Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences, a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies, and is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society.
After persistently saying that data sovereignty doesn't really matter to most customers and that economies of scale meant Australian customers would be served from elsewhere in the Asia Pacific, Microsoft has announced that it is preparing to offer Windows Azure from data centres in NSW and Victoria.
An Australian-designed iOS and Android app helps sports teams deliver information to players and spectators without the burden of developing a custom app.