Stories by IDG staff

News in Review

Scuttled GST could provide IT opportunities: ACS; ACS launches computer driving licence; NSW Government on target for Oct Y2K

Sponsor's Report - Compaq now offers Compaq CarePaq Services.

Compaq now offers Compaq CarePaq, packaged extended warranty services. This
"easy-to-buy, easy-to-use" option of extending and enhancing the warranty
coverage on Compaq hardware, provides customers with a single point of
contact for IT service and support, without the expense of maintaining
in-house support staff - all at an affordable price
http://compaq.com.au/carepaq/

ANZ upgrades Internet banking

ANZ suspended its Internet banking system for two days last week and again over the weekend after customer demand exceeded its processing capacity.

News in Review

CA, Platinum users face support crisis; Windows 2000 may ship minus tools; Web content sets precedent; Y2K Update: Govt reports on Y2K compliance

Brio to Pay US$270 Million to Acquire Sqribe

Brio Technology, maker of business intelligence software, said this week it is buying Sqribe Technologies, which makes enterprise reporting and information portal software, in a transaction valued at about US$270 million.
Former Brio stockholders will hold approximately 55 percent of the stock in the combined company, while Sqribe shareholders will have about 45 percent.

Perle connects AS/400 over IP

Remote access gear provider Perle Systems last week announced the Perle 594T Network Controller, which will let Ethernet and token-ring users connect to an IBM AS/400 server over an IP backbone. The 594T can tie up to 80 LAN desktops to an AS/400 server.

ComputerWorld accelerates lead over IT rivals, CIO surges

Quadrant's 1998 survey of readership of IT publications by senior IT executives show ComputerWorld has extended its leadership in the IT newspaper market.
Also, in its first survey CIO has joined the traditional leadership group of ComputerWorld, The Australian and MIS, and these four titles now dominate the market.

TRENDLINES -- Global Swarming - Is the world prepared for the millennium bug?

Is the world prepared for the millennium bug? Reports from the IDG News Service
CIO asked its sibling division, the IDG News Service (with 20 reporters in 12 bureaux), to check the pulse of IT managers in Europe, Asia and South America. The news was not encouraging. Not surprisingly, those IT professionals willing to go on the record were happy to report that they are well along in their remediation. Typically, though, they professed pessimism regarding the progress of other companies in their countries as well as of their governments.

The Honeywell Bull flies thick in North Sydney as old mainframers reunite

They meet on the first Monday after the Melbourne Cup. This year's venue is the same as last's -- North Sydney's Greenwood Plaza Hotel.
They being many of the 800 traceable Australian IT types who once worked for the 'H' of the 'Bunch' and are thereby eligible to attend the Annual General Meetings of Tallyho -- The Ancient and Loyal Legion of Yeoman Honeywell Oldpersons.

News in Review

IT staff turnover on the rise; Asian crisis threatens government agenda; ACS slams GST on STD calls; Y2K hits local IT spend; Andersen Consulting bars new Y2K work; Microsoft said to have threatened Digital; Optus rebrands, loses again; Intel warns user community against quick fixes; Australia trails in integration of Lotus Notes and Domino with ERP; Handhelds, mobile phones meet halfway.

News in Review

Users to decide Novell's fate; JNA gets the boot from Cisco's gold list; GST won't hamper e-commerce -- minister; SEARCC'98 strengthens ties with South East Asia; Consultants -- we want you!; Java kings to come down-under, AJUG to be incorporated; Salaries soar as skills crunch bites

Networking and Telecomms

Cisco set to acquire voice switch maker ; Use of fibre channel for Intel servers; 3Com strategy chases networking cash cow; Cabletron rolls out SmartSwitch