Perth-based ISP Datafast Telecommunications Ltd (ASX: DFT), which is in merger talks with Adelaide-based Chariot Limited (ASX:CTI), has acquired the businesses of the Melbourne-based Affinity ISP group.

Tuesday, 09 November 2004 12:22

Tuddenham takes the wheel at CPT Global

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Gerry Tuddenham, founder and current chairman of CPT Global Limited  (ASX:CGO) has been appointed managing director and chief executive officer. He replaces Peter Corrigan, who has resigned to pursue other interests. Corrigan, who is world renowned expert in Oracle systems tuning, had been with CPT Global for ten years. Tuddenham is also a renowned expert in DB2 systems tuning. In another move at CGO, Martin Caddick has been appointed as general manager European & United Kingdom operations, based in London.

Friday, 07 January 2005 03:00

Cool Electronics Show - a preview

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ImageThe annual CES, or Consumer Electronics Show, is about to kick off in Las Vegas, the gambling capital of the world (although some may claim it's actually Melbourne, Australia), running from Thursday 6th of January to Sunday the 9th, US time.

Tuesday, 09 November 2004 10:34

ASP can mean big bucks

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A few short years ago, when broadband was just a pipe dream (thanks to our innnovative carriers for many it still is), the ASP model of delivering sophisticated applications online in real time was unthinkable.

Australia's original domain name registrar for .com.au, Melbourne IT (ASX:MLB), is diversifying its business further in the wake of increased domain registration competition, with the release of a new suite of online solutions for SMEs.

The partnership between Australian-based Angus Knight Learning and US e-learning vendor Click2learn Inc has been re-launched as SumTotal Australia & New Zealand.

Financial services software vendor, IT&e Limited (ASX:ITE), has signed an agreement to license its software to Penson Worldwide, Canada's largest clearing firm, for use as its on-line trading platform for Fixed Income products.

Monday, 08 November 2004 15:31

Data#3 wins Symantec partner award

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Brisbane-based IT services provider, Data#3 Limited (ASX:DTL), has been awarded the Symantec Channel Partner of the Year 2004, after being chosen from a field of 120 channel partners across Asia Pacific and Japan. Data#3 accepted the award at Symantec's Asia Pacific Channel Partner Conference held recently in Beijing. In 2004, DTL revenues were $176 million and the company employs more than 400 staff from offices on the east coast.

Dual Nasdaq and ASX-listed POS software vendor, Catuity Inc (ASX:CAT) has received written notification the Nasdaq authorities that it is to be de-listed from the small cap market because its stock price has fallen below the US$1 requirement.

The news that Taipei, a city of 3 million, is to install ubiquitous Wi-Fi coverage should not come as a surprise to anyone who has had a taste of wireless broadband via the numerous hot spots springing up around our capitals. What it portends, however, is not good news for traditional carriers.

Tuesday, 09 November 2004 08:21

Sausage Outtrim back on the tech scene

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Australian internet pioneer, Steve Outtrim, is to launch a new Australian high-tech development centre in the heart of the Melbourne CBD.

Microsoft, after years of unsuccessful attempts to make a serious impact in the enterprise applications space, has announced a new souped up edition of Microsoft Office with ERP functions aimed at small businesses. The new version of Office, scheduled for release in late 2005, will include enterprise applications such as accounting, payroll financial management and CRM.

Microsoft is planning to release a new version of its Office program for small businesses that handles accounting and customer management tasks, reports the New York Times/Reuters (5 Nov.). Read more in News Roundup

Nokia has vowed that 50 per cent of its phones would contain music players next year to distinguish its products amid what it expects to be a rapidly slowing market in 2005. Read more in News Roundup.

Saturday, 06 November 2004 12:31

Microsoft's anti-virus program a flop so far

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The New York Times (5 Nov.) says that while virus writers have a price on their heads, in the year since Microsoft kicked off its Anti-Virus Reward Program, it has only tallied a single success. Read more News Roundup.

In an eerie replay of the recent Telstra scenario, Telecom NZ (ASX:TEL) posted solid growth in both revenues and earnings for the September quarter only to see its share price drop.

Technology One (ASX:TNE) boss, Adrian Di Marco, painted a bleak future for PeopleSoft users in the wake of an Oracle take-over at today's AGM.

Electronic payments provider, Bill Express Limited (ASX: BXP), has added 23 more organisations to its network of customers, with a number of additions in the local government sector. The new clients recently signed contracts with BXP to accept payment for their bills through its electronic payments network. The payment options include: over the counter, service ATM in Coles supermarkets, interactive voice recognition by telephone and internet biller website.

Friday, 05 November 2004 06:22

Offshorers "jubilant" at Bush win

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India's outsourcing companies are jubilant at the reelection of US president George Bush, predicting that the trend toward outsourcing by American companies will now become even more pronounced, reports The New York Times (4 Nov). Between them, offshorers Infosys and Wipro, added more than 10,000 employees in the September quarter. See story in News Roundup.

 

Thursday, 04 November 2004 17:16

The end is nigh for print media

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The news that ASX listed products and services provider McPherson's Limited has sold off its telephone directories printing business for $16 million to its main competitor in that space, PMP, should come as no surprise to anyone who is remotely aware of technology trends.

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