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Spotify lands on Android Wear
Posted on 29-May-2015 20:02Tags News, Android

The application allows users to navigate through music selections or browse to discover something new. Comments (Comments)

Christchurch Red Bus drivers use virtual reality driving simulator for training
Posted on 29-May-2015 19:37Tags News, Computing

Red Bus drivers have been training on world-leading virtual reality technology to prepare them ahead of using the new Christchurch Bus Interchange. Comments (Comments)

MYOB strengthens payroll offering in NZ with acquisition of Ace Payroll
Posted on 28-May-2015 12:41Tags News, SaaS

Ace Payroll is the third New Zealand company to be acquired by MYOB in two years, and follows the integration of BankLink (acquired in 2013) and PayGlobal (acquired in 2014). Comments (Comments)

Fronde wins NetSuite APAC Solution Provider Partner of the Year Award
Posted on 28-May-2015 09:53Tags News, SaaS

Fronde has received its first NetSuite APAC Solution Provider Partner of the Year award, in recognition of its ten year expertise in delivering NetSuite's cloud-based business management solutions in Australia and New Zealand. Comments (Comments)

Spark Digital launches fully integrated app marketplace for business
Posted on 27-May-2015 15:56Tags News, SaaS

The first fully integrated Software-as-a Service (SaaS) marketplace in New Zealand, Spark Digital Apps allows businesses to buy and manage a range of software from leading software providers, all using a single log-in and on one bill. Comments (Comments)

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)

Samsung New Zealand Announces its first printer range powered by Android
Posted on 27-May-2015 15:00Tags News, Computing

New models are the marriage of tablets and printers: a game changing solution that is redefining the printing experience for business users. Comments (Comments)

Microsoft addresses NZ Government questions on cloud security
Posted on 27-May-2015 09:17Tags News, SaaS

Microsoft has this week become the first cloud service provider in New Zealand to publicly demonstrate how its cloud platform, Microsoft Azure, meets the requirements set out in the New Zealand Government CIO's 105 question due-diligence framework. 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)

New FileMaker 14 Platform speeds business solution development for iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and the web
Posted on 21-May-2015 09:53Tags News, Computing

The announcement coincides with the 30th anniversary of FileMaker software, the brainchild of a bootstrapped startup founded in Massachusetts by four entrepreneurs intent on creating easy-to-use database software. Comments (Comments)

With new ClearPath Dorado systems Unisys completes family's transition to Intel-Based fabric architecture
Posted on 21-May-2015 09:45Tags News, Computing

Surpassing the performance of previous high-end models, new Dorado 8300 Series features an advanced fabric computing environment that enables clients to build a software-defined data centre. Comments (Comments)

Not-for-profit Presbyterian Support Central moves to cloud with Fronde and AWS
Posted on 19-May-2015 15:35Tags News, SaaS

Not-for-profit Presbyterian Support Central (PSC) is embarking on a cloud technology journey as way to improve productivity, reduce costs and drive innovation. Comments (Comments)

Vodafone offers pathways to future technology stars
Posted on 19-May-2015 15:34Tags News, Computing

Nineteen year old Auckland man, Faleola Faingataa, opted for the path less taken when he chose an apprenticeship at Vodafone over his university education. Only 18 months into his apprenticeship, Fale is working as a release and deployment manager and has won the telecommunications industry award for Apprentice of the Year Comments (Comments)

iTICKET marks 10 years of growth with move to the Microsoft Azure cloud
Posted on 19-May-2015 15:32Tags News, SaaS

One of New Zealand's leading home-grown ticketing agencies, iTICKET, is readying itself for an ambitious new phase of growth following the full migration of its operations to Microsoft's regional Azure datacentres in Australia. Comments (Comments)

New Zealand cloud services provider seeks capital for global expansion
Posted on 19-May-2015 09:49Tags News, SaaS

Auckland-based cloud services provider Virsae is looking to raise $3 million from equity investors to accelerate international growth. Comments (Comments)

Monday morning brings the malware says report
Posted on 19-May-2015 09:45Tags News, Security

Research shows decline in detected malware attacks in organisations coincides perfectly with weekends. 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)

Veeam Software challenges Symantec in favourable USPTO rulling
Posted on 14-May-2015 10:24Tags News, Computing

Veeam Software has announced a victory over Symantec, with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board issueing final written decisions on four more inter partes reviews in Veeam's favor. Comments (Comments)

Polycom transforms small workspaces into high-powered collaboration hubs
Posted on 14-May-2015 10:00Tags News, VoIP

Polycom RealPresence Group Convene video collaboration solution is right-sized for small workspaces from huddle rooms and personal workspaces to open office environments. Comments (Comments)


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