Stories by Laura Mason

  • FreightCorp to outsource

    FreightCorp, the NSW state-owned rail freight corporation, is proceeding with IT outsourcing and has invited service providers to pre-register interest in the contract on Tuesday, December 1. Services to be outsourced include IT service desk, LAN management, WAN management, desktop services, and application management and support.

  • Joint venture spawns regional e-comm centre

    GE Information Services (GEIS) is to open an e-commerce centre in Sydney to service customers in Australia and New Zealand. Trading under the name ECXpress, the new centre is a joint venture between GEIS and a consortium including Indonesian IT and telecomms provider the Emtek Group and Australian businessmen John Singleton and Mark Carnegie.

  • Squeezed margins a double-edged sword

    Vendor's and reseller's margins are being squeezed and that could prove a double-edged sword for end users. Comments from analysts reveal that a variety of pressures, including increased competition, economic turmoil in Asia, and Y2K, are combining to effect margins, with a range of outcomes.

  • IBM GSA to add to outsourcing offerings

    IBM Global Services Australia (IBM GSA) is gearing up to launch business process outsourcing (BPO) services here, starting next year. Philip Wing, general manager, strategy and business development, said IBM GSA is currently assessing the local market and looking for potential partners, in preparation for rolling out BPO offerings.

  • CA announces new MD, strong second quarter

    Computer Associates Australia has a new managing director, John Ruthven, who has been promoted to the post from his previous role as manager of CA's southern region branch. Ruthven replaces Allan Smith, who has moved to the US to take up the position of senior vice president at CA on the west coast.

  • IBM GSA to launch business process outsourcing services next year

    IBM Global Services Australia (IBM GSA) is gearing up to launch business process outsourcing services here, starting next year. Philip Wing, general manager, strategy and business development, said IBM GSA is currently assessing the local market, and looking for potential partners, in preparation for rolling out BPO offerings.

  • Teradata for NT spawns NCR's revamped channels strategy

    The channel will play a bigger role in NCR's sales strategy going forward, following the release last week of its Teradata data warehousing solution for Windows NT. NCR used its partner conference here to announce a shift in sales strategy to a hybrid model that uses the channel in conjunction with its own direct sales force.

  • Y2K deadline will be double for some Government agencies

    Deadline is fast approaching for NSW Government agencies, all of which are obliged to submit complete Y2K contingency and disaster recovery plans to the Office of Information Technology (OIT) by September 30, 1998. But for some agencies it will be a double deadline.

  • Will CSC score on election night?

    Experiencing teething problems with the cluster three government outsourcing contract, CSC now faces the most public challenge of the contract so far - election night. This year, for the first time, a service provider will play a key role in ensuring the Federal Election, on October 3, 1998, runs smoothly from an IT perspective.

  • NSW eyes Samaritan Y2K law

    Good Samaritan legislation to assist communication on Y2K could be introduced in Australia, following the US' lead in this area. It is intended to shield organisations from lawsuits that might arise from the sharing of year 2000 compliance data that later proves inaccurate.

  • Windows NT vulnerable to hackers: study

    Hackers can squeeze through 106 holes in Windows NT to cause critical damage to an organisation's information systems, according to an information and Internet security company.