Five Simple Steps To Rein In Your Technology Costs

You can’t run an efficient business without technology, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend over the odds. Follow these five basic steps to make sure you’re not paying out more than you have to for your IT infrastructure.

When Westpac Met Video Conferencing: What Worked And What Didn't

Over the last year, Westpac has been trialling the use video conferencing in its branches to connect customers to small business specialists. What lessons has it learned about when video conferencing can be helpful, and when it’s the wrong choice?

Why The Internet Of Things Involves More Than Just Sensors

When the phrase “Internet of things” gets bandied about, it’s usually taken to refer to collecting data from sensors, whether those are on consumer devices like fridges or workplace devices like temperature controls. But is that too limited a view to adopt?

How To Actually Find And Hire Data Scientists

Big data remains a hot topic, and that means finding and hiring qualified data scientists is trickier than ever. Here are some tactics you can use to help fill the gap.

Windows XP Still Refuses To Die

Melbourne Airport is introducing 28 shiny new kiosks that can be used for automatic check-in by international airlines. And what operating system are they running? Windows XP, which was officially killed off last April.

The Five Big Problems Facebook's Enterprise 'Facebook At Work' Plan Faces

Facebook has begun a limited pilot of “Facebook At Work”, which will allow companies to use Facebook as a collaborative tool. While it’s an interesting move, there are a lot of hurdles Facebook will have to overcome if it wants to become a serious enterprise tool.

How Border Protection Rolled Out A Major IT Project In 12 Months

One of the most common complaints about IT projects is that they take so long to deploy. Here’s how the Department of Immigration and Border Protection managed to fully automate its Border Risk Identification System (BRIS) in just 12 months.

How To Use The Turing Test To Improve IT

Pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing is likely to be even better known after the release of the Benedict Cumberbatch film The Imitation Game this year. His approach can also be useful when you’re trying to plan new IT deployments.

Hybrid Cloud 2.0: When You Want Multiple Cloud Providers

Hybrid cloud — a mixture of on-premises gear and commercial cloud services — is a common approach in scenarios where pure cloud isn’t acceptable for whatever business reason. But what happens when you want to throw more than one cloud service into the mix?

Why Commodity Hardware Isn't Always The Right Choice

Most server rollouts are built on commodity hardware: using standard Intel-based systems running general-purpose stacks, which offer the promise of being able to easily switch between providers. That model isn’t disappearing, but in some contexts engineered systems — platforms which have a much tighter integration between hardware, server and application layers — can be more helpful.