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The view of IT as ‘just another expense’ that seems to be widely held among chief financial officers is changing, according to Gartner. The research firm found that CFOs are now starting to understand that IT can help the wider business and are investing in technology.
As more enterprises invest in big data, 960,000 new IT jobs will be created in the Asia-Pacific region in the next three years, but only one-third of these big data roles will be filled due to a skills shortage, according to a Gartner analyst.
Melbourne IT has confirmed that it is investigating the data breach which affected its customer, AAPT, earlier this week and reports that the incident was isolated with only a small number of servers affected.
Mahindra Satyam Asia Pacific senior vice president Rohit Gandhi says despite the improving economy, CIOs are still concerned with saving money and increasing efficiency.
“Businesses are interested in how they increase revenue. From an IT enablement perspective, the focus areas we are looking at are business intelligence, data warehousing and customer analytics.”
Newly-appointed Compuware country manager Janne Halonen is preparing to launch an aggressive three-year growth plan for the vendor locally.
Halonen aims to replicate the growth that was implemented during his three and a half year tenure as Compuware’s Finland country manager, which ended in March. During that time, staff numbers for the Finnish business increased from 15 to 27.
Dell will recruit three local staff to boost its business in the enterprise architecture market.
Country manager Mike Hill says the vendor is interviewing for two storage specialists and a solutions architect. The solutions architect will be based in Auckland, while the storage specialists could be based in Auckland or Wellington depending on where they live.
Virtualisation vendor VMware has outgrown its serviced office in Wellington and has found new premises to accommodate staff hires made this year.
The company has added three people in Wellington and one in Auckland, and has a further vacancy for a technical account manager in Wellington. The Auckland office is serviced.
Williams F1 racing team IT manager Chris Taylor never dreamed he would be working for a racing team. "I've always had an interest in Formula One. Though my background is engineering, particularly computer aided design and manufacturing [CADCAM]. I previously worked for a software company that supplied software and services to Williams F1, which is how I got to know the company," says Taylor, who headed the ICT support for the Williams F1 team when it competed in this year's Melbourne Formula 1 event in Australia. Taylor joined the company in 1998 as a CADCAM support engineer. Williams F1 doesn't employ a CIO, so as IT manager, Taylor reports to CEO Alex Burns. He occasionally gets to meet suppliers and sponsors, but it's quite rare that he attends a race event. Taylor is kept busy at the company headquarters in Oxfordshire, England."Our users are very engineering biased as you can imagine, which means we implement and support a wide variety of applications and computer resources. In addition, we have a variety of applications and databases to support the business as well as a race team with global network challenges." He says business continuity is important for the company at different times. "For example, during a race weekend, the event-related services, such as the AT&T global network, is critical to support the IT services for our engineers," he says. In the past eight months Williams F1 has implemented a virtual server infrastructure into its HQ datacentre and race team servers in Oxfordshire, England. "This has not only helped reduce the amount of hardware supported, but now provides a wider business continuity platform for about 90 percent of our applications and databases. This has been a great success in many ways and we expect to continue growing this technology especially provisioning services to the desktop." Williams F1 director Patrick Heard says IT is taken for granted because the racing team is used to receiving real-time data throughout the race. "When the system breaks down, it tends to create problems and put pressure on the team and factory. Chris [Taylor] has to keep that up and running. We get help at each track from AT&T to make sure everything is running smoothly." The rapid communication transmission of data allows the Williams F1 team to be supported. "In terms of data transfer from the car, that will be available in real time within the factory. Engineers will be studying that data and send a text back saying there is a problem with the car." Heard says that 20 years ago a race team would need more engineers travelling to the different Formula One tracks. Yet, "while they were at the track they weren't working on the new systems back in the factory." When AT&T became involved with the Williams team some years ago the company installed a global network. "This gives the team the opportunity to travel around the world, plug into our paring points and shoot data across the network, so their factory people can [possibly] make a decision to help the team win a race," says AT&T Australia sales director Martin Creighan. The network has enabled the centralisation of Williams' operations. "This is going to save the company money from a travel point of view and free up cash they can put back into the car," he says. The Williams team needs to be able to service the computing datacentres and all the information that it processes. The Williams team operates a 13 teraflop super computer that processes telemetry data. This happens in real time and the data is sent back to the factory. Creighan says business continuity is very important as the Williams F1 team has to talk to its facility in England. "We're providing a number of services to the Williams team, including hosting and connectivity through the AT&T virtual private network. Those networks have direct connections into the 38 internet datacentres AT&T has globally." <strong><em>Hamish Barwick travelled to Melbourne Formula 1 as a guest of AT & T.</em></strong>
IDC is urging local companies to reduce carbon emissions by replacing or virtualising old IT infrastructure.
Speaking at IDC's Intelligent Green conference in Auckland earlier this month, US-based ICT and sustainability senior vice president of research Vernon Turner said New Zealand could improve on its score of 21 points in the IDC Sustainability Index. The ranking is an indicator of how well a country has the capability to integrate ICT into its economy to manage and reduce carbon emissions.
(From left) Integral managing director Ray Noonan, Axon chairman John Quirk, Axon CEO Scott Green and Integral executive chairman David Sutherland.
Datacentre services provider Maxnet will be launching a trusted local cloud offering in Q3 this year.
It will be white labelling the cloud services through its channel of 120 resellers acquired through the acquisition of DataLock as well as targeting end users.
Components vendor Belkin has appointed industry veteran Steve Ford as its new country sales manager. He replaces Matthew Simpson who left the company on March 31 to spend more time with his family.
Ford was most recently sales and marketing manager at Edtech, but is well known for his previous roles as general manager of Renaissance’s Apple division, which he held until 2007, and his three years as country manager for Toshiba.
Upgrading to Office 2010 from Office 2007 is a cost- effective step for CIOs to make, according to Microsoft senior product manager Geoff Anderson.
“From the CIOs point of view we designed the [mobile phone] web apps to be very enterprise friendly. For example, we have engineered for very rich fidelity. So when someone opens an XL spreadsheet in the XL web app, it looks very similar to what it will look like on the PC.”
Speaking at a recent Brightstar Cloud Computing Summit in Auckland, Svetcov said companies should do a risk assessment before they consider changing their datacentre infrastructure.