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Top IT news stories of the week

Who made the headlines

  • Sun confirms local headcount: Embattled vendor, Sun Microsystems, has confirmed it has started reducing its headcount in Australia. A Sun spokesperson told ARN there were staff cuts underway, but did not go into specifics.
  • Analysts say NBN questions need answering: ICT analysts have welcomed the Federal Government’s flip flop on the NBN but are concerned its plan lacks detail. The Government is set to build the $43 billion dollar broadband network itself on a strictly wholesale-only basis.
  • WebCentral spotlights SaaS partnership program: ASX-listed Melbourne IT Group’s (ASX: MLB) key brand, WebCentral, has unveiled its MiCloud software-as-a-service (SaaS) partner program to cater to market growth. The program allows independent software vendors (ISVs) to produce SaaS solutions and promote them through WebCentral’s market place.
  • Xero targets Australian small business accounts: New Zealand accounting software provider, Xero (NZL: XRO), is targeting the Australian market to grow its business. The publicly-listed company’s growth has been underpinned by a $NZ23.2 million capital raising with MYOB founder and former CEO, Craig Winkler, purchasing $NZ18 million worth of new shares.
  • Serra made redundant: Samsung monitors manager, Joe Serra, has been made redundant just over 12 months after returning to the vendor. Sources close to the company said Serra was one of up to seven staff being cut across Samsung’s IT division.
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