The cost of rolling out electronic health records across the Australian Defence Force has blown out by $77 million, more than doubling the original budget for the eHealth scheme. Launching the new capability on Friday, Assistant Defence Minister Stuart Robert confirmed that the budget for the project, initially forecast at $55.7 million in February 2011, had now been revised up to $133 million, representing an 138 percent increase.
The Australian Government has signed a deal with Acquia to deliver an open source content management system, govCMS, for its websites, John Sheridan, Government CTO has announced. GovCMS will use open source software Drupal and will be hosted on a public cloud, which will be provided by Acquia. Drupal was selected after the team assessed 18 other CMS systems. Acquia will also partner with local businesses so that govCMS can provide end-to-end services from website design and development to support and management.
Adelaide City is developing an innovation space to enable entrepreneurs to develop and test new ways for everyday devices to communicate via the internet. The Internet of Things Innovation Hub will focus on trialling and then installing new services to improve transport, healthcare, education, utilities and energy sectors. Adelaide will be the first Australian city to set up such a hub.
Canberra Data Centres will tomorrow announce a national expansion after signing a co-location agreement with Digital Realty. Privately-held CDC, which operates two data centres in Canberra, will build out racks within the data centres Digital Realty provides at both Erskine Park in Sydney and Deer Park in Melbourne. The company’s expansion comes off the back of two big wins in recent months. Last week, CDC was awarded a subcontracting role for Lockheed Martin to provide Australia’s Department of Defence with data centre services from its two facilities in the ACT plus an undisclosed number of smaller computer rooms at Defence bases around the country.
Tech stocks are always interesting to follow and in some cases can be can be quite profitable for investors. Telstra Corporation Ltd (ASX: TLS) and TPG Telecom Ltd (ASX: TPM) are up 45% and 201% respectively over the last two years. However, that isn’t the end of the story. Here are three reasons why you should like what both companies have planned in the near future. If you don’t have a tech stock in your portfolio already, one of them may be a good addition.
BANGALORE: Indian IT companies will be fiercely competing with MNCs for five big IT contracts in Australia valued at over A$2 billion (Rs 11,000 crore). Infosys, Wipro, TCSBSE and HCL Technologies are participating alongside IBM, HP and Capgemini in request for information (RFI) and request for proposal (RFP) for incremental IT outsourcing work coming from Sydney Water, Rio Tinto, Jetstar, Aurizon and Transport for NSW, said an Australian IT consultancy firm that did not want to be named.
NBN Co has signed a new contractor in Tasmania as part of its effort to reduce the number of customers counted as passed by fibre but unable to order a service through the national broadband network. The national network builder earlier this month revealed it would appoint a second partner in the state alongside existing contractor Visionstream, as part of a renewed effort to target unserviceable premises.
NBN Co has quietly introduced a scheme that gives retail internet providers an incentive to supply customers with fibre connections without battery back-up units, despite warnings that consumers could be put at risk. The national wholesale network provider has told the competition regulator that it intends to provide retail service providers (RSPs) with a credit for connecting customers to its fibre network without a battery back-up.
The Australian government has proposed a new performance reporting framework to use better quality data to support government resource allocations. The framework introduces two new types of performance information – corporate plans and annual performance statements – “to improve the standard of planning and reporting for Commonwealth entities, especially regarding the delivery of public services and programmes”, the Department of Finance has said in its proposal – Enhanced Commonwealth Performance Framework – published this week.
Australian Department of Agriculture’s new online system for lodging imported cargo documentation launched yesterday, aiming to save commercial importers and customs brokers time and money. More than 31 million sea and air containers were imported into Australia last year, requiring around a million separate lodgements of documentation. “The documents are emailed, faxed or lodged in person at a front counter, adding time and expense to the process,” explained Raelene Vivian, First Assistant Secretary Compliance Division, Department of Agriculture.
Christopher Thomas (pictured), Government Markets Manager, Esri, believes that departments need to move beyond transparency and accountability as drivers for Open Data initiatives – and start focusing on the benefits to citizens. “It takes resources for organisations to open up their data,” notes Thomas. “So the question we are beginning to be asked by governments is – ‘how is the public benefiting from Open Data?’”
Australia’s public service union has kicked up a stink over a proposal being assessed by the Tax Office that would see its application development and testing sent to the Philippines. The ATO has confirmed that it is thinking about handing its test and dev functions to Accenture, which already undertakes hundreds of millions of dollars worth of IT work for the agency. Under the deal, the work would be supported out of Accenture’s Philippines-based delivery centre.
Optus has flown in former head of SingTel’s Digital L!fe group, Allan Lew, to become its new CEO. The announcement comes seven months after former CEO Kevin Russell departed the country’s second largest telco in March, after two years at the helm. A SingTel veteran, Lew has been with the company for more than 30 years, first joining the Singapore owned telco in 1980. In this time he has moved back and forth between Australia and Singapore, serving as COO of SingTel’s regional mobile arm AIS, CEO of SingTel’s local operations, and managing director of Optus mobile and of Optus’ consumer business.
Telstra has unveiled a $1.3 billion investment plan to expand coverage of its LTE (4G) network to 90 percent of the population and to exploit its recently acquired 700MHz spectrum by enabling compatible devices to use 700MHz and 1800MHz frequencies simultaneously to boost bandwidth. Services will be turned on in parts of Sydney, Adelaide, Darwin, Bundaberg, Yamba and Sarina in the week beginning 15 September.
Defence CIO Dr Peter Lawrence said in a statement that the project will “deliver Defence a robust and secure technology environment… simplifying our service provision and speeding up our response to change.” Today it was revealed that NEC Australia, acting as a subcontractor to Lockheed Martin, will be doing much of the heavy lifting. NEC Australia has won an IT infrastructure component of the job worth $150 million, providing both migration services and hosting of legacy systems until the end of the migration project.
Pay TV company Foxtel fears that internet providers will stymie any attempt to introduce a notice scheme to combat online piracy unless they’re made to bear part of its cost. Foxtel chief executive Richard Freudenstein told a copyright forum in Sydney that he expected “recalcitrant ISPs” would find a way to make such a scheme expensive, slow and difficult unless they were made to pay to send notices to consumers suspected of breaching copyright laws.
The Australian Government has published draft clauses to be included in all services contracts to ensure that suppliers meet high cyber security and data protection standards. In a recent blog post, the Australian Department of Finance announced that it has drafted model contract clauses in consultation with Attorney General’s Department and Department of Defence. The clauses apply to contractors and their subcontractors, and are intended to “define service providers’ responsibilities in order to manage cyber security risks,” the blog post said.
Customer relationship management giant Salesforce is warning its customers that they may be targeted by the new Dyre or Dyreza malware, which is designed to steal log-in credentials. Dyreza spreads via phishing emails, with malware attachments that are activated via social engineering (convincing users to click on what otherwise appears to be a legitimate attachment).
The Australian Law Reform Commission yesterday recommended introducing new laws that would give a legal remedy for serious invasions of privacy. Unfortunately, the federal government has already indicated it opposes such legislation. Stronger protections of privacy in Australia are needed though, and the proposed privacy tort is the best way forward.
Internet service provider iiNet has purchased a 60 percent stake in privately-owned technology service provider Tech2 Group to bolster its IT support division. The transaction provides iiNet access to the Sydney-based Tech2 Group’s 650 staff and to the company’s operations in field and call centre technology, over the phone tech support, on-site home entertainment set-up, as well as infrastructure build, connection and installation services for the NBN.