Stories by Rodney Gedda

Santos drills spreadsheets for BI

Australia's largest domestic gas producer, Santos Limited, has replaced some 80 disparate spreadsheets with a central business intelligence application for financial analysis and business planning.

Commonwealth Bank CIO scores A$1.7m package

Young people considering whether IT is a worthwhile career need look no further than the success of Commonwealth Bank of Australia CIO Michael Harte who increased his total remuneration by nearly A$700,000 (NZ$832,000) this year.

NSW Police to use mobile biometrics by 2009

NSW Police has confirmed it will roll out a new state-wide system of Criminal Infringement Notices (CINs) with the aid of a biometric finger scanning device from 2009 in an effort to reduce paperwork and court attendances.

Suncorp leads green IT revolution

Banking and insurance giant Suncorp is leveraging a unique opportunity to overhaul its IT infrastructure to bring it in line with the company's environment friendly philosophy.

Mainframe development course shifts to Canberra

A mainframe training joint venture between Griffith University and Global Online Learning has come to an end as the provider moves closer to government departments in Canberra, which are recruiting big iron skills.

Bank exec recommends more software security scrutiny

Since establishing a technology risk and security team more than two years ago, the National Australia Bank (NAB) has delivered a scathing report on the insecurity of enterprise software, including that provided by information security vendors themselves.

Tasmanian education to upgrade wireless

The Department of Education in Tasmania will implement new wireless networks to replace some 800 existing access points across a number of state schools and its internal ITS department in Hobart.

University warns of Estonian-style cyber war

Australia needs to increase funding for and expand initiatives to protect critical infrastructure if it is to avoid a cyber war similar to the one that has struck Estonia for the past three weeks, according to a Deakin University professor.

New South Wales Education goes virtual

The New South Wales Department of Education and Training (DET) has completed an 18-month project to enable virtualisation across its x86 infrastructure, pushing over 100 virtual servers into production.

Gartner closes consulting business in Australia, Hong Kong

Consulting firm Gartner this week decided to end its consulting operations in Australia and Hong Kong. The decision to end its operations and lay off 18 people has surprised other industry players, which say the move resulted from misguided strategy.

Open source more than hot air for gift e-tailer

Gift retailer RedBalloon Days prides itself on delivering experiences for people. And, since is formation in 2001, the company’s rapid rise can be attributed to building its applications on top of open source software, says its founder.