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  • Compaq ends an era, retires VAX

    By Sam Costello | 17 August, 2000 12:37

    The message boards at open-source software news site Slashdot.org read like a virtual wake on Wednesday, with friends gathering to trade anecdotes and share memories of the departed, after the news that Compaq Computer is finally retiring its line of VAX servers.

  • Sanford, Telstra sign WAP-based stockbroking deal

    By Helen Han | 17 August, 2000 12:37

    Perth-based discount broker Sanford Securities has signed a content distribution deal with Telstra to provide investors with wireless share trading services.

  • Nortel buys access-gear maker Sonoma

    By Jim Duffy | 17 August, 2000 12:37

    Nortel Networks has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Sonoma Systems, a maker of customer-premises access products employed by major carriers in their managed services.

  • Tivoli ramps up IBM mega-solution for 2000 Games

    By Helen Han | 17 August, 2000 12:37

    IBM's information systems management subsidiary, Tivoli Systems, is betting the Sydney 2000 Games' e-business infrastructure is in safe hands, claiming it will execute the Games' IT plan well before the September 15 deadline.

  • B2B exchange rattles IT partner cage

    By Richard Noone | 17 August, 2000 12:37

    Controversial B2B exchange portal corProcure has announced it is still in negotiations with several partners to rollout the e-commerce platform designed to link 14 of Australia's largest corporate bodies.

  • CSC joins Optus in wireless rush

    By Agnes King | 16 August, 2000 15:16

    CSC has teamed up with Cable & Wireless Optus, alongside IBM and Nokia, to deliver the next level of mobile data services to business, education and government customers.

  • DEEPSky lands $15 million UK reseller deal

    By Helen Han | 16 August, 2000 14:17

    DEEPSky Software is poised to hit European markets with a new Oracle-based stock and merchandising management system, which it will resell offshore under a $A15 million deal signed with UK partner Torex Retail.

  • HP tops sales, MD quits

    By Georgina Swan | 16 August, 2000 13:39

    Hewlett-Packard Australasia's managing director, Bruce Thompson, has quit the company at a time when it has finally outgunned Compaq in channel sales. Thompson's resignation, effective August 31, follows 32 years of service with the company in Australia and New Zealand. He has held the posts of chairman and managing director for almost five years.

  • Citrix appoints new marketing head

    By Richard Noone | 16 August, 2000 13:33

    Server application software developer Citrix Systems has appointed a new man to head its marketing department in an attempt to bolster its Asia-Pacific branding operations and further its push into the local enterprise space locally. Garry O'Brien, formerly national sales manager, Australia/New Zealand, for IBM's Personal Computing Group, is taking up the position of marketing director for Citrix Systems, and is looking to "skill up the channel". In doing so, he hopes to enable Citrix to penetrate the enterprise market.

  • Industry group drafting mobile net ‘spec

    By John Cox | 16 August, 2000 12:37

    An industry consortium has drafted a preliminary list of requirements for a global, IP-based network to support wireless communications.

  • Watch out for buy.com: Analysts

    By Georgina Swan | 16 August, 2000 12:37

    buy.com has announced strong second quarter financial results, but profitability remains elusive. The e-tailing giant reported Q2 revenues of $US193.2 million, up 49.4 per cent compared to the same quarter last year. The growth was driven by a 195 per cent increase in new customer accounts, while repeat orders accounted for 62 per cent of sales.

  • Austar consumes eisa, slowly

    By Agnes King | 16 August, 2000 12:37

    Austar has increased its shareholding in eisa to 23.95 per cent, further demonstrating its commitment to picking up the pieces of the broken ISP.

  • Global reseller bought out locally

    By Georgina Swan | 16 August, 2000 12:37

    International reseller Software Spectrum has sold its Australian and New Zealand professional services division to the local operator in a management buyout. The buyout, which involves the company's 55 employees, all of whom will become shareholders in the new business, was spearheaded by former Software Spectrum Asia-Pacific managing director David Colwin.

  • SDS confident sliding in ERP solutions

    By Richard Noone | 16 August, 2000 12:37

    Since partnering with ERP vendor Damgaard mid last year, specialist financial systems company Scalable Data Solutions (SDS) has gone from strength to strength, according to SDS's managing director, John Crew. The integrator has taken eight orders in Australia for the Damgaard Axapta ERP solution, with three sites already live, making it the biggest Damgaard dealer in Australia, according to Crew.

  • Geac restructures operations

    By Jeanne-Vida Douglas | 16 August, 2000 12:37

    Enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendor Geac has announced the consolidation of its various ERP operations into a single business unit to be known as Geac Enterprise solutions.

  • Global semiconductor sales reach record $US16.6 billion

    By Sarah Deveaux | 16 August, 2000 12:37

    Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached an all-time high in June, hitting $US16.6 billion, up 48.1 per cent over a year ago, according to a Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) report. The semiconductor market covers a wide array of chips for different uses, including telephones, cellular phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and PCs. Memory chips, logic chips, flash chips and microprocessor chips are among those that comprise the market.

  • Microsoft's BizTalk hits beta

    By John Fontana | 16 August, 2000 12:37

    Microsoft on Monday released the first beta of BizTalk Server 2000, which is designed to integrate applications and business partner networks using XML.

  • Online buying group to bat for SMEs

    By Mark Jones | 16 August, 2000 12:37

    A new online buying group is set to launch on the Australian market next week in an effort to offer small business competitive IT and non-IT products and services.

  • Laptop Land opens first Adelaide store

    By Georgina Swan | 16 August, 2000 12:37

    The Mercury Group has moved its retail arm into the South Australian market, opening its first Laptop Land store in Adelaide. The store, which opened last week, will provide professionals and executives with mobile computing solutions without having to deal with the mass computing found in big retail outlets.

  • WebCentral forges its path to profit

    By Agnes King | 16 August, 2000 12:37

    In an effort to keep ahead of the pack, Internet service provider WebCentral is pursuing untapped markets in Australia and the Asia-Pacific. Having opened branch offices in Melbourne this month, WebCentral is in the process of growing its management team by 30 and CEO Lloyd Ernst says that a listing on Nasdaq is on the cards for the second quarter next year.

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