Stories by Tamara Plakalo

  • T Data consolidates for improved service

    Despite having a growth rate of around 30 per cent a year, Sydney-based distributor of developer solutions, T Data, recently announced the amalgamation of its Adelaide and Sydney branches. As the sole distributor of Pick Systems' database management solutions (DBMS), T Data explained its decision, citing the need to provide "a wider range of value-add services" to Pick Systems' DBMS customers by centralising its customer-service operation.

  • Value-add distributor helps net HCF deal

    The value-add of Sydney-based distributor Executive Computing has helped the Hospital Contribution Fund of Australia (HCF) successfully complete the installation of a new BusinessObjects decision support system (DSS). After a lengthy evaluation involving several products from SAS, Cognos and Seagate, HCF decided to switch from Cognos' Impromptu to BusinessObjects, citing the product's user-friendly features and a capacity to produce and edit complex reports as the main reason behind the decision.

  • TAB gets smart with Keycorp solution

    Australian e-commerce and smartcard developer Keycorp has signed a preliminary agreement with TAB to supply and maintain smartcard-based tools for the betting agency's new communication system TABLink. Over the next three years, Keycorp will be required to supply TAB with an initial quantity of Gaming Machine Interface Cards (GMICs), based on its own smartcard operating system, OSSCA.

  • Recall seeks partners for data backup service

    Recognising a void in the wide area network (WAN) data backup market, Australian-owned RecallTotal Information Management last month propelled its new electronic data backup service onto the network management scene.

  • Acer channel partners miss out in massive notebook deal

    While Acer is rejoicing after winning a $67 million deal to supply 37,000 notebooks to the Victorian Government last week, it's channel's involvement is likely to be token. Starting next month, the Victorian Department of Education plans to provide every public school teacher with an Acer Extensa 500T notebook PC, expecting to complete the initiative within the next five years. The deal is believed to be the largest tender in the history of Australian education and the second largest tender for laptop computers in the world.

  • Toshiba stocks up notebook ranks again

    Notebook vendor, Toshiba pushed the processor speed bar a notch higher last week when it launched the Portégé 7010CT, an upgrade to the Portégé 7000 model which was released just 3 months ago. Priced at $7970 and featuring Intel's 300MZ mobile Pentium II processor, the Portégé 7010CT features a full 512KB of Level 2 cache and standard 32MB of RAM capable of expanding to 160MB.

  • IT portfolio gets thumbs up from analysts

    The Federal Government's decision to create an Information Technology portfolio, headed by senator Richard Alston, has been received favourably by many within the industry. Only last month, the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) published a 10-point manifesto, outlining the need for an incoming Federal Government to appoint an Information Technology Minister and adopt and implement a range of industry recommendations to ensure its further development.

  • Inprise sharpens its channel attack

    Continuing its strategic move into the enterprise software market, Inprise (formerly Borland) last week used its first ever Australian conference to reveal its new Enterprise Connection Program. Aimed at value added resellers (VARs) and systems integrators, Enterprise Connection Program offers high-end developers the opportunity to become Inprise partners in marketing and to integrate its mainframe, Unix and middleware products.

  • Sundata boosts Canterbury's performance

    When sporting apparel company Canterbury International needed to update internal processes to give its sales force real-time access to stock information, the specialisation of Queensland-based integrator Sundata was key in several ways. In addition to developing a $70,000 solution that provides Canterbury's mobile sales force with immediate access to customer accounts and stock information, and enables them to order online, Sundata was able to help the company implement the new system across Australia.

  • Acer partners miss out in massive notebook deal

    Acer's integration partners are rejoicing this week following the Victorian Government's decision to spend $67 million acquiring 37,000 Acer notebooks for teachers throughout the State. Starting next month, the Victorian Department of Education plans to provide every public school teacher with an Acer Extensa 500T notebook PC, expecting to complete the initiative within the next five years. The vendor has a strategic arrangement with four particular organisations - CHA, Gsat, Learning Technology Australia and Xircom

  • Recall seeks channel partners for data backup service

    Recognising a void in the wide area network (WAN) data backup market, Australian-owned Recall Total Information Management recently propelled its new electronic data backup service onto the network management scene. Recall Online is aimed at large organisations in need of an industrially robust system and is said to deliver a totally automatic WAN data backup solution with centralised management ability.

  • Developer defies critics with smartcard innovation

    Some critics might claim that Australia's Java developers are lagging behind their European, Asian and US counterparts, when it comes to building Java-based applications. That hasn't stopped Sydney-based software developer Indigo from developing what it claims is the world's first JavaCard authentication system that enables secure online transactions via a Web browser.

  • Government intervention is needed for IT development

    Australia's position as one of the world's biggest contributors in the global information technology and telecommunications (IT & T) industry is under threat, according to a new World Information Technology and Services Alliance study. Researched by International Data Corp (IDC), the study revealed that Australia invested $US33 billion in IT &T last year, ranking it ninth amongst the world's largest spenders. However, industry experts warn that Australia might not be able to sustain its position as one of the top market players.

  • 3M expands into fibre-optic networking

    In an attempt to deliver a more affordable end-to-end fibre-optic cabling solution for LANs, 3M last week launched its new Volition fibre-optic cable system. 3M officials claim Volition will provide organisations interested in delivering Internet and multimedia capabilities to desktop users with a durable cable system at only half the cost of existing fibre products.

  • JBA wins deal with Astre

    One of Australia's largest IBM resellers, JBA International, has won a multimillion dollar deal to help Astre Automotive achieve year 2000 compliance and improve its IT infrastructure. Dubbed Project Quest 2000, the four million dollar contract will include JBA's Y2K compliant System 21 enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution.