Stories by Ellen Cresswell

  • Hold off on ASPs: MS

    Despite the current hype, it will be at least five years until application service providers (ASPs) become commonplace, according to a senior Microsoft executive. John Connors, vice president of Microsoft's worldwide enterprise group, said the ASP principle was `more complicated than it appears on the surface', and users should give the practice due consideration before hosting their applications.

  • Hold off on ASPs: Microsoft

    Despite the current hype, it will be at least five years until application service providers (ASPs) become common place, according to a senior Microsoft executive.

  • IBM and AOL take it Ezy

    Internet service provider AOL is exploring new retail sales channels in an attempt to capture more of the consumer mass market. Last week it announced a partnership with national video rental chain Video Ezy which will see "mum and dad users" able to sign up for an Internet PC as they hire videos.

  • IBM and Mincom form partnership

    Brisbane-based software developer Mincom last week signed a global partnership with IBM to develop e-business solutions for the enterprise asset management (EAM) market. EAM systems are targeted at organisations that need to track large amounts of assets, according to David Merson, Mincom's CEO.

  • Sun lifts curtain on Solaris 7

    Windows NT is "faltering" in the enterprise arena and Sun Microsystems is prepared to pick up its slack with Wednesday's release of its 64-bit environment, Solaris 7, according to a company official. Don Lowe, Sun's marketing director, said the much-delayed Windows NT 5.0 would become increasingly unreliable, because it will contain more than 40 million lines of code. Solaris 7, he said, has only 13 million lines, which reduced the possibility of errors. "We will provide users with the most robust platform we can so they can move forward into the enterprise space," said Lowe.

  • IBM and Mincom form global e-commerce development partnership

    Brisbane-based Mincom this week announced a global partnership with IBM to develop e-business solutions for the enterprise asset management (EAM) market. EAM systems are targeted at organisations that need to track large amounts of assets, according to David Merson, Mincom's CEO. "It's a very broad-based enterprise solution for businesses whose focus is owning and operating large-scale capital assets," Merson said.

  • Optus says 'yes' to float

    As expected, Cable & Wireless Optus (C&W Optus) this week announced its intention to list on the Australian Stock Exchange in mid-November. Chris Anderson, C&W Optus' chief executive, said a total of 1026.9 million shares would be offered for sale under the offer.

  • Industry heading down integration path: Lindelow

    Acquisitions and trade partnerships will see the IT industry become more integrated, at least in the short-term future, according to Tivoli's chairman and CEO Jan Lindelow. Lindelow laid out a broad roadmap for Tivoli at the launch of its latest enterprise management offering in New York last week.

  • Symantec releases new Norton suite

    Symantec will this week release a software suite that combines five of its most popular Norton utility applications for 60 per cent of the cost of the individual products.

  • channel surfing

    James Robbins is the often exuberant national marketing manager at distributor Computer Hardware of Australia (CHA). His favourite Web sites reflect some recurring themes . . .

  • Toshiba names top reseller, distributor

    Toshiba named its reseller and distributor of the year last week in New Zealand. General manager Bruce Lakin said for the first time in the awards' history, Toshiba named back-to-back winners in both categories.