Beverley Head is a Sydney-based freelance writer who specialises in exploring how and why technology changes everything - society, business, government, education, health. Beverley started writing about the business of technology in London in 1983 before moving to Australia in 1986. She was the technology editor of the Financial Review for almost a decade, and then became the newspaper's features editor before embarking on a freelance career, during which time she has written on a broad array of technology related topics for the Sydney Morning Herald, Age, Boss, BRW, Banking Day, Campus Review, Education Review, Insite and Government Technology Review. Beverley holds a degree in Metallurgy and the Science of Materials from Oxford University and a deep affection for things which are shaken not stirred.
While 54 per cent of Australian organisations plan to increase their data centre investments, fewer than 1 per cent are investing in state-of-the-art data centre transformations – most are instead just replacing old kit with new to squeeze out a bit more life.
When the Department of Defence’s new chief information officer, Peter Lawrence, assumes the position on Monday morning he will have oversight of two data centres, 200 data rooms, almost 3,000 applications, 110,000 workstations and 55,000 separate Access databases – along with a freshly announced $63 million deal with Oracle.
Had it not been for a nasty parasite which Ian Lindgren ingested when deployed with the Australian Army in the Middle East, contractor management company PayMe Australia might never have come into being.