Stories by Julian Bajkowski

Defence outsourcing likely to stay in-house

In a move that will bring little joy to battered outsourcers, the Department of Defence (DoD) has confirmed it’s running an internal bid for a tender to provide network management and support services for the Corporate Services and Infrastructure Group (CSIG).

MIPI mischief comes a cropper in court

For a recording industry with a broken business model, last week's guilty plea by three men to music piracy was a pyrrhic victory that will cost the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) dearly.

Year of the threat

It's a little early to make predictions by looking back at this year in IT, but indulge me as I take a stab at stating the obvious.

Lower prices no magic pudding

Value for money and pricing recorded significant rises as issues of importance to IT managers during the first six months of 2003, according to the latest six-monthly instalment of the Corporate Report from research house InterData.

Customs tells CMR vendors to shape up

The Australian Customs Service has moved to quell a revolt amongst external users of the second release (R2) of its Integrated Cargo System (ICS) software system, ordering participating IT vendors to put the stabilisation of the current release ahead of further development of the system.

Real Time Enterprise is a vacuum cleaner: Gartner

Enterprises will see dramatic reductions in time for the implementation of outsourcing contracts over the next five years, as the advent of so called 'real time enterprise' (RTE) takes hold, according to Gartner vice-president director of research Craig Baty.

Alston resigns as parting gift to Telstra’s 80 years

Upstaged and stood-up by the sudden resignation of Communications and IT Minister Richard Alston, Telstra’s top brass have bravely soldiered on in an effort to reveal a series of new products and celebrate 80 years of Telstra Research Laboratories in Melbourne.

Exporters revolt over Customs software

Australia's exporters are in wholesale revolt over the Australian Customs Service's ICS (Integrated Cargo System) software amidst claims that both IT vendors and Customs are attempting to push a version of Release 2 (R2) of ICS that is so untested and severely bug ridden that it is inoperable.

Immigration IT job list shrinks to nothing

The latest review of the DIMIA Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL) will almost certainly see a further reduction in the number of IT skills that overseas applicants can use to obtain work in Australia, with some suggesting IT will be removed in favour of a case-by-case process.

Government cracks down on IT job rorts

Independent contractors, recruiters, and contract services and management companies (CMSC) are feeling the heat under a Government crackdown on tax and immigration rorts in the IT industry.

ACA gets $300k to fight spam

The Australian Communications Authority is to receive additional funding totalling $300,000 to enforce new anti-spam legislation that is before parliament.

DRM could kill work flow

Enabling digital rights management (DRM) needs caution within enterprises which need to take a cold hard look at the way sensitive or valuable documents are managed, according to the managing director of document security firm Panareef, Anthony Turco.

UWS rejects government's IT sledging

The University of Western Sydney (UWS) has angrily rejected claims by the Prime Minister's parliamentary secretary and Member for Lindsay, Jackie Kelly, that it has botched its IT infrastructure planning and roll out.