Stories by Kelly Mills

Stevedore upgrades fleet despatch system

Stevedoring giant Patrick Corporation saw through the hype surrounding short message service (SMS) and GPRS (general packet radio services) when choosing its new multimillion dollar communications infrastructure, preferring to stay with the tried and tested.

Hutchison seeks $600 million for 3G

Hutchison Telecommunications needs to raise at least $600 million to develop its 3G network and services.
The telco has announced its intention to proceed with a pro rata renounceable Rights Issue of Convertible Notes to raise the money.

Consensus Awards name winners

Nine Australian software designers and developers have received Consensus Software Awards.
The awards, in their third year, were presented by Senator Kate Lundy, shadow minister for information technology in Sydney last night.

ACT links up mental health providers

Coinciding with the rejuvenated push forward of the ACT's Health Information Networking project -- an initiative to provide an electronic backbone to coordinate the capital's health care system -- a project linking mental health service providers is set to go live in June.

ACA calls for comment on draft ISP guidelines

A draft guideline, from the Australian Communications Authority (ACA), has been designed to standardise the information made available to consumers by Internet service providers (ISPs).

Optus signs $350m deal to cut costs

Continuing its series of cost cutting measures, Optus has announced a $350 million contract with Nortel Networks which is expected to cut the telco's network capital expenditure costs by 50 per cent over the next five years.

Business supremos stymie IT ROI

Lack of responsibility and accountability at senior management level means the business benefits of IT investments go unrealised.

IT's role shifts to persuader as belts tighten

With budget wishlists shelved for this year and IT belt tightening expected to continue throughout the first half, it is now more important than ever for IT to ensure upper management understands and recognises the important role IT plays within business.