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  • Beijing prepares for high-tech Olympics

    All over Beijing, Olympic countdown clocks tick off the seconds until Aug. 8, 2008, at 8:00 p.m., when the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympic Games begin.
    But for China, the most important competition began in 2000, when Beijing was awarded the right to host the 2008 Olympic Games. Like firing a starter's pistol, the award began the race to build the IT infrastructure to stage and support one of the world's largest sporting events. Producing a "high-tech Olympics" was one of the Beijing Organizing Committee's (BOCOG) objectives. With a published operating budget of $2 billion, BOCOG estimates the technology portion of the budget at more than US$400 million.

    Written by CIO US02 Aug. 08 22:00
  • Budget blowback: Virtualisation isn't that easy

    There are a lot of things that are simple in principle that are a lot more complicated in reality. International relations. Poverty. Even virtualisation may be a topic where your ideas and everyone else's ideas of how to solve other people's problems may not mesh up.

    Written by Kevin Fogarty02 July 08 22:00
  • Banks face big bill after software surge

    The Big Four banks are facing a blow-out in deferred information technology costs after the value of computer software assets on their books swelled to almost $2.3 billion in the past year.
    The hefty amount is 17 per cent higher than the $1.9 billion in capitalised software expenditure that Westpac Banking Corp, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank, and Australia and New Zealand Banking Group carried in their accounts in early 2007.

    Written by Ben Woodhead13 May 08 22:00
  • Huge IT integration no walk in the park

    Consolidating the complex information systems that drive Westpac's and St George's operations is likely to provide the ripest targets for cost savings.
    But industry experts cautioned that any integration of the banks' computing platforms would be expensive and carry many risks.

    Written by Chris Jenkins, Nina Wan, Ben Woodhead12 May 08 22:00