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  • 6 tips for interviewing and hiring programmers

    ​Hiring good people is an enormously difficult task. The task is further complicated when interviewing technical talent, as you may not be knowledgeable of all the factors that go into writing good code. On top of that, there are so many factors that go into assessing an individual that go far beyond recognizing skills, experience and education. What makes someone a good fit for a role is seldom seen in a resume; the intangibles are what truly set candidates apart.

    28 April 17 09:29 Written by Joshua Althauser
  • Frogparking launches investment-fuelled recruitment drive

    New Zealand based parking technology company Frogparking says it is hunting for new talent in New Zealand, Australia and the United States as it embarks on a growth programme fuelled by a recent multi-million dollar investment.

    28 April 17 07:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Government initiatives needed to boost digital inclusion

    The Innovation Partnership, a body sponsored by Google, Chorus and InternetNZ, says New Zealand is falling short on ‘digital inclusion’ and it has called on Government to address the issue in collaboration with other organisations.

    27 April 17 07:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Fuji Xerox NZ finances under parental scrutiny

    ​New Zealand First Winston Peters has called for the Serious Fraud Office to take a second look at the Government’s dealings with Fuji Xerox New Zealand following report in the Japanese press that its parent company, Fujifilm Holdings, will delay its 2016 annual report pending an investigation of accounting practices at Fuji Xerox NZ.

    26 April 17 09:30 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Canstar gives a gong to Westpac and ASB banking innovations

    Customer satisfaction research and ratings company, Canstar, says New Zealanders’ desire to conduct their financial affairs on mobile devices is driving banks to focus on mobile rather than online banking.

    18 April 17 12:23 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Connexionz software to manage New York ferries

    ​Christchurch-based Connexionz, which specialises in the development and delivery of real time passenger information and intelligent systems for managing transport networks, has been awarded a contract for software and systems to manage a new New York ferry service.

    12 April 17 11:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • vGRID first in NZ to deploy HPE Synergy ‘composable infrastructure’

    ​vGRID, a New Zealand based SaaS and IaaS provider focussed on the small to medium business market, has moved from its datacentre at Waikato Innovation Park into Datacom’s Kapua data centre and has become the first company in New Zealand to deploy HPE’s Synergy product, claimed by HPE to embody a new architecture that it calls ‘composable infrastructure’.

    12 April 17 07:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Immigration no panacea for IT skills shortage, says NZTech

    ​Wellington’s LookSee campaign offering 100 oversees IT professionals an all expenses paid trip to New Zealand for a series of pre-arranged job interviews has garnered over 48,000 applications, prompting a warning from the New Zealand Technology Association (NZTech) that New Zealand should not depend on immigration as the silver bullet to the tech skills shortages.

    11 April 17 09:30 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Spark launches cloud contact centre on AWS

    Spark has launched a cloud contact centre service from Genesys that combines inbound and outbound calling, email, web chat, social media and fax and that enables a single view of customer interactions across all these channels.

    06 April 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Spark Sticks to $22.7m for TeamTalk, But Lowers Acceptance Threshold

    Spark New Zealand has said its 80 cent per share offer for TeamTalk valuing the company at $22.7m, announced in February, is “full and final” but it has waived the condition requiring 90 percent shareholder acceptance. The offer will how become unconditional if shareholder acceptance exceeds 50 percent.

    04 April 17 09:42 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Commerce Commission assesses Spark’s Teamtalk offer

    Spark’s $22.7m takeover offer for TeamTalk may be dead in the water following Vodafone’s offer of $10m for 70 percent of TeamTalk subsidiary BayCity Communications, but nonetheless the Commerce Commission is putting the offer under the microscope after Spark wrote to it seeking clearance for the deal.

    03 April 17 14:05 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Icehouse names six lucky startups for Flux mentoring programme

    ​Auckland based company, The Icehouse — which offers a range of services and facilities designed to help business grow — has named the first six startups to receive funding under its Flux Accelerator program.

    03 April 17 12:18 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Refining NZ taps Rimini Street for Oracle support

    Refining NZ, New Zealand's only oil refinery, has switched support for its Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) for financial management to Rimini Street because Oracle support for its outdated version was both costly and inadequate.

    30 March 17 09:39 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Aussie distie Madison Technologies enters NZ market

    Madison Technologies, an Australian manufacturer and distributor of cabling, networking, wireless and audio-visual products has opened a New Zealand office and distribution centre in Penrose and has appointed New Zealander Paul O’Neill-Gregory as country manager.

    27 March 17 15:13 Written by Stuart Corner
  • TeamTalk rejects Spark ‘half-price’ offer

    TeamTalk has issued its target company statement in response to Spark’s $22.7m, 80 cents per share takeover offers saying that an independent review values its shares at between $1.52 and $2.11 and that its directors unanimously reject the offer.

    23 March 17 10:40 Written by Stuart Corner