Stories by Hamish Barwick


Victorian data centre investment hits $500 million: Rich-Phillips

More than half a billion dollars has been invested in data centres in Victoria since December 2010 with the state becoming an “important hub”, according to its technology minister Gordon Rich-Phillips.

Adelaide Fringe Festival patrons to get free Wi-Fi access

Art patrons keen to share content and tweets from the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2013 will be able to do so at free Wi-Fi hotspots scattered around the festival areas.

Cricket Australia sends cloud service provider into bat

Cricket Australia has signed a multi-million dollar contract with Orange Business Services in order to transform its server infrastructure and protect confidential information from external threats.

Suncorp, Metricon stadiums get NCR loaded ticket offerings

Payment systems provider NCR has begun a rollout of a loaded ticket offering around the country with Suncorp and Metricon stadiums in Queensland signing on. The system allows fans to preload their match tickets or membership cards with money to be used to buy merchandise, food or drinks.

University of Melbourne gets Green IT benefit from security

The University of Melbourne has reported an unexpected side benefit from deploying network security — saving money.

Q&A: Statistician Nate Silver talks big data, sports analysis

New York-based political statistician and author Nate Silver was a special guest speaker at IBM’s Information On Demand conference. Big data, algorithms and sports analysis were among the topics of discussion.

Deloitte Australia to retain staff using SPSS analytics software

Deloitte Australia is hoping to reduce staff turnover by identifying employees who are likely to leave the firm through the use of predictive analytics software.

In pictures: Information On Demand rocks out

After a busy day of sessions and networking, Information On Demand delegates got a chance to let their hair down at Rocktober Fest with rock bands One Republic and Barenaked Ladies. Photos supplied by IBM.

Predictive analytics pays off for Australia Post

Manual cash flow forecasts are a thing of the past for Australia Post with the implementation of two software packages which crunch data to produce accurate daily, monthly and annual forecasting reports.

In pictures: IBM Information On Demand day one

IBM's annual Information On Demand conference began on Sunday night at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. So far, attendees have heard insights from Australian customers including Australia Post and Metro Spinal Clinic as well as findings from the vendor's global big data survey. The conference continues until Thursday.

Lack of data scientists could derail big data projects: IBM

Analysis of customer data is being used for competitive advantage by companies around the world, but a high number of vacancies for data scientists, particularly in the US, could mean challenges ahead as more companies look to use big data, according to the findings of a new IBM survey.

Mandatory privacy breach paper should become law: Pilgrim

The federal Attorney-General’s discussion paper, Australian Privacy Breach Notification, should be considered by all Australian organisations and passed into law, according to Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim.

Mobility, data harvesting biggest threats to security: IDC

Threat analysis, data harvesting, mobility and the commoditisation of IT security products have been cited by analyst firm IDC as the biggest threats to Australian security in 2012.

Data retention plans slammed by IGF panel

The Federal Government’s proposed two year data retention legislation has received a drubbing from legal and privacy experts who pointed out that groups like Anonymous use encryption and IP proxy techniques to avoid detection online.

Elders chases rural clicks with online store

Australian rural services supplier, Elders, has climbed aboard the e-commerce bandwagon, launching a website called Agsure that makes it easier for farmers to order supplies such as pesticides.