Stories by Ulrika Hedquist

Council goes mobile to boost biosecurity

Auckland regional council’s wireless application allows biosecurity field officers to remotely upload and download spatial data using PDAs that connect to a centralised SQL server.

In the van: Sulco’s mobile sales solution

Tool and equipment vendor Sulco operates 25 vans selling and delivering products to workshops around New Zealand. The company has implemented a mobile sales solution aimed at increasing efficiency of the sales order process, eliminating delays and double handling of data, reducing errors and also increasing available sales time for van operators. The mobile system also includes a database of product and customer information.

Burggraaff introduces new technolgy at Farmers

When Peter Burggraaff joined Farmers as CIO three years ago he developed a three to five-year IT plan to reduce costs, improve business processes and customer service. Most parts of that initial plan has already been delivered. An integrated ERP system (SAP) has been introduced; SOA has been introduced as the company’s base application architecture and Microsoft SQL for Business Intelligence Platform, BizTalk and Visual Studio have been rolled out.

GNU Linux licence for Java platform

The Java platform will be directly available on open source systems such as Linux, according to an announcement made at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco last week.

Natural selection makes for online success

Having a search engine-friendly website is a very important in making a company successful, according to Stephan Spencer, founder and chairman of Netconcepts, a website optimisation and e-commerce consultancy.

New world order for IT emerging — IDC

North America’s share of the IT market is shrinking as China’s share grows, says Philippe de Marcillac, president of the international business unit at research company IDC. He forecasts that the IT market will more and more resemble the telco services market, where North America’s and Europe’s market shares are decreasing while the emerging countries’ market share is growing rapidly.

NZ in top half of the Information Society Index

New Zealand is not doing too badly as an ICT (information and communications technology) nation, despite poor broadband uptake. In 2005, New Zealand was ranked as number 17 of 53 countries, said Graeme Muller, country manager of IDC New Zealand.

New Zealand operations slightly affected by global vendor layoffs

Following its loss of nearly US$28 million (NZ$44 million) for its first quarter, Unisys has announced 3,600 layoffs worldwide. Up to 150 Australian staff will be made redundant over the next three years. However, the situation in New Zealand is not so bad, says Brett Hogdson, managing director of Unisys New Zealand.