Featured IT News

Optus responds to COVID 19 with ‘A G’Day a Day’ social media campaign

09 April 2020 in Telecoms & NBN

Australia’s second largest telco Optus has launched a new campaign - A G’day a Day - in response to the…

Victoria University sets up COVID 19 emergency student support fund

09 April 2020 in Education

Victoria University has launched an emergency support fund to help students with vital financial assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID 19: Google Cloud launches virtual agent support program

09 April 2020 in Health

Google Cloud has launched a virtual agent support program designed to help healthcare, public health, and non-profit industries quickly build…

COVID 19: My Health Record using technology to deliver social distancing for healthcare

09 April 2020 in Health

The My Health Record digital health program says technology is poised to further help Australians during the COVID-19 pandemic through…

AIIA urges govt not to pass changes to R&D tax incentive

09 April 2020 in Government Tech Policy

The Australian Information Industry Association has urged the Federal Government to drop its plans for changing the research and development…

Fingerprint authentication only safe in a fifth of cases: Cisco team

09 April 2020 in Security

Researchers from Cisco's Talos Intelligence Group say that using fingerprints for security is likely to work about 20% of the…

Signal dev uses COVID-19 crisis to warn against encryption ban

09 April 2020 in Security

A developer of the messaging app Signal, that offers end-to-end encryption, has used the situation created by the ongoing COVID-19…

COVID-19: TeamViewer offers online collaboration software free of charge to schools, universities

08 April 2020 in Health

Germany-based remote control and collaboration software provider TeamViewer has made its online collaboration software solution Blizz available for free to…

ACCC authorises Australian Securitisation Forum members to ‘work together’ during COVID-19 crisis

08 April 2020 in Market

Australia’s competition regulator the ACCC has granted interim authorisation for members of the Australian Securitisation Forum (ASF) to work together…

Human Rights Law Centre calls for ‘greater transparency’ for Govt’s Covid 19 phone app

08 April 2020 in Apps

Australia’s Human Rights Law Centre has called for greater transparency to be given to the Federal Government’s recently launched Coronavirus…

Toyota Australia acquires Revolution Software Services

08 April 2020 in Deals

Toyota Australia has acquired Sydney-based software development and implementation company Revolution Software Services.

Blackberry claims China-connected groups targeting Linux servers

08 April 2020 in Security

Canadian security software and services firm Blackberry claims five attack groups serving the interests of China have been targeting Linux…

Glenn Maiden takes up role as threat intelligence chief at FortiGuard Labs ANZ

07 April 2020 in People Moves

Security vendor Fortinet has appointed Glenn Maiden as director of threat intelligence at FortiGuard Labs Australia and New Zealand.

Hyland Australia plans push into government

07 April 2020 in Market

Content services vendor Hyland is planning a major push into the Australian government sector, where it believes it is underrepresented.…

COVID-19: Healthcare system needs new technologies to meet ‘challenges’, says ATSE

07 April 2020 in Health

Australia’s healthcare system must quickly incorporate technologies including remote consulting, wearable monitors and full digitisation if it is to meet…

Microsoft, University of Sydney collaborate to build AI-infused Corona chatbot

07 April 2020 in Health

The University of Sydney says it has used Microsoft cognitive services to build an AI-infused bot in “double-quick time” that…

‘Critical’ time for mobile services as COVID-19 impacts industry growth: analyst

07 April 2020 in Business Telecommunications

Increasing competition and the lowest net increase for six years had already put pressure on Australia’s mobile carriers even before…

Mobile industry group slams rumours linking 5G and COVID-19

07 April 2020 in Telecoms & NBN

The head of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association, a lobby group for the mobile industry, has described claims being spread…

Breaking IT News

Nintex unveils enhancements to Workflow Cloud

10 April 2020 in Cloud

Process management and automation vendor Nintex, has announced significant enhancements to its cloud-first process automation solution - Nintex Workflow Cloud…

MMJ trading below net asset value; implies 150% share price upside

09 April 2020 in Listed Tech

ASX VENDOR ANNOUNCEMENT:  Cannabis stocks have had a challenging year with huge selloffs seen across the sector. Yet this presents…

Cohesity adds a quarter of a billion to capital

09 April 2020 in Deals

Data management vendor Cohesity has raised US$250 million in series E funding.

Dennis joins Board as sales director

09 April 2020 in People Moves

Decision-making platform provider Board International has appointed Nic Dennis as sales director for Australia and New Zealand.

realme releases budget smartphone for $269

09 April 2020 in Mobility

Chinese phone manufacturer realme has launched a budget smartphone in Australia, with the realme C3 costing just $269 and available…

Online job ads take a hammering due to coronavirus pandemic

09 April 2020 in Recruitment

National job listings on the online site SEEK declined by 65.3% during the week that ended on 5 April, the…

Sydney Broadcast Services business expands network, creates new opportunities

08 April 2020 in Storage & Cloud Storage

VENDOR CONTRIBUTION: MediaHub used to cater to the Australian broadcast industry and over the years has transitioned into providing cloud…

Empired appoints Darren Stahlhut to customer experience team

08 April 2020 in People Moves

IT services provider Empired has expanded its customer experience team with the appointment of Episerver executive Darren Stahlhut as national…

TCL announces new 5G router, heart-rate monitoring earphones

08 April 2020 in Hardware

Close on the heels of releasing its first self-branded smartphones, TCL Communication has announced four smart connected devices: a 5G…

Vodafone offers new plan for financially-affected customers

08 April 2020 in Mobility

Vodafone Hutchison Australia will introduce a temporary $10 per month mobile subscription plan from 20 April onwards to help customers…

Israel used one zero-day in cyber attacks since 2012: claim

08 April 2020 in Security

Israel has used just one zero-day vulnerability in attacks it has crafted during the period 2012-19, if research by the…

Red Hat appoints Cormier as CEO, Whitehurst to head IBM

08 April 2020 in Open Source

IBM-owned open source provider Red Hat has appointed Paul Cormier as its president and chief executive, succeeding Jim Whitehurst who…

Git version control system hits 15 year milestone

07 April 2020 in The Linux Distillery

Happy birthday, Git. The open source distributed version control system was first released on April 7th 2005, and thus today…

Solving the Top Four Digital Transformation Challenges

07 April 2020 in Strategy

GUEST OPINION* by Nicholas Hollings, Equinix: Most enterprises understand the digital imperative but face significant challenges on the path to…

Myriota raises $28m in series B funding round

07 April 2020 in Space

South Australia-based Myriota, a connectivity provider for nanosatellite Internet of Things devices, undertaken a $28 million series B funding round…

Consumer IoT vendors seen growing 10% in 2020 despite pandemic

07 April 2020 in Internet of Things

Wearable bands, smart personal audio devices and smart speakers will show growth of 9.8% to 718 million units in 2020,…

TCL announces first self-branded smartphones; one 5G model

07 April 2020 in Mobility

TCL Communication, better known for its range of cheap television sets, has announced its first lot of self-branded smartphones, the…

The Wine Collective connects with Boomi

07 April 2020 in Business Software

Wine merchant The Wine Collective (TWC) is using Boomi to integrate its diverse applications and to connect with third parties…

Staying Strong Amidst Constant Cyber Threats

07 April 2020 in Security

VENDOR CONTRIBUTION: The last decade has seen a phenomenal rise in all forms of cyber related activity. 

Review - GIGABYTE AERO 15 OLED performance laptop for gamers and creatives alike

06 April 2020 in Computers & peripherals

Taiwanese-based GIGABYTE Technology has long been well-known for its motherboards and video cards. The AERO 15 OLED is among its…

More COVID-19 freebies

06 April 2020 in Business Software

A growing number of businesses are making their services freely available during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Popular News



Subscribe to Newsletter

*  Enter the security code shown:



Recent Comments

Monday, 09 April 2018 16:44

SAS Global Forum 2018 aims to inspire the extraordinary


Big data analytics software vendor SAS opened its 2018 Global Forum with the theme "inspire the extraordinary", saying the power to do good with data is limitless in the hands of lifelong learners.

The conference opened with its keynote presentation, watched in person by some 5000 SAS practitioners in Denver, Colorado, and streamed online to an anticipated 30,000 viewers.


SAS was founded on 1 July 1976, and has continued to record growth every year. The company remains privately-owned, invests heavily in research and development, and has a culture and workplace which provided inspiration to Google ’s development of its Googleplex.

SAS commenced life as a statistical analysis system (hence the name) in North Carolina State University as a project to analyse agricultural research, with NSCU faculty member Dr Jim Goodnight being a co-founder and, from the date of inception to now, 41 years later, the chief executive.

Things are very different from the days of an agricultural statics project; SAS had revenues of $US 3.24 billion in FY2017 and, according to IDC research, holds 30.5% of the analytics and predictive insights market, more than twice that of its nearest competitor.

The company is showing no signs of abating. “The SAS innovation engine has been revving at full speed,” Goodnight said.

He told SAS users that “innovation is a two-way street. You spark our desire to build bigger and better software and we provide the tools to enable you to make breakthroughs with your data".

Regarding modern technology, Goodnight said “your breakthroughs are happening faster and faster due to a convergence of factors”, – specifically, the processing and collaborative power unlocked by the cloud, which itself is enabled by the vast enhancements in technology today in computing power, storage, virtualisation and networking.

In many ways, it is as if the world has caught up with SAS. While Goodnight and his project partners saw the transformative power of data analytics back in the 1970s when computing power was far more restricted to academia and large institutions, it has only really become mainstream and a topic that has reached the ears of the entire C-suite within the last decade.

Certainly, my observations are “the cloud” has been the big trend in recent years as technology advanced sufficiently to make it possible. Yet, the cloud is not an end in itself; the cloud is an enabler, which brings great power, storage and capability to any business, no matter its size or income or industry, and now the cloud is established as “the new normal” way of conducting business, the new benefits it brings are now being seen. In 2017 the new trend I observed was machine learning, with companies striving to inject this into their applications, making smart decisions on a scale that no human operator could seek to compete with, creating efficiencies and unlocking new knowledge.

While ML is the modern trend, the mathematics underpinning it — making a model, training and refining the model using data, implementing an algorithm to make decisions and predictions — is the very basis of SAS.

For SAS’ 2018 roadmap, Goodnight explained the computing power now available accelerates artificial intelligence, and it also accelerates Internet of Things analysis.

IoT is a big one, SAS sees, in a world increasingly driven by data and connectivity. “By 2025 there will be 55 billion connected devices, and just next year, 2019, about 40% of IoT data will need to be acted upon,” Goodnight said. How can a human seek to keep up? Most IoT data gathered today goes unanalysed, but Goodnight says with automated analysis this will be possible. Consequently, he says, SAS will continue to build on its strengths but will add new strengths in IoT.

Oliver Schabenberger, executive vice-president, chief operating officer and chief technology officer, added, “A very bright light is shining today on analytics; it’s a differentiator between those who use it strategically and those who use it tactically. We can solve bigger and bigger problems with the cloud, server farms and the capacity of computing. Technology has driven analytics but not it is reverse; analytics drives technology and has become a disruptive force in itself.”

Schabenberger notes, “Artificial intelligence in the form of rule-based expert systems has been around for decades. The AI systems we celebrate today perform with super-human capabilities in image and speech recognition, can detect credit card fraud, can monitor health systems, and so many other things all built on optimisation techniques to find solutions to a problem.”

SAS was founded on the belief analytics is a transformative technology, Schabenberger said. “Analytics optimises workflow, reduces the cost of manufacturing, improves quality, enhances healthcare and so much more. At SAS, we believe in Dr Goodnight’s vision we can improve lives through analytics, and that curiosity is at the heart of progress.”

“In the hands of lifelong learners, the power to do good with data is limitless,” he said.

Goutam Chakraborty, chair, SAS Global Forum 2018, stated, “Passion is something at the core of our being. Passion defines us. It starts at a young age. It’s fuelled by our desire to understand the world around us. It makes us unique. It drives us to do the things others don’t. It makes us extraordinary.”

With this, SAS launched its Global Forum for 2018, challenging its user base to innovate, to be curious, to be passionate about solving problems, and ultimately to use the power of analytics to bring about good in the world.


The writer is attending SAS Global Forum 2018 as a guest of the company.


As part of our Lead Machine Methodology we will help you get more leads, more customers and more business. Let us help you develop your digital marketing campaign

Digital Marketing is ideal in these tough times and it can replace face to face marketing with person to person marketing via the phone conference calls and webinars

Significant opportunity pipelines can be developed and continually topped up with the help of Digital Marketing so that deals can be made and deals can be closed

- Newsletter adverts in dynamic GIF slideshow formats

- News site adverts from small to large sizes also as dynamic GIF slideshow formats

- Guest Editorial - get your message out there and put your CEO in the spotlight

- Promotional News and Content - displayed on the homepage and all pages

- Leverage our proven event promotion methodology - The Lead Machine gets you leads

Contact Andrew our digital campaign designer on 0412 390 000 or via email andrew.matler@itwire.com



Security requirements such as confidentiality, integrity and authentication have become mandatory in most industries.

Data encryption methods previously used only by military and intelligence services have become common practice in all data transfer networks across all platforms, in all industries where information is sensitive and vital (financial and government institutions, critical infrastructure, data centres, and service providers).

Get the full details on Layer-1 encryption solutions straight from PacketLight’s optical networks experts.

This white paper titled, “When 1% of the Light Equals 100% of the Information” is a must read for anyone within the fiber optics, cybersecurity or related industry sectors.

To access click Download here.


David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.