2004 has a been a big year for IT recruitment, with both jobs and salaries up sharply, and the trend is expected to increase in 2005, according to a half yearly survey of CIOs and senior IT managers.

ICT services group, UXC Limited (ASX:UXC), through its business unit Integ Communications, has won a major Alcatel IP telephony contract with big 4 accounting firm Ernst & Young in one of Australia's largest IP rollouts.

Powerlan Limited (ASX:PWR) has sold its 20% equity in Ranbuild Design Software Pty Ltd (RDS) for $3.2 million to the majority owner of the software, Ranbuild Pty Ltd.

Wednesday, 01 December 2004 21:43

Oakton in $1.5m IT services deal with Tenix


IT consulting and professional services company Oakton Limited (ASX:OKN) today announced a $1.5 million agreement with traffic enforcement technology provider, Tenix Solutions, to provide IT services for the first phase of the development of a global infringement management solution.

There has been a strong global swing to remote working over the last 12 months, driven largely by increased VoIP and broadband usage, according to a new survey from AT&T and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

Wednesday, 01 December 2004 12:41

Ziggy out of Telstra by July 2005


The era of Ziggy Switkowski at the helm of Telstra is over. Dr Switkowski, whose departure was announced by chairman Donald McGauchie earlier today, will leave the carrier by July 2005, unless a replacement CEO can be found earlier. His departure will be a full two years earlier than his seven year tenure.

Retail banking software vendor, Admerex Limited (ASX:ADL) has been awarded $1.54 million in damages plus interest and costs in an 18 month legal case against its former South African parent, Global Technology Limited. ADL claimed that Global Technology failed to fulfil contractual obligations and transfer funds to Australia following the agreement for the companies split up.

Wednesday, 01 December 2004 06:42

CommSecure wins e-payments deal with MLC


Electronic payments provider, CommSecure Limited (ASX:CMS), has won a deal for an undisclosed amount to provide a custom online fee collection system for advisors at Australian wealth management group, MLC.

Tuesday, 30 November 2004 22:42

Alphawest issues profit warning after close


In an after close announcement, systems integrator, Alphawest Limited (ASX:ALW), has warned that it expects the full year profit result for 2004 will be well below the company's prospectus forecast issued in February this year.

S P Telemedia Limited (ASX:SOT) announced today that it had acquired Comindico Holdings Pty Limited from the Cisco appointed receivers, McGrath Nicol, for just $27.5 Million, less than 10% of the estimated $400 million it cost to build the IP network.

Thursday, 25 November 2004 07:13

Sensitive new age recruiter


It is not often that you come across a recruitment agent that takes time out to think about unsuccessful job applicants. However, Vincent Teubler, managing director VTR Consulting, is not just any recruitment agent. Teubler belongs to that rare breed that is sometimes referred to as a SNARC (Sensitive New Age Recruitment Consultant).

IT services firm Sonnet Corporation Ltd (ASX: SNN) has announced anticipated EBIT of $3.7-$4.0 million for the year ending June 2005.

Tuesday, 30 November 2004 04:23

People Telecom to list in NZ


Junior telco, People Telecom Limited (ASX:PEO), has announced its intention to list on the New Zealand Stock Exchange, on 2 December 2004.

The Boards of SP Telemedia (ASX:SOT) and B Digital (AX:BBB) announced today that the two companies had signed a binding heads of agreement to form a strategic alliance. The agreement will involve BBB paying SOT about $110 million worth of shares and cash, resulting in SOT owning a 30% stake in BBB.

Business telecommunications provider, PowerTel (ASX:PWT), has announced record new sales orders of more than $5 million for the month of October, sending its shares up 14% at  the close of the day.

A contract of sale has now been signed between Pacsoft Limited (ASX:PAC) and Diamond Lilly Pty Ltd, a company controlled by Pacsoft founder Andrew Darbyshire, to purchase the Pacsoft IT business for $220,000 and taking over of all liabilities of the company. The deal is subject to shareholder approval.

Junior telco People Telecom Limited (ASX:PEO) has announced an arrangement with Flight Centre offering travel services to People Telecom business customers who choose a new program called Phone2Fly.

Securities industry software and share registry services provider, Computershare Limited (ASX:CPU) has sold a 26% equity stake in Computershare South Africa to South African empowerment group, the Black Management Forum Investment Company (BMFI).

ICT recruiter, Candle Australia Limited (ASX:CND) has announced that it anticipates a record net profit after tax of around $3 million for the six months to 31 December 2004. This compares to $2.1 million net profit after tax for the previous corresponding period.

Thursday, 25 November 2004 07:46

Datafast buys broadband.com.au portal


Perth-based ISP, Datafast Telecommunications Ltd (ASX: DFT), has acquired the broadband.com.au domain name and portal. The deal includes several thousand pre-registrations of interest in broadband as well as the broadband.com.au domain name.



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