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VMware creates NZ regional manager role

VMware has shoulder tapped its Wellington based senior corporate account manager Tim Dacombe-Bird to become New Zealand regional manager.
The newly created role means VMware has a local management presence. Dacombe-Bird officially starts in the role on January 1 next year. He will remain in Wellington and report directly to ANZ managing director Paul Harapin.

Written by Hamish Barwick22 Nov. 09 22:00

The humble CIO

Learning to be humble was an early adjustment for Symantec’s CIO David Thompson after joining the security software company.
“Being a CIO in a technology company, you have to be a very humble individual because I walk the halls with some brilliant engineers. In many cases they are creating great technologies and have strong opinions of how that should be deployed inside an enterprise,” says Thompson, who was previously CIO at PeopleSoft for seven years.

Written by Hamish Barwick05 Oct. 09 22:00

No silver bullet for virtualisation security

Local companies are putting themselves at risk by not securing their virtualisation infrastructures, says Datacraft risk and security business development manager Rodger Campbell.
This was the key message to emerge from the second Datacraft Brown Bag session (so named because delegates are served refreshments in brown paper bags) on security virtualisation in Auckland.

Written by Hamish Barwick04 Oct. 09 22:00

Coming soon: A web-only call centre

In an effort to improve customer service, CIOs are expected to spend more on automation technology for call centres in the next year, according to a report from Callcentres.net.
The Australian- based company provides services and research for call centres in the Asia Pacific region.

Written by Hamish Barwick03 Oct. 09 22:00

Optimation drops Holmes, appoints MD

Optimation has dissolved the chief executive officer role held by Rhoda Holmes in order to reduce costs and make way for a new managing director, Martin Butler.
Butler held a number of roles at Telecom but had been working as an ICT consultant since last year.

Written by Hamish Barwick16 Sept. 09 22:00

Mindmapping for Olympics success

Wellington non-profit organisation BikeNZ is using mind mapping software to try and double New Zealand’s cycling medal tally at the 2012 Olympics in London.
High performance logistics manager Bryan Simmonds says the company relies on outsourcing, using the IT infrastructure provided by Pelorus Trust sports house in Lower Hutt that houses a number of other sports groups.

Written by Hamish Barwick11 Aug. 09 22:00

IBM Business Partner Awards expands

Five new categories have been introduced to the 2009 IBM Business Partner Awards held in association with New Zealand Reseller News, which opens for entries today.
The new categories are Smart Work, New Intelligence, Dynamic Infrastructure, Green and Beyond, and People’s Choice Distributor Award.

Written by Hamish Barwick06 Aug. 09 22:00

Optimation establishes IT practice leadership team

Optimation has drawn together a practice leadership team to specialise in a number of IT services.
The group, lead by national professional services manager James Roberts, will offers services including .Net and Java software development, managed resourcing, service delivery management and project management.

Written by Hamish Barwick05 Aug. 09 22:00

IBM gears up for Insight Forum 2009

IBM has announced the keynote speakers for its Insight Forums in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch later this month.
They include financial journalist Rod Oram, author Paul Callaghan and ex-mayor of Christchurch, Vicki Buck. Callaghan, author of `Wool to Weta: Transforming New Zealand’s Culture and Economy’ will speak in Wellington on Tuesday, August 18 while Oram will deliver his keynote on Thursday, August 20 in Auckland. Buck will speak in Christchurch on Tuesday, August 25.

Written by Hamish Barwick04 Aug. 09 22:00

Two Degrees stays mum on concept stores

Mobile entrant Two Degrees announced its retail partners and pricing plans today but few details of its planned dealer network.
At the launch in Dick Smith's new retail store on Auckland's Queen Street, CEO Eric Hertz said it chose to partner with retailers in order to get to people quickly rather than open stores straight away.

Written by Hamish Barwick03 Aug. 09 22:00

Reducing travel costs with ICT

In a recession CIOs need to carefully consider an investment in videoconferencing to help reduce travel costs, according to LifeSize Video Communications ANZ director Patrick Micallef.
The company is a US-based videoconferencing company formed in 2003. It The company has local partnerships with HP, The University of Canterbury, Victoria University of Wellington, Massey University, Christchurch Polytechnic, Jade Software and BNZ.

Written by Hamish Barwick27 July 09 22:00

Consolidating vendor relationships is key

Making the right business decisions in a recession is crucial for CIOs, says Datacraft Asia chief operating office Dilip Kumar.
Based in Singapore, Kumar was in New Zealand recently to open the company’s new office in Auckland central.

Written by Hamish Barwick26 July 09 22:00

Easing the Windows 7 migration fear

With the release of Windows 7 due later this year, organisations are already beginning to feel uneasy about how the upgrade will affect their IT systems, according to AppSense ANZ general manager Sean Walsh.
AppSense is a provider of user environment management products.

Written by Hamish Barwick12 July 09 22:00

Local companies beating recession: MYOB

Local businesses are holding up reasonably well despite the effects of five quarters of recession, with 60 percent reporting revenue at the same level or improved over the past 12 months, according to the MYOB Business Monitor.
The Monitor is a survey of over 1400 local businesses, representing the range of business sizes, from sole traders to larger businesses.

Written by Hamish Barwick12 July 09 22:00

Despite downturn, opportunities remain for APAC IT candidates

Despite one in five IT organisations predicting job cuts in 2009, recruitment and HR services provider Randstad is urging those affected by redundancy to remember opportunities still exist.
Research from the company’s 2009 Employment Trends Report suggests that while 20 percent of employers in the IT sector intend to cut their headcount levels in 2009, more than half (56 percent) also believe a skills shortage remains, with one in four expecting to increase their headcount this year.

Written by Hamish Barwick08 July 09 22:00