Dialog heads West
Australian services company Dialog Information Technology has opened a regional office in Perth, taking the company's head-count to over 500 people nationwide.
With hordes of companies announcing cutbacks, Dialog has increased its staff by 28 per cent in the past 12 months, and claims it is on target to reach a turnover of $46 million this financial year.
Dialog has invested in Western Australia to support a number of the company's recent customers, including BP's Kwinana refinery, Fremantle Port Authority and Agriculture Western Australia. The company has been servicing the oil and gas industry, mining, natural resources and government sectors for 21 years.
The company is now undertaking a recruitment campaign in Western Australia.
Security on the cards
Queensland-based security services company IT Security Control has announced the availability of a new tag reader that it claims could save companies millions of dollars.
The Link-it uses low frequency radio waves and encrypted technology to read an identification tag worn by the authorised user. As long as the user is in the pre-configured range of the tag reader, the computer can be used. When the user leaves the pre-configured range of the computer, a screen saver is launched, locking the keyboard and cloaking the screen.
Developed by Wavetrend, Link-it can be used in standalone or networked computer environments.
Accenture goes for IPO
Technology and management consulting firm Accenture has filed for an initial public offering (IPO) with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Formerly known as Andersen Consulting, Accenture did not disclose how many shares it will put up for sale, nor the offering price at which those shares will be sold. In its SEC filing, Accenture said the offering could raise a maximum of $US1 billion, but a company spokesman said that figure "should not be seen as a ceiling" for the amount raised from the public markets.
Investment banks Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter are the co-lead underwriters in the planned IPO. Revenue from the six months to February 28 accounted for $US5.7 billion, a 22 per cent gain in revenue compared to the previous six months. One of the "Big Five" in the consulting space, Accenture said it has achieved a compound annual growth rate of 17.9 per cent for the last 10 years.