Australia can be a land of business opposites. On the one suntanned hand, it is vast, economically magnanimous and endowed with a surplus of nature’s bounty that supplies a wealthy, developed market. On the other, it is ridden with natural barriers, geographically remote from the world’s trading centres and burdened with a small population. Its few sizeable businesses have traditionally looked to the distant and cut-throat markets of the US and Europe, instead of its populous neighbours to the immediate north, to achieve growth.
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Two years ago this month, Microsoft forged its controversial partnership with Novell that, among other things, had the two companies agreeing not to sue each other over intellectual property issues, in part to protect Suse Linux users over any patent litigation from Microsoft.
Resellers are divided on whether Ingram Micro’s decision to increase freight charges by 9 per cent and add a flat fee to drop shipments was justified. While some have criticised the distributor for the price hike, others are taking it in their stride and flagging bigger concerns around the volatile Australian dollar and product pricing.
While most eyes are still on stopping the bleed on Wall Street, smart tech companies will likely take a page out of Warren Buffet's playbook by looking for merger and acquisition opportunities with stocks at multi-year lows.
Australian IT services providers have escaped entanglement in the US financial meltdown and report business conditions are remaining steady.
September 2008 will certainly go down as one of the blackest months in Wall Street history. Venerable financial institutions such as Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, and AIG abruptly vanished or were radically overhauled. Investors lost loads of money -- in some cases, fortunes -- and ordinary taxpayers are now finding themselves funding an industry bailout that could cost a staggering US$700 billion, perhaps even more.
In the coming weeks the feds and the surviving financial services institutions will have the daunting task of unraveling all the securitized loans and other instruments that are hiding the toxic investments. But does the technology exist to do that? And if so, could it have been used to prevent the bad debt from hitting the fan in the first place?
Some of Australia’s largest systems integrators remain unconvinced on the benefits of signing up with traditionally direct PC giant, Dell. Nearly 12 months after launching its first partner program in the US, Dell announced an Australian version last week.
IT industry associations have warmly applauded a proposal to change an Australian research and development tax concession into a more simplified credit to boost local innovation.
A look at this year's job cutbacks at HP, Dell, Sun and other top technology companies
Concerns around who will assume responsibility for Optima’s substantial list of warranties has left channel players debating the value of third-party coverage as opposed to in-house contingency plans.
As companies look to economize in a weak economy worsened by rising energy costs, it may be more tempting than ever to consider outsourcing your IT -- whether to a cloud-based provider, to a shop in your town, or to a provider in some far-off land. Certainly, outsourcing has worked well for many companies, but it can also lead to business-damaging nightmares, says Larry Harding, founder and president of High Street Partners, a global consultancy that advises company on how to expand overseas. After all, if outsourcers fail, you're left holding the bag without the resources to fix the problem.
The unravelling of ASX-listed integrator, Commander, has left many rivals scrambling to assuage customer concerns and minimise its impact on the broader IT channel.
Connecting your application into the Amazon Web Services (AWS) isn't complicated, particularly if you've done Web service programming on other projects.
Amazon's Web Services (AWS) are based on a simple concept: Amazon has built a globe-spanning hardware and software infrastructure that supports the company's Internet business, so why not modularize components of that infrastructure and rent them? It is akin to a large construction company in the business of building interstate highways hiring out its equipment and expertise for jobs such as putting in a side road, paving a supermarket parking lot, repairing a culvert, or just digging a backyard swimming pool.
Escalating freight costs and a slowing market are forcing leading hardware distributors to put their cost structures under the microscope.
Who wouldn't want to live in a "cloud"? The term is a perfect marketing buzzword for the server industry, heralding images of a gauzy, sunlit realm that moves effortlessly across the sky. There are no suits or ties in this world, just toga-clad Greek gods who do as they please and punish at whim, hurling real lightning bolts and not merely sarcastic IMs. The marketing folks know how to play to the dreams of server farm admins who spend all day in overgrown shell scripts and impenetrable acronyms.
It might sound funny, but nobody should be in any doubt that small business is big business in Australia.
CA this week is set to unveil a slew of security, management and automation products that have industry watchers and IT managers speculating the embattled software vendor may succeed at making its technology better integrated and easier to use.
IT research firms service two separate groups of clients -- technology vendors, which constitute the "sell" side of the market, and organizations seeking advice on technology purchases, the "buy" side of the equation.
Every significant cybersecurity attack or breach starts with attackers finding a vulnerability or exploiting a weakness at an endpoint. Whether that’s a user accidentally opening a malicious file, a server breached by an application vulnerability, a ransomware attack or some other breach, it’s critical that endpoint devices are protected.. Read more