90East eyes finance sector
Moving beyond its Government origins, security consultancy firm 90East is making aggressive inroads into the financial services sector, securing a number of projects with the big four banks. Going head to head with the big consulting firms, 90East senior consulting engineer Tim Cranny said the company began a number of small risk-assessment projects late last year, and negotiations are continuing with the major banks as well as two second-tier banks. The company is recruiting up to a dozen new staff for its Sydney office over the next six months and has poached Unisys e-security director Ajoy Ghosh to play a central role in its new operations.
Software AG signs ICS
Global software vendor Software AG has signed up a new channel agreement with Tasmanian VAR ICS Multimedia as it continues to search for application integration specialists across the country. Based in Hobart, ICS Multimedia specialises in the development of Internet-enabled enterprise software and will now use Software AG's integration products and XML database in delivering its Web-based solutions. ICS becomes one of a growing number of channel partners signing on with Software AG, which has global relationships with the likes of IBM Global Services and Hewlett-Packard, but it also attempts to engage with smaller players in each market that it operates.
Telcos lead storage charge
Five Australian ICT companies have satisfied the criteria for storage vendor EMC's new accreditation program, earning themselves the clunky title of "EMC Proven E-infostructure Certified". The EMC Proven program is designed to highlight those vendor partners that have invested time and money into satisfying best-practice requirements for delivering an Internet-based business or service. Optus, Telstra, Macquarie Corporate Telecommunications, COMindico and EDS have all been certified.