Stories by Naomi Jackson

IT executives struggle against stress

The pressure in this position is often so intense it feels like I'm stuck in a small room with all four walls closing in on me," says Fred Slamen, IT manager for Collins Booksellers.

How will the IT industry of the future be shaped?

The Australian IT services market increased almost 20 per cent year-on-year to $12 billion in 1999, a growth rate Craig Baty, regional vice president of Gartner's Dataquest Asia Pacific, described as "good numbers" compared to the rest of the world.

Banks see red over GST

Unique input tax restrictions prevent finance sector from claiming IT services rebates

Large corporates keen on ASP model: IDC

Despite concerns larger companies will be reluctant to adopt the application service provider (ASP) model, their role in the market is likely to be as prominent as that of small and medium enterprises, according to research from IDC.

Alta bets on infrastructure

Among the flurry of software vendors, Internet service providers, telcos and Web hosting organisations rushing to join the application service provider (ASP) bandwagon, two business methodologies are emerging in the market: those that do management services and those that don't.

Y2K slowdown hits IBM's bottom line

After several boon years of sales driven by millennium bug remediation, IBM has suffered a significant Y2K hangover, announcing a drop in turnover and profits for the fourth quarter of 1999.

Drake cuts facilities as classroom IT training faces slowdown

The shift in corporate demand away from classroom-based IT education has claimed its first casualty with a key Drake Training centre in Sydney's western suburbs to close within weeks.
Nick Antonopoulos, general manager of Drake Training Australia and Asia, confirmed the company's IT

Heavyweights swing to open source

Novell is the latest in a series of leading vendors likely to embrace an open source approach to its key product lines, which may include providing access to its Novell Directory Services (NDS) code. And Microsoft could be next.

Wine Society SAP project runs over by $1million

The troubled SAP R/3 implementation at The Wine Society has finally been completed, but not before it cost the organisation more than $1 million in unforeseen expenses, Computerworld has learnt.
According to a copy of its 1998/99 annual report, obtained by Computerworld, The Wine Society incurred "unanticipated expenses" of $740,000 relating to "computer induced business restrictions, fixes and manual workarounds" in the last financial year.

Compaq starts slowly in Web server market

Compaq took its first definitive step in the Internet solutions market with the release last week of the ProLiant line of Web servers. But electronic commerce isn't part of the company's product mix - yet.

Doubts linger about Telstra, Optus Y2K compliance

Optus' quest to achieve 2000-compliance is being undermined by at least one vendor's refusal to cooperate in its assessment and remediation program, the company's IT director, Chris Gabriel said this week.