Stories by Stuart Corner

IDC predicts tough competition for IT services vendors

IDC is tipping annual growth of 2.8 percent in the New Zealand IT services market over the next five years, and says IT services providers will need differentiate themselves to secure a share of this growth as cloud services become increasingly commoditised.

Techfugees comes to New Zealand

Techfugees, a global body that aims to get the IT community helping refugees and displaced persons, has opened a chapter in New Zealand.

MBIE gets Orwellian on Square Kilometre Array telescope

New Zealand's astronomy community is reported to be making a last ditch effort to keep the country involved in the massive Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project, but the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), which was leading New Zealand's involvement, has not only withdrawn, it appears to have removed the record of its involvement.

GCSB's cyber-vigilance saved organisations $27m

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) says that the cyber threat defence capabilities of its parent body, the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), reduced harm to New Zealand businesses by $27m during 2018.

Madden Street Auckland made smart, by Spark et al

Spark, Auckland Transport, NB SmartCities, Cisco and Auckland Council’s Panuku Development have teamed up to turn Madden Street in Auckland's Wynyard Quarter into a demonstration smart street, using Spark's LTE Cat-M1 and LoRaWAN IoT communications networks.

Gov't cops flak over abandoned CTO plan

The Government has attracted widespread criticism after announcing, quietly, that it has abandoned its problem-plagued plan to create a government chief technology officer role in favour of an advisory group.

Business boosts NZ PC market as consumers back off

PC shipments in New Zealand grew 1.6 percent year on year for Q3 of 2018 with a 13.2 percent increase in purchases by businesses offsetting a 11.9 percent decline in the consumer market, according to IDC.

Blockchain tipped to boost IT exports

Callaghan Innovation has released a report into the potential of blockchain and distributed ledgers sating they have the potential to drive significant innovation and technology exports and help ICT to become the second biggest contributor to gross domestic product by 2025.

Soul Machines debuts DIY digital human

Soul Machines, the NZ company behind digitally created avatars that can put a human-like face on chatbots, is offerings its customers a tool to enable them to customise its digital creations.

$130m Phase 2 Rural Broadband Initiative /Mobile Black Spots awarded

The Government has awarded contracts worth $130m for the, previously announced expansions of the Rural Broadband Initiative phase two/Mobile Black Spots Fund (RBI2/MBSF) programme saying these will take coverage to 99.8 percent of the population over the next four years.

Spark Lab helps SMEs stay cyber safe

Spark's a digital business mentor programme, Spark Lab, is offering what it describes as a free tool to help businesses assess their cyber-security readiness, and identify and remedy their cyber security weak spots.