The government may have hit the jackpot in its efforts to build an open access ultrafast broadband network, with the infrastructure companies bidding for the project offering access to unlit or dark fibre as well as planning a national network of lit fibre.
Stories by Rob O'Neill
Technology and art have always sought inspiration and new techniques from each other.
Hewlett-Packard New Zealand has implemented a new structure reflecting that of its parent to help deliver a “consistent global model” across the company.
Faced with a media interview before Christmas about technology changes over the past decade, I did a bit of research, thought about all the new products that had been released and then came to an, in retrospect, obvious observation.
This was a year of uncertainty and uncertainty is not good for business. Project activity was down as capital spending received close scrutiny. Some projects were cancelled and many more were delayed or deferred.
Cloud computing has been the buzz of 2009 and with Microsoft now turning Azure vapourware into Azure reality, 2010 could be the year when the hype actually gets fulfilled.
One of three key operational separation dates is fast approaching for Telecom, with Gen-i and Telecom Retail about to start consuming services on the same basis as other providers.
New Zealand’s biggest bus fleet operator, NZBus, is upgrading its databases and business intelligence capability to better understand customer needs and boost fleet management.
After a gruelling judging process and an inspiring cocktail reception at Te Papa, the business analysts of the year have finally been named.
Computerworld filmed the entire contract signing event, speeches and Q&A session hosted by the Auckland Regional Transport Authority to put a seal on a long-awaited $47 million integrated ticketing system contract with French firm Thales.
It’s time, in this last issue of Computerworld for 2009, to look back on what by any measure was a challenging year.
Integrated ticketing card operator Snapper says it will contribute to and abide by "agreed" national integrated ticketing standards in its roll out of smart-card services in Auckland.
The chairman of the NZICT Group, Cisco managing director Geoff Lawrie, pushed members to demonstrate the value ICT can deliver at the vendor group's end of year meeting on Friday.
Wrapping up the first year of NZICT's activity, Lawrie said the group had made a dozen submissions to government around diverse areas of policy. He also praised the government for its determination to push ahead with its planned $1.5 billion ultra fast broadband initiative.
"While all of us who work in this industry share a religious faith in the linkage between ICT investments and better business outcomes, we do need to acknowledge that this is not a universally held view," Lawrie said. "We do need to do more work to make sure that every single person in this country understands the value of ICT and its ability to drive a more prosperous future for this country and a better lifestyle for its citizens, so these key issues will remain our focus as we go into next year."
Speaking ahead of ICT minister Steven Joyce, Lawrie said government has played a significant role in the industry over the past year, especially in delivering improved broadband services.
Australasian telecommunications specialist Paul Budde laid into New Zealand's $1.5 billion plan for ultra-fast broadband yesterday, saying he didn't see how anybody could respond to a tender to take part in the project.