Stories by Len Rust

  • Ten technologies that will disrupt

    Social networking technologies, Web mashups, multi-core and hybrid processors, and cloud computing are amongst the 10 most disruptive technologies that will shape the IT landscape over the next five years, according to research firm Gartner.

  • Aussies worth watching

    This week the spotlight falls on Response Education Services, Bio Recognition Systems, FlowBiz, FreeConnect, Rinex Technology, and IQ Design

  • Server shipments continue to rise

    Server shipments worldwide increased 7.6 per cent in the first quarter of 2008 compared with the first quarter of last year, while worldwide server revenue for the same period climbed 4.3 per cent, according to Gartner.

  • Aussie bosses turn blind eye to cyber bullying

    Almost half of victims of cyber bullying attacks in the workplace have not been taken seriously by their employers when seeking support and assistance, according to a survey of 1782 employees by Australia's leading online career network, LinkMe.com.au.

  • Security spend is strong Down Under

    The Australia and New Zealand security solutions market reached more than $US1 billion in 2007 and is set to continue to grow at a CAGR of 11.8 per cent to reach more than $US2 billion by 2012, according to IDC.

  • Aussies worth watching

    The spotlight this week falls on Superconnect, Task Retail Technology, Innovative Technology Services, @mail, Meridian Health Informatics, and Roam Interactive

  • Australia's ICT industry - Where next?

    A cursory overview of Australia's position in the regional and global arenas indicates we are a developing country with an economy still largely driven by the export of minerals and agricultural products.

  • Managed comms services take off

    The value of the Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) market for enterprise ICT outsourcing and managed services is expected to exceed $US29.5 billion in 2008, an 11 per cent increase over 2007, according to IDC. The research company expects value-added managed services or discrete outsourcing to outperform the market with 16 per cent growth, reaching $US9.1 billion in 2008.

  • Big opportunities in integration

    Building on a strong customer base, and forecast to record consistently high annual growth until 2011, the enterprise application integration (EAI) services market will emerge as the largest opportunity in Asia/Pacific's (excluding Japan) IT services space, according to information released by Springboard Research.

  • Services growth hits double digits

    Worldwide IT services revenue totalled $US748 billion in 2007, a 10.5 per cent increase from 2006 revenue of $US677 billion, according to Gartner.

  • Aussies worth watching

    MICROLISTICS develops and implements the ISIS suite, a supply chain executive technology to ensure distribution environments are robust yet flexible enough to react to market demands. Some of the company's clients include Nestle, Toll Logistics, Mitre 10 Qatar Port Authority, Berli, Jucker Logistics Thailand, and CEVA Logistics.

  • Slash & burn

    The headlines have said it all over the past two weeks regarding the termination of the Commercial Ready Grant scheme. Wayne Fitzsimmons, director of M-Group, recently commented: "The abrupt termination of the scheme caught many of us by surprise as there were no portents signalling any likelihood of such a change. There is no likely alternative in the short term at least. This will cause several of my early stage companies significant challenges and, for some, a likely cessation of trading."

  • IT's a rugged world

    For all the talk by company executives and analysts about "opportunities" and "synergies" for the combined company of Microsoft and Yahoo, putting them together will be an enormous challenge. Will the bid go ahead? Most likely. Will it work is a question mark.