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Not your average executive

Sir Ralph Norris may be, more or less, retired, but he's still creating a stir, chiding the Australian government two weeks ago about what could be its "somewhat mindless" quest for a surplus.
Such a charge might surprise, coming as it does from a former chairman of the Business Roundtable, but Norris explains that while governments should aim for surplusses, they should not pursue them because of an election promise made in different times and circumstances.

Written by Rob O'Neill08 May 12 22:00

Servers, Solaris and SPARC key to Oracle's growth

Oracle's tilt at Sun Microsystems was opportunistic, Larry Ellison admitted to financial analysts yesterday, but Sun is now a critical component new five year growth targets that aim to more than double the company's sales to well over $50 billion.

Written by Rob O'Neill17 Oct. 09 02:39

Kiwi disclosure law could boost security, says Symantec

A new survey of small and medium sized businesses shows 58 per cent of Australian and New Zealand companies suffered a data loss or breach that affected business performance.
The survey, by security company Symantec, found 69 per cent of these organisations reported losses due to systems breakdown or hardware failure, 49 per cent through onsite and natural disasters, 47 per cent through human error, 45 per cent through a lost or stolen laptop or other protable device and 39 per cent through deliberate sabotage by an employee.

Written by Rob O'Neill11 May 09 22:00

Talkin' 'bout tech

There was a time when chief information officers cared about technology. That was about four years ago, but ever since, they've been obsessed with cost cutting and keeping their jobs for longer than a few months. Four years ago, according to some surveys we conducted, "keeping up with technology" was the chief information officer's major challenge. There was a lot happening back then and technology was going to change the world. Now, of course, IT doesn't matter.
I was chatting to a nice chap from CSC about disruption. Disruption is the idea that certain events or developments can cause profound change. New technology that has the potential to create change is referred to as 'disruptive technology'. The idea is businesses should try and anticipate disruption and even plan for it. Plan for it, that is, if the chief information officer can spare a bit of time from cutting costs and watching their back.

Written by Rob O'Neill30 Oct. 04 21:00