Stories by Rebecca Munro

  • Oracle 8i core of Internet offering

    Oracle launched its Internet platform on Tuesday with the Oracle8i database as the key component of a package that includes Oracle application servers and Internet tools.

  • SME's needs still not being addressed

    Only days after the good Samaritan law was introduced to protect companies from business disruptions and the legal consequences of Y2K, criticism has come from network integrator Active Australia. It is claiming government and industry bodies are unnecessarily complicating global issues small businesses are facing, by either ignoring the sector entirely or coding solutions too technically. According to Active Australia's technical manager, Tim Watson, SMEs are "not treated with the same respect that large businesses are. They are just given a standard package with no thought put into it."

  • Lack of uni IT places exacerbates skills shortages

    A lack of places for potential IT students in universities and TAFEs across the country has undermined the Australian Information Industry Association's (AIIA) education campaign to encourage students into the IT industry.

  • IBM GSA take out Vic Police deal

    IBM Global Services Australia (IBM GSA) have finally snared a network outsourcing deal with the Victorian Police reputed to be worth over $100 million dollars over five years.

  • Y2K deadline moves forward 28 years

    Dublin based software engineering company Millennium Solutions is set to revolutionise the process of Y2K compliance for IBM AS/400 users in Australia with the launch of its MS4 software.

  • Candle lights the way for MCR

    Reseller-cum-integrator MCR Computer Resources has aligned itself with network solution provider Candle in a bid to increase its value-adding software scope.

  • APC reseller channel is uninterruptible

    American Power Conversion (APC) is using Australia as a testing ground for its new channel strategy and is on the road in a national promotional tour that hopes to develop reseller awareness and involvement in UPS with a particular focus on the oft-ignored SME sector.

  • Bruce Stewart takes over Memorex Telex

    The new man at the helm of Memorex Telex is hoping to move the company forward into the top tier of network integrators by expanding its focus to include a number of new initiatives. Yet he is unwilling to admit that the legacy systems that Memorex Telex relied upon are dead and is in fact hoping to instigate a revival of the data centre. Bruce Stewart, managing director at Memorex Telex for just over three weeks now, has inherited a company that, by his own admission, was floundering in the wake of "difficult economic times" and a management team that "made decisions in isolation, that I would question the long-term wisdom of".

  • Memorex Telex installs job network

    Network integrator Memorex Telex claims to have provided Mission Australia with a competitive edge in the newly deregulated and cutthroat environment of employment services with the installation and management of a wide-area frame relay network solution. This tender win will see it design and implement a network spanning 92 offices and 500 employees. According to Eric Chant, IT manager at Mission Australia, the initial motivation to develop a network was the intense competition in the job vacancy industry and a belief that a WAN could be the differentiating factor between Mission Australia and its competition.

  • Piracy amnesty questionable

    An IT industry watchdog, Open Interchange Consortium (OIC), has suggested that small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) be granted a software piracy amnesty in order to alleviate potential Y2K disasters. In an attempt to ensure that business supply chains are year 2000 compliant, this proposal will create an environment in which SMEs can admit to pirated or unlicensed software without retribution, allowing Y2K checks to be performed and compliance to be achieved.

  • Company 29 bails

    Company 29's decision to get out of the distribution game has once again raised doubts about the ability of smaller regional distributors to compete against the big boys. Company 29's distribution demise follows the ignominious exit of Queensland distributor Q*Soft which was bought out by Sealcorp after a run of hard times. According to Company 29 director Alan Tainton, the decision to get out now was based on the fact that margins are becoming increasingly tight and the market at the moment is conducive to big distributors such as Tech Pacific.

  • VARs to boost LaCie's foray into Australia

    French company LaCie is hoping to break what it perceives as virgin storage and peripheral ground with the establishment of a Sydney office and a strong value-added reseller (VAR) channel.

  • LAN Systems pushes into telco and ISP space

    Networking specialist LAN Systems has opened up a new business unit in response to the rapidly expanding ISP and telco market. With the number of ISPs in Australia constantly on the rise, LAN Systems is attempting to tap into a perceived need for data, voice and video integration, the deployment of virtual private networks, and voice over IP skills.