Stories by Hamish Barwick


IT contractor roles taking longer to fill

Recruiters are finding it harder to fill IT contractor roles as demand heats up according to a new report by the Information Technology Contract and Recruitment Association (ITCRA).

End of support draws near for Windows Server 2003

There are still around 135,000 virtual and physical servers in Australia still running Windows Server 2003 despite the looming July 14 cut-off date after which Microsoft will no longer support the operating system, according to figures from HP.

CloudFlare offers services from NextDC's Melbourne data centre

DDoS protection and Internet performance firm CloudFlare has rolled out its content delivery network (CDN) to NEXTDC’s Melbourne data centre M1.

Society One makes case for peer-to-peer lending

A bad experience encountered when applying for a bank loan led Society One CEO Matt Symons to create his peer-to-peer lending company.

How venture capitalists can support startups better

Corporates looking to put venture capital into startups should take a long term approach to funding so the entrepreneur isn’t left high and dry according to Reinventure Group co-founder Simon Cant.

Australia recorded 100 tech deals in 2014

Australia proved to be a popular place for technology deals in 2014 with 100 recorded, according to Right Click Capital founder Benjamin Chong. The number includes companies conducting acquisitions and startups raising money.

Xero reports increased revenue of $114.9m

Xero (ASX: XRO) has posted an operating revenue of $114.9 million for the year ended 31 March 2015, an increase from $62.2 million in 2014.

Apple Watch apps Australian roundup

The Apple Watch has officially begun shipping in Australia today and already there are a plethora of apps for the device. Here’s a roundup of some of the apps released or in development.

Queensland Sugar gets flash(y) with storage

Raw sugar exporter Queensland Sugar Limited (QSL) has experienced a 10-times boost in performance speed since rolling out flash memory and two storage arrays in October 2014.

Westpac, St.George apps come to Apple Watch

Westpac and its subsidiary St.George have apps ready for the Apple Watch when the device launches today.

Lonely Planet’s journey to the cloud

Lonely Planet began moving Web services to the cloud three years ago because it wanted to focus on building digital products.

Aussie banks targeted by botnets: Report

Customers of 200 financial institutions in Australia were targeted by botnets between January 2014 and March 2015 according to a new report by Dell SecureWorks.

NBN Co looks to meet broadband challenges

Australia’s ranking of 40th in the world for broadband speeds “doesn’t seem right” given the country’s prosperity and needs to change, says NBN Co’s executive general manager of government relations, Jim Carden.

Nuage Networks launches SDN services in Australia

Alcatel-Lucent’s software-defined networking startup Nuage Networks has launched its SDN product range in Australia.

Victorian government to establish $60m startup strategy

Victoria's minister for small business, innovation and trade Adem Somyurek, has announced that the state government is developing a $60 million plan to help startups.