Stories by Randal Jackson

Swinburne Uni opts for Kiwi SMS

Victoria’s Swinburne University of Technology will implement the Jade Student Management System across its six campuses after a multi-million dollar deal with the New Zealand vendor.

Victoria’s Red Energy opts for NZ software

A long-standing relationship with Contact Energy has blossomed in Australia for Auckland software house, Talgentra, whose Gentrack CIS billing and information system has been used as a base solution for Victoria’s new retail energy supplier, Red Energy.

New Zealand lacks Web vision, IDC says

More than a quarter of New Zealand CIOs say corporate vision - or the lack of it - is an obstacle to Internet exploitation. It's rated the third-highest problem after security and lack of in-house skills, both here and in Australia.

PTA Proving a Winner for Informix, Exec Says

An integrated model of publishing, transaction and analysis (PTA), which links most of the company's products, is paying dividends for Informix Corp., according to the company's senior business development manager Peter Strandberg.

IBM NZ Aims to Recoup Massive Losses

IBM Corp.'s New Zealand subsidiary plans to return to profit this fiscal year after losing more than NZ$100 million (US$49.8 million) in the past four years.

Defective Chip Hits HP PCs

Up to one-third of two models of Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) PCs sold here between May last year and February may fail because of a defective batch of chipsets.

Keystone Moves into U.S. Market

New Zealand-founded and U.K.-listed legal practice software company Keystone Software PLC is moving into the U.S. market.

Contract Management Needs Rethinking

Measuring contractors' performance by how close they get to a fixed specification is a flawed way of handling software contracts, says Walker Royce, Rational Software Corp.'s general manager worldwide services organization.

NZ Government in Privacy Threat

A massive data warehouse intended to centralize police and justice information may also include information from the health, education and welfare sectors, raising major issues of data sharing and privacy.

Telecom NZ Plans Major Restructure

Telecom New Zealand Ltd. plans to restructure its business into major industry groups, doing away with the existing consumer, business and corporate groupings.

Sybase VP Set to Take on Challenge

When Sybase Inc.'s new vice-president of corporate marketing, Pamela George, came on board she received commitments to double the vendor's advertising spend. In fact, this year, Sybase will spend more on advertising than it spent on all its corporate marketing last year.

Israel Displays Luck of the Irish

Much has been written and spoken about the economic benefits to Ireland through its approach to attracting information technology vendors to the country.

Sybase to Invest in Telecoms Services Market

Sybase Inc. will make a strategic investment in the telecommunications services sector in the second half of the year -- coinciding with a beta release of its Telecom Server.