Land of imports
A new industry report by the Centre for Strategic Economic Studies, commissioned by the Australian Computer Society, suggests Australia's Information and Communications Technology (ICT) trade deficit reached $16 billion in 2000-01. In the last 10 years, Australia has tripled the amount of IT gear it imports (from $5.58 billion to $17.73 billion), accounting for 16 per cent of the country's imports. Australia is ranked just 23 out of 29 OECD nations for ICT exports. ACS president John Ridge said the report highlights the need for the Federal Government to invest in local software development and manufacturing industries to improve Australia's ICT import/export ratio.
Tech One pumps deal
ASX-listed software developer Technology One has signed a $750,000 contract to supply a suite of its software to utility company Lower Murray Water. The contract is for the implementation of a system that will manage the utility's water billing system and financial systems. It will manage the flow and storage of data from the water meter, reading through to customer purchase and billing. Lower Murray Water had been using a variety of legacy systems that no longer met its requirements and lacked the necessary support. It is the second water utility to sign with Technology One after the vendor recently won a similar deal with City West Water.
Web development reigns, says survey
US programmers are increasing the time they spend developing for the Internet and building Web services, according to a new study. In a survey of 800 developers, more than 90 per cent said they spend some time writing code for the Internet, up from 80 per cent in the same survey six months ago, according to developer market research firm Evans Data. One-third of respondents said they spend more than half of their time on Web development.