Stories by Renai LeMay

  • ATO's $380m desktop deal revealed

    The Australian Taxation Office has revealed that its five-year desktop services contract with defence giant and IT contractor, Lockheed Martin, has a total price tag of $380 million — 25 per cent more than initially estimated.

  • Startup nation: Is Labor’s NBN focus a little myopic?

    Over the past few years, the term “information technology” has appeared to become increasingly out of vogue within the Federal Government, with Australia’s IT sector having to divide its attentions between the communications and innovation portfolios when it came to pushing the cause for its own industry development.

  • MicroStrategy has iPads to spare

    Software giants such as IBM and Microsoft might shortly find themselves starting to lose staff to their much smaller business intelligence rival MicroStrategy. The reason? The company is swamped with Apple iPads, according to the chief of its Australian division — and it’s lending them to customers for demos.

  • Wong passes AGIMO baton to Gray

    Incoming Minister for Finance and Deregulation Penny Wong appears to have passed responsibility for the Federal Government’s peak IT strategy group to Special Minister of State, Gary Gray.

  • Conroy to receive secret filter forum report

    The Greens have dug up a handful of further details about Labor’s controversial mandatory filter project through the questions on notice procedure, including the fact that Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, will shortly receive a report on a confidential online forum held by his department on the topic in April this year.

  • Utilities AGL, Verve, pick IT outsourcers

    Two of Australia's prominent energy utilities have expanded existing relationships with IT outsourcing partners as they look to wring more value from their IT support arrangements.

  • Telstra’s next revolution: Project New

    Telstra has outlined plans to drive an extensive internal program of reforms that its chief executive, David Thodey, believes will transform the company’s customer service experience and simplify its complex operations.

  • Nuclear attack: Anonymous targets AFACT

    The loose-knit confederation of Internet activists who organise under the banner "Anonymous" appeared to hit Australia again this morning, with Operation Payback targeting a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT).

  • Telstra declines “public battle” with customer Internode

    The wholesale arm of Australia’s biggest telco, Telstra, has declined to engage in what it described as a “public battle” with its customer Internode. The two companies are in the midst of delicate negotiations which are slated to affect Internode’s ADSL broadband pricing around the nation.

  • Conroy: We’re not walking away from filter

    Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, has underscored his support for Labor’s controversial mandatory internet filtering scheme in a heated debate on the ABC’s Q&A program with representatives of the public, the Coalition, the Australian Sex Party and more.

  • Telstra unveils machine to machine portal

    It’s not just humans who use Telstra’s Next G mobile network to place calls and share data. Increasingly, inanimate objects — cars, vending machines and even digital photo frames - are doing the same. And Telstra hopes they will do it even more.

  • Telstra playing favourites, Internode boss claims

    Internode boss, Simon Hackett, has speculated that Telstra's wholesale division may be giving some retail Internet service providers better deals because they hadn't built out their own competitive broadband infrastructure as some like Internode, iiNet and TPG had.

  • Centrelink issues $40m storage as a service tender

    Centrelink has kicked off a major technology purchasing initiative worth between $30 million and $40 million, as the national welfare agency continues its drive towards shifting its storage architecture towards being used as a service.

  • Navitaire outage strands Virgin Blue passengers

    Virgin Blue has blamed Accenture subsidiary, Navitaire, for a disastrous hardware failure that took down its reservations systems and resulted in lengthy queues at Australian airports as the airline was forced to check in passengers manually.