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10 things you DON’T need to know about computers

1. A computer is a computer. Wrong. You get what you pay for. A cobbled together car from various parts is not a Commodore -...

10 things you DON'T need to know about computers

1. A computer is a computer. Wrong. You get what you pay for. A cobbled together car from various parts is not a Commodore -...

Dump your old IT systems and save money

It seems like everyone is scrambling to find ways to cut costs these days. Projects are being put on hold, redundancies are piling up, travel scaled back, etc. And when it comes to technology costs, no organisation is safe. But how do you ensure IT does its part to reduce costs while ensuring you don't compromise security or competitive advantage? There are a number of maturing technologies that are peaking at just the right time to deliver in the downturn.

Enterprise 2.0: Getting nimble with social media

Changes in the business and technical landscapes are forcing companies to change the way their people work to deliver innovation (always faster-better-cheaper) and with less people involved. This drive means that companies need to find better ways for their people to collaborate.

Can our emails read your mind? (Yes, well, kinda)

This week we flooded our readers' inboxes with a wide range of stories, semi-obnoxious headlines, serious opinions and a spattering of irreverent, odd-ball items of information from around the globe. We did this to get a better idea of just what interests our readership as a whole, and you personally. While the email technology can't read minds (literally), it can self-optimise.

Fast five trends for right now

Trends are useful - but in my view, anything beyond 2-5 years is pure fiction. The seeds of mass market change are always with us, percolating away in the background - you just have to pay attention. Here are five I'm tracking right now....

Five Reasons SMEs are turning to SaaS

There is a constant buzz about what the internet has to offer, but have you ever thought about the potential benefits to moving your...

10 ways to avoid ICT project disasters

Having a sound governance platform administered by experienced people is critical to the successful delivery of any major technology project. Oliver Barrett looks at...

Keeping the cyber-wolves at bay

Published in Australian Anthill Magazine, Dec 2008/Jan 2009 You probably cannot remember the last time you awoke to an inbox filled with messages titled, “I...

How to conquer six life and death business scenarios

Life is rarely predictable. So why would business be any different? Paul Ryan and Jodie O’Keeffe square up to a meteor shower of corporate Kryptonite and figure out how to dodge commercial doom. Cyber-attack, idea theft, competitor outsourcing, cash-flow crises, disruptive innovation and fraud. Take a deep breath, assess risk, consider your options…and never turn your back on a clear blue sky.

IT security: the Danish pastry approach

You're in a bind - the IT guy keeps yammering on about security and the scare stories fill the press, but the costs seem excessive. With no water-tight guarantees, most security 'solutions' look like expensive snake oil. Could the solution be concealed within a popular baked confectionery? Colin Lewis thinks so.

Batten down the hatches

Viruses, trojans, worms, spyware, adware, phishing, snarfing. The internet contains some pretty dark alleys and many of them intersect the most popular highways. You...

Pumping out the IT

Software companies are not the cash cows they used to be. Most software development is done for internal use or on a bespoke basis....

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New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...

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