Stories by David Hellaby

  • The data explosion

    Recent national and international events such as Canberra’s disastrous bush fires in January and the great East Coast blackout in the US in August have brought home the importance of secure data storage. They have also highlighted something that is too often overlooked – it doesn’t matter how securely you lock your data away, if you cannot access it quickly and manage it efficiently it is next to useless.

  • A clear picture

    The digital still camera market has grown by more than 200 per cent in the past year and the boom shows no signs of busting, but are resellers taking full advantage? David Hellaby reports.

  • Need for speed

    After a slow and often troublesome beginning, broadband is finally taking hold in Australia and opening up new opportunities for the channel for resale of DSL services and equipment. David Hellaby reports.

  • Are you having fun yet?

    PC entertainment has entered a new era. Not only is it facing strong competition from multi-purpose video games consoles, but customers are constantly demanding newer and better technology. Nevertheless, David Hellaby reports that the market has defied the critics and is as healthy as ever.

  • In the . . . balance

    While 2002 ended with more of a whimper than a bang, the year as a whole provided encouraging signs that the IT hardware sector is on the move once again. Latest figures from analyst, Inform, show that overall there was 15 per cent growth across all major sectors in 2002.

  • All fired up for UPS

    From the ashes of the disastrous fires around Australia this summer has risen a new awareness of the need for power management and uninterruptible power supplies. David Hellaby reports on the new opportunities in the UPS market.

  • Monitoring the 2003 market

    The PC monitor market ended 2002 on a less than auspicious note but there are strong signs of a pick-up in 2003, particularly in the TFT sector, writes David Hellaby.

  • Wireless wonders and woes

    Enterprises are becoming enamoured with the convenience of wireless data, but are they allowing their love of the new technologies to blind them to the dangers? David Hellaby looks at the pros and cons of wireless in the workplace.

  • Operation interoperability

    The demand for enterprise storage continues to grow exponentially despite continuing debate over the many different standards and resultant interoperability problems. But the industry is making good progress toward solving the problems, reports David Hellaby.

  • Entertaining dreams

    Christmas is coming; the geese are getting fat, what'll put a penny in the reseller's hat? David Hellaby looks at the prospects for the electronic entertainment market in the coming season.

  • Feeding the beast

    The multifunction device (MFD) is now the fastest-growing home office product in the Australian retail market, outstripping the growth of separate peripherals, and eating up 67 per cent more consumables than single-function printers. David Hellaby reports on a shining light for resellers in the stagnant consumer printer market.

  • TECHNOLOGY: EAI in the spotlight: Size doesn't necessarily matter

    Once upon a time, the IT industry had systems integrators - techies who knew how to make software from different developers work together on the same system. They were often considered the lifeblood of a business's network. Over time, the term "systems integration" all but disappeared, having morphed, as part of the industry's constant need for new acronyms, into EAI or enterprise application integration.

  • Gen. Eric versus Col. HP

    Kermit's Law" and growing competition from compatibles and remanufactured ink and toner cartridges are beginning to eat into printer manufacturers' lucrative consumables market.

  • TECHNOLOGY: CRM: It's a private affair

    According to Forrester Research, this year's purchase plans for CRM in the United States have taken a nosedive when compared with those in 2001. Constrained by tighter IT budgets, executives are avoiding the big-ticket, drawn-out installations associated with enterprise applications. What's more, those who have already installed them are looking for more payback.