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Stories by Hamish Barwick

Thank God it’s Tuesday

A lack of networking opportunities for IT security industry people in Wellington has led Voco consultant Paul Hortop to launch the 1st Tuesday Club.
Hortop is originally from England where 1st Tuesday Club are held every month.

Written by Hamish Barwick23 Nov. 08 22:00

Electronic companies slow to go green

The latest Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics suggests most consumer electronics companies have been slow to tackle climate change.
Despite much green marketing, many brands still show little engagement with the issue, according to the guide.

Written by Hamish Barwick23 Nov. 08 22:00

IT investment critical for business growth in economic slowdown

Results from the latest SAP/EMA Innovation for Growth survey suggest a significant percentage of local firms believe IT has helped their business.
Sixty-five per cent of respondents say IT is an investment that actively supports their business success, while fifty-three per cent described IT as essential for the smooth functioning of their business. Twenty-nine per cent see it as essential to gaining and maintaining sustainable competitive advantage, while 22 per cent regard it as a primary plank in their growth strategy.

Written by Hamish Barwick04 Nov. 08 22:00

Ricoh secures carbon neutral tick

After becoming the first local IT business to achieve carbon neutrality through Landcare Research’s carboNZero programme, Ricoh is encouraging others to follow suit.
Managing director Mike Pollok says that while the world is going through some tough economic times, businesses all need to become more environmentally responsible or there will be serious consequences in the future.

Written by Hamish Barwick02 Nov. 08 22:00

Legislation change a pain for small businesses

Results of a MYOB Colmar Brunton survey state 37 per cent of local businesses are struggling to keep up with legislation changes.
More than 500 businesses with less than 20 employees took part in the business pain points survey.

Written by Hamish Barwick28 Oct. 08 22:00

Black + White confident it won't meet TelstraClear's fate

New entrant mobile operator Black + White is confident its wholesale agreement with Vodafone won’t suffer the same fate as TelstraClea's agency agreement.
In July last year, Vodafone assumed direct control of all 30,000 mobile customers who had bought services through TelstraClear under the agency agreement that expired on June 30, 2007.

Written by Hamish Barwick26 Oct. 08 22:00

Xero's new deal for SMBs

Software as a Service (SaaS) provider Xero is targeting the small to medium business market by offering its online accounting system through Telecom’s Business Hub.
Companies can use the service for a monthly or annual subscription fee.

Written by Hamish Barwick22 Oct. 08 22:00

Made from New Zealand business hub site debuts

Online business community site Made from New Zealand has been launched with the intention of improving Google search results for small to medium businesses.
Companies can sign up for free. The business will have a profile written for it which links back to its own website says, Made from New Zealand foounder Tim Norton, and one of the co-owners of the site.

Written by Hamish Barwick19 Oct. 08 22:00

Telecom to launch new 3G network by June 09

Telecom is investing more than half a billion dollars in the national rollout of a new 3G mobile network by June next year.
The network will use WCDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access) technology on a frequency of 850 MHZ.

Written by Hamish Barwick13 Oct. 08 22:00

No back down from fibre to the home: Key

New Zealand has a chance to be a world leader in ultra fast technology if National becomes government and invests in fibre broadband, says National party leader John Key.
Speaking at the CIO Conference in Auckland, Key said that globalisation and the brain drain were threatening the local economy.

Written by Hamish Barwick15 Sept. 08 22:00

Software for the health conscious workplace

Employees in the industrial and commercial sectors are starting to benefit from an early reporting discomfort programme where a workstation assessment or physiotherapy sessions can be developed before the problem gets worse.
HabitAtWork was released in 2006 with several banks and New Zealand Post approaching Inspire Group to design a user friendly software programme.

Written by Hamish Barwick09 June 08 22:00

Richard Prowse exits Symantec

Symantec New Zealand country manager Richard Prowse is leaving the company after two years in charge.
Symantec would not discuss why Prowse is leaving but confirmed his resignation.

Written by Hamish Barwick22 April 08 22:00