Stories by Rob O’Neill, Computerworld

MetService claims NZ Oracle first

MetService reckons it’s the first organisation in New Zealand to roll out Oracle’s 11g database, but being first isn’t anywhere near as important as the boost the technology will give to product development.

Unisys changes tack on 20 Kapiti staff: updated

Unisys has backtracked over relocating service desk staff who are based in Kapiti, near Wellington. In a statement, Unisys managing director Brett Hodgson says the company had considered relocating 20 service desk roles currently based in Kapiti to Wellington, where it was easier to recruit for new staff. “After in-depth consultation with the impacted employees, we have decided not to relocate current staff from Kapiti to Wellington. Instead, as new service desk staff are recruited they will be based in Wellington, to gradually move the team from Kapiti to Wellington. This will ensure minimal impact to our employees and the continuity of service to our clients,” Hodgson says. However, a staff member at the facility tells a different tale.

SmartPay restructures, sheds 25% of staff

NZX-listed payments technology and wi-fi company SmartPay has restructured, shedding up to 10 staff, to focus on its three main markets: telecommunications, music/media and taxi payments. Managing director Ian Bailey, formerly of Cadmus, says SmartPay has reduced its overheads by consolidating all staff into one building, reviewing its headcount, consolidating its multiple operating entities and implementing new accounting and reporting systems.

Axon in talks to sell Dell, Apple through portal

Axon has spent $1 million to redevelop its online procurement system, Axonline, opting for off-the-shelf software from Australian company iSell to do the job. The new system is the fifth iteration of Axon's e-procurement service, which allows customers to buy online from a wide range of ICT suppliers. The first four developments were built in-house, but they have now been replaced with iSell.

Axon acquires content expert Office Automation Software

Axon has bought Auckland-based enterprise content management specialist Office Automation Software (OAS) for an undisclosed sum. Service provider Axon signalled last year it was on the acquisition trail. CEO Scott Green said at the time he was looking to deliver converged “telco-like services”. The OAS buy does not fit that bill, but Green is clear that more buy-outs are on the way.