Fightback '09 - Looking up

Fightback '09 - Looking up

Things may just be picking up in the market

With government getting in on the game and opportunities emerging the dreaded economic gloom may just be lifting after last week’s ICT news.

On the government side of things Airservices Australia opened a tender seeking a supplier for storage devices. Airservices is looking for two storage area networks (SAN), two virtual tape libraries and two physical tape libraries.

Business software developer and integrator, Oconics, has landed a $3.8 million contract from the Department of Parliamentary Services to revamp the existing Hansard system that publishes parliamentary proceedings online. The new Hansard Production System will be a framed around the Microsoft SQL Server database.

The Federal Government also revealed its 24 member IT Industry Innovation Council. Promoting the IT sector as a driving force of innovation, productivity and sustainability will be the main focus of the new 24 member committee.

Meanwhile in other news, ComOps snagged a contract with engineering plastics company, Dotmar Group, to implement an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) and business intelligence solution.

Dotmar approached the business software and services provider five months ago and will be employing ComOps’ UNIBIS ERP and BI solution. The aim is to provide clarity for the company’s manufacturing, distribution and accounting processes across the board. This includes modules for accounts payable, inventory management and order entry.

And Queensland-based inTechnology Distribution has been picked as the exclusive distributor for forensic software vendor, Guidance Software.

inTechnology managing director, Mark Winter, said the deal came about after 12-18 months of discussions between the two companies. He predicted it would add 20 per cent to inTechnology’s revenue within the next 12 months.

Digital World Warehouse is setting up shop in Queensland and has plans for further expansion in Australia. The new office will be located in Brisbane to support resellers in the region.

In one of the first big announcements of the results season, ASX-listed retailer, Harvey Norman (ASX: HVN), has enjoyed a solid three-month run to the end of the financial year.

In a release to the ASX, the retailer announced an increase of 3.8 per cent in sales for the financial year ended June 30, 2009, with a total of $6.03 billion in sales from outlets in Australia, New Zealand, Slovenia and Ireland (excluding Singapore).

Finally, Lenovo continued to dominate the Asia-Pacific PC market as preliminary Q2 figures from analyst firm, IDC, show a return to growth after two quarters of decline. The region (excluding Japan) experienced a 19 per cent quarter-on-quarter rise for 8 per cent year-on-year growth in the second quarter of the 2009 calendar year to hit 19.9 million units shipped; beating forecasts by six per cent.

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