Stories by Kelly Mills

Rough road ahead locally for Novell a matter of time: Gartner

Competitors are yet to make an impact on Novell's traditional product revenues in Australia and New Zealand, according to an industry analyst.
Geoff Johnson, research director for Gartner, said: "Effects of reduced revenues are not affecting the Australia and New Zealand arm today as much as they are in the US. In the US, the effect of Windows NT has had a much bigger impact and this has not yet occurred in this region."

GPRS wins over corporates: analyst

General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) will win over corporate mobile phone users; however voice will remain the "killer app", according to telecommunications analyst Paul Budde.
"GPRS will be a success as it is very much aimed at palmtop devices. It will not be a mass-medium technology. There are 30,000 mobile data users in Australia at the moment and by 2005 this will rise to 200,000 business customers on the network."
The launch of the Cable & Wireless Optus first Australian commercial GPRS network is a good move for the telco, Budde said. C&W Optus has alliances with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), IBM and Nokia.

Telstra directory sell-off wouldn't make sense: Atug

At least one commentator is surprised by reports that Telstra might partially sell off a part of its White and Yellow pages directory business. However another sees it as a good move.
Allan Horsley, managing director of Australian Telecommunication Users Group (Atug) said: "I don't understand why Telstra would sell its White and Yellow Pages directories, when they could be a strategic resource for its developing e-commerce business, the direction it wants to be heading in."

Dot Com Dollars Diminish: KPMG

The number of dot com companies floating onto the Australian Stock Exchange will almost halve in the current financial year, according to a survey by KPMG.

Nortel Signs With CWO For ASP Shot

Nortel Networks and Cable and Wireless Optus have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enable a Sydney-based Internet Data Centre to speed Optus' expansion into the application service provider (ASP) market.

HP Offers Off-the-Shelf ASP

Hewlett-Packard has launched its e-Utilica initiative, an off-the-shelf application service provider (ASP) solution that enables service providers to deliver on-demand computing.

Digital Certificate System Meets OGO Standard

E-security company Baltimore Technologies' digital certificate management system has become the first in Australia to meet the Australian Office for Government Online's (OGO) Gatekeeper standard.

Novell Needs To Be Acquired: Gartner

Novell's Asia Pacific region may be going well, but the software company needs to be acquired to compete with the "big boys", according to an industry analyst.

Second E-Procurement Exchange Surfaces

A second major business to business (B2B) e-procurement exchange for the Australian marketplace including an auction system will launch before Christmas.

Feds Grapple With Online Aversion

The biggest obstacle to Federal government agencies trading electronically is the ability of suppliers to do so, a recent survey has found.