Stories by Julian Bajkowski

  • Cognos revs V8 on SOA

    Twenty-year veteran of reporting and analytics Cognos has finally thrown in its lot with Web services and the SOA camp. It has replaced its existing suite of tools and applications with a full rebuild and a single, Web-architected application platform it hopes will see it right for the next decade.

  • Coonan sees panacea to shrinking bandwidth

    Communications Minister Senator Helen Coonan has waved off concerns of a looming spectrum shortage, predicting wireless broadband, datacasting by television networks and third-generation mobile technologies will all be able to live happily together.

  • EDS employees reject wage deal

    Australian employees of outsourcer EDS have firmly rejected the company's latest remuneration offer, with staff voting down a deal that would have frozen wage levels but improved some entitlements.

  • Abetz announces overhaul for e-government

    The federal government is to dramatically shake up its internal IT strategy by the end of the year and will implement an ambitious scheme of programs including identity management, tougher contracts for vendors and an IT skills program.

  • Privacy Commissioner investigates data thefts

    The federal Privacy Commissioner has opened a formal investigation into possible breaches of the Privacy Act by Telstra mobile reseller Switch Mobile and call centre outsourcer One Touch Solutions following revelations that customer data from the two companies is for sale on the black market in India.

  • More Telstra splits emerge in coalition

    Damaging new rifts have appeared in coalition ranks less than 24 hours after Cabinet approved the full sale of Telstra, with Liberal back bencher Alby Schultz now refusing to support the full float of the telco.

  • Ruddock warns on offshoring data

    The office of Attorney General Philip Ruddock has warned companies operating in Australia to take the Privacy Act and its penalties seriously, regardless of where their offshore call centre or IT operations are handled.

  • Contracting rates spike in ACS survey

    Technology costs for enterprises are on the march upward again, with 44.5 percent of independent contractors upping their rates over the last 12 months, rocketing from 29 percent in 2004, to according to the Australian Computer Society's annual remuneration survey.

  • Research centre folds, 70 jobs lost

    Australia's ICT research and development capability has been dealt a body blow, with the Brisbane-based Distributed Systems Technology Centre (DSTC) forced into closure after 14 years.

  • Australian developer scores third Indian bank

    As the Commonwealth Bank and its big four peers contemplate offshoring IT to India, a Sydney-based banking systems vendor almost universally snubbed by the local financial sector has added another Indian bank to its client list.

  • Oracle to overhaul pricing

    Database and applications software vendor Oracle will redefine the licensing models for its customers in an effort to consolidate and simplify the grab-bag of charging regimes it has inherited through recent acquisitions.

  • Alleged spammer faces court over 56 million e-mails

    The Australian Communications Authority (ACA) is going for its first public collar under the Spam Act putting a Perth man before the Federal Court on July 20 for allegedly distributing 56 million unsolicited e-mails and harvesting people's e-mail addresses.