Stories by Computerworld Australia staff

In pictures: Dell User Forum A/NZ 2014

Dell's annual Australia and New Zealand user forum took place at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney this year. Delegates heard insights from Dell executives and got the chance to meet customers such as Holden Racing Team.

In pictures: RSA Asia Pacific & Japan conference

RSA's annual Asia Pacific & Japan conference kicked off in Singapore on Tuesday. RSA executive chairman Arthur W. Coviello called for an end to cyber warfare while Juniper Network's Kevin Kennedy compared the Information Age to the Golden Age of the Roman empire. The conference concludes today.

Top 10 influential 2011: RSA's advanced persistent threat

While the repeated hacking of Sony's PlayStation Network service grabbed mainstream media attention this year, an even more surprising compromise was being played out with RSA's SecurID tokens, earning it a place in the Top 10 Influential list for 2011. The drama began on 18 March 2011 when security vendor RSA discovered it had been hit by an advanced persistent threat (APT) from an undisclosed nation state which took all the information stored on its SecurID tokens. These tokens are used on PCs, USB devices, phones and key fobs in many companies to provide an extra layer of security beyond a username and password for people logging into programs or networks. Two weeks later, US government contractor Lockheed Martin was reportedly forced to pull access to its virtual private network after hackers compromised the SecureID technology.

Google ANZ MD promoted to global mobile sales head

Google's Australia-New Zealand managing director is to head the online giant's global mobile business and mobile ads strategy.
Karim Temsamani will finish up his tenure at the Australian office in September to take on the new role at Google's head office in Mountain View, California from October 1.
“The past three years working with the Google Australia and New Zealand team have been extraordinary and I’m excited to take on a new challenge at Google," Temsamani said in a statement. "There’s no doubt that the future of the internet is mobile and I look forward to playing a greater part in this fast growing and exciting business." Temsamani was an executive at Fairfax Australia before taking up the Google role three years ago.
Meanwhile, expatriate New Zealander Craig Nevill-Manning, who is Google's engineering director, based in New York, is back in New Zealand this month and will give a presentation at Waikato University next week on Google's research into new search formats.
- Additional reporting by David Watson

Australian govt to let ICT suppliers keep IP

The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is claiming a win for ICT suppliers into Federal Government, announcing that such suppliers will be able to retain the intellectual property rights for software they develop under contract with agencies.

Gold mine strikes gold with new network

The Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM) located in the outback of Western Australia has replaced its aging data network with a new system from Nortel.

EDS ANZ reports revenue of $1.5 billion for 2007

EDS Australia last week reported total revenue for 2007 of A$1.2 billion (NZ$1.5 billion).
At a media briefing on Friday, EDS ANZ managing director Chris Mitchell said the company's 2007 profit before tax of A$40 million (NZ$46.8 million) represented a 53% increase on its 2006 result.
Mitchell said EDS has entered 2008 a stronger and more competitive company, achieving significant wins with AAPT and ANZ Bank in New Zealand.
Mitchell said total contract signings for 2007 amounted to A$1.3 billion.
Other significant wins included a contract extension with the Commonwealth Bank to deliver desktop and other end-user services to 44,000 desktops as well as contract extensions with the South Australian government for mainframe and distributed computing services.
Moreover, EDS continues to support Australian Customs as a successful supplier of applications services.
"We have made significant progress on our three horizon strategy by stabilising our business base and improving profitability by more than 770% since 2005," Mitchell said.
In addition to implementing a new industry alignment strategy, EDS launched the Australia Defence Services business and Go for Green initiative to drive further growth.
"Our financial priorities include driving sustainable operating margin and free cash flow improvement, enhancing our capabilities in higher-margin applications services, and expanding and improving our global delivery model," he said.
— with Sandra Rossi

Court fines convicted pirate A$5,000

A man found guilty of possessing and selling pirated copies of DVDs was sentenced to pay fines of A$5,000 (NZ$5,850) plus court costs at the Downing Centre Local Court in Sydney yesterday.