Stories by Rebecca Munro

  • BMC attract a flurry of partners

    BMC Software has announced a rush of developer partners to help them successfully break into the hot e-commerce and Internet markets with a range of new products and initiatives.

  • Oracle announces $US100million innovation fund

    Oracle announced this week the availability of a $US100 million fund to proponents of Oracle 8i, in a bid to help develop some innovative products and services from companies around the world that can be based on the Oracle platform.

  • GST compliance adds to Y2K woes

    Advanced Software Engineering (ASE) is warning Australian companies that the limited vision they have of Y2K conversion as being the sole dilemma facing IT departments is unrealistic and dangerous in the face of the upcoming goods and services tax (GST).

  • Resellers rule, OK?

    Australian resellers stand proud. IT decision makers have voted you the most influential strategists and informants, in Quadrant Research's 1998 industry report into IT decision making. The report, which surveyed 175 top IT business executives, revealed resellers are the dominant influence on the IT industry's top decision makers when it comes to formulating product and service strategies.

  • Local IT industry faces e-commerce uncertainty

    A Brisbane-based lawyer is predicting dire implications for the Australian IT industry if it fails to adhere to a set of industry-wide e-commerce guidelines recently proposed by the International Commission for Commercial Practices (ICCP). According to Andrew Brown, Australia's representative and voting member of the ICCP and a lawyer at Brisbane firm Gateway Lawyers, the deliberations confirmed that Australian trade organisations can either prepare for the e-commerce revolution or perish at the hands of more competitive northern-hemisphere businesses.

  • Christmas has a happy ending

    What was initially looking like being one of the worst Christmases for retailers turned into a highly profitable silly season, according to those that spoke to ARN last week. What's more, the potential for January and February is keeping those smiles plastered on most faces. Harvey Norman achieved an exceptional 35 per cent increase on last year's figures, culminating in forty million dollars worth of computer goods sales.

  • Express Data secures Tektronix printer distribution

    Printer vendor Tektronix last week appointed Express Data as its second distributor of colour printers. Express Data joins Tech Pacific as Tektronix bids for a larger share of the colour printing market. According to Tektronix officials, the signing of Express Data should consolidate the vendor's current 30 per cent share in the colour printing market, while plans are also under way to further strengthen its channel strategy, according to national sales and marketing manager David Bates.

  • ATC and Compact merge

    ATC Supplies and Compact Computer Supplies merged yesterday under the banner of ATC Compact, hoping to provide the corporate and government market with high-end storage media solutions and plug-and-play devices.

  • IBM Global wins lucrative Ansett deal

    IBM Global Services has taken advantage of a long and prosperous relationship with Ansett to beat out the competition for a nine year, multimillion dollar contract that comprehensively covers almost all aspects of Ansett's IT requirements, including installation, maintenance and management.

  • Technology One claims another scalp

    Technology One is continuing to establish a strong vertical market share in the government sector with its recent accumulation of another contract with the City of Perth Council to use its Finance One suite of reporting and finance applications.

  • Toshiba slashes price of notebooks

    Toshiba is aggressively cutting the prices of its entire Tecra 8000 range of notebooks in order to pave the way for additions to the series in February, a development motivated by the release of Intel's new 333MHz and 360MHz chips.

  • SGI creates visual workstation

    Silicon Graphics (SGI), is planning to revolutionise the workstation with yesterday's release of its Intel and Windows-based visual products, Silicon Graphics 320 and Silicon Graphics 540.