IT News — top ranking South Australian government IT executives have been cleared by the state’s ombudsman of claims they broke probity rules during a 2012 trip to New Zealand with IT supplier Dimension Data. In 2013, a whistleblower complained to SA authorities that the heads of ICT strategic sourcing and government network services took the trip with the vendor whilst in the tendering phase of a multi-million-dollar managed network services deal.
NZ Herald — Spark saw a surge in the amount of data traffic humming through its cables and airwaves earlier this year. Chief operating officer David Havercroft says though the company anticipated and planned for an increase in data demand and had invested in the necessary infrastructure, the jump was sudden. “We worked on the assumption there would be a 100 per cent year-on-year growth in data. That’s more or less been the case,” Havercraft says.
Computer Weekly — Cyber criminals don’t stand still, and neither do the people who protect organisations against them. We caught up with six analysts and security experts to ask them about the current risk factors in Australia and New Zealand. We asked each person four questions – and got more than 8,000 words of transcript in response. What follows here is a representative selection of their answers to those questions. It makes for interesting and sobering reading.
Computer World NZ— Hybrid IT is fast becoming the new normal across organisations in Asia-Pacific. With the increasing utilisation of data centres and cloud services across the Asia Pacific region, companies have gradually updated or upgraded their existing IT systems, giving rise to the Hybrid IT environment. Besides helping enterprises to drive digital disruption, the latest Hybrid IT environment is also enhancing the customer experience and encouraging business model innovation.
Telecom Asia — Those who have been fighting to build a new submarine cable between New Zealand and the west
coast of the US, as well as islands along the way, have taken another two steps forward toward that goal. One is financial, the other logistical. Late last week, Hawaiki Cable gained a new equity investor in the form of Sir Eion Edgar’s SIL Long Term Holdings Limited.
IT Wire — According to ALE, the “tailor-made” offers are the first to combine the power of the cloud with an outcome-based approach for customer success. Matthieu Destot, Vice-President, ALE Asia Pacific, says ALE has made strong progress with cloud communication services for large enterprises and SMBs in Australia and New Zealand, recently delivering tailor-made cloud services for the Accor hotel group and at the G20 with partner, UXC Connect.
Signals intelligence agencies in Australia and New Zealand spy on friendly countries in the Pacific, gathering up full communications that are forwarded to the United States National Security Agency (NSA), acccording to leaked documents. The documents are the latest leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and were published jointly by the New Zealand Herald and The Intercept.
New Zealand’s e-government portal is getting revamped and it is asking people to complete a game to see how easily they can find information they are looking for on Govt.nz. Players are asked to find certain information and given a list of links. They have to click through the links until they reach one where they think they will find the information. There are 11 such tasks in the game.
A newly released mobile app by the New Zealand government is expected to enable students compare job prospects and incomes of 50 different careers and help them make good study choices. The 2015 Occupation Outlook app was launched with third annual Occupation Outlook report that pulls together the latest information from employers, industries, the education sector and the labour market.
The New Zealand government is urging schools to get in early on their start of year admin, in an effort to avoid another round mispayments from the national teacher payroll system, Novopay. The Novopay failure – New Zealand’s answer to the Queensland Health payroll disaster – has been causing trouble for schools since the system first hit the rocks in September 2012.
Australian and New Zealand businesses and individuals are being targeted by extortionists using a new strain of ransomware, Deakin University researchers working with security vendor TrendMicro have discovered. Called TorrentLocker, the malware is spread by social engineering emails with penalty notices that ask users to visit bogus Australia Post and NSW Office of State Revenue websites for payment.
How do you build a good government website? What are the tools and techniques that officials can use to quickly, cheaply create a good platform? FutureGov has spoken to the officials behind the best government websites in the world to find out more. In this new eBook, FutureGov has listed the best 8 e-government websites in the world. Find out if yours is listed.
New Zealand’s new e-government web site – govt.nz – is focused on meeting user needs, the government has said. FutureGov spoke with the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) to find out how the agency has used user feedback in the new web site. Users have told the government that they don’t want something flashy and with a lot of images, but a service that gets the job done, said Nadia Webster, Principal Adviser, Digital Engagement at DIA.
Australia and New Zealand publish the most open government datasets in the region, according to the Global Open Data Index published by the Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF) this week. Both Australia and New Zealand rank fifth out of 97 countries in the index, which judges availability and accessibility of 10 key government datasets based on whether they are available to the public for free on the internet. The United Kingdom has come out on top with all the 10 datasets published in open formats.
Cloud IT management software vendor Kaseya has announced its top A/NZ MSP partners for 2014. Code Blue, CNS, centreREDIT and Datacom were the big winners, as each of these companies achieved ‘outstanding results across several areas and demonstrated particular success in revenue growth, business value generated for their customers and their progressive use of Kaseya solutions throughout 2014,’ the company said in a statement.
Within the last few decades information technology and information systems have had an enormous impact on organisations and their ability to gain and maintain a competitive advantage, according to the Assoication of MBAs (AMBA). IT has become an important change lever for reinventing the structure, operation and management of organisations, and managers must be able to integrate IT into their management plan.
In the third quarter of 2014, the New Zealand PC market shipments came in at 187,000 units, according to IDC’s Asia/Pacific Quarterly tracker. This resulted in a year over year growth of 12.9%, which was more than IDC’s forecast by 3.8%. The top five New Zealand PC vendors are Dell, Toshiba, Apple and Acer Group, but HP remained the market leader by a significant amount.
Touchtech, the Wellington mobile app company, has been named the 131st fastest growing technology company in the Asia Pacific region by the Deloitte Fast 500 index. This year, 51 New Zealand businesses were ranked in the index. This was more than South Korea, who had 47 companies named, and Japan, with 45 companies. China had 100 rankings and Australia had 74.
Telcos and network providers on the main cable system connecting Australia and New Zealand to the United States provided interception capability to British and American spy agencies, according to documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Four global telcos and network providers operating on Southern Cross – BT, Vodafone, Level 3 and Global Crossing – are listed in the leaked documents under their codenames REMEDY, GERONTIC, LITTLE and PINNAGE respectively.
Australian customer relationship management software company Tall Emu CRM has today launched a two-tier partner program to recruit resellers and affiliates across Australia and New Zealand to provide its customer sales and marketing platform to the small to medium sized businesses it is designed for, many of whom are in regional or remote areas.