Stories by Stephen Bell

Microsoft veteran talks good and bad of new SharePoint

The 2013 upgrade of Microsoft's SharePoint collaboration environment has significant enhancements over the previous -- 2010 - version, particularly in enhanced search and working in the Cloud, but it still has its limitations, ex-Microsoft specialist Ian Morrish warns.

Opinion: A matter of trust

It would be an understatement to say there are some New Zealanders who don’t completely trust our government. There are probably more who have not yet completely overcome their mistrust of ICT.

Subsidised takeback for TVs, not monitors

A government-subsidised programme to encourage recycling of material from old televisions has begun in earnest over the whole South Island. The programme will not, however, extend to computer monitors.

Telecom sticks with Yahoo

Telecom has decided to continue using Yahoo as its email provider, under the YahooXtra brand, despite a major security breach earlier this year.

Spatial data fast-tracked to aid recovery

Land Information NZ (Linz) has secured funding and canvassed interest in work towards a specific Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) to assist Canterbury’s recovery from the effects of the earthquakes.

Cloud computing helps business-IT relationship

Cloud computing might seem on the surface to be a cause of potential discord between the ICT team and the other parts of the business. Business users, knowing they can flexibly and cheaply fire up applications to handle many standard tasks, will seek to do this without involving ICT.