Stories by Rohan Pearce

How to cope after your CIO Googles DevOps

So your CIO thinks that cloud, BYOD and big data are all passé and now has declared The Next Big Thing in the IT department will be DevOps — and hey, even worse, he or she used the Google and has seen that Big Vendor X and Big Vendor Y offer 'DevOps-ready products' so all that it's going to take is picking up a bunch of overpriced automation tools.

NSW Trade & Investment sees future in cloud

The New South Wales Department of Trade and Investment is eyeing a hybrid cloud approach as a stepping stone towards moving away from owning and operating its own infrastructure.

NZ conference to spotlight Drupal's growth

The DrupalSouth conference, held next month in Wellington, New Zealand, will be a chance to register growth of the open source Web platform on both sides of the Tasman according to organisers.

Adobe adds 3D printing support to Photoshop

Software vendor Adobe has added direct support for 3D printing to Photoshop. An updated to the company's subscription-based Creative Cloud suite rolled out on 16 January includes direct support for desktop 3D printers from MakerBot and the Shapeways online 3D printing service.

Trade Me pushes Splunk out of IT and into the business

Machine-generated data analysis and visualisation tool Splunk has shifted from being a pure IT operations tool at New Zealand-based classifieds site Trade Me to a way of delivering near real-time insights to the business.

NZ needs whole-of-government approach to security: IITP

New Zealand needs to adopt a whole-of-government approach to security, according to Paul Matthews. The CEO of the Institute of IT Professionals says his organisation is advocating the creation of a chief information security officer position to oversee government security and provide a single point of reporting for vulnerabilities within government systems.

Open source in the era of digital marketing

When Drupal creator Dries Buytaert addressed the inaugural DrupalCon Sydney conference earlier this year he said the open source project's community had to move beyond seeing it purely as a content-management system. Drupal can compete with the proprietary Web experience management solutions provided by companies like Adobe and Sitecore, Buytaert said.

ASPI advocates cyber alignment with US, engagement with China

A report issued by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute advocates that the Australian government release a Cyber White Paper within the next 12 months to cover security issues facing the country and Australia's strategic cyber alignment.

Student services provider re-architects, jumps to Microsoft's cloud

Student Edge, an Australian student card provider that offers information and access to discounts for secondary and tertiary students, has completed a complete re-architecture of its dated core systems that run its online portal. In the process, the company made the leap from its own hardware to running in Windows Azure.

Embrace cloud or be the king of legacy?

For all the talk about devising BYOD strategies there is a simple truth that can’t be ignored: Employees are using their personal smartphones and tablets for work whether they have official blessing to do so or not, and most likely are connecting to the corporate network without caring about official sanction. And if Telstra’s Lalitha Biddulph, the telco’s enterprise and infrastructure services IT director, is to be believed, that’s not a million miles away from the situation many enterprises find themselves in with cloud.

Linux distro watch: UberStudent

What differentiates UberStudent from other Linux distribution designed for tertiary education is that it delivers "pedagogical cohesion" says its creator, Stephen Ewen.

Wellington aged-care software provider thinks global

Infogeni wants to go global. CEO, Mike Sheedy, says the Wellington-based company, which provides software to the aged-care sector, is intent on following in the footsteps of cloud-based accounting software provider Xero.