Stories by David Watson

IT security becomes patchwork process

Television New Zealand is considering setting up pre-testing facilities for patches in the wake of being hit with the Blaster worm earlier this month.

Novell buy of Ximian OK: distributor

Novell's purchase of open source email and calendaring system Ximian initially took Igor Portugal, technical head at New Zealand Linux provider Asterisk, by surprise.

Otago to do full e-script rollout

An electronic prescription system successfully implemented in one Dunedin Hospital ward is to be rolled out to the whole organisation.

Bookseller leads SAP way

Whitcoulls is leading the way in a transtasman SAP project brought about through the purchase of Whitcoulls and Australian bookseller Angus & Robertson by British book retail giant WH Smith.

NetWare 6.5 excites users

New Zealand beta-testers have found much to like about the latest version of Novell’s showpiece product, NetWare.

Fairfax IS merger yet to pan out

Fairfax New Zealand information boss Pam Nobbs says it’s too early to tell how the integration of Fairfax’s New Zealand and Australian IT operations might pan out.

Symantec ups maintenance fees in Asia-Pac

Symantec is hiking maintenance fees for its enterprise antivirus products in a move which Pacific managing director John Donovan says brings the region into line with the US and Europe.

CPR for paper records creates Creame

Auckland District Health Board’s Creame (clinical record access made easy) project involves milking data from paper-based patient records and presenting it in electronic form.

Telecom furthers all-IP deal with Alcatel

Telecom New Zealand and Alcatel SA have taken their year old "strategic partnership" to develop Telecom's all-IP network a step further by signing a five year, NZ$120 million (US$70.3 million) deal to transfer more responsibility to Alcatel for maintaining and developing both the evolving all-IP network and the existing copper PSTN one.

NZ bank to offer mobile user authentication

A deal between New Zealand's ASB Bank and security software company RSA isn't a reaction to the spate of email scams that have hit several banks in Australia, says ASB technology and operations manager Clayton Wakefield.

NZ transport firm moves toward Linux

New Zealand transport operator, Stagecoach-Fullers has decided not to go with Microsoft's Software Assurance because of cost, says IT manager Stan Low.

SAP's government focus

New Zealand and Australia lead the world in government sector SAP implementations, SAP NZ country manager Ian Black says. In New Zealand 31% of SAP's business is with the government and in Australia the figure's about 40%.

Hack to the future

Oracle not only has a chief security officer, it also has a chief hacking officer.