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Torpedoes not included

In what is believed to be a world first, the contents and fittings of the navy frigate HMNZS Wellington are being auctioned off on Trade Me.
The ship, bought for $1 by Wellington’s F69 Trust, will be sunk in November off the South Coast as a dive attraction. But before it goes under the Trust are selling everything removable on Trade Me.

Written by CIO Staff19 July 05 22:00

Building Bridges

Canada's first National Science Adviser extols the virtues of commercialization

Written by CIO Staff13 Dec. 04 10:59

Tutorial/How-to: Eight ways to prep for a job hunt

Even if you're not planning on going into the job market, be prepared for it, says Beverly Lieberman, president of IT recruiting firm Halbrecht Lieberman Associates Inc. in Stamford, Conn. Otherwise you could find a comeback very hard. Her tips:
1. Develop a strong network of friends and colleagues who can give you employment leads and ideas. Get the names of the top five recruiters they've worked with.

Written by CIO Staff17 Nov. 03 22:00

SolNet: Quality, service and expertise

SolNet has grown into one of New Zealand’s leading services organisations, with offerings ranging from software development to architecture design and implementation and 24x7 support. While SolNet has made its name in New Zealand as the representative for Sun Microsystems, a significant focus for many years has been on software development. “We’ve always concentrated on the enterprise space,” says Mark Botherway, managing director of SolNet, “with a specialty in infrastructure. Our background with Sun has given us a wealth of experience in helping clients move to open, standards-based environments.”
“In software development we have expanded from working with Sun-based systems and are now extremely comfortable with multi-platform environments; in fact, networks built exclusively around a single platform or programming language are becoming increasingly rare. Open systems and programme portability are the catchwords for today’s environments.”

Written by CIO Staff08 Oct. 02 21:00

Painting a rosy view

TECHNOLOGY Today’s LCDs (liquid crystal displays) must be sandwiched between two rigid sheets of glass. This expensive process produces inflexible, fragile and relatively small displays. And despite cost reductions and performance improvements, cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors remain less expensive for most applications. As a result, in most offices, the LCD monitor remains an executive status symbol.
IT managers are rightly wary of LCDs, having been burned by suppliers that couldn’t deliver. Production problems often led to LCD shortages, forcing hardware vendors to miss shipments and raise prices. Most recently, Apple Computer was forced to reorganise its product strategy, releasing its CRT-based eMac to consumers to compensate for the production shortfall of its LCD-based iMac.

Written by CIO Staff06 Oct. 02 21:00

Upward and onward with outsourcing

Companies are expanding the range of IT services they outsource. Internal staff shortages and cost constraints are primary drivers of outsourcing decisions, but CIOs are finding that they can also improve quality and delivery time of IT projects with the right outsource provider.
Best Practices

Written by CIO Staff03 Oct. 02 22:00

StatShot

$US37.1 billion: Federal government's expenditures on IT and IT services this year.
$63.3 billion: Anticipated federal government expenditures on IT and IT services for the year 2007. Most of that $63.3 billion spent in 2007 (nearly 70 percent) will go to the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Treasury, NASA, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Justice as they focus on homeland security and e-government projects.

Written by CIO Staff02 Oct. 02 22:00

The integrated bookshelf

FOUR WORDS -- application, enterprise, integration and systems—are the building blocks of the titles for a wide array of books about integration, the theme of this year's CIO-100. Here are six.
Enterprise Application Integration

Written by CIO Staff02 Oct. 02 22:00

Now that's CRM

You're striding through a shopping mall concourse. You pass signs advertising soft drinks, beer. You hear a baritone voice. "John Anderton, you look like you could use a Guinness!"
That's just one way makers of the movie Minority Report use eye-scan recognition systems and CRM to cast the science fiction future of 2054 as a place where you can't hide from personalized sales pitches. It's that kind of assault that prompts Tom Cruise to seek an eye transplant to help his character, Anderton, outwit his pursuers.

Written by CIO Staff29 Sept. 02 22:00