Stories by James Hutchinson

Consumer convenience drives Defence applications

Game engines, alternative reality and Apple-inspired mobility gear are among the technologies likely to be used in the near future in Australia’s Defence Force as armed forces come to grips with new methods of warfighting.

Exclusive: Q&A with Defence CTO, Matt Yannopoulos

Computerworld Australia got the chance to meet and chat with Department of Defence chief technical officer, Matt Yannopoulos, on the state of ICT reform within the department, the opportunity for consumer applications on the warfield and the difficulty of finding the right ICT personnel for the agency.

Defence to tender thin clients in November

The Department of Defence will go to tender in November for thin client desktops and infrastructure, to be deployed over two years across the organisation in order to simplify processes and consolidate the agency’s computer fleet.

AAPT unlimited plan faces chop next month

AAPT residential users on the unlimited 24/7 plan have until 10 November to change or cancel their plan as a result of iiNet’s $60 million acquisition of its consumer customer base.

NBN rollout timeline imminent: Conroy

Communications minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, has signalled the imminent release of a timeline around the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) in October or early November, revealing how many Australian homes and businesses will receive fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections within the current term of government.

AIIA spruiks green IT sustainability to Canberra

Industry body Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has called upon Australian governments, businesses and the ICT industry to collaborate on using technology more effectively to reduce the nation’s carbon footprint. Doing so, it believes, could see Australia cut carbon emissions by 20 per cent or 116 megatonnes annually by 2020, while also boosting the economy by up to $80 billion.

Turnbull to push forward on NBN debate

Newly instated Shadow Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Malcolm Turbull, has promised to push forward the debate of the National Broadband Network (NBN), and fulfil his role in keeping the government to account.

Change management key to e-health

The ultimate success of e-health programs in Australia will come down to how change management and adoption processes are put in place for clinicians, patients and politicians alike, a key industry leader told attendees of the World Computer Congress 2010 in Brisbane this week.

When IT governance goes wrong

Speaking the World Computer Congress 2010 in Brisbane this week, Cathy Blunt, manager of Griffith University’s internal audit office, provided an interesting insight into the main contributing factors to failed or inefficient IT products in government agencies. The public university has itself undergone internal changes to prevent similar failures, though Blunt wasn’t shy of self-criticism in her review of what sends government IT projects over the edge.

Education fibre backbone goes to tender

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations will soon issue a request for tender to construct a $70 million internal fibre network between vocational educational institutions and government schools across Australia, as the Federal Government agency looks to better utilise the increase in computing technology resulting from the $2.4 billion Digital Education Revolution (DER).

Local DDoS testbed bids to future-proof systems

Researchers at the Queensland University of Technology hope to test and mitigate the risks of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack by creating and running their own internal testbed.