Stories by Hamish Barwick


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.

Cyber espionage threats against Australia rise: ASIO

Cyber terrorism and espionage have been highlighted as growing threats to Australian organisations and government departments, according to a new annual report by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO).

Information privacy complaints rise in Victoria: Report

One hundred and nine complaints, most related to inappropriate disclosure of personal information and data security, were investigated by the Office of the Victorian Privacy Commissioner (OVPC) in the financial year 2011-12 according to a new report tabled in the state parliament today.

AISI members call for program improvements

Australian ISPs and university members of the Australian Internet Security Initiative (AISI) have called for changes to the AISI program so they can identify compromised computers more easily, identity the volume of activity associated with compromised IP addresses and identity infected websites hosted on their own networks.

NSW government ICT reform to improve business services: Pearce

Changes to customer service including an improved Services NSW website, data management, procurement and ICT industry engagement are expected as a result of the NSW Government ICT Strategy 2012, according to the state's Minister for Finance and Services.

Data centre migration planned for Fire & Rescue NSW

Fire & Rescue NSW will be migrating its two data centres in controlled stages in order to ensure 100 per cent network uptime and to keep its emergency services operating 24/7.

Fire & Rescue NSW to deploy “fire-fighter proof” tablets

Emergency fire and rescue response teams in New South Wales will have ruggedised iPad tablets for use in their fire engines next year.