Stories by Hamish Barwick

Optimation offers swine flu relief to businesses

Optimation is helping business cope with the challenges of the flu season by providing a remote access offering that gives staff entry to their office IT systems from home.
The offering is based on F5 Firepass and Vasco secure remote access technology, which can be integrated into any existing IT environment.

Written by Hamish Barwick08 July 09 22:00

Kathmandu selects Intranet Dashboard over SharePoint

Outdoor clothing retailer Kathmandu has implemented Intranet Dashboard (iD) across its 80 stores in New Zealand, Australia and the UK to improve internal communications through more timely and efficient information sharing.
Kathmandu selected the platform over SharePoint after the company discovered it offered most of the features it needed straight out of the box for a fraction of the price.

Written by Hamish Barwick02 July 09 22:00

Rural connections

When Dunedin-based farming co-operative buying group Combined Rural Trader (CRT) looked at implementing a Microsoft integration to improve productivity, it turned to CIO Roger Rennie to lead the project.
CRT has more than 23,000 shareholders and owns 30 CRT FarmCentre stores throughout the South Island stocking farm supplies. It also operates retail, seed, feed, fuel, real estate and horticulture divisions. The co-operative has a supplier network of more than 2300 other members that accept a CRT credit card. The company chose Dunedin-based services company Enabling’s tender of a Microsoft Dynamics AX integrated solution over three other bids.

Written by Hamish Barwick30 June 09 22:00

Symantec: ANZ disaster recovery pressures mount

Disaster recovery pressures caused by downtime costs are rising according to the latest Symantec survey on the subject.
The cost of executing disaster recovery plans for each downtime incident cost Australian and New Zealand respondents an average cost of US$570,000 compared to US$900,000 in North America.

Written by Hamish Barwick30 June 09 22:00

Orcon posts open letter to ComCom

Orcon’s CEO Scott Bartlett has come out fighting on the unbundled sub-loop decision.
Last week, the Commerce Commission set a monthly rental charge that Telecom’s competitors must pay for access to the sub-loop unbundled copper local loop service. The charge will be $11.99 per line in urban areas and $22.14 per line in non-urban areas.

Written by Hamish Barwick22 June 09 22:00

IDC: Consulting and intergration market growing

Cost reduction is the name of the game in 2009 and as a result, projects are being postponed, changed in scope and broken down into smaller pieces that have a faster ROI, according to a new report from IDC.

Written by Hamish Barwick18 June 09 22:00

HP aids CIOs to run IT like a business

HP has unveiled an offering in its IT Financial Management portfolio to help CIOs establish financial transparency and take action in areas where they can optimise costs.
Vice president strategic marketing for HP software products, Paul Muller, says the financial planning and analysis offering enables CIOs to run IT like a business and demonstrate the value of IT services.

Written by Hamish Barwick16 June 09 22:00

IDC: Technology driving banks' investment

Local banks are using technology to implement countercyclical strategies to maximise competitive advantage according to IDC.
A new study by Financial Insights, an IDC company, has found 10 strategic initiatives for 2009. These are priorities that will dominate the technology investment agenda for local banks over the next 12 months.

Written by Hamish Barwick15 June 09 22:00

HP asks CIOs to switch off

HP New Zealand is encouraging local businesses to support a global campaign run by the vendor called Power to Change.
The campaign invites people to visit the power to change website and download a desktop widget that tracks the energy savings associated with individuals turning off idle PCs when not in use.

Written by Hamish Barwick09 June 09 22:00

Sonar6 finds talent online

Locally designed software that improves performance reviews and helps identify talented workers is gaining international customers as the downturn forces them to focus on business survival.
Sonar6 is launching its online human resources model which gives businesses a better view of what makes their organisation tick.

Written by Hamish Barwick08 June 09 22:00

CheetahMail enters NZ market

An email marketing company that individualises email campaigns has opened an office in Auckland and is keen to sign up local customers.
Experian CheetahMail Asia Pacific director John Mearakovsky says its business is driven by customer’s data.

Written by Hamish Barwick04 June 09 22:00

EMC: A/NZ data growth poses challenge

Annual digital information generation in New Zealand and Australia amounted to more than 14 billion gigabytes in 2008 according to findings by EMC.
That’s the equivalent of five trillion digital photos.

Written by Hamish Barwick02 June 09 22:00

Cisco reduces meeting costs for AT&T

Conducting its customer regional advisory council by Cisco Telepresence saved AT&T
more than 62 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide and its customers US$100,000.

Written by Hamish Barwick01 June 09 22:00

Double-sided printing for BNZ ATM recipts

BNZ is about to deploy NCR double sided paper receipt printers in its local ATMS.
The printers, called 2 Sided Thermal (2ST), allow businesses to print on both sides of a thermal paper receipt, reducing paper consumption by as much as 45 per cent.

Written by Hamish Barwick28 May 09 22:00

Gen-i signs Harcourts to XT network

Gen-i’s largest mobile customer, Harcourts, has started to migrate its 3,800 mobile users to mobile offerings on the Telecom XT mobile network.
Harcourts is the largest local real estate group, and according to the company, the fastest growing in Australia.

Written by Hamish Barwick28 May 09 22:00