Stories by Brian Corrigan

  • 2.0 or nowhere to go?

    Point product releases have been a fact of life in software since forever. Once sales of a popular product start to dip, the vendor adds a couple of new features, changes the box and sticks a 2.0 version back on the shelf.

  • Never say never

    It looks like the long-proposed merger between Cellnet and Dicker Data might finally have drawn to an unsuccessful conclusion at the end of last week.

  • An old one (but a good one)

    It's one of the oldest rumours still flying around the local IT industry, but stagnant product sales in the first half of Dimension Data Australia's financial year will once again have people asking whether the integrator will offload distribution arm, Express Data.

  • Barking up the wrong tree?

    Last week saw the Federal Government extend the tender deadline for a $4.7 billion national broadband network (NBN). You can bet this won't be the last delay in what is likely to be a very lengthy process.

  • Clinical thinking

    Bill Vargas has been working for The Children's Hospital at Westmead for more than two decades. When he started, its use of IT was primarily concerned with corporate functions such as patient billing and demographics. Today, as the CIO of its Information Services division, Vargas and his team increasingly deploy solutions designed to improve clinical processes. He chatted with BRIAN CORRIGAN about the changing role of technology in the healthcare industry.

  • Communicating change

    For most of us, technology is changing the way we work and play. But some recent surveys show that change is happening at vastly varying rates in different sections of our society.

  • In the here and now

    Stuart Hendry made a name for himself by turning around networking integrator, Logicalis, in a tough market before it was sold to IBM. These days he runs Cisco's commercial business for Asia-Pacific and, as he told ARN, the customers who used to be his peers never tire of pulling his leg.

  • There's money in the game

    There's no such thing as bad publicity, so Take-Two Interactive executives must have been rubbing their hands with glee when the launch of its Grand Theft Auto IV was greeted with moral outrage by Christians, parents, teachers and even senior police officials, who warned the game was teaching children how to kill. If you listened carefully, you could already hear the cash registers squealing.

  • Dell moves closer to local channel model

    Now that its retail partnership with Officeworks has been announced, the path is clear for Dell to concentrate on building a corporate channel within the Australian market. More than one potential partner in discussions with local Dell executives has suggested its PartnerDirect program could be up and running as early as next month.

  • Dell on the hunt for new channel chief

    It might not have officially launched a partner program in Australia yet but Dell is already on the lookout for a new channel chief. The news follows the departure of its channel strategy director, Joel Montgomery.

  • Double trouble

    At the company's recent Partner Summit, Cisco's John Chambers painted a picture of collaboration driving a second wave of the Internet. But although increased uptake of video technology as part of broader unified communications has great potential, the Internet is facing a couple of serious challenges in the next few years that could greatly impact on its ability to define the way we work and play.

  • Get with the program

    If green technology practices are to be adopted, the channel has a vital role to play in educating the market. What is Cisco doing to get that message through its channel community?