8: 1999 in review - August

A summary of the year's big stories: August 1999

August 1999

  • Nine local PC assemblers band together to launch the Computer Manufacturers Association of New Zealand.
  • Theresa Gattung is named as Telecom CEO replacing Roderick Deane.
  • New Zealand Sun agent Solnet establishes a development centre to focus on bespoke Java solutions.
  • Telecom awards its $1.5 billion information systems outsourcing contract to EDS and Microsoft. The 10-year agreement covers all of Telecom's IS services and online solutions.
  • Pressure on Telecom’s 0867 numbering increases following the Crown Law Office’s advice to government that the scheme may breach the Kiwi Share arrangement.
  • ISOCNZ launches the New Zealand Internet Code of Practice.
  • IBM pulls out of the police INCIS project. Both parties say they will take legal action with the government suing and IBM counter-suing.
  • Online auction house Trade Me removes some of the software for sale on its site, because of concerns about piracy.
  • A local government survey on Y2K readiness finds that only 2% of New Zealand’s population is covered by a council that has successfully tested and implemented a continuity plan for Y2K problems.
  • Motorola, Nortel and Lucent are short-listed by Telecom as potential strategic partners for its new CDMA (code division multiple access) cellular digital network.
  • New Zealand Post wins a multi-million contract to install its Post-Link system into the South African Post Office (SAPO).
  • Compaq announces layoffs of up to 8,000 employees, or 11% of its workforce world wide following two quarters of losses.
  • Clear Communications and Jade each announce application service provider pilots.
  • The world wide global positioning system (GPS) reaches the end of its date cycle and resets itself to zero.
  • Advantage Group signs a conditional agreement to buy Internet developer and service provider, Glazier Systems for $7.1 million.
  • Australia’s Solution 6 Holdings, which supplies business systems to accountants, says it will buy its New Zealand distributor to underpin its intended launch as an ASP (renting software across the Internet) and portal company in this country.
  • Storage vendor EMC buys Data General for $US1.1 billion.
  • Silicon Graphics cuts 1500 jobs due to restructuring. SGI New Zealand managing director Peter Vanderbeke doesn’t think the local operation will be affected.
  • Auckland City Libraries expands its pilot of a New Zealand cash card solution with network computers to the entire library, and says it will roll it out to its community libraries later in the year.
  • The government says it will require Telecom to provide separate financial accounts for its "local loop" business and to disclose the costs of complying with Kiwi Share obligations (KSOs).
  • ERP company PeopleSoft announces KPMG as its first partner for offering a range of outsourcing options including an ASP (applications service provider) model.
  • Market research company IDC says the New Zealand PC market has grown 12.7% in the second quarter compared to the same period last year.
  • Clear Communications says it is developing an IP-based wide area network (WAN) to provide broadband access to high-speed networking for local business.
  • The New Zealand Herald's decides to scrap the Atex Deadline and EdPage system and adopt a new Windows NT-based publishing system Cybergraphic.
  • Heralding the government’s desire to move to a knowledge economy, the government announces its Bright Future package. It is designed to lift New Zealand’s economic growth rate from 3% to around 5%. The project will spend $220 million over four years targeting education as well as R&D funding.
  • Harvey Norman Australia drops Compaq in response to Compaq opening its own retail stores there.
  • Turners delays the start of an online real-time auction system, due to unforseen complexities.
  • In an Australasian first Hitachi Data Systems signs up Sealcorp as its distributor in an effort to make it easier for users to buy storage gear.
  • An IDC survey shows that multifunction inkjet printers are increasingly dominating printer sales.
  • Former distributor Brian Eardley-Wilmot sets up a new computer crime fighting service called Computer Forensics.
  • Three Christchurch youths are sentenced to community service in the Christchurch District Court and ordered to pay reparation on charges relating to fraud using the Internet.
  • New Zealand owned ERP software house, Quanta Systems, makes large sales to China and Macau.
  • The Southern Cross high bandwidth telecommunications cable lands at Takapuna completing its trans-Tasman stretch.
  • The establishment of a computer laboratory at Auckland University highlights the growing importance of IT for the legal profession.