• The Frustrated State: How terrible tech policy is deterring digital Australia

    Written by Delimiter's Renai LeMay, The Frustrated State will be the first in-depth book examining of how Australia’s political sector is systematically mismanaging technological change. Click here to help fund it on Kickstarter.

  • No Brother: Science fiction, martial arts & Australia's darkest city

    Set in Australia's darkest city, No Brother is a vision of a future where martial arts discipline intersects with power, youth and radical technological change. It is the first novel by Delimiter's Renai LeMay. Click here to help fund it on Kickstarter.

  • Delimiter

    About us

    Typically Australian: A Beer on the Beach

    At Delimiter we’re passionate about just two things: Technology and Australia.

    We exclusively cover technology in the Australian context — including enterprise IT case studies, the IT industry, telecommunications and digital rights, as well as important local consumer technology launches. Unlike most comparable sites, we leave coverage of international stories to those overseas. Our audience is primarily Australian chief information officers, IT managers, IT professionals and early technology adopters.

    In terms of our editorial style, Delimiter is not a traditional news site such as that which might be operated by a newspaper; but we’re not a purely opinion-based site either. And although we do reviews, we’re not a pure reviews house. Our style contains all of these elements and more, but we’re not bound by any of them. Delimiter is something more complex. The best words that could describe what we do are “blog” and also “community”. We have a sophisticated Code of Ethics, based on media and journalist industry standards, which guides our operations.

    Delimiter articles can be quite influential and are regularly quoted in Australia’s halls of power — from the floors of Federal and State Parliaments to boardrooms and the offices of chief executives. We attempt to maintain strong connections with important players and organisations in the nation’s technology sector — while remaining independent from all.

    The site is published by LeMay & Galt Media, a Sydney-based publishing house established in January 2010 by well-known Australian journalist and writer Renai LeMay. Renai is the main writer, but Delimiter regularly features other contributors. You can read Renai’s article on why he started Delimiter. In addition, you can read about the history of Delimiter in a chapter in a recent book by Australian journalism academic Margaret Simons entitled What’s Next in Journalism: New Media Entrepreneurs Tell Their Stories. A segment from the chapter on Delimiter:

    “LeMay sees himself as an advocate for his readers’ interests, as well as a reporter. ‘I represent their views to the powerful people who guide events in the technology sector; I speak with the readers’ voice.’ Traditional journalism, he says, is ‘telling people what is happening from up on high’. He, on the other hand, is more like ‘a local neighbourhood journalist that they always feel they can approach’.

    The name ‘Delimiter’ is a technology term which you might have heard referred to in the context of databases, which we found particularly appropriate in the context of the evolving nature of the online news stream. Wikipedia states: “A delimiter is a sequence of one or more characters used to specify the boundary between separate, independent regions in plain text or other data streams.”

    We maintain a Privacy Policy for Delimiter which sets out how we may use your data on the site, as well as a separate Terms and Conditions document which indicates your rights and our rights for the site’s operation. You can find information about advertising on Delimiter here. If you need to contact us, we recommend you use a social network such as Twitter, Facebook or Google+ in the first instance. We also have a contact form for readership and partnership enquiries, as well as an anonymous tips form.

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  • Enterprise IT stories

    • Super funds close to dumping $250m IT revamp facepalm2

      If you have even a skin deep awareness of the structure of Australia’s superannuation industry, you’ll be aware that much of the underlying infrastructure used by many of the nation’s major funds is provided by a centralised group, Superpartners. One of the group’s main projects in recent years has been to dramatically update and modernise its IT platform — its version of a core banking platform overhaul. Unfortunately, the $250 million project has not precisely been going well.

    • Qld’s Grant joins analyst firm IBRS peter-grant

      This week it emerged that Peter Grant, the two-time former Queensland Whole of Government CIO (pictured), has joined well-regarded analyst firm Intelligent Business Research Services (IBRS). We’ve long had a high regard for IBRS, and so it’s fantastic to see such an experienced executive join its ranks.

    • Westpac dumps desk phones for Samsung Android mobiles samsung-galaxy-ace-3

      The era of troublesome desk phones tied to physical locations is gradually coming to an end in many workplaces, with mobile phones becoming increasingly popular as organisations’ main method of voice telecommunications. But some groups are more advanced than others when it comes to adoption of the trend. One of those is Westpac.

    • Ministers’ cloud approval lasted just a year reverse

      Remember how twelve months ago, the Federal Government released a new cloud computing security and privacy directive which required departments and agencies to explicitly acquire the approval of the Attorney-General and the relevant portfolio minister before government data containing private information could be stored in offshore facilities? Remember how the policy was strongly criticised by Microsoft, Government CIOs and Delimiter? Well, it looks like the policy is about to be reversed.

    • WA Govt can’t fund school IT upgrades oops key

      In news from The Department of Disturbing Facts, iTNews revealed late last week that Western Australia’s Department of Education has run out of money halfway through the deployment of new fundamental IT infrastructure to the state’s schools.

    • Turnbull outlines Govt ICT vision turnbull-5

      Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has published an extensive article arguing that the Federal Government needed to do a better job of connecting with Australians via digital channels and that public sector IT projects needn’t cost the huge amounts that some have in the past.

    • NZ Govt pushes hard into cloud zealand

      New Zealand’s national Government announced a whole of government contract this morning for what it terms ‘Office Productivity as a Service’ services. This includes email and calendaring services, as well as file-sharing, mobility, instant messaging and collaboration services. The contract complements two existing contracts — Desktop as a Service and Enterprise Content Management as a Service.

    • CommBank reveals Harte’s replacement whiteing

      The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has promoted an internal executive who joined the bank in September after a lengthy career at petroleum giant VP and IT services group Accenture to replace its outgoing chief information officer Michael Harte, who announced in early May that he would leave the bank.

    • Jeff Smith quits Suncorp for IBM jeffsmith4

      Second-tier Australian bank and financial services group Suncorp today announced that its long-serving top technology executive Jeff Smith would leave to take up a senior role with IBM in the United States, in an announcement which marks the end of an era for the nation’s banking IT sector.

    • Small business missing the mobile, social, cloud revolution iphone-stock

      Most companies that live and breathe the online revolution are not tech startups, but smart smaller firms that use online tools to run their core business better: to cut costs, reach customers and suppliers, innovate and get more control. Many others, however, are falling behind, according to a new Grattan Institute discussion paper.