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.
Currently, there are around 340,000 people watching Netflix in Australia. This would be considered normal, except for one very odd fact: Netflix isn’t officially available in Australia as yet. At the moment these users are accessing the US version of Netflix by using a VPN and paying with a non-US credit card which Netflix, unlike competitors such as Amazon, allows you to do.
New Zealand owned event ticketing company iTICKET has won a place on the 2014 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific index, as one of the 500 fastest growing technology organisations across the region. An Auckland operated company, which specialises in online and mobile ticketing, Managing Director Reece Preston attributes the result to a constant commitment to innovation.
We picked New Zealand’s fire alert SMS data as our open dataset of the week two weeks ago because of its potential to create a real-time geographical alert system. It was with great excitement, then, that someone emailed us to say that such as a system has been built by private developers using this data. “There are a number of limitations with how the fire data feed is presented at present, but nevertheless we’ve managed to setup a free public fire alert service based off it,” explained Clint Van Marrewijk, Managing Director of ThunderMaps.
New Zealand is on the edge of a smartphone revolution being led from an epicentre in Asia. Kiwis are traditionally early adopters for technology and this country holds its own in smartphone penetration. About 70 per cent of mobile users have a smartphone that enables them to access the internet, which is broadly similar to comparable markets. The question is whether a small country such as New Zealand can take advantage of the shift to a world where internet communications are mostly on cellphones – a mobile-first world.
AUCKLAND, 19 November, 2014 – KiwiCover Insurance has become the first company in New Zealand to fully migrate its information technology platform to the new Microsoft Azure data centres in Australia. Announced in late October, the data centres in New South Wales and Victoria are the latest addition to Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform which now extends to 19 regions worldwide. Alan Kelly, Managing Director of Wellington-based KiwiCover Insurance, says that prior to the launch of the Australian Azure region, KiwiCover’s IT platform was hosted in the closest available data centre in Singapore.
Global ICT service and solutions provider Dimension Data has today launched New Zealand’s first global, enterprise-class cloud platform with local support in Auckland. The company’s Managed Cloud Platform (MCP) will be the 13th to be deployed worldwide, going live in December, and will include public, private and hybrid options. “Dimension Data has a strong presence in New Zealand, so we’re excited to be investing in a cloud solution that will really support Kiwi organisations,” says Bill Padfield, CEO, Dimension Data Asia Pacific, who is in Auckland for the launch.
New Zealand cloud software business Psoda has today expanded its footprint in Australia through a new partnership with integrated hosting and telecommunications company, Macquarie Telecom. Under the partnership, Psoda’s integrated project, program and portfolio management (PPM) software will be hosted at Macquarie Telecom’s Tier 3 data centre, Intellicentre 2 (IC2) in Sydney.
The New Zealand government has committed to help citizens find and reuse open data more easily, according to its Open Government Partnership action plan. The country formally became a member of the international community of 64 countries with the publication of its action plan last week. The action plan for the next two years highlights strategies that will improve transparency, accountability, participation and innovation.
Dell is set to open two new Australian datacentres as part of a Cloud expansion plan in partnership with Digital Realty and 6YS. The two new data centres will be located in Sydney and Melbourne, to add to its two existing data centres in Canberra and Brisbane. “As an end-to-end solutions provider, Dell is focused on meeting customer’s evolving needs including demand to have a data centre presence in local geographical proximity to customer operations,” according to a statement.
Google’s public domain name system (DNS) service went offline yesterday in South East Asia and Australia/New Zealand regions, affecting a large number of users in the area. Around 10pm AEST, users at the Whirlpool forum reported problems with reaching the Google DNS resolvers at the 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168 Internet Protocol (IP) addresses and complained of experiencing packet loss. The outage was confirmed by Yunhong Gu, the team lead of Google’s public DNS, who said the service was off-air for around half an hour at 1100 hours UTC.
Dimension Data has appointed Jo Healey as New Zealand CEO to lead its local operations, effective 10 November 2014. With more than 20 years’ experience in the ICT industry, most recently as Managing Director of Fujitsu New Zealand, Healey takes the reins from Nick Halikias, Interim Chief Executive. Sunil Desai, Dimension Data Asia Pacific COO, says Healey’s proven track record will set Dimension Data in good stead as the business advances as a full spectrum IT service provider in New Zealand.
[Updated] Whistleblower Edward Snowden has accused New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key of lying to the electorate about the existence of mass surveillance of citizens by the country’s main spy agency. Snowden today revealed in The Intercept that he “routinely came cross the communications of New Zealanders” while working with the US National Security Agency’s once secret XKEYSCORE mass surveillance tool, which it shares with the NZ Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB). The NZ Government is actively concealing the full extent of internal surveillance, he claimed.