AIIA announces new heads and awards

AIIA announces new heads and awards


Norman McCann, CEO of Ferntree Computer, was elected the new chairman of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) at the group's annual general meeting, held recently in Sydney.

Former chairman, Neville Roach, was re-elected to the board while Alan Baxter, managing director DMR Group, was elected deputy chairman and Peter Vroom, managing director Com-puter Management Centre, was elected treasurer.

Around 350 people attended the event, including the Minister for Science and Technology, Peter McGauran, who announced the winners of the 1996 national awards for Excellence through Information Technology.

The 1996 awards winners are: WC Penfold Corporate Office Products (small companies/ organisations) for its computer-aided stationery purchasing electronic requisitioning (CASPER); the Australian Stock Exchange (medium companies/organisations) for its clearing house elec-tronic subregister system (CHESS); and the Department of Veterans' Affairs (large companies/organisations) for its compensation claims processing system.

CA concentration on client/server brings successSYDNEY - Three years ago, Computer Associates International had both feet planted firmly in the mainframe business. Today, 31 per cent of its revenue is from the client/server market, and that portion continues to grow.

"It looks like that was exactly the right thing for us to do," said Sanjay Kumar, president and chief operating officer of CA.

The company has announced second-quarter revenues of $US990 million, an increase of 22 per cent over the $812 million posted for the same quarter last year.

Despite local industry speculation that Unicenter is yielding disappointing returns in Australia, Gary Mitchell, manager operations CA, said the company is enjoying the same degree of success in Australia as in the US.

Mitchell denies that Unicenter is performing below expectations in the local market, citing the company's recent establishment of a Unicenter support division and claiming that the company has been forced to employ more technical people to keep abreast of the demand for Unicenter. "The main challenge is keeping up with demand for demonstrations," Mitchell said.

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