Stories by Brett Winterford

Autodesk entices customers to upgrade, subscribe

Design software vendor, Autodesk, is offering large discounts on its software in order entice customers to either upgrade to the latest versions and or take up an annual subscription program.

PwC: expect market consolidation

Financial analysts at PricewaterhouseCoopers are predicting a flurry of acquisitions and mergers in the Australian technology market as market forces drag down the value of technology assets.

Anrich develops SMS tool

Perth-based developer, Anrich Systems, has come up with a solution for systems integrators and IT managers that allows them to remotely monitor and manage servers via Short Message Service.

Oakton snaps up Aston IT

ASX-listed IT services company Oakton has continued its run of acquisitions, snapping up Microsoft Solutions business partner, Aston IT, for $4 million.

Quantum reshuffles ranks

Data storage and back-up vendor, Quantum, has imported a new managing director for the Asia Pacific region and committed more resources to its new enhanced data protection (disk to disk back-up) business.

Microsoft takes aussie IP worldwide

Australian-owned and operated Expert Information Services has developed an extension to Microsoft’s .Net application development framework that has so impressed Microsoft techies, the vendor now wants to take the software to the world on Expert’s behalf.

Microsoft offers free kit to developers

Microsoft is attempting to woo Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) to build or migrate software applications to its new server platform by offering subsidised and/or free development packages to developers.

ASIC reaches agreement with One.Tel director

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has reached an agreement with Bradley Keeling, a former director of collapsed telecommunications company, One.Tel.

Acer to spin off services group

Acer Computer's Australian operation is planning to spin off its services business into a separate entity, called Hi Point, by the fourth quarter of this year.

TechOne, MYOB post profits

ASX-listed software developers Technology One and MYOB have posted net profits and are predicting market growth in forthcoming quarters.

LAN Systems gets secure

IT security vendor Secure Computing has announced a new distribution arrangement with LAN Systems which sees the networking distributor fill the authentication technology void created by its split with RSA Security.

Prophecy scores plum IBM deal

South Australian software developer Prophecy International Pty. Ltd. will be the first ISV (independent software vendor) to have its tools distributed globally to IBM Corp.'s channel partners under Big Blue's IPASS program.