NEWS GRAB: latest from ingogo, ACS, CommVault, and the IQ Group

NEWS GRAB: latest from ingogo, ACS, CommVault, and the IQ Group

Ingogo adds virtualised payment method, Harte as ambassador for ICT careers, CommVault software used to mining group, IQ Group reaches gold competency

Ingogo taxi-hailing app introduced virtualised payment method

Sydney taxi-hailing app, ingogo, launched in September last year, has been expanded with the addition of a virtualised payment system that eliminates the need for notes and cards.

The PCI compliant functionality allows iPhone and Android users to save (multiple) credit card details within the app, and make payment using a unique payment code provided by the app.

Ingogo founder, and developer of the Moshtix ticketing system, Hamish Petrie, said that according to testing and customer feedback, the payment process takes users less than 30 seconds.

All transactions are transparent, recorded and available for review through a user’s personal ingogo account.

“People are relying more on electronic transactions and less on cash, so we’ve responded by being the first app in Australia to let people safely store card details and securely pay for their taxi trips all from their smartphone,” he said.

The payment method charges users an eight per cent credit card fee, which challenges the 11 per cent standard.

CBA CIO to be ACS ambassador for 2012

Commonwealth Bank group executive and CIO, Michael Harte, will be working as an Australian Computer Society (ACS) ambassador for the remainder for 2012 to promote ICT as a rewarding and creative career to youths.

According to ACS CEO, Alan Patterson, ambassadors are ICT professionals who have reached the pinnacle of their profession.

Their contribution to the field, which has increased its recognition, is the reason for their recognition as ambassadors, he said.

“As industry professionals, it is important for us all to actively encourage more young people to see IT as an exciting career,” said Harte. “They have the opportunity to work in almost any industry, from entertainment to social media.”

Harte was awarded CIO of the year 2011 at the national iAwards, and has been recognised for his contribution in ICT, operations, customer service, and corporate social responsibility.

CommVault Simpana software deployed by mining group, OneSteel

Sydney-based mining and metals group, OneSteel Group, is modernising its data management platform with CommVault’s Simpana software, a unified solution for protecting, archiving, and optimising 90Tbs of mission-critical email and application data.

OneSteel selected Simpana as the software it has allowed it to standardise on a set of practices and policies to automate remote backups, improve overall resource allocation, increase reliability of email services, and reduce cost to store, retain and scale data.

Simpana was chosen over a legacy platform as it delivered on consolidated solution. It offers OneSteel a single pane-of-glass management and integrated backup, recovery, deduplication and archive functionality.

“With Simpana software, we’ll be able to simplify and scale our IT environment easily and cost-effectively to best meet the demands of dynamic business growth,” OneSteel information systems commercial manager, Michael Collogan, said.

“We now have access to all the reports and toold we need to support staff so they can focus more on customer-facing issues instead of worrying about backups on a day-to-day basis,” said infrastructure operations manager, Jonathon Giles.

IQ Group reaches gold competency in Microsoft partner program

Business solutions consultancy, IQ Business Group (IQ Group) has shifted into gold competency for portals and collaboration in the Microsoft partner program.

In order to qualify, IQ Group needed to submit five unique customer references and ten individual customer surveys to Microsoft to demonstrate its successful implementation of SharePoint 2010 platform capabilities.

“We acknowledge IQ Group’s continued commitment in implementing SharePoint solutions in the financial services and wider business arena,” Microsoft Australia SMB and partner group director, Evan Williams, said.

The consultancy launched its Microsoft Solutions Practice in Australia in 2010, led by Ragav Jagannathan. Additionally iqBoard was released I 2011 for board members of any enterprise.

Gold competency assessment procedure is driven by customer feedback.

IQ Group also achieved silver competency for content management, digital marketing, hosting, mid-market solution provider, mobility, and search.

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