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“Effective collaboration is essential to managing large scale, agile IT projects."
“We have great alignment with Microsoft and our business continues to grow as a result of our shared priorities."
"We have been growing Intergen's operations in Australia for several years, and this deal accelerates our vision to become Australasia's leading Microsoft provider."
Architects should think like economists when creating apps, and let economic principles guide them in building and using elements in the Cloud.
Companies have to learn how to manage how they manage BYOD (bring-your-own-device) elements across their employees if they don’t want the growing spectre of shadow IT taking over.
Public Trust, NZ’s largest provider of wills and estate administration services, is to upgrade all core IT systems in a two-year project as part of a business transformation programme to improve customer experience and enable future growth.
Microsoft NZ honoured its channel community at the 2013 Partner Awards that took place last evening in Auckland's Langham Hotel. A total of 22 awards were given out across four main categories including Cloud, Competency, Individual and Segment. Partners with strong Cloud solutions and projects dominated the event, including SoftSource, which picked up three awards, and Gen-i and IT Engine, which collected two awards each.Speaking at the event, Paul Muckleston, MD of Microsoft NZ, promised two Azure data centres in Australia soon for partners to tap into and provide computing power to their customers.
New Zealand firm Intergen and international companies Team Informatics and Open Text have been selected for a supplier panel which will provide enterprise content management as a service (ECMS) to government agencies.
Microsoft-centric software and services provider Intergen has announced a partnership with testing consultancy, Qual IT Solutions, which the companies claim will make it easier for clients to embed testing best practices into their projects.
“We’ve always offered testing services to our clients, but our partnership with a specialised testing consultancy demonstrates our ruthless approach to quality assurance,” says Intergen marketing director Wayne Forgesson.
“Software is becoming increasingly complex, and testing can play a role in ensuring all aspects of a solution meet and exceed the needs of organisations.”
Forgesson says that testing is often added on to the end of a project as an afterthought, or cut when the project runs over time or budget, but it is an important part of development that shouldn’t be overlooked.
“Many organisations treat testing as the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff,” says Qual IT business development manager Steve Willsher. “The later you find a defect, the harder and more costly it is to fix. It is far better to include testers right from the start of the project briefing.”
Willsher says many companies that develop software also offer in-house testing, but there are advantages to using an independent tester.
“Testing your own software is like marking your own homework,” he says. “Developers and testers often have a different mindset and a different set of skills: developers build things and testers like trying to find where they are broken. That’s why having a specialist testing team can be so valuable to a customer.”
Wellington software firm Intergen is developing applications for Microsoft's new Windows Phone7 operating system but doubts the platform will become an iPhone or Android "killer".
United States technology giant Citrix has entered into a partnership with Wellington start-up Aptimize and will help sell its software that is designed to make websites and intranets load more quickly.
Aptimize founder Ed Robinson said the Intergen spinoff had signed up about 150 customers, almost all of which are based overseas, including Microsoft, Google, Disney and several insurance companies.
New Zealand customers include Trade Me and Fisher and Paykel Healthcare. The software typically costs $20,000 to $40,000.
The company has secured a number of testimonials, including one from United States top-500 internet retailer BuyNowOnline, which attributed a 3.33 per cent rise in sales to Aptimize.
But Mr Robinson said marketing and distributing the software had been a drag on growth and the Citrix deal should give it a "jump start".
"You can't just leap on a plane and go everywhere," he said.
Citrix is a major supplier of load balancing systems, which are used by large organisations to efficiently serve up web pages from multiple web servers.
Aptimize has optimised its software to work with Citrix's NetScaler load balancing software and Citrix will now promote the software as a companion product.
That reduces the number of requests that need to flow to and from servers hosting websites and users' computers when pages are loading. The software can make webpages load two to four times more quickly. BuyOnlineNow enjoyed a 69 per cent gain.
Website owners can manually optimise their sites, but Mr Robinson said Aptimize was designed to automate what can be a "fairly tedious" process.
It can also perform tasks that are difficult to do manually, such as adjusting the optimisation routines for different browsers.
"We are often doing installations in under an hour, and if you get a developer to optimise your site, they haven't even finished eating their sandwich within an hour."
Google's decision in April to take into account load times when determining search engine rankings has given the company a boost. Mr Robinson said corporates were using Aptimize on their intranets as they reaped direct savings in staff time.
Aptimize employs 10 staff, and the deal with Citrix was an important step in the company's development, he said.
"It is the first step to making our product part of the waterworks." Aptimize is also considering partnering with specialist hosting companies.
The San Francisco Chronicle, reporting research from Aptimize, said the capacity of the average internet connection had increased by more than 74 times since 1996 in the United States as people migrated from dial-up to broadband, but over the same period, the size of the whitehouse.gov website had swelled 54 times as the site was loaded up with more pictures and graphics – demonstrating how a good proportion of those gains could be eaten up.
A new electronic file format for photographs being promoted by Google has the potential to cut internet traffic by a quarter, reducing congestion on the web.
Google said its proposed format, WebP, was 40 per cent more efficient than jpeg files, into which pictures are usually encoded. It estimated that 65 per cent of the traffic on the web consists of images.
The format is expected to take time to catch on, given digital cameras use the jpeg format.
Microsoft has officially designated this country “Tier One”, meaning Microsoft products will become available here at the same time as larger markets on the first launch “wave” such as the US, Japan, Germany, Singapore and Australia.
Intergen has hired Nigel Blair as general manager, managed services.
When Microsoft's Professional Developers' Conference (PDC) kicks of in Los Angeles tomorrow, the company's new cloud platform, Azure, will be the centre of attention — and two Kiwi companies are poised to demonstrate how cloud computing can transform real businesses and deliver competitive advantage.