Stories by Len Rust

  • Telcos spend up on outsourcing

    Facing pressure to develop new services quickly and to cut operational expenditures (opex) telecommunications, service providers are increasingly outsourcing their day-to-day network operations to professional service houses, according to a recently released report from analyst firm Infonetics Research.

  • GPS devices and systems spread

    GPS satellite technology is becoming increasingly important as it is being embedded in an ever-wider range of mobile consumer devices to enable navigation and location-based services. While GPS handsets and in-vehicle navigation systems will remain the most lucrative markets, industrial applications such as network timing, land surveying, and machine control are quickly gaining momentum. By 2013 global navigation satellite system (GNSS) end-user devices and systems will generate $US240 billion a ye

  • Nothing halts BI's progress

    Despite major consolidation among business intelligence (BI) vendors in 2007 and growing fears of an upcoming economic slowdown, BI platforms are expected to continue to grow at a strong rate, according to Gartne

  • Asian system integrators push SOA

    Local system integrators and independent software vendors (ISVs) are playing significant roles in the ability of service-oriented architecture vendors to penetrate four major domestic markets in Asia, according to Springboard Research. This is especially evident in the Chinese market, which is dominated by local players. These are the findings of Springboard's latest research covering Asia's SOA market, and based on a survey of 354 CIOs and IT managers of large and mid-market enterprises in China, India, Singapore, and Australia.

  • Interest in luxury shopping still high

    While 12 consecutive interest rate rises might be trying to slow the economy, the average Australian's love of shopping hasn't slowed at all, according to Australia's pre-eminent comparison shopping Web site, Myshopping.com.au.

  • Femtocells yet to take off in Asia/Pacific region

    Femtocells - small cellular communications base stations -- will generate revenue of nearly $A5 million in 2008 from device shipments in the Asia/Pacific region, according to a new study from ABI Research.

  • What outsourcing clients really think

    Companies are approaching outsourcing contracts with renegotiation in mind by creating leverage through strategies such as price benchmarking claw-back and blue-sky clauses, according to a survey by IDC.

  • Aussies worth watching

    Holly Connects, Aspect Digital, Hoojano, Intrapower, Retail Directions, and Mydials come under the spotlight of Aussie companies making waves

  • An opportunity to contribute

    A wide ranging review of Australia's national innovation system has been launched by Senator Kim Carr, the Australian Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science, and Research. The review will be conducted by an expert panel chaired by Dr. Terry Cutler.

  • Positive outlooks

    Recent commentaries from home-grown IT companies have highlighted that the IT sector can be an important source of growth for Australia. The spill-over effect can have positive benefits to the rest of our domestic economy.

  • Aussies worth watching

    ACQUIRE delivers a solution for the capture, management, and delivery of geo-scientific observations and measurements in a range of industries. In essence the technology supports the decentralisation of workflow management to each customer site or location. Acquire has installed solutions in more than 300 exploration and mining operations worldwide.

  • BI top of Aussie CIOs' priority lists

    For the third year in a row, business intelligence (BI) applications have been ranked the top technology priority in the 2008 Gartner Executive Programs survey of 1500 chief information officers (CIOs). According to Gartner, this is because CIOs know they must implement a BI strategy properly if they want to accomplish many other priorities, such as customer service improvement and legacy application modernisation.

  • Users still wary of long BPO commitments

    Australian organisations are cautious about the considerable compliance risks related to business process outsourcing (BPO), including privacy and data protection, intellectual property rights, and executive accountability, according to a study by IDC. This is the case even though Australian organisations believe BPO can be used as a vehicle to cut back-office costs and in many cases, improve a process. The IDC report is titled Australia Customer Priorities for Business Process Outsourcing Services.

  • A 10-year crystal ball for business

    S2 Intelligence, an Australian company that researches technology and business innovation, recently released The Future of Business 2008 - 2018, a detailed report on how emerging information technologies will impact industries, organisations, and work.

  • Interactive advertising starts making headway

    The global advertising market grew to just over $US600 billion in 2007, according to The Kelsey Group. The research firm expects global ad revenues to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.7 per cent and reach $US707 billion in 2012, propelled in large part by considerable growth in the interactive segment.