Stories by Randal Jackson, Computerworld

Strong response to govt vendor panel

There have been 18 vendor responses to a request for information that will allow the Department of Internal Affairs to assess whether there is a business case for government to aggregate demand for ICT infrastructure services.

Jade scores TechNZ funding

Jade Software has received $240,000 in funding from TechNZ, the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology’s business assistance programme, to further develop its Investigator case management product.
Investigator was first developed by the company in association with the Australian Federal Police. It was designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of complex, sensitive cases and the software is distributed by Jade’s subsidiary Methodware, through offices in Wellington, Sydney and London.
It is used by law enforcement agencies, government departments and private companies in more than 29 countries. Investigator manages activities ranging from covert investigations and transnational crime, through to border security, anti-doping and witness protection.
Jade plans to invest around $1 million – including the grant – in further developing the product.
Methodware managing director Paul Stokes says the company is investing in growing its investigations and intelligence business internationally and locally. He says the TechNZ funding will let the company step-change its product development programme.

Blackbox cracks the code

Wellington-based Blackboxbackup will use an outsourced sales management service when it launches its services into Australia.

Gen-i completes latest restructure

Gen-i has completed the last parts of its organisational restructuring, which it describes as a realignment rather than a fundamental change.

Fronde Anywhere drags down company results

Fronde directors have bitten the bullet over Fronde Anywhere, acknowledging it has failed to meet expectations and that important sales opportunities were deferred or lost during the second half of the 2009-10 financial year.

Better margins boost IBM NZ profit

IBM New Zealand has posted an after-tax profit profit for the 2009 financial year of $20,152,000, compared with $14,271,000 the previous financial year.

SMX signs Westcon for Australian market push

One of Australia’s largest IT distributors, Westcon Group, has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Auckland-based anti-spam and anti-virus company SMX.
Westcon managing director Leigh Howard says Westcon will work with SMX to offer the software-as-a-service solution to Westcon’s 2000 resellers throughout Australia.
Developed and launched in New Zealand in 2006, the SMX service cleans emails of spam and viruses “in the cloud” as a service rather than through a software product installed inside user networks.
“This is the first time that Westcon has distributed a cloud-based service,” Howard says. ““Strategically the time is right to start distributing SaaS services here in Australia. Logically, email is a good place to start and SMX is a good fit for us and our resellers.”
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Axon debuts virtual desktop for Windows 7

Axon believes it is the only local company offering a full virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) service for Windows 7, which allows customers to use their older desktops and thin clients without replacing hardware.