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  • HP sues Hurd on confidentiality issues

    Hewlett-Packard is suing its former CEO, Mark Hurd, who was named co-president of rival Oracle on Monday, saying his hiring violates the terms of a severance agreement he signed with HP. Hurd left HP last month after a scandal involving an undisclosed relationship with a contractor and alleged improprieties with expense reports.

  • Oxygen makes senior hires

    SAP provider Oxygen Business Solutions has appointed Damian Swaffield as New Zealand general manager for consulting, and Datta Supomo as its local business development manager. Swaffield is the former Skycity CIO and has also been CIO and chief technology officer at TVNZ. Swaffield says “this is an amazing opportunity to lead a talented and successful professional services team that is the leading specialist SAP integration and consulting company in Australia and New Zealand”.

  • Theta Systems introduces new leadership

    Interim CEO of Theta Systems, Rob Lee, has secured tenure in the role, and the company has made a number of other key appointments. Lee is the company’s former sales manager and has filled the CEO position since the sudden death of CEO and chairman Steve Saunders in January.

  • Gartner buying AMR Research in US$64 million deal

    Gartner announced it is buying AMR Research for US$64 million, in the latest acquisition by the giant IT research firm. The deal is expected to be completed this month. AMR is known for its emphasis on supply chain management. It has roughly 40 analysts and 45 sales representatives, and is on track to gross US$40 million this year, according to Gartner.

  • Gen-i, Axon dominate among Microsoft award finalists

    Large integrators Gen-i and Axon have taken finalist spots in a number of categories in this year's local Microsoft Partner Awards, for which nearly 100 entries were received from more than 30 partner firms. Gen-i has taken seven finalist places, including Business Productivity: Enterprise Content Management Solution of the Year, Business Productivity: Portals and Collaboration Solution of the Year, Core Infrastructure Solution of the Year and Reseller of the Year. Axon is a finalist in the Business Productivity: Unified Communications Solution of the Year category, Deployment Partner of the Year, and the Partnering Award, and staff members Geoff Clow and Nigel Burn have won places in the Solutions Star of the Year category.

  • Data centre dustup favours Cisco

    Cisco Systems stirred up a hornet's nest among server vendors with the announcement that it was explicitly getting into the blade-based server market.

  • Fronde unfurls a profit

    Managed services, banking solutions and software firm Fronde has announced a $1 million net profit for the half year to September 30. The result is in marked contrast to the $3.1 million loss for the same half year period last year, and exceeds the $700,000 profit achieved in the half year to March 31, 2008.

  • Ricoh secures carbon neutral tick

    After becoming the first local IT business to achieve carbon neutrality through Landcare Research’s carboNZero programme, Ricoh is encouraging others to follow suit. Managing director Mike Pollok says that while the world is going through some tough economic times, businesses all need to become more environmentally responsible or there will be serious consequences in the future.