Stories by Hamish Barwick

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Website monitoring tool helps fire service save lives

As 627 bushfires raged across NSW for two terrifying weeks in October last year, the NSW Rural Fire Service's website was accessed by 5.7 million people seeking real time information.

Kiwi startup 9 Spokes wins IBM SmartCamp A/NZ

Auckland, New Zealand startup 9 Spokes was recognised for its online platform at IBM’s SmartCamp Australia and New Zealand competition in Sydney.

Melbourne IT posts 1H revenue of $59.6M

Melbourne IT (ASX: MLB) has reported revenue of $59.6 million for its half year ended 30 June 2014. This compared to revenues of $51.3 million for the same period in 2013.

Perth engineering firm pays out $65k for Autodesk piracy

BSA | The Software Alliance has settled a case out of court with a Perth engineering firm that had been using unlicensed versions of Autodesk since March 2012.

West Sydney school gets connected to improve student literacy

Delany College in Granville, western Sydney will use Telstra's 'connected classroom' that features video conferencing to improve Year 7 and 8 student’s literacy levels.

Australian MDM market to reach $51.6m by 2016: Frost & Sullivan

The Australian mobile device management (MDM) market is forecast to be worth $51.6 million by 2016 as more organisations allow personal smartphones into the workplace, according to a new report by Frost & Sullivan.

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Healthdirect Australia sees value in open source for security solution

Commonwealth and state/territory government funded public company, Healthdirect Australia, has used open source software to build an identity and access management (IAM) solution.

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Web Marketing Experts to create 115 new jobs in Melbourne

Search engine optimisation (SEO) company Web Marketing Experts (WME) has expanded its Melbourne office as it looks to hire 115 new staff by December 2014.

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Honda Australia uses automation to accelerate PC patching

Honda Australia’s information services department (ISD) has reduced the time spent on patching PCs, laptops and servers by using a software suite to send out automatic patches.

NZ’s AO Cloud to expand into two Australian data centres

New Zealand cloud platform services provider AO Cloud is looking to establish a presence in two Australian data centres by December 2014 due to customer demand.

SuperPartners uses virtualization to conduct systems testing

Melbourne-based superannuation provider SuperPartners has used service virtualization to conduct systems testing, leading to a reduction in testing times and increased IT productivity.

In pictures: SAP opens $60m Melbourne innovation centre

SAP has invested $60 million in a new innovation centre in Melbourne with the goal of creating 120 IT jobs in Victoria by October 2014. The building houses a mission control centre which is designed to help SAP’s Victorian customers with digital transformation strategies.

In pictures: Capgemini unveils SMAC lab in Melbourne

Victorian Premier Denis Napthine was on hand to open Capgemini’s new social, mobile, analytics and cloud (SMAC) lab in Melbourne. The SMAC lab will offer support services to customers who are looking to move into one of those areas.

Telstra’s Whispir comms service to get global expansion

Telstra has announced plans to offer its cloud-based communications platform, Whispir Conversation, to overseas customers by 31 August 2014.

AFP apologises for privacy breach

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has issued an apology after it emerged that metadata related to criminal investigations was accidentally released online.