Featured IT News

Saigon Technology named as top Agile software outsourcer in Vietnam

08 February 2023 in Development

Saigon Technology has been rated as the top software outsourcer in Vietnam by outsourcing ratings and information site outsourcing.com.

BioCatch chooses Australia for its Asia-Pacific headquarters

08 February 2023 in Strategy

Biometric intelligence and fraud prevention technology provider BioCatch has established an Australian headquarters in Melbourne as it expands operations across…

Microsoft brings AI to Bing and Edge

08 February 2023 in Business Software

Microsoft has debuted a new version of its Bing search engine using AI technology from OpenAI, along with an update…

ASI Solutions awarded HealthShare Victoria contract

08 February 2023 in Deals

Technology solutions to mid-market provider ASI Solutions has secured a contract with HealthShare Victoria (HSV) for the provision of mobile…

Teradata appoints Richard Petley as EVP, Go-to-Market, International

08 February 2023 in People Moves

Data platform provider Teradata has announced that Richard Petley has taken on a newly expanded role as EVP, International.

Sydney man to perform community service over Optus scam bid

08 February 2023 in Security

A Sydney man has been ordered to perform 100 hours of community service by the Sydney Downing Centre District Court…

.au direct boosts Australian domain registrations

07 February 2023 in Development

The number of domains in the overall .au namespace increased 22 percent to 4,160,209, according to auDA's latest quarterly report.

Optus expands Digital Thumbprint Program across regional Australia

07 February 2023 in Telecoms & NBN

Optus has announced an expansion to its Digital Thumbprint Program,, marking the 20th anniversary of Safer Internet Day today, and…

Wiz opens Sydney data centre

07 February 2023 in Strategy

Cloud security platform operator Wiz now has an Australian data centre, allowing it to serve clients that have particular data…

KPMG signs deal to acquire SAP specialist Think180

07 February 2023 in Deals

Professional services firm KPMG Australia has signed an agreement to acquire the business of Adelaide-headquartered SAP Asset, Work and Project…

Tablet, Chromebook shipments followed downward trend last year

07 February 2023 in Hardware

Global shipments of tablets and Chromebooks both fell last year, with the former dropping 3.3% year-on-year while the latter fell…

Top 10 OEMs' chip spending fell by 7.6% in 2022: Gartner

07 February 2023 in Hardware

Spending on semiconductors by the world's top 10 OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) fell by 7.6% year-on-year in 2022, the technology…

Google announces AI service Bard, competitor to ChatGPT

07 February 2023 in Business Intelligence

Search giant Google has announced a new experimental conversational AI service known as Bard which will be a competitor to…

Operator 5G revenue to reach US$625 billion by 2027, as 6G development shows promise: research

06 February 2023 in Strategy

Operators are forecast to generate US$625 billion from 5G services globally by 2027; rising from $310 billion in 2023, according…

FinTech Australia, FData ANZ call on ACCC to intervene in ING Bank CDR decision

06 February 2023 in Technology Regulation

The peak body for the Australian financial services, technology and innovation FinTech industry, FinTech Australia and FData ANZ, a not-for-profit…

Breaking IT News

i-PRO debuts scene change detection in its cameras

08 February 2023 in Home Tech

Professional security solutions for surveillance and public safety provider i-PRO will install an AI Scene Change Detection to its edge-based…

D-Link launches D-View 8 network management system for high-precision network and traffic monitoring

08 February 2023 in Networking

D-Link has launched its new D-View 8 network management system, coming in both a standard and enterprise edition. Both packages…

harisson.ai deploys Nvidia DGX A100 systems on Equinix

08 February 2023 in Data Centres

Clinician-led healthcare artificial intelligence and Nvidia Inception member harisson.ai has deployed eight Nvidia DGX A100 systems in an Equinix International…

Tyro Go now available in Telstra stores

08 February 2023 in Deals

Mobile Eftpos reader Tyro Go is now available in more than 300 Telstra stores and business technology centres.

Zoho adds UC and boosts collaboration tech

08 February 2023 in Business Software

SaaS provider Zoho has moved into the unified communications market with the new Zoho Trident, and has introduced additional capabilities…

FYI appoints David McKay as chief operating officer

07 February 2023 in People Moves

Document management and process automation for accountants specialist FYI has appointed David McKay as Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Yuima Nakazato and Epson make a case for digital textile printing at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

07 February 2023 in Print Solutions

Japanese fashion designer Yuima Nakazato has collaborated with computer printer and information and imaging-related equipment manufacturer Epson to incorporate digital…

AIATSIS taps Nutanix to digitise its archives

07 February 2023 in Enterprise Solutions

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Studies has tapped hybrid multicloud computing company Nutanix to digitise its collection…

BigCommerce expands Multi-Storefront (MSF) for merchants

07 February 2023 in Enterprise Solutions

Open SaaS ecommerce platform BigCommerce has announced Multi-Storefront previously only available for enterprise merchants, is now available as a self-service…

Nokia introduces new Wavence microwave solutions to ‘extend the reach’ of 5G deployments in urban and rural environments

07 February 2023 in Market

Nokia has announced the availability of the UBT-m XP, the latest addition to its award-winning Wavence product family designed to…

MG Motors to reveal new ZS long-range electric vehicle at Fully Charged Live

06 February 2023 in Automotive

Car manufacturer MG Motors will reveal its new ZS electric vehicle with a long range of 440km, alongside the first…

Zeller 'doubles addressable market' and takes on the big four with new financial services offering

06 February 2023 in Enterprise Solutions

Hitting a 30,000 customer milestone, Zeller launches a new transaction account, debit card and app, enabling any type of business…








Popular News

Subscribe to Newsletter

*  Enter the security code shown:




Guest Opinion

Guest Interviews

Guest Reviews

Guest Research

Guest Research & Case Studies

Channel News


Tuesday, 28 June 2011 12:44

SA Coalition slams shared services 'œdisaster'

South Australia's Shadow Finance Minister Rob Lucas has added to a long-running series of attacks on the Labor State Government's handling of technology initiatives, labelling its implementation of a series of shared services centres as an "unmitigated disaster" that had blown out by $68 million.

The state's shared services initiative was announced in late 2006 as a project that would streamline and simplify corporate and business support services '” such as finance, payroll and ICT functions '” from individual agencies into one organisation, Shared Services SA. It's an approach that has been followed by other state governments in Western Australia and Queensland, with very mixed results.

Lucas has been a long-time critic of the program, and this week handed the State Government another serve over its efforts.

'When the Shared Services project was originally approved in 2007/08, implementation costs were approved at $60 million and there were going to be annual savings of $60 million a year from last year and continuing into the future,' Lucas said in a statement issued this week.

He stated that in evidence to the state's Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee, several treasury officials had stated that implementation costs were actually $128 million '” $68 million above the original $60 million planned.

'Shared Services initiatives in other states like Queensland have already been shelved due to serious cost/saving problems,' said Lucas, referring to the state's controversial decision in mid-2010 to broadly walk away from its ICT shared services strategy, following a series of damning reports into its delivery, as well as its disastrous payroll systems implementation at Queensland Health.

'It is now time for Labor to admit this is a disaster and review whether or not it should be proceeded with under the current guidelines,' said Lucas.

'At the very least there needs to be significant change to the proposal including tighter controls to prevent these massive blowouts. This is yet another example of the slack financial management of this Labor Government, which means tens of millions of taxpayers' dollars are wasted whilst schools and hospitals struggle for funding.'

Lucas has also recently renewed his attack on the state's Future ICT program, its long-running project to replace its overarching technology outsourcing contract with IT services giant EDS '” now part of HP's Enterprise Services division. The State Government had planned to save $30 million a year after breaking up the EDS contract into smaller deals with a range of suppliers.

Several weeks ago, Lucas pinioned the state over the issue again.

''¦ various departments have told the Budget and Finance Committee Future ICT actually increased their ICT costs even though Treasury claimed savings and reduced their budgets,' he said in a separate statement. 'It is now time for Labor to explain the reasons why the costs have blown out so much and the savings are virtually non-existent.'

The office of Labor's Patrick Conlon, the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure in the state, has been invited to respond to Lucas' statements.

Image credit: Linusb4, royalty free

Read 2003 times

Please join our community here and become a VIP.

Subscribe to ITWIRE UPDATE Newsletter here
JOIN our iTWireTV our YouTube Community here


Hybrid cloud promises to bring together the best of both worlds enabling businesses to combine the scalability and cost-effectiveness of the cloud with the performance and control that you can get from your on-premise infrastructure.

Reducing WAN latency is one of the biggest issues with hybrid cloud performance. Taking advantage of compression and data deduplication can reduce your network latency.

Research firm, Markets and Markets, predicted that the hybrid cloud market size is expected to grow from US$38.27 billion in 2017 to US$97.64 billion by 2023.

Colocation facilities provide many of the benefits of having your servers in the cloud while still maintaining physical control of your systems.

Cloud adjacency provided by colocation facilities can enable you to leverage their low latency high bandwidth connections to the cloud as well as providing a solid connection back to your on-premises corporate network.

Download this white paper to find out what you need to know about enabling the hybrid cloud in your organisation.



It's all about Webinars.

Marketing budgets are now focused on Webinars combined with Lead Generation.

If you wish to promote a Webinar we recommend at least a 3 to 4 week campaign prior to your event.

The iTWire campaign will include extensive adverts on our News Site itwire.com and prominent Newsletter promotion https://itwire.com/itwire-update.html and Promotional News & Editorial. Plus a video interview of the key speaker on iTWire TV https://www.youtube.com/c/iTWireTV/videos which will be used in Promotional Posts on the iTWire Home Page.

Now we are coming out of Lockdown iTWire will be focussed to assisting with your webinars and campaigns and assistance via part payments and extended terms, a Webinar Business Booster Pack and other supportive programs. We can also create your adverts and written content plus coordinate your video interview.

We look forward to discussing your campaign goals with you. Please click the button below.


Share News tips for the iTWire Journalists? Your tip will be anonymous

Subscribe to Newsletter

*  Enter the security code shown:




Guest Opinion

Guest Interviews

Guest Reviews

Guest Research

Guest Research & Case Studies

Channel News