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Flying kangaroo lowers its wheels

Airlines feel a downturn faster than most businesses and for Qantas, 2009 has already been a very tough year. Passenger numbers fell 2.7 per cent across the Qantas group in March compared with 2008.
The carrier announced in April that as a result of what it described as a "rapid and significant deterioration of trading conditions", it was revising down its full-year profit forecast from about A$500 million to somewhere between $100 million and $200 million.

Written by Chris Jenkins18 May 09 22:00

Time to step forward

How easily we forget. As the world tumbles headlong into the worst economic decline since the Second World War, earlier financial tumult has quickly faded from our memories.
The dotcom crash rates a mention because it provides a handy yardstick for how bad things are getting now, but other major market scares have been washed away by a growing tide of bad news from all parts of the globe.

Written by Chris Jenkins21 April 09 22:00

Make the right call

Last year, there was plenty of conjecture about whether Barack Obama, who was then United States president-elect, would be allowed to keep his BlackBerry, a constant companion during the election campaign of 2008. Obama used the web as a powerful campaign medium and took full advantage of tools such as email.
He was clearly a fan, but there were worries in Washington about what might happen if someone intercepted presidential email that had been sent on the go. Around the world, the Obama-BlackBerry saga had corporate heads shaking - executives in shared frustration and technology professionals in appreciation of what was at stake.

Written by Chris Jenkins19 April 09 22:00

Questions on cloud savings

Research group McKinsey & Company has published a new research skewering the popular notion that super-hyped cloud computing architecture is a money saver, reporting that moving to a third-party cloud computing service can be close to 150 per cent more expensive than running an in-house data centre.
McKinsey researchers reported that cloud computing suffered from having various definitions and was near the top of the "hype cycle" tracked by fellow research group Gartner.

Written by Chris Jenkins15 April 09 22:00

IBM discounts Sun offer

Sun has accepted a revised, cut-price offer from IBM after promising to push through with an acquisition in the face of "intense regulatory scrunity", the Wall Street Journal has reported.
The newspaper first reported rumours of an approach by IBM to Sun last month. At the time, the deal was thought to be worth US$6 billion in cash, which would make it IBM's largest-ever acquisition.

Written by Chris Jenkins01 April 09 23:00

Coke may add fizz to transformation

Beverage group Coca-Cola Amatil is considering turning up the wick on
its $65 million business-wide information systems transformation to

Written by Chris Jenkins10 Dec. 08 22:00

A house of cards

The question that inevitably follows the emergence of a crisis in
banking and financial systems such as the current one is as simple as

Written by Chris Jenkins03 Dec. 08 22:00

ANZ Bank overhauls technology units

A global restructure under way at Australia and New Zealand Banking Group has brought major changes to the way the company manages its information technology operations.
The changes have meant the appointment of new general managers within the bank's technology operations, with several more senior positions yet to be filled.

Written by Chris Jenkins05 Oct. 08 22:00

Monster deals

Alinta chief information officer Cathy Bibby arrived at the company just as it was finalising its first big acquisitions. For her, the scenario back in 2003 was pretty clear.
The company was undergoing its first major expansion, emerging from state ownership to become a player in the national energy market. Through a series of transactions, Alinta was to run about $4 billion worth of electricity and gas assets in Victoria and its home state of Western Australia, taking major ownership positions in United Energy and Multinet Gas.

Written by Chris Jenkins06 July 08 22:00

Qantas makes up time on Oracle financials system

Qantas is set to complete the introduction of Oracle financials across the group soon, a move that may finally allow the airline to see the back of its long-running eQ software project.
Qantas chief information officer Jamila Gordon confirmed that Oracle financials was now in production at both Jetstar and the Qantas group's regional airlines.

Written by Chris Jenkins30 June 08 22:00

ANZ Bank considers slimmed down computer network

Australia and New Zealand Bank will decide whether to keep its branches running on conventional desktop PCs or switch to power-thrifty thin clients in the next few months.
"We are continuing to evaluate and pilot thin client and virtual desktop technology in a number of areas of the bank," a spokeswoman said.

Written by Chris Jenkins16 April 08 22:00

Australian Defence finally gives Unisys the nod

After more than a year of negotiations, the Australian Defence Department has finally signed a $240 million contract with information technology services group Unisys.
Under the contract, Unisys will provide desktop support for 100,000 PCs at 460 bases around Australia. It will also provide network security and infrastructure support.

Written by Chris Jenkins25 Feb. 08 22:00

The virtual workplace

Who owns the computer? When a new employee starts, they invariably sign an IT usage policy, acknowledging that they are using a company-owned system and that it is for company purposes only.

Written by Chris Jenkins23 Feb. 08 22:00

Jetsmart dumped as Qantas nets Marlin

The Qantas board has approved agreements for a new engineering and maintenance platform to replace the ill-fated, $40 million Jetsmart system.
The news comes as the carrier announced its technology and communication costs jumped $49 million in the first half of 2007-08.

Written by Chris Jenkins20 Feb. 08 22:00

Jetstar goes it alone on air-ground links

The rest of the world's airlines pay licensing fees to global groups SITA and ARINC to use the ACARS standard network, which provides wireless data links between planes and ground crews.
But Jetstar last week revealed it was the first airline to have built its own system, saving money on licensing costs.

Written by Chris Jenkins10 Nov. 07 22:00