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Why ratepayers should worry about Auckland Council ERP
Posted on 27-May-2015 15:09Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

At ZDNet Rob O’Neill says SAP is the big winner from Auckland Council’s IT spending. He writes: “The report reveals the so-called Auckland ”Supercity“, an amalgamation of eight former local councils into one, spent NZ$21.6 million with SAP in the nine months from 1 July 2014 through 31 March 2015” O’Neill says the council’s SAP […] Comments (Comments)

Capital Markets: Trans-Tasman balance is swinging our way
Posted on 25-May-2015 09:45Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

A story I wrote for the NZ Herald Capital Markets report: A strong economy is boosting interest in NZ assets, as ASB’s Henry Withers tells Bill Bennett. After a significant, extended boom riding the back of high commodity prices Australia’s economy has now slowed. Henry Withers, ASB general manager corporate banking, says that as a […] Comments (Comments)

Capital Markets: UBS: Our time to shine
Posted on 25-May-2015 09:32Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

From the NZ Herald May 14, 2015: New Zealand has all its ducks in a row, which has held global interest in our capital markets. International interest in New Zealand’s capital markets has stayed buoyant after a period dominated by three major Government energy floats and IPOs for the Fonterra Shareholders’ Fund and Trade Me. […] Comments (Comments)

NZ Tech Podcast 230: Security, Hi-Tech Awards, Lily Drone, Samsung wide screen
Posted on 24-May-2015 06:47Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

I’m back on the NZ Tech Podcast with host Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Bryce Boland (@bryceboland)Asia Pacific CTO at FireEye. This week’s recording is a small departure from the usual format. We discuss insights into security attacks from both covert organisations and nation states – including North Korea’s 1000s of paid hackers. Elsewhere on the agenda was the […] Comments (Comments)

Microsoft Surface 3: Worth buying, not cheap
Posted on 18-May-2015 14:02Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Microsoft comes close to getting it right with the Surface 3. It has a new Atom chip, real Windows 8.1, great screen, decent battery life and a one year, one person subscription to Office 365. Power for day-to-day needs Intel’s Atom mobile device chip and a full version of Windows 8.1 are more than enough […] Comments (Comments)

Rod Drury on speed, capital raising, marketing complexity
Posted on 17-May-2015 16:30Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

First a correction[1] to the quote in Speed, cost behind Xero move to PaaS, AWS: @envycollect @billbennettnz It’s not the big that eat the small. It’s the fast that eat the slow — Rod Drury (@roddrury) May 15, 2015 Next a few interesting ideas were left in my notebook after I interviewed Xero CEO Rod […] Comments (Comments)

Surface 3: Keyboard frustrates laptop replacement ambition
Posted on 17-May-2015 07:22Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Microsoft pitches the NZ$800 Surface 3 as a laptop alternative. While it will fit the bill for some folk, Surface still has a way to go before it’s a realistic laptop replacement for most users. Let’s start with the price. $800 only buys the tablet. You need to spend another $200 for the keyboard. The […] Comments (Comments)

Xero moving to PaaS, AWS
Posted on 15-May-2015 06:45Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Rod Drury’s name wasn’t mentioned on the agenda for the AWS Auckland Summit. So it was interesting to see the Xero founder and CEO chatting to the other keynote speakers as media representatives filed into to the hall. AWS put Drury on stage early. He talked about the advantages of building a business on cloud […] Comments (Comments)

GridAKL-Huawei partnership highlights shifting focus
Posted on 14-May-2015 16:20Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

There was a time when an ambitious New Zealand innovation project would have looked to the UK, US or Japan for an international partner. Now China is the first port of call. Yesterday Huawei Technologies signed a three-year, million dollar sponsorship making it the foundation partner for GridAKL. All such deals are symbolic. There are […] Comments (Comments)

China Business: Alliance across the spectrum
Posted on 13-May-2015 18:46Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

From my work portfolio: When Chinese Premier Xi Jinping visited Auckland last November he joined New Zealand PM John Key to witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Huawei and Spark. The agreement will see the world’s largest telecommunications equipment company use its massive research and development resources to tailor mobile technologies for […] Comments (Comments)

Making copper users pay for fibre build is like asking cyclists to pay for motorways
Posted on 10-May-2015 08:02Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Making copper users pay for fibre build is like asking cyclists to pay for motorways @stevebiddle — Bill Bennett (@billbennettnz) May 9, 2015 Filed under: Telecommunications Tagged: copper, fibre Comments (Comments)

Spark follows broadband money trail
Posted on 9-May-2015 13:29Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Spark’s pie chart tells the story: Half the money a customer pays for broadband goes to Chorus. It’s a simple way of sending a powerful message. And it’s timely. The Commerce Commission will soon decide how much Chorus can charge to connect a line to the copper phone network. The price could rise and in […] Comments (Comments)

Spark Fibre Landline may solve old folk telephone woes
Posted on 6-May-2015 18:03Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

From today Spark fibre customers wanting a voice telephone service no longer need to buy a separate copper line as well as fibre. And people living in fibre-only places can now get the closest thing to an old-school telephone. Fibre Landline is Spark’s new voice-over-fibre product. It provides a dedicated path for voice traffic alongside […] Comments (Comments)

MacBook: One USB-C port is enough
Posted on 3-May-2015 10:38Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Critics point to a lack of ports in the 2015 Apple MacBook as a mistake. It’s no mistake. Apple configured the MacBook with a specific target market in mind. For those people a single port is not an issue. Sure, the lack of ports is a reason not to buy for many people. If you […] Comments (Comments)

NZ Tech Podcast 227: Apple Watch, MacBook, Microsoft Surface 3, Huawei TalkBand, Open Source Open Society
Posted on 2-May-2015 17:37Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Paul Spain acquires an Apple Watch in Los Angeles and spends time with the new MacBook, Microsoft Surface 3, Huawei TalkBand B2. Also: Open Source Open Society Conference, Xero results, Internet speeds and Netflix, Uber price increase. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Bill Bennett (@billbennettnz). Published by Podcasts NZ. Get the podcast […] Comments (Comments)

NZ small business productivity, technology
Posted on 30-Apr-2015 10:34Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Westpac’s 2015 Grow New Zealand survey reports nearly one-third of New Zealand small and medium-sized enterprises say digital technology had no impact on their business over the past five years and 27 percent don’t expect it to in the next five years. At first sight this looks bad, but the cup is two-thirds full. Most […] Comments (Comments)

Amazon, Apple: A tale of two tech giants
Posted on 29-Apr-2015 17:30Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Last week Amazon Web Services announced an operating profit of US$265 million for the quarter. It was the first time Amazon broke out the figures for its cloud business. Meanwhile Apple turned in another record result with quarterly revenues of US$58 billion and earnings up 33 percent to US$13.6 billion. Both companies did better than expected. […] Comments (Comments)

Apple 2015 MacBook: Between laptop and tablet
Posted on 28-Apr-2015 09:35Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Earlier this month I took the MacBook on the road for a reporting job. Here’s what I learnt: Apple’s newest laptop isn’t a MacBook Air. It just goes by the name MacBook — a pared down name for a pared down computer. It uses technologies and techniques Apple learnt from making the iPhone and the […] Comments (Comments)

Ross Patterson: NZ private sector fibre beats Australian publicly funded NBN
Posted on 23-Apr-2015 09:43Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

CommsDay reports on comments by former telecommunications commissioner Ross Patterson: New Zealand’s private sector-led approach to its fast broadband deployment is far more likely to achieve a successful outcome than Australia’s publicly funded NBN model. Patterson, now a partner at legal firm Minter Ellison Rudd Watts told delegates at the CommsDay Summit in Sydney there […] Comments (Comments)

NZ Tech Podcast 225 in London: Apple Watch, Game of Thrones, Huawei P8
Posted on 22-Apr-2015 18:39Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

From London Paul Spain joins Glenn Williams to discuss Apple Watch, Game of Thrones distribution challenges, coming smartphones (Huawei P8, LG G4), CallPlus-Slingshot sale to Australia’s M2 and some interesting UK topics. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Glenn Williams (@radiowammo). Published by NZ’s Podcast specialists – Podcasts NZ. Get the Podcast here: […] Comments (Comments)

NZ SMEs say technology has no business impact
Posted on 22-Apr-2015 18:12Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

“Nearly one third of New Zealand small and medium-sized enterprises say digital technology has had no impact on their business over the past five years and 27 percent don’t expect it to in the next five years.” — 2015 Westpac Grow New Zealand survey From Many NZ SMEs say technology has no impact on their business | […] Comments (Comments)

Open Source Open Society 2016: Sign me up
Posted on 21-Apr-2015 09:07Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

As a journalist I spend a lot of time in conferences. There’s often a sense of déjà vu. The same faces, topics and speakers show up time after time. Even the same food. It’s not unusual to recognise recycled PowerPoint slides or even an entire presentation from a previous event. Powerpoint slides are never old […] Comments (Comments)

Ten lessons from Open Source Open Society 2015
Posted on 20-Apr-2015 10:30Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Few conferences range as wide as the Open Source Open Society 2015 event held in Wellington last week. The material was surprisingly accessible to non-specialists considering this was a two-day event that filled the Michael Fowler Centre with software developers. You can read more in-depth stories about #OSOS2015 sessions elsewhere, here are ten lessons that […] Comments (Comments)

How open source grew up
Posted on 19-Apr-2015 14:52Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

In the late 1990s and early 2000s I worked for Australian Linux Today. At that time open source was a vibrant, yet immature, market. Visiting the Open Source Open Society 2015 conference in Wellington this week was like watching someone else’s child who you knew as a smart but awkward teenager, transformed into a smart, professional […] Comments (Comments)

Where open data meets open government…
Posted on 18-Apr-2015 18:42Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Technology is the easy part of building an open society. Deal with the human side of the problem is much tougher. Social enterprise expert Kate Beecroft moderated a panel at Open Source Open Society looking at how open data can lead to a more open style of government. Laura O’Connell Rapira, campaigns director at ActionStation, […] Comments (Comments)


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