Stories by Sim Ahmed

Telecom posts earnings of $1.157 billion

Telecom reported a net profit of $1.157 billion dollars in an announcement to the New Zealand Stock Exchange this morning.
Total revenues were $4.5 billion, 9 percent less than the figure posted last year, but Telecom says the results include five months of trading before its demerger from Chorus, which makes year on year comparisons “complex”.

Written by Sim Ahmed23 Aug. 12 22:00

Gen-i and Westpac renew contract worth $50 million

Gen-i and Westpac have renewed their seven-year IT services contract for a further two years, a deal which Gen-i says is worth $50 million.
The current contract which was signed in 2005 sees Gen-i providing the bank with data, voice, and call centre services among others.

Written by Sim Ahmed14 Aug. 12 22:00

How 'plugged in' are you as a CIO?

“Take charge of your social media strategy or watch others take charge,” is the blunt message from George Eby Mathew, digital media specialist at Infosys, for CIOs who are behind left behind as other business units — like marketing — lead the social media strategies in their respective enterprises.
Mathew notes that CIOs are often reluctant to take on this new field because they are bogged down by the burden of managing new frameworks and infrastructure. These include the impact of consumerisation of technology as users take to a range of channels and devices, and customise and tailor their IT services. “Either fix the mess or embrace the trend,” he states in a breakfast forum at the recent CIO Summit in Auckland.

Written by Sim Ahmed12 Aug. 12 22:00

Trans-Tasman CIO

“The honeymoon period is over for me,” says Andrew Lam-Po-Tang, CIO of the newspaper and magazine conglomerate Fairfax Media, which owns the Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne Age, Dominion Post,, and CIO New Zealand.
Six months into his new role, Lam-Po-Tang is undertaking a transformation project that will see Fairfax become the largest Google Apps for Business user in the Southern Hemisphere. His announcement last month that all divisions would be using the cloud productivity suite by November comes amidst news of massive layoffs at Fairfax, which will see around 1900 jobs lost over the next two years.

Written by Sim Ahmed06 Aug. 12 22:00

Technology experience invaluable for CEO role: ICT Minister

New Zealand's ICT minister Amy Adams says CIOs are invaluable candidates for the top role because of their IT knowledge.
Speaking at an Institute of IT Professionals breakfast event in Auckland, Adams told the audience that increasingly companies are acknowledging the importance of technology competence at the executive level.

Written by Sim Ahmed25 July 12 22:00

TelstraClear sale: Vodafone CEO expects job losses

Vodafone CEO Russell Stanners told a media conference today that he expects job losses in overlapping back office roles following the acquisition of TelstraClear, but he would not comment further on numbers or from which areas of the business.
Telstra announced it will sell its New Zealand subsidiary TelstraClear for $840 million to Vodafone this morning, although the sale is subject to approval by three government agencies.

Written by Sim Ahmed11 July 12 22:00

CIO Summit: Embrace third platfom to survive, says IDC

Frank Gens, senior vice president and chief analyst at IDC, kicked off today's CIO Summit by getting to the heart of the decisions senior IT executives must make to ensure the survival of their businesses beyond 2010. The thrust of his keynote speech was that CIOs and vendors need to embrace the emerging "third platform", the combination of cloud, mobile, and social business.

Written by Sim Ahmed25 June 12 18:20

healthAlliance tops MIS100 two years in a row

Shared services provider healthAlliance has been named the MIS100’s number one IT using organisation in New Zealand for the second year running.
MIS100 is an annual report on New Zealand’s top IT users based on the number of screens they use, their turnover, and the number of employees.

Written by Sim Ahmed06 June 12 22:00

Taking the rocky road to IPv6

The IPv6 Taskforce partnered with CIO's sister magazine Computerworld to run an event for Auckland businesses in the lead up to World IPv6 launch day on June 6. Trade Me head of infrastructure Matt van Deventer and Beca CIO Robin Johansen shared their experiences of migrating to IPv6 to the audience of around 60 IT managers. Their case studies were followed by an open panel discussion with Taskforce members Dean Pemberton, Nathan Ward and Donald Clark.
IPv6 and TradeMe

Written by Sim Ahmed05 June 12 22:00

NZ internet traffic will grow five-fold by 2016: Cisco

The results of Cisco’s Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast released today, shows New Zealand’s mobile internet growth in 2016 will outpace traditional fixed-line services by between three to five times.

Written by Sim Ahmed31 May 12 22:00

Otago Polytechnic: Enterprise mobile apps on campus

Otago Polytechnic is moving towards a more mobile friendly campus by opening key systems to be accessed on mobile devices through apps.
CIO and director – learning environment Michael Collins says there is also a future in using the polytechnic’s development team as an app studio for the region.

Written by Sim Ahmed30 May 12 22:00

AUT's new core network pivotal to NZ space research

AUT University has launched a new core network, which is already being used to monitor SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft, and run day-to-day networking on its campuses.

Written by Sim Ahmed24 May 12 22:00

The new disruptors

Rapid growth in smartphone penetration is creating an ever connected workforce relying less on middlemen to conduct business transactions, says futurist and inventor Mark Pesce. This is a trend CIOs will need to watch out for as larger companies compete with leaner startups moving in on their turf.

Written by Sim Ahmed23 May 12 22:00

Tanks for all the paper, but we're okay

Accountancy firm TvA takes the paperless office concept seriously, so much so that company director Peter Tolan thought it necessary to drive over its old filing cabinets with a 52-tonne tank.
“We were committed to never using the cabinets again, so we showed it,” says Tolan.

Written by Sim Ahmed16 May 12 22:00

Compac takes top gong at NZ Hi-Tech Awards

Sorting and grading machine manufacturer Compac Sorting Equipment took home the top honours at this year’s New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards.

Written by Sim Ahmed13 May 12 22:00