Stories by Rob O’Neill

Water retailers merge IT for the Supercity

Bulk water and wastewater supplier Watercare is directing the consolidation of ICT for Auckland’s six retail water service providers, ahead of their amalgamation on 1 November.

Microsoft's new tech officer to challenge perceptions

Microsoft has a new National Technology Officer, replacing 12-year veteran Brett Roberts. Mark Rees’ appointment sees the role shifting to Wellington and the focus of the role shifting to government. Rees is on a mission to change perceptions of the company.

Touch tech boosts AJ Hackett experience

World-famous tourism operator AJ Hackett Bungy has deployed a cutting edge touchscreen system, linked by a fibre optic and wireless network, to boost its adventure tourism business.

IDC unveils NZ predictions for 2010

IDC launched its predictions for 2010 last week, featuring consolidated buying in government and a restructure of the ultra-fast broadband plan that, in part, appears to support statements made last week by controversial analyst Paul Budde.
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Transition Authority sheds light on future Supercity ICT

The Auckland Transition Authority (ATA) has outlined its assumptions, draft structures and change processes in a discussion document released to local body staff in the region this afternoon.
The planning is based on a number of key assumptions, including that call centres and ICT will be centralised from November 2010.

Headphone service plan helps win Virgin unit for Phitek

Auckland-based Phitek's noise cancelling headphones may cost more up-front than some competing products, but the company continues to score wins from price-sensitive international airlines, today announcing it has signed up Virgin Blue boutique brand V Australia.

Tech Ed kicks off with a bang and a thump

Microsoft's keynote developer event, Tech Ed, kicked off at Auckland's Sky City convention centre today to the rousing beat of African drums.
Scott Wylie, developer and platform group manager, welcomed developers to the 14th Tech Ed, thanking them for coming despite hard economic times.

'Bugging' code guides network intercepts

The Telecommunications Carriers’ Forum (TCF) has delivered a new interception code to guide telcos and ISPs, when responding to requests for interceptions by law enforcement agencies.

Fuji Xerox NZ slumps to $15m loss

The global financial crisis has driven Fuji Xerox New Zealand deep into the red in its 2009 financial year.
According to financial reports held by the Company’s Office, Fuji Xerox’s combined operations in New Zealand, across its trading and finance companies, lost $15.6 million for the year ended 31 March 2008. That compares with a break even result the previous year.

Gen-i claims 5,000 win-backs for XT

Telecom's IT services devision Gen-i is claiming it has already won 5,000 users back from Vodafone for its XT network and expects 25,000 users of its CDMA network to upgrade to XT by the end of June.
Gen-i’s head of mobile, Joe Caccioppoli, says Gen-i will offer "Gen-i only rates" for data, devices and plans reflecting the spending levels of large corporate clients with the company.

FORUM: Delay in copyright a small victory

The “Blackout” campaigners won a victory last week in getting the implementation of our new copyright law, section 92a which requires ISPs to have a disconnection policy for customers accused of online copyright violation, delayed until 27 March.