Stories by Siobhan McBride

Cost rules on suites or breeds

For IT managers the debate about whether best-of-breed products are better than an enterprise suite mostly comes down to cost.

Spam legislation levies heavy fines

The Federal Spam Act 2003 officially took effect on April 11 with companies which breach the legislation facing fines of up to $220,000 per day or $1.1 million for repeat offences.

Wireless ATMs promise cost savings

Australian ATM transaction processor Eftex is set to roll out wireless ATMs using Vodafone’s GPRS network and promising ATM owners cost savings of up to 50 percent.

Database monitoring goes to the show

Melbourne's Exhibition and Convention Centre has implemented a system to monitor database activity following a state government security audit.

CSU eases distance access to lab work

Students of Charles Sturt University's (CSU) information technology industry Masters degree are taking advantage of an Australian university "first".

E-mail audits an early warning system

It doesn't take a corporate collapse to expose a non-compliant, poorly managed e-mail system - a simple audit will do it. However, an e-mail management solutions provider is using disasters such as the massive trading losses at National Australia Bank (NAB) as an example of what not to do after a PricewaterhouseCoopers report revealed e-mail exchanges exposed fraudulent trades and the deletion of 1400 e-mails by a single trader.

Shaping a five-year plan

Ask IT managers what they plan to buy in five years time and all they can really do is guess.

Portal pain stops projects' gain

Poorly constructed business cases and inflated business expectations will hamper about 40 percent of portal, document and content management, and collaborations projects in the year ahead.

Pendulum swings from shrinkage to growth

In recent years workloads for IT pros have continued to increase while their departments have been shrinking in size, but all of this is about to change, according to Australian Computer Society (ACS) president Edward Mandla.

Telstra teams up on CRM service

Hot on the heels of IBM and Optus announcing a partnership to deliver on demand software, Telstra this week muscled in on the act launching a CRM offering with Net Return.

SEA announces global partnership

Software Engineering Australia (SEA) this week announced a partnership with the European Software Institute (ESI), through which Australia will be included in a global network of ESI centres.

Get wireless hotspot off the shelf

Australian broadband solutions provider NetComm has released the HS800 Wireless HotSpot Gateway, which lets organisations create a wireless broadband network straight out of the box while avoiding the need for infrastructure and billing systems.