Stories by Divina Paredes

Safeguarding cyberspace

There was a call for an integrated approach from government and enterprise to ensure online security at a recent presentation in Auckland by Dr Prescott Winter, CTO public sector, for security vendor ArcSight.
Winter cites the experience of the airline industry, which can be used towards developing a layered defence strategy for government and the private sector in the online arena.

Written by Divina Paredes20 Oct. 10 22:00

The CIO’s ‘elevator speech’

A discussion with Geoff Yeats, CIO of Farmers Mutual Group at the recent CIO Summit, got me thinking about the crafting of the CIO’s ‘elevator speech’.
The scenario: What would be your two-minute pitch to describe your role and what you can deliver, to a ‘very important stakeholder’ — in this case, the CEO or the board?

Written by Divina Paredes19 Oct. 10 22:00

Business, know thyself

Robert Hillard has a simple formula to determine which business units are underperforming.

Written by Divina Paredes19 Oct. 10 02:05

Supercity CIO

CIOs are among the most time pressed executives, and will usually take a breather — a week at least, a month or two — before moving to another full-on role.

Written by Divina Paredes13 Oct. 10 06:49

Make or break

When IT projects fail, the usual reaction for CEOs and the boards is to blame the software, third party consultants, or the IT department, says Sarah J Runge, director of Corporate Profiling Global at ITPSB Corporation in the US.

Written by Divina Paredes05 Oct. 10 01:00

NUI age fortune teller

August de los Reyes has observed children using a painting software program on a surface tablet. He saw them hold up their hands to check for paint smudges.
Once, he brought his mother to his office and she played with the apps on a surface tablet. “She was so into the experience,” says de los Reyes.

Written by Divina Paredes31 Aug. 10 22:00

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