Stories by Hamish Barwick

Make the most of the hype cycle

Knowing when to adopt technology by understanding the hype cycle is vital for companies, says Dr Marcus Blosch, Gartner managing vice president, agenda management group.
“Innovation is one of those things we talk about, but most companies are spectacularly bad at doing it. If you look at most management systems they’re risk averse, so if you’re innovating you want to increase risk because that’s where the new ideas come from,” says Blosch who had presented findings taken from Mastering the Hype Cycle, by Jackie Fenn and Mark Raskino of Gartner at an ICONZ presentation in Auckland.

Written by Hamish Barwick21 Feb. 09 22:00

Local councils embrace unified comms

Investment in unified communications (UC) technology appears to be working for most of New Zealand’s local government sector, according to the findings of a survey by the Association of Local Government Information Management (ALGIM) and local UC provider Zeacom.
The online study includes responses from 33 IT managers or CIOs from local councils.

Written by Hamish Barwick08 Feb. 09 22:00

Hot property

Jason Wills’ interest in computers began at an early age when, much to his delight, his parents ran an arcade parlour in Picton.
“I grew up around games and Defender was my favourite. My parents fueled the fire by buying me a Commodore 64 home computer.”

Written by Hamish Barwick07 Feb. 09 22:00

Economic woes no excuse to cut back security

The consequences of not having up-to-date security are laid out in the latest IBM X-Force security report.
According to the report's findings, hackers have become even more expert at compromising corporate websites, web application vulnerabilities are at an all-time high and there are twice as many malicious URLs than were found in 2007.

Written by Hamish Barwick02 Feb. 09 22:00

Recession boosts IP risks

A global study by security vendor McAfee suggests the global recession is putting vital information at risk.
An increasing number of cash-strapped employees are using their access rights to to steal corporate data. As the global recession continues and legitimate work disappears, desperate job seekers are stealing corporate data to make themselves more valuable in the job market, says McAfee.

Written by Hamish Barwick28 Jan. 09 22:00

IT taps new source of savings for Bank of New Zealand

A Linux solution from Red Hat helped the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) to maximise space, while keeping costs down. The company also managed to reduce carbon emissions.
BNZ was the first bank in New Zealand to use Red Hat for mainframe consolidation.

Written by Hamish Barwick26 Jan. 09 22:00

Philips adopts goods return system

Philips has rolled out ECN Group’s Enterprise Reverse Logistics (ERL) solution to over 100 Noel Leeming and Bond & Bond retail outlets.
“Returns cost us hundreds of thousands of dollars each year, explains Philips Consumer Lifestyle operations manager Roger Rowley. “When ECN offered us the chance to implement ERL with its web-based goods return authorisation (GRA) business process management tool, we jumped at the chance.”

Written by Hamish Barwick26 Jan. 09 22:00

Fight the power costs

There is no single answer that solves the energy usage problem but CIOs can look at four areas where they can make a difference, says Jose Iglesias, global solutions vice president, Symantec.
These are data protection, virtualisation, power management and data centre design.

Written by Hamish Barwick20 Jan. 09 22:00

Cyber cartels to escalate attacks on infrastructure systems

Critical systems will become prime targets for cyber criminals and the global financial crisis will be exploited for a variety of activities, according to a new report by infrastructure provider Verisign.
The report, entitled 2009 Cyber Threats and Trends, claims 2008 was a tipping point for time security threats. It says cyber cartels targeted commercial banking accounts for fraud operations and security measures meant to protect these accounts.

Written by Hamish Barwick07 Jan. 09 22:00

Open source hot area for 2009

Open source, virtualisation and identity management will be areas to watch in 2009, according to Sun Microsystems ANZ vice president and managing director Duncan Bennet.
Bennet, who posted the observations in a video to customers, says open source will be important in the economic slow down.

Written by Hamish Barwick16 Dec. 08 22:00

Storage still top priority for enterprises

Investment in storage remains a top priority for CIOs, according to a Hitachi Data Systems survey.
Eighty-eight per cent of CIOs surveyed at a Hitachi summit in the Philippines earlier this year indicated storage to be vital, even in the current economic climate.

Written by Hamish Barwick14 Dec. 08 22:00

Airport needs to harness IT

Auckland Airport needs to use technology to its full potential, says its new CEO Simon Moutter.
“There is no real excuse from my perspective for airports to be average at ICT. They are not complicated and I’ve dealt with hundreds of business customers who have had far more complicated environments than airports,” says Moutter, former chief operating officer (business) at Telecom New Zealand.

Written by Hamish Barwick06 Dec. 08 22:00

Leading through a downturn

Being more agile and managing change will be key for CIOs in the current economic climate according to the latest Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) Technology report.
“This current forecast is all about agility,” says Paul Nickels, IT risk management partner at PwC New Zealand. Nickels says a lot of the traditional management theories are quite linear in terms of how they are constructed. “We need to move away from some of those aspects to be more agile.”

Written by Hamish Barwick01 Dec. 08 22:00

Arbor Networks to CIOs: Stay vigilant

Security company Arbor Networks is warning CIOs to keep up to date abreast of on the latest security attacks.
Its latest worldwide infrastructure security report has found a 67 per cent rise in large attacks on websites and that smaller, more sophisticated attacks are becoming more difficult to stop.

Written by Hamish Barwick26 Nov. 08 22:00

Report unveils a thriving underground economy

Security company Symantec is warning enterprises and consumers to be cautious when sending information online.
A new report by the company details how cyber criminals are selling personal information such as credit card and financial account details to others via underground servers, adding up to US$276 million in stolen goods.

Written by Hamish Barwick24 Nov. 08 22:00