Stories by David Watson

Australia popular choice for job-seeking IT pros: survey

Echoing the findings of AbsoluteIT's <a href=";HighLight=2,AbsoluteIT">recent Employee Intentions Survey</a>, another poll of local IT professionals, by GlobalCareerLink, has found that Australia is an attractive destination for those seeking a change in job.

Over-50s harder to place: recruiter

When asked to comment in the wake of a court case in the US involving alleged age discrimination, one New Zealand IT recruiter, who declined to be named, told Computerworld that it&#8217;s harder for those aged over 50 to find jobs in IT in New Zealand than it is for younger applicants.

Australia a magnet for IT pros: recruiter

Australia is becoming an increasingly attractive destination for developers and other IT professionals, according to AbsoluteIT's latest Employee Intentions Survey.

Snapper smartcard launched in Auckland

Snapper officially launched its smartcards in Auckland this morning and is hoping take-up will match that in Wellington, where CEO Miki Szikszai says the average user makes 300 transactions per year.

HP announces new $60m datacentre south of Auckland

Hewlett Packard will commence construction of a $60 million, 500 sq m datacentre at Tuakau, in the Counties-Manukau region south of Auckland, &#8220;within the next two months&#8221;, HP enterprise services country manager Gavin Greaves says.

Cloud computing coming of age, analyst says

When it comes to cloud computing it is important to remember there are private and public clouds, with many organisations running hybrids, Gartner Singapore principal analyst Errol Rasit said at a Microsoft Cloud Computing Summit in Auckland last week.

What do senior developers really earn?

When the CEO of a New Zealand IT company said, in an article on Computerworld recently, that senior .Net developers could earn up to $130,000-$140,000 per year, some comments on Computerworld&#8217;s website questioned this figure.

CityLink revenue contributes to TeamTalk result

TeamTalk, owner of Wellington's CityLink fibre provider, has reported a net proft of $2.3 million for the six months to December 31, a 21 percent increase on the 2009 second half-year result.
Revenue from CityLink contributed significantly to the result, providing $6.8 million of the group's $15.6 million revenue for the half-year, up from $4 million the previous July-December period. The firm's radio division provided the rest of the revenue.
TeamTalk acquired a majority stake in CityLink in 2006, and later upped its ownership to 100 per cent.
The report accompanying the result notes: &quot;The regulatory haze that has befuddled the telecommunications industry for the last two years is slowly clearing. The overall shape of the government&#8217;s policies in rural telecommunications, urban broadband and the cellular market is starting to emerge. Broadly speaking these policies will increase the penetration of generic broadband products but leave the markets for TeamTalk&#8217;s specialised products largely unaffected.

Printing trends: software, the cloud, sustainability

The days when printers were devices that merely copied other pages and printed electronic documents are long gone; advances in mobility, application development and cloud computing mean that today, the printer fleet is as important a part of an IT manager&#8217;s brief as servers, PCs, laptops and networking gear.