Stories by Hamish Barwick


BSA fines Alternative Plastics Australia $50,000

Business Software Alliance (BSA) Australia has reached a settlement with Melbourne manufacturing company Alternative Plastics Pty Ltd and its sister firm Alternative Plastics Australia Pty Ltd for reportedly using Autodesk unlicensed software programs.

Mobile voice, video the future of data growth: Steve Wozniak

Data generated by mobile voice recognition software such as Apple’s Siri and video have been tipped by Fusion-io chief scientist, Steve Wozniak, as the future growth opportunity for companies in the storage space.

Kogan to launch mobile optimised website by December

Kogan is set to join the ranks of Australian retailers who have rolled out mobile optimised websites to capitalise on consumer’s love for shopping with their smartphone.

Orange Christian School chalks up networking improvements

Networking issues such as switching errors are largely consigned to the past for Orange Christian School, following the introduction of networking performance monitoring in July this year.

Avoiding the data centre property trap

So you’ve found a great data centre run by a provider who seems to tick all the boxes. But before signing on the dotted line and taking space, there are several property and legal traps which need to be examined first.

APCA offers fraud prevention education program to SMB merchants

Payments industry regulator, the Australian Payments Clearing Association (APCA), has launched an online security awareness program designed to help small to medium merchants prevent credit card fraud.

In pictures: Symantec unveils Sydney security operations centre

Symantec opened the doors of its newly expanded security operations centre to media and analysts in North Sydney this week. The A$1 million office expansion was needed to support the growth of its managed security services (MSS) group who monitor and respond to online threats.

NAB rolls out Oracle banking platform

National Australia Bank (NAB) has implemented a new banking software platform designed to improve customer service delivery.

Data breach liability should lie with companies: Survey

The call for mandatory data breach notifications and potential legal proceedings against enterprises who fail to protect customer data has become a little louder in Australia, according to the findings of a new survey.

Public cloud services spending climbs to $2.4b: Gartner

Australia has emerged as a public cloud investment leader with spending predicted to hit $2.4 billion by the end of 2012, according to new Gartner research.

Microsoft outlines Office 365 enhancements

Online sharing functions in Microsoft’s Office 365 software suite have been upgraded to work with non-Internet Explorer (IE) browsers including Safari, Chrome and Firefox.

Nimble Storage eyes A/NZ market

Ongoing demand for storage offerings in Australia and New Zealand has attracted the attention of Silicon Valley-head quartered vendor, Nimble Storage.

Data sovereignty still misunderstood in Australia: Microsoft

Legislation such as the Australian Privacy Act and US Patriot Act doesn’t have to be a deterrent to hosting data in a public or private cloud if IT executives do their homework first, according to a technical expert.

Deploying Windows Server 2012

Rolling out a new server OS such as Windows Server 2012 doesn’t have to be a struggle for the IT department. Two of Microsoft's Australian customers talk about their deployment and future technology projects.

Windows 8 apps feature at App Fest 2012

Volunteering for natural disasters, finding cheaper petrol and helping children with diabetes might become easier in the future for Windows 8 device users if the inaugural App Fest 2012 winners have their apps published.