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Internet of Things
How IoT can be a game changer for the hospitality sector
IoT and home automation are driving up consumer expectation, and catering to this will be the key to success for the hospitality sector.
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Tablets & laptops
HAND ON REVIEW: channeling the creative mind with HP’s ZBook x2
Built from the ground up to suit the needs of creative professionals, the HP ZBook x2 is not you're average 2-in-1.
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Enterprise Resource Planning / ERP
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Aera talk about their new brand and the A/NZ market
CEO Frederic Laluyaux discusses how the company has changed after rebranding from FusionOps last year.
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SolarWinds
SolarWinds acquires Trusted Metrics, adds threat monitoring offering for MSSPs
The acquisition will allow SolarWinds to offer a new security software product, dubbed SolarWinds Threat Monitor.
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3D Printing
$10 million project launched to foster kiwi 3D printing startups
Multi-award winning professor Olaf Diegel will start with Auckland University’s Faculty of Engineering in early 2019.
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Energy
Schneider Electric picks up new APAC channel leader for its IT division
Schneider Electric says Vijay has a strong track record for developing businesses into profitable ventures.
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Microsoft
Microsoft unveils its thin, sleek and cheap Surface Go tablet
Microsoft has designed its new two-in-one device with a basis of balancing versatility, performance, form and function.
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Wellington
IT remains NZ’s highest earning industry as Auckland and Wellington battle for best wages
IT roles filled all of the five highest-paid positions in the second quarter of 2018.
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Internet of Things
Alibaba snags Siemens as partner for IoT transformation in China
Siemens will implement its MindSphere solution on the Alibaba cloud, with availability starting next year.
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Wireless
The Commerce Commission looks to retain its ability to regulate mobile roaming
The regulation would enable a new operator to quickly expand its coverage beyond its own initial physical network.
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Southern Cross Cable
Superloop is now a direct customer of the Southern Cross cable system
The agreement will provide Superloop with high capacity connectivity between its locations in Australia, New Zealand and the United States.
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Commerce Commission
Spark facing court proceedings after Commerce Commission alleges it misled customers
Spark has addressed the charges, saying it is disappointed by the commission's decision to file proceedings.
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Scams
NBN warns users about scammers posing as staff to swipe financial details
It says scammers are increasingly taking the opportunity to impersonate NBN employees to take advantage of consumers.
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Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
RSA says blockchain presents a new wave of cyber-risk for global organisations
The $3.1 billion global investment in blockchain solutions in 2018 presents a potential cause for alarm, according to RSA.
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Apple
Tech Data partners with Parallels to bring cross-platform solutions to A/NZ partners
Tech Data says the new agreement will allow A/NZ channel partners to drive enhanced customer experience for customers.
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Internet of Things
Australian local government body develops IoT-enabled smart restrooms
The restrooms are one part of the councils latest set of IoT initiatives, with the second involving water metering of multi-story buildings.
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IT services
Interactive makes two executive appointments with new CIO and CFO
Interactive says the appointments reflect the steady growth and expansion of the company, which is now in its 30th year.
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DevOps
How to manage cultural change while adopting DevOps
Cultural change is the number one barrier to DevOps success. Here are 10 tips from ServiceNow on how to tackle this issue.
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Unified Communications
VExpress inks Aussie distie deal with Konference for audio conferencing solutions
The deal will see VExpress distribute Konference supplied Konftel audio products to its partners throughout Australia.
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Cybersecurity
Carbon Black adds 9 new partners to its ‘Integration Network’
CbIN represents organisations that have used Carbon Black’s open APIs to build integrations designed to benefit the entire security community.
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AppDynamics
Tackling the finance sector’s biggest challenge: trust and performance
As customers flock to digital channels to manage their money, the pressure is on for financial institutions to offer a seamless experience.
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Telecommunications
Nexion picks up Perth-based DC after merger with Site2
The Metro IX Data Centre in Belmont was owned by Datacom until earlier this year.
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Unit4
Focus your organisational goals on XaaS and build a better business
Unit4 take a look at how businesses can capitalise and effectively engage consumers in an Everything as a Service (XaaS) economy.
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Partner Programme
Dynatrace taps Avocado Consulting as first Aussie ‘premier partner’
Dynatrace, as a Software Intelligence provider, has formed part of Avocado’s service portfolio for over 4 years.