Eastern seaboard dwellers generally recognise Cooma as the windswept town where you buy a coffee and chips on the way to the Snowy Mountains. With its population of 7500 and predominantly agricultural economy, it seems hardly the place for a test pad for what could become a revolution in communications in regional Australia.
Integration and Services: News
Systems integrators and VARs are in an excellent position to take advantage of application service provider (ASP) growth, according to Paula Hunter, president of the ASP Industry Consortium.
An Australian technology company has taken credit for a global e-commerce standard designed to allay consumer fears, particularly of privacy and security, over the Internet.
In a twist on the application service provider (ASP) model, Internet service provider Asia Online will rent thin-client dedicated terminals as well as applications when it launches an ASP service here in October.
Study: Users trust Net info, ASP market yet to settle
Global Logistics Technologies (G-Log) and New Meadows Venture Partners last week launched SupplyLinks, an Internet-based global supply chain network, to link customers to various transportation modes and service providers through a single platform.
Looking to be a nimble player in the fast-moving application service (ASP) market, Ernst & Young Technologies last week renamed itself EYT and spun-off from Cap Gemini Ernst & Young U.S. LCC to offer application services for mid-sized companies.
In an attempt to reduce online credit-card fraud, Visa USA in San Francisco has announced 10 "commandments" for online merchants to guard its cardholders' information. According to media sources, Visa intends to follow up this announcement with the release of the details of a broad online security program.
The venture capital community remains bullish on the Internet economy, pumping a record $US15 billion into business services, network software and telecommunications startups in the second quarter of this year, according to the latest Price- waterhouseCoopers LLP/Network World Venture Capital Survey.
AIIA announces new e-commerce task force, E-business alliance forged, E-commerce offering
In an effort to keep ahead of the pack, Internet service provider WebCentral is pursuing untapped markets in Australia and the Asia-Pacific. Having opened branch offices in Melbourne this month, WebCentral is in the process of growing its management team by 30 and CEO Lloyd Ernst says that a listing on Nasdaq is on the cards for the second quarter next year.
The future may offer a mixed blessing: you'll have free Internet access, but you'll pay for it by viewing ads. And the ads are getting smarter. Custom advertising, targeted at your interests, will populate the banners that you may put up with to get free Internet access, according to a recent study released in the US by analyst Strategis Group.
Australians are continuing to embrace digital technologies at an ever-increasing rate, according to a recent report released by the National Office for the Information Economy (NOIE). Australia is rated among the top five technologically-savvy countries in the world, with 82 per cent of 12-24 year olds reporting that they regularly access the Internet. Adult Internet use has also crept up, with 43 per cent of adult Australians having reportedly accessed the Internet.
Peer-to-peer (P-to-P) technology, the type of system that Napster uses, is moving into the e-business and business-to-business world, trying to shake the stigma associated with the Napster copyright controversy. Because P-to-P links multiple data sites into one network and can search all those sources, no matter where they may be located, customers can quickly find exactly what they're looking for, thus eliminating some of the frustration involved in tracking down the content or products they need.
Internet legend Robert Elz may be poised to step down as Australia's top gun in the Internet domain space.
The increasingly competitive Internet industry has given birth to a promising new delivery model. Web development company HarvestRoad is taking a community-based approach to Web design services delivery.
Jade goes rental, Oracle plays iHost with ASP strategy, I can't, says ICANN, Microsoft finally evicts pesky cybersquatters
Web-enabled businesses can make annual cuts in expenditure of up to 20 per cent. That's the marketing catchcry of PricewaterhouseCoopers' business-to-business portal, e.conomy.
Last week's decision by ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) to add new top-level domain names to the ubiquitous .com, .net and .org has been met with mixed reaction from Australian domain registration companies.
The purchase of ailing e-tailer TheSpot by retail chain David Jones (DJs), reported in ARN earlier this month, has proved a boon for startup e-commerce integrator Cortex.