Story image

Run, Datacom, run

01 Jun 2008

Eight Auckland-based Datacom employees challenged the computer nerd stereotype in April when they participated in Oxfam’s Trailwalker event in Taupo.  The 100km ultra-endurance challenge organised by Oxfam New Zealand to overcome poverty and injustice required these eight tough nuts to walk for close to 31 hours in an effort to raise funds to support Oxfam’s humanitarian and development work. Divided into two four-person teams known as the ‘Datacom Striders’ and the ‘Datacom Tortoises’, Gaston Milsom, Mehdi Ebrahim, Tanya Chappell, Tony Walton, Bryon Chan, Mark Prins, Mark Bercich, and Kirsten Gustafsson outpaced many of the 252 participating teams when they crossed the finish line after 30 hours and 56 minutes. “We wanted to prove that IT workers aren’t the unfit desk-jockeys the world believes them to be,” said Gaston.  “I am really proud that we all managed to finish – particularly for those who really got sore and just kept on going. It was a fantastic achievement.” More importantly, the IT wizards have raised more than $4000, and they’re hoping to push that figure even higher. Fundraising will continue through 15 June. To make a donation please go to www.oxfamtrailwalker.org.nz, look up the ‘Datacom Striders’ or ‘Datacom Tortoises’ team pages and click ‘Donate Now’.

Apple's AirPods now come with 'Hey Siri' functionality
The new AirPods come with a standard case or a Wireless Charging Case that holds additional charges for more than 24 hours of listening time.
Dynatrace takes pole position in APM Magic Quadrant
It placed highest on Ability to Execute and furthest on Completeness of Vision in the 2019 Quadrant for Application Performance Monitoring (APM).
HCL and Xerox expand strategic partnership
Under the terms of the agreement, HCL will manage portions of Xerox’s shared services, including global administrative and support functions.
Avaya expands integration with Google Cloud AI
This includes embedding Google’s machine learning within conversation services for the contact centre, enabling integration of AI capabilities.
Forrester names Crowdstrike leader in incident response
The report provides an in-depth evaluation of the top 15 IR service providers across 11 criteria.
Poly appoints new A/NZ managing director, Andy Hurt
“We’re excited to be bringing together two established pioneers in audio and video technology to be moving forward and one business – Poly."
Gartner: NZ server grows at same rate as shipments decline
In New Zealand, server revenue grew by almost 50% in the 4Q18 compared to the same quarter of 2017, while shipments declined 43.3%.
HPE launches 'right mix' hybrid cloud assessment tool
HPE has launched an ‘industry-first assessment software’ to help businesses work out the right mix of hybrid cloud for their needs.