Stories by Rohan Pearce

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Customers up, losses down for Vodafone

Vodafone Hutchison Australia has reported a loss of $241.8 million for the 12-months ending 31 December — a 40 per cent improvement on last year’s results for the joint venture between Vodafone and Hutchison Telecommunications Australia, when it reported a loss of $430 million.

IAG prepares for policy systems consolidation

Work on consolidating IAG’s policy platforms will begin in the second half of FY17, the insurer’s CEO, Peter Harmer, told a briefing on the company’s results for the six months ending 31 December.

Woolworths looks for pay-off from new IT systems

In the back half of FY17 and in the new financial year Woolworths will be seeking a productivity dividend from on the back of the rollout and stabilisation of key new IT systems, CEO Brad Banducci said today during a briefing on the supermarket group’s half-year results.

Salmat continues cloud journey with Chromebook rollout

ASX-listed marketing services provider Salmat is moving closer to an all-cloud environment, rolling out Chromebooks to a range of its staff — part of a move led by chief technology officer Dave Glover to largely ditch on-premise software in favour of cloud-based solutions.

IBM joins government’s secure cloud list

Infrastructure as a service and platform as a service offerings from IBM have been added to the government’s Certified Cloud Services List (CCSL), which is maintained by the Australian Signals Directorate.

ATO warning over software R&D claims

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has issued a warning over businesses claiming the R&D tax incentive for ineligible software development work.

Dominello promises new open data push for NSW

New South Wales minister for finance, services and property, Victor Dominello, has foreshadowed a new open data push for the state that he is hoping to take the wraps off later this year.

Privacy Commissioner won’t appeal verdict in Telstra metadata case

​Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim will not appeal a Federal Court decision that confirmed a ruling by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) limiting the ‘metadata’ Telstra is compelled to hand over to an individual if that individual requests access to it.

ASX prepares for decision on blockchain-inspired tech

The Australian Securities Exchange is on track for a decision in late 2017 on whether distributed ledger technology, inspired in part by Bitcoin’s blockchain, represents a suitable replacement for the ASX’s CHESS system.

Government IT projects to face scrutiny

The federal government has commissioned a review of all its major technology projects. The review will cover all active projects over $10 million and those that “engage a large number of Australians” being conducted by non-corporate Commonwealth entities.

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