Stories by CIO New Zealand staff

Canon auctions goods for quake victims

Canon NZ is launching what it claims is the largest online auction in its history to raise money for people affected by the Christchurch earthquake. The auction starts on Trade Me from Wednesday, September 14 with 100 Canon products valued at over $50,000 to be sold.

Alcatel-Lucent makes four local hires

Alcatel-Lucent has hired four senior staff to cover its business in New Zealand and the Pacific Island. Mike Davies joins as general manager of mobile. He was previously at Vodafone where he was general manager of network and services for the past six years. He also spent seven years at IBM in New Zealand and the UK and 15 years at Fujitsu. Nick Brown, who was previously at Telecom, joins the company as head of communications and brand. Brown spent six years with Telecom where he worked in a variety of roles across the Xtra, corporate affairs and retail divisions. Steve Christman has joined as radio network manager where he will lead the Radio Frequency team for Alcatel-Lucent’s mobile operations. Christman was also based at Telecom. Richard Fraser returns to Alcatel-Lucent as solutions director across New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. He will be based in Auckland. He has spent the last three years working with Alcatel-Lucent in Europe, most recently as director business strategy and development for digital media solutions. Alcatel-Lucent has more than 800 staff with regional offices in Wellington, Auckland, Hamilton and Christchurch.

Canon wins all-of-government print contract

Canon New Zealand has been selected as a printing provider to the state sector. According to country manager Mike Johnston, the all-of-government contracts are expected to save over $20 million of tax payers’ money over the life of the three year contract. “A new and open age of government procurement has begun and, both professionally and personally, I welcome it. The contract allows Canon to continue providing government with efficiencies and productivity that we provide to our business and customers daily and, by doing so, ensure that tax payer dollars are spent as effectively as possible,” he says. Approximately 197 agencies will be able to leverage the deal, including government departments, tertiary institutes and health boards. Johnston adds that the contract improves the ease by which businesses can enter into commercial arrangements with government.

Manpower: IT employer optimism drops

Local employers in sectors including IT are holding off on making firm growth plans due to new global financial uncertainty, according to a Q4 Manpower employment outlook survey. The survey of over 640 employers indicates hiring intentions for the next three months have slowed down. The seasonally adjusted net employment outlook is at 16 percent, a slight decrease from last quarter’s 17 percent.

MYOB: Recession over for most businesses

Over a third of businesses are reporting more work or sales for the next three months, according to the August MYOB Business Monitor. The Monitor is a nationwide survey of over 1000 local business owners across a range of small and medium businesses. It is conducted by Colmar Brunton and has recorded a resurgence in local business revenue since the global financial crisis, with 31 percent of businesses reporting revenue increases and 26 percent reporting a fall in revenue over the last year.

Red Hat takes cloud on the road

Red Hat will be hosting two road shows in October to explain the value of cloud computing for businesses. The free half day business seminars will cover how open source tools and services can use the potential for cloud computing and how businesses can evolve to the cloud at their own pace. Chairman and CEO of Red Hat Jim Whitehurst will deliver a keynote speech via video link-up, examining the challenges of today's CIO and the role of cloud computing in reducing IT costs and complexity. A number of Red Hat advanced business partners will be participating in the road tour events. The road shows take place on Tuesday, 21 September at the Hilton in Auckland and on Thursday, 23 September at the Intercontinental in Wellington.

Symantec: more SMEs need IT recovery plan

Forty nine percent of SME respondents have no plan on how to recover from an IT outage according to the latest Symantec SME survey. This is despite more than 60 percent of respondents experiencing an IT outage in the past 12 months and 32 percent expect they will experience a computer systems failure in the next year.

Imagetext recruits Renaissance staff

Renaissance enterprise general manager Chris Parnell is set to follow former customer service representative Janet Bailey by joining Auckland-based Apple reseller and IBM business partner Imagetext. Parnell starts at the company on September 1 while Bailey, who left Renaissance in July, began this month. Managing director Darius Mistry says the pair will develop new business for the company.

Microsoft pair win international performance awards

Small and medium business marketing manager Jared Pedersen and former consulting service team member Sean Croon have received the Outstanding Achiever award in Microsoft's Circle of Excellence programme. Croon recently moved to Canada to work for the vendor.

Muckleston, Pinchin join NZICT board

Microsoft NZ managing director Paul Muckleston and SwayTech director Bob Pinchin are among a number of new faces to join the NZICT board. Fronde CEO Ian Clarke, Kordia CEO Geoff Hunt and NZ Trade and Enterprise director of creative, services and information and communication technology Richard Laverty were also appointed. Muckleston replaces outgoing Microsoft managing director Kevin Ackhurst who is moving to Singapore. Board members who were re-elected for a second term include Cisco country manager Geoff Lawrie, IBM Asia Pacific senior manager Daryl French, Gen-i Australasia CEO Chris Quin, Simpl CEO Bennett Medary and Kinetics Group CEO Andrew Hunt. A new chair will be selected at the first meeting of the board next month. “NZICT board members represent the diversity of our membership and will assist with the industry’s growth and economic development plans, both in terms of productivity improvements in the domestic economy and growth in export revenues,” says NZICT CEO Brett O’Riley.

Warwick Grey returns to Renaissance

HP ANZ personal systems group marketing manager Warwick Grey is taking up the position of Renaissance chief marketing officer on Monday, August 23. He is replacing Natalie Brown who has resigned.

Paul Muckleston steps up to Microsoft MD

Microsoft director of marketing and operations, Paul Muckleston, will be appointed managing director on Thursday, August 2. He replaces Kevin Ackhurst who is moving to Singapore to take up the position of vice-president Sales and Marketing for Asia Pacific.

Staff, ex-employees main culprits in data theft: Computer Forensics

A recent survey conducted by UK company Cyber Ark Software in which 35 percent of IT administrators believe information has been passed to competitors through staff is supported by Computer Forensics managing director Brian Eardley-Wilmot. He agrees that the biggest culprits are usually disgruntled employees and ex-employees.