Stories by Rodney Gedda

Vic sets up world's first coronial database

The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine has implemented a new thin client and server infrastructure resulting in reduced total cost of ownership in systems and management.

Show Time collaborates with IM

Show Group, a travel and freight logistics company for the entertainment, film and sports industries, has upgraded its collaboration platform across a heterogeneous server environment becoming one of the first companies in Australia to beta test directory integrated instant messaging.

SA govt looks at open source law

Government departments in South Australia will be required to use open source software in preference to proprietary software if a bill proposed by Democrat Ian Gilfillan is passed into law.

Travelex saves with network outsourcing

Travelex, the travellers' cheque and foreign currency exchange giant, has achieved significant savings in network costs by outsourcing its
management operations.

App eases merchandisers' remote woes

A Sydney-based company has launched a two-way sales and merchandising system aimed specifically for field staff in the fast moving consumer goods market.

Funds manager streamlines reporting

Investment and funds manager Parker Asset Management has reduced reporting administration time by implementing an integrated GUI-based asset management solution.

IBM, Nicta to collaborate on open source

IBM has formed a joint venture with National ICT Australia (Nicta) to open its first Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS) outside North America. The centre will focus on open source software with the anticipation of attracting the attention of government and enterprise IT departments with the researchers primarily based at the University of New South Wales.

Nissan consolidates its mainframe apps

While many IT departments are looking to replace ageing servers with newer, more generic hardware, Nissan is consolidating applications on its platform of choice – the mainframe.

Science sets stage for ‘virtual enterprise’

Networks so advanced they can be established in real time across the enterprise is just one of the many visions of the Centre for Networking Technologies for the Information Economy, a division of CSIRO.

Spam stopped in its tracks offsite

IT managers not wanting to touch their systems and networks in order to control spam should look into having their e-mail routed through a dedicated filtering service, says QBE Insurance's group IT security manager Murray Laracy.

Distributor catches calls with VoIP

National automotive parts distributor Ingram has practically eliminated missed calls to its branch offices by rolling out a voice over IP network.

Optimising enterprise IT

Infrastructure optimisation is always a hot topic. Although the downturn in IT spending resulted in many ambitious infrastructure projects being shelved, one positive outcome is the urgency to improve operating efficiency.

Strictly business: IT dollars

Computerworld’s 2003 IT Leaders series of articles profile the approaches top IT executives take in the management of IT. Part 1 focuses on spending, infrastructure and other key issues. Part 2 next week will look at security and managing vendors.

Thin clients — niche but nice

The debate whether thin clients have as much, or more, to offer enterprises as the ubiquitous PC and notebook has been going since the advent of network computing. Thin clients are yet to be adopted on a large scale by the PC and notebook hungry masses. Rodney Gedda reports on the moves to thin client computing and profiles companies which have implemented it