Stories by Jeanne-Vida Douglas

IT outsourcing inquiry announced

The fate of the outsourcing tenders covering IT services for Centrelink, the Department of Family and Community Services, Employment and Education Departments, as well as the Treasury and the National Library is unclear, with the Federal Government announcing an independent review of its IT outsourcing policies.

New Tel says "ni hao"

ASX and NASDAQ listed telecommunications group New Tel has staked a claim on the net savvy Chinese speaking diaspora through an alliance announced today with web developer Nihao.net.

Australia's New Tel Says Ni Hao

Australian Stock Exchange and NASDAQ listed telecommunications group New Tel has staked a claim on the net savvy Chinese speaking diaspora through an alliance announced today with web developer Nihao.net.

A regional perspective

ARN: How did the Asian economic crisis affect Quantum in this region?
Yu: We suffered a severe cut in our sales. After years of consistent healthy growth, the market suddenly went flat - backwards in some countries. Countries like China and Australia were not greatly affected in terms of sales, but places like Indonesia and Thailand just stopped.

UK's Logica acquires MITS

After over 12 months in the pipeline, Logica has finally announced its acquisition of Melbourne-based systems integrator MITS. Although the sale has yet to be approved by parent company share holders, the acquisition is clearly endorsed by the MITS board of directors.

Commsoft embraces Ingram Micro

Communications software developer Commsoft has entrusted Ingram Micro to distribute its products to the Australian channel.

Analyst predicts VPN services boom

In a boost for local virtual private network (VPN) integrators, research group Forrester has released a study into VPNs, predicting implementation and interoperability issues will "send enterprises scurrying for a managed service offering".

Logica donns MITS

After over 12 months in the pipeline, Logica has finally announced its acquisition of Melbourne-based systems integrator MITS.

Quantum expands direct sales force

Storage vendor Quantum has announced plans to expand its end-user sales force, thus taking a greater share of the enterprise storage market through increased direct sales.

Hotting up VPNs

There are three magic words that make virtual private networks (VPNs) a welcome offering for channel companies: cost, speed and security. Located on an existing router, firewall, or in a standalone box, VPNs use encryption to send information over the public Internet as though it were a private connection. In their youth, VPN tools were aimed at the high-end enterprise market and failed to spark much of an interest in the SME sector until smaller scaleable offerings began to appear.

Quantum and Maxtor finalise details

Hard disk vendors Quantum and Maxtor announced the details of their merger to media representatives from throughout the Asia-Pacific region at a press symposium in Singapore last week.