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  • BYOD 'a privilege, not a right': Fairfax

    Fairfax, Toyota and an Australian government agency described limited bring-your-own-device (BYOD) rollouts in a panel at the CeBIT Enterprise Mobility conference in Sydney.

  • Oxygen embarks on Toyota SAP upgrade

    SAP consulting specialist Oxygen has begun upgrading Toyota Australia’s core SAP systems after winning a competitive tender.
    The project, which kicked off on April 2, involves a technical upgrade and merge of Toyota’s SAP ERP4.7 and HR ECC5.0 systems to a newly integrated ECC6 platform. The work will also include an upgrade from SAP ESS/MSS Portal to EP7.3 and a migration of SAP GRC5.3 Governance and Risk Management processes to GRC10.
    Toyota is the biggest automotive company in Australia. It sells more than 180,000 new vehicles per year and commands an 18 percent share of the country’s new-car market.
    Toyota CIO James Scott says the company selected Oxygen because it offered the best mix of technical expertise and value for money.
    With SAP maintenance for its existing SAP system due to expire in 2013, Scott says it was vital for the company to move to a fully supported version.
    “We are tackling the technical upgrade now to reduce risk to the business and also reap the benefit of the progress SAP has made in enhancing its software. We want to move away from our customised transactions and create a fully supported, modern platform that allows us to more easily undertake business improvement initiatives in the future.”
    Recently appointed Oxygen CEO Stuart Dickinson says his company saw off several larger system integrators to win this work. “Our success is based on the fact we go out of the way to be flexible and attend to the continuous lifecycle management of our customers’ SAP investment.”
    Oxygen is the region’s largest specialist SAP software and services company.

  • MIT touts optical computing breakthrough

    MIT researchers have published research regarding a breakthrough that could speed the way to zippy new computers that rely on photonic chips that use light beams rather than electrons to work.

  • How CIOs build bridges with other C-level execs

    Technology runs the world these days, but CIOs don't. More often than not when a business's mission is on the line, CIOs instead encounter the type of reaction Toyota Motor Sales USA VP and CIO Zack Hicks got from one fellow executive during the height of the company's vehicle recalls in 2010: Our hair's on fire; we don't have time for an IT project.

  • How eBay's data center benefited from solar

    eBay has installed a 100 KW solar array on its data center in Denver. That's not enough power to run a data center, but Tom Price, eBay's Global Data Center Services manager, said the system, which was completed last November, is delivering benefits.

  • Moving past old technology to new value

    As CIO, you are out in front of your company, thinking through trends in market conditions, technology innovation and customer behavior. Sales and marketing leaders are out there with you. But unlike them, you are tethered by the cement footprint of data center, hardware and software choices made in a different computing age. Those decisions weigh heavily on how flexible, scalable, innovative and cost-effective you can now be.

  • Toyota's mobile app mandate: iPhone, iPad first

    Taking a page from its post-World War II Japanese roots, embattled car maker Toyota has turned to a business philosophy known as kaizen, or fanatical focus on continuous improvement. Last summer, kaizen showed up in the company's mobile app effort.

  • Toyota denies electronic problems in cars

    Toyota has again ruled out the possibility that electronic problems are to blame for instances of sudden acceleration in some of its cars, it said ahead of a congressional hearing in Washington, D.C., Tuesday on the issue.