Software Development News, Features, and Interviews

  • New Zealand AI Forum to launch in June

    ​A New Zealand forum on artificial intelligence will be launched in Wellington on 7 June with support from NZTech and chaired by Stu Christie, investment manager at the New Zealand Venture Investment Fund. It will be a member of the NZ Technology Alliance, which is managed and supported by NZTech.

    25 May 17 07:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Wipster’s video review software integrated with Brightcove

    ​Wellington-based Wipster, the developer of software that enables teams to collaboratively review video content, has announced integration with Brightcove, which offers a suite of products and services designed to reduce the cost and complexity of distributing, measuring and monetising video across devices.

    24 May 17 10:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Charles Sturt University opts for Unimarket eProcurement service

    Australia’s Charles Sturt University has opted for Auckland-based Unimarket’s cloud-based eProcurement system designed for educational institutions, to help streamline and automate its spend management and procurement processes.

    24 May 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Pushpay on track for ACMR target

    ​New Zealand Stock Exchange listed mobile payments company, Pushpay — whose main business is facilitating donations to churches in the US via a mobile app — has reported increased losses for the year to 31 March but says its focus is to continue to invest to grow the business.

    23 May 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Gigamon offers visibility into Amazon Web Services for NZ Enterprises

    ​Gigamon has announced availability in New Zealand and Australia of the Gigamon Visibility Platform for Amazon Web Services, saying it provides consistent visibility into data in motion across an enterprise: on-premise, remote sites, public cloud, private, and hybrid architectures.

    22 May 17 09:38 Written by Stuart Corner
  • BDO NZ now Xero largest partner worldwide

    ​BDO NZ, the New Zealand arm of the global accounting firm with 850 staff and 15 offices in New Zealand, says it is now Xero’s biggest partner in the world after signing up its 10,000th Xero user.

    17 May 17 10:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Horowhenua council streamlines land information delivery with Civica

    The district council for the North Island community of Horowhenua has implemented Authority 7 the latest version of the Authority local government management software from UK company Civica, reducing the time taken to deliver its land information memorandum (LIM) report from 10 days to, on average, half a day.

    10 May 17 06:30 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Creative agency Method creates AR & VR content arm

    ​Auckland-based creative agency, Method, has launched a specialist augmented and virtual reality arm, M Theory, saying it will enable the company to keep up with client demand for AR and VR content.

    09 May 17 06:30 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Blockchain tipped to untangle the law on intangible property

    ​Law firm Russell McVeagh has shone a spotlight on the conflicted ways in which different legal jurisdictions treat rights to intangible property such as software and domain names, and suggests that the growing use of blockchain technologies to establish ownership of valuable intangibles will soon force lawmakers to deal with the issue.

    08 May 17 10:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Qrious to become Cloudera MSP for New Zealand

    Qrious - the big data and analytics software business set up in 2014 by Spark NZ - has become the first managed service provider in New Zealand for global data management and analytics software company, Cloudera, which offers software built on the open source Hadoop, and which went public on the New York Stock Exchange last week.

    02 May 17 09:38 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Venture and angel investments reach record levels

    The New Zealand Venture Investment Fund says angel networks and funds invested a record $69m into young New Zealand companies in 2016, a 13 percent increase on the previous record set in 2015.

    02 May 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • 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
  • 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
  • Virtual and augmented reality centre to open in Wellington

    A virtual and mixed reality centre, Projectr, has been set up in the recently refurbished NEC House on Taranaki St, Wellington with support from the building’s owner, The Wellington Company and the Wellington City Council.

    17 March 17 15:56 Written by Stuart Corner
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