redundant.

By Rohan Pearce | 30 April, 2014 10:45

Tags: optus, Telecommunications

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