Stories by Stephen Bell

Gen-i cloud deal may signal bigger business to come

Gen-i is trumpeting a local success for its cloud computing services – just as the Inland Revenue Department creates concern over a need, in the strict terms of the law, to keep business records on a local server.

Trans-Tasman agreement on ICT qualifications looms

As part of a new agreement between the computer societies in Australia and New Zealand, a joint body will be set up to accredit “computer and IT-related degrees”, giving them equal status in both countries as meeting appropriate professional standards.

Microsoft NZ boss leaving

Microsoft NZ managing director Kevin Ackhurst is moving onward and upward in the organisation, to become vice-president of sales and marketing for the Asia-Pacific region. He will be based in Singapore.

No mandate for all-of-government tender

The government cannot compel any public-sector agencies to acquire computer equipment through new all-of-government procurement contracts, says the Ministry of Economic Development.

Gen-i benefits from telepresence videoconferencing

Saving on travel costs and time was the core of the business case for telepresence installations in Telecom division Gen-i’s major offices, but with just over a year’s experience of the medium the company has found it is holding productive meetings that would not have been possible or even thought of with physical travel. More short meetings are held where a “reasonable sized group of people” reviewing a plan or progressing a project can hold direct discussions with one another and the managers to whom they report, rather than sending one of their number to another centre to represent the team.

CA to launch green meter, governance tool

In October CA will release a suite of "eco-software", aimed at helping organisations measure electricity consumption and other resources, and set up a governance structure to enforce and monitor designated targets.

Kiwi ICT professionals to have skills vetted

The competencies of New Zealand ICT professionals will be vetted under a scheme planned by the New Zealand Computer Society and may well be more stringent than similar programmes in place in some other countries, says the Society.

New Zealand Institute delivers broadband cliff-hanger

New Zealanders interested in encouraging the growth of broadband might have expected some concrete suggestions by now from the New Zealand Institute (NZI) on how to make it happen; but instead the institute's latest report leaves us with a cliffhanger of Friday soap-opera proportions.