Stories by Rohan Pearce

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How the Queensland Brain Institute deals with its data deluge

Storage can be a headache for any organisation that relies heavily on IT. But Jake Carroll, the senior IT manager (research) at the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI), doesn’t just have to contend with the typical storage needs for a 500-person organisation.

Inside Xero’s mammoth cloud migration

When Xero announced in November that it had completed its shift to a public cloud platform, the accounting software-as-a-service provider claimed that it was one of the largest migrations of its kind to be attempted in Australia and New Zealand.

Google to bring its cloud platform to Australia

Google will next year launch a Sydney Google Cloud Region as part of a significant program of geographical expansion. In addition to Sydney, Google will launch regions in Mumbai, Singapore, Northern Virginia, São Paulo, London, Finland and Frankfurt.

The tech behind Fonterra’s move to activity-based working

Many of the headline shifts to activity-based working (ABW) have been by banks and other companies in the financial services sector. But across the ditch in New Zealand, dairy company Fonterra this year carried out a significant ABW transformation as part of the relocation of its head office.

How to cope after your CIO Googles DevOps

So your CIO thinks that cloud, BYOD and big data are all passé and now has declared The Next Big Thing in the IT department will be DevOps — and hey, even worse, he or she used the Google and has seen that Big Vendor X and Big Vendor Y offer 'DevOps-ready products' so all that it's going to take is picking up a bunch of overpriced automation tools.

NSW Trade & Investment sees future in cloud

The New South Wales Department of Trade and Investment is eyeing a hybrid cloud approach as a stepping stone towards moving away from owning and operating its own infrastructure.

NZ conference to spotlight Drupal's growth

The DrupalSouth conference, held next month in Wellington, New Zealand, will be a chance to register growth of the open source Web platform on both sides of the Tasman according to organisers.

Adobe adds 3D printing support to Photoshop

Software vendor Adobe has added direct support for 3D printing to Photoshop. An updated to the company's subscription-based Creative Cloud suite rolled out on 16 January includes direct support for desktop 3D printers from MakerBot and the Shapeways online 3D printing service.

Trade Me pushes Splunk out of IT and into the business

Machine-generated data analysis and visualisation tool Splunk has shifted from being a pure IT operations tool at New Zealand-based classifieds site Trade Me to a way of delivering near real-time insights to the business.

NZ needs whole-of-government approach to security: IITP

New Zealand needs to adopt a whole-of-government approach to security, according to Paul Matthews. The CEO of the Institute of IT Professionals says his organisation is advocating the creation of a chief information security officer position to oversee government security and provide a single point of reporting for vulnerabilities within government systems.

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