Stories by Stephen Bell, Computerworld

NZ now tier one with Microsoft

Microsoft has officially designated this country “Tier One”, meaning Microsoft products will become available here at the same time as larger markets on the first launch “wave” such as the US, Japan, Germany, Singapore and Australia.

IT certification applications roar away

Applications for the IT Certified Professional qualification (ITCP), created by the NZ Computer Society (NZCS), have been flowing in at a high rate, said its CEO Paul Matthews last week; “and we haven’t even launched it yet”. Formal launch of the ITCP is planned for August 1, but from June 15, applications were accepted from existing NZCS members and members of some parallel overseas organisations, who get access to a “fast-track” approval procedure.

School ICT funds a downpayment on $1.5b promise

An investment of $34 million in improved ICT for schools, announced as part of a package of infrastructure investments by finance minister Bill English this week, is part of the government's $1.5 billion broadband budget, not additional money, a spokeswoman for education minister Anne Tolley confirms.

IT needs better work stories, says Microsoft MD

Information technology needs to tell the world a better story — one that addresses human values rather than getting bogged down in “religious” debates about technology, says Microsoft NZ chief Kevin Ackhurst. Ackhurst was addressing a joint meeting of Women in Technology and the Computer Society last week on the theme “Using ICT to Build Digital Communities”.

Commercial ICT group one step closer to formation

A meeting of ICT company representatives on Tuesday brought the possible formation of a commercial industry group one step closer – but there is still no firm commitment to form the group, says Phil O’Reilly, chief executive of Business New Zealand, who co-ordinated the meeting.