Stories by Hamish Barwick


AusPost Click and Send security glitch could affect consumer trust: IDC

While Australia Post has moved to reassure customers that their financial details were not compromised due to a security glitch with its online service Click and Send, a security expert said the incident could affect consumer confidence in the merchant.

IT transformation challenges still ahead for NAB: Slater

While National Australia Bank (NAB) is a third of the way through its IT transformation, cost and complexity challenges still lie ahead for the bank, according to one of its executives.

Deploying big data networks

So you’ve got approval for a big data project and addressed the top four challenges. Now the final hurdle is deploying the big data network.

In pictures: Zendesk’s Melbourne development centre

The Victorian Minister for Technology, Gordon Rich-Phillips, was on hand to open Zendesk’s new Melbourne development centre. The cloud vendor has hired five software developers to work at the facility and expects to increase headcount to 20 by September next year.

Addressing the top four big data challenges

Getting the board’s approval for a big data project is a good start for CIOs but there are four challenges which must be addressed first, according to a data expert.

Equinix provides Southern Cross Cable Network hook-up from SY1

Data centre provider, Equinix, has announced that its Sydney 1 (SY1) facility is the first data centre in Australia to house a direct link to the Southern Cross Cable Network (SCCN), which provides international bandwidth from Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii to the US.

Woolworths to collect $20m from Dick Smith sale

Australian retail giant, Woolworths (ASX: WOW), has found a buyer for its consumer electronics division, Dick Smith Electronics.

In pictures: VMware opens new Australian headquarters

New South Wales minister for finance and services Gregory Pearce was on hand to open VMware’s new Australian headquarters. The purpose built offices bring together 200 Sydney-based staff in one location for the first time since the vendor set up shop in Australia seven years ago.

Invest in big data now for competitive advantage: IDC

Companies should not hold back on big data research because chances are their competitors are already analysing data to gain better insights into customers' spending habits, according to an analyst.

Westpac to introduce SAP integrated real-time payment system

Westpac is to roll out a payment instructions system that integrates with SAP software for its corporate customers in the first quarter of 2013.

Windows 8 could be Microsoft’s biggest gamble: Analysts

The launch of Windows 8 and Office 2013 this year is a risk that Microsoft must take to stay relevant in a world where mobile devices are the norm, according to Gartner analysts.

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.