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MySAP fails in NZ

SAP and Telstra's Asian version of the electronic marketplace has failed to attract any New Zealand customers or suppliers. SAP and the Australian telco announced last year they would spend $US8.4 million on building the business portal to cater to New Zealand, Australia and Asia. At the time SAP NZ managing director Geraldine McBride said she had a number of local suppliers and customers interested in taking part, but none have eventuated. SAP ANZ managing director Julie Fahey said the company has instead focused on large customers in Australia.

Wireless not dead: Gartner

Previewing its wireless predictions and research for Australasian business, Gartner said wireless and mobile commerce is not dead. Spoilt by the dotcom phenomenon and the idea that everything works at Web speed, Gartner said pundits have been too quick to disregard wireless and m-commerce technology when it is still in its infancy. Releasing research late last week (March 15) Gartner analyst Ken Dulaney said: "There will not be a single (80 per cent market share) converged wireless mobile device within the next five years. By 2006, multipiece solutions connected via Bluetooth personal wireless technology will outnumber converged solutions by two to one."

Computer crime losses

The cost of cyber attacks on US companies has risen to $US377 million annually, according to the latest Computer Security Institute survey. This is a 41 per cent jump on the previous survey, which was conducted in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigations. The most serious losses involved theft of proprietary information, followed by financial fraud.

Motorola job cuts

Motorola announced this week it will slash 7000 jobs as a result of a deterioration in the mobile handset market.The company has cut or outsourced about 16,000 jobs in the last six months. The cuts will be completed by the end of the second quarter. Motorola has about 120,000 employees.

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