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Heading to the clouds

Michael Shallcross, an engineer with the IBM Global Technology Services Asia Pacific, believes a bank branch and an ATM are apt models to demonstrate cloud computing.
Speaking at the recent IDC Cloud Computing Conference in Auckland, Shallcross, said the bank branch is the “ultimate inflexible delivery model that is capital intensive”.

Written by Divina Paredes30 Aug. 10 22:00

Flocking to Facebook

There are now more than 500 million Facebook users across the globe and enterprises are flocking to the social networking site to create their own pages.
But creating a compelling Facebook brand presence requires forethought and commitment, says a recent Forrester report.

Written by Divina Paredes23 Aug. 10 22:00

Supercomputers on the desktop

Last month, a proud Kiwi took centre stage at the Verizon Center in Washington DC. The estimated 13,000 audience sat riveted as the battle scenes in the Return of the King, the second of the Lord of the Rings movies, played on the wide screen.
The man on stage, Scott Houston, CEO of InterGrid, explains how the 80,000 “really ugly” Orcs on screen had to be individually rendered by Weta Digital.

Written by Divina Paredes12 Aug. 10 22:00

Exit interview: Kevin Ackhurst of Microsoft NZ

Microsoft’s Kevin Ackhurst is moving to Singapore next week to become the vendor’s vice president of sales and marketing for Asia Pacific.
Ackhurst says the local business has been successful in the past couple of years, but admits strong relationship building was needed at the outset of his term and there is more work to be done.

Written by Divina Paredes22 July 10 22:00

In search of a digital strategy

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) is working with businesses across the country on how to “unlock the value” from broadband and develop their future prospects using digital content and technology.
And the “poster child” for the company that has achieved this is Air New Zealand, says John Ferguson, sector manager - digital content and technology at NZTE.

Written by Divina Paredes04 July 10 22:00

New Zealand Post expands Google Apps user base

“A lot of people thought New Zealand Post was mad,” saysTracy Voice, general manager, business enabling at New Zealand Post.
This, she says, was the reaction when they announced the implementation of Google Apps in the Postal Services Group and the corporate office.

Written by Divina Paredes30 June 10 22:00

Critical mass

When Claudia Vidal joined UniServices as general manager business operations, she found the principles of ICT management useful to the research and consulting environment.
UniServices is responsible for all research-based consultancy partnerships and commercialisation at the University of Auckland, and has been growing at a rate of 13 percent year on year.

Written by Divina Paredes28 June 10 22:00

Stopping the fraudsters

For two years, the technology team at Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) has been working on a project to put an end to “skimming” of credit cards.
The practice refers to the capturing of information on the magnetic stripe of a card to create a clone credit card. The card holder is then billed – six months to a year later – for purchases they never made and often in places they have not visited.

Written by Divina Paredes22 June 10 22:00

BYO on the ICT menu

A number of enterprises now have policies around the use of private notebooks for work purposes, reports Gartner.
The analyst firm says the number of inquiries from its clients on the ‘Bring Your Own Computer’ (BYOC) programme has grown significantly in the past year.

Written by Divina Paredes22 June 10 22:00

Street-smart IT

Eight children aged eight to 13 were taking turns playing games on four computers in one corner of a room, one afternoon at the Community House in Rata Vine, in Wiri, South Auckland,. The children went to the community house straight from school – and into the computer room.
A few minutes before 4.30 pm, the supervisor told them the room has to be closed. The look of reluctance at having to leave was evident as the boys gathered their school bags to walk home.

Written by Divina Paredes17 June 10 22:00

Speak in business terms

Why thinking like an astute financial portfolio funds manager is a useful approach for managing ICT.

Written by Divina Paredes09 June 10 08:14

The CIO as firefighter

When a CIO is said to be embroiled in firefighting, that means his or her time is spent dealing with one crisis after another – systems, technology or people-related. It leaves little time for doing more strategic things for the business, so is not an ideal place to be in.
Last weekend, Mike Clarke, the CIO of SkyCity, willingly placed himself in such a situation. It was, however, not in the context of ICT management.

Written by Divina Paredes24 May 10 22:00

Take a train to the clouds

To get a grip on cloud computing, try to think of how people make decisions on public transport, suggests Steve Hodgkinson, research director, public sector at analyst firm Ovum.
Cloud computing is like a menu of transport options for organisations, he told CIO New Zealand during a recent visit in Auckland. “What we have now is a range of different transport options and they can think more creatively about their business needs.”

Written by Divina Paredes18 May 10 22:00

The constant challenges facing NZ CIOs

Controlling/reducing costs, recruiting and retaining skilled staff and meeting users’ expectations have been the top challenges facing New Zealand CIOs in the past two years, IDC reports.
The difference, with this year’s report however, lies in the ranking of these criteria, as revealed in the latest Australia and New Zealand's Forecast for Management Survey.

Written by Divina Paredes09 May 10 22:00