“Criminal”: MyRepublic CEO mourns loss of Australia’s “marvellous” NBN vision

feature The chief executive officer of upstart telco MyRepublic has described the Coalition’s move to significantly water down Labor’s National Broadband Network vision as...

The Australian Cloud: Is it delivering on its promises?

Half a decade ago, cloud computing was hyped to the max as a new class of technologies that would deliver radical improvements to the flexibility and agility of both private sector businesses and governments. But a few years down the track, is it delivering on those promises in Australia? We investigate in this extensive feature article.

The Australian Cloud: How are Australians using it?

This week and next week, Delimiter will take a closer took at cloud computing use in Australia with a series of two feature articles. The first -- this one -- will take a closer look at what classes of cloud computing services are proving most attractive to large Australian enterprises, and how they are being used. And the second piece, to be published next week, will examine whether cloud computing as a phenomenon is delivering on its promises of cutting costs and delivering more flexibility and scalability to Australian organisations.

Q+A: Hills CIO on the company’s “complete rip and replace”

Hills Limited is an Australian company that makes home, hardware and electronic products. We had a chance to catch-up with Derek Brown, CIO, at Hills to discuss how he and his IT team of 40 employees is transforming the company’s IT infrastructure and enabling flexible, cloud-based collaboration.

Before this decade is OUT: What if the “giants of the web” designed government...

What have we learnt from the past decade of "government online"? And what could we learn from the giants of the web? This is an examination of how an understanding of complex systems, risk and common patterns can be applied in an economy-wide effort of breakthrough innovation to drive the digital transformation of government service delivery over the next decade.

Q+A: Warwick Hutton, Coca Cola Amatil CIO

This interview with Coca-Cola Amatil chief information officer (Australia) Warwick Hutton was conducted by Toby Bowers, Microsoft Australia Server and Tools Business Group Lead, on the sidelines of the Gartner Symposium on the Gold Coast this week.

Why CIOs should be cloud brokers, not blockers

This is the transcript of a speech given by Australian Government chief technology officer John Sheridan to a conference entitled “Tomorrow Ready CIO” in Canberra. It covers the developing use of cloud computing by the Australian Government and the measures undertaken by the Department of Finance and Deregulation to provide guidance and procurement support for agencies using the cloud. Sheridan's major point is the need for CIOs to be brokers, not blockers, of cloud services.

Lunch and dinner with Julian Assange, in prison

The fact is that electoral victory for Julian Assange later this year would be one of those rare political miracles that make life as a citizen worth living. In a country weighed down by sub-standard politicians, sub-standard journalists and sub-standard freedom of information laws, the political triumph would be great. It would breathe badly-needed life into Australian democracy.

Elders Real Estate deploys Gmail to 1,200

interview Last week Elders Real Estate revealed that it had this year deployed Google's Gmail email platform and its Sites website creation and sharing tool to some 1,200 staff located around Australia. In this interview, the company discusses the rollout, its rationale for it, and its attitude towards cloud computing services in general.

Q+A: Oracle’s banking chief Ashwin Goyal

Delimiter recently conducted an interview with Ashwin Goyal, Oracle's global vice president & general manager, Financial Services.

Why I don’t regret not waiting for the iPhone 5

Delimiter editor + publisher Renai LeMay is interviewed by comparison site WhistleOut on whether he regrets switching to a HTC One XL and not waiting for the iPhone 5 to be released instead.

Q&A: McGrathNicol on Windows Server 2012

McGrathNicol's chief information officer and technology manager answer questions about their deployment of Windows Server 2012 and other issues of IT strategy.

Q&A: Kennards Hire on Windows Server 2012

Kennards Hire IT manager Richard Fox-Smith speaks about the company's deployment of Microsoft's new Windows Server 2012 platform and other IT strategic and operational issues.

Questions & answers: Microsoft Australia’s Dynamics chief on CRM

Thomas Gudman is Microsoft Australia's new director of its Dynamics Business. In this interview, Delimiter questions Gudman about Microsoft's Dynamics CRM business in Australia, which competes in the market for enterprise software with fellow industry titans like Oracle and Salesfore.com.

Questions & answers: Zendesk Australia

Michael Hansen is the Asia-Pacific managing director of software as a service firm Zendesk, which offers a Web 2.0-style hosted helpdesk solution. Zendesk has recently expanded strongly in Australia, hiring staff and announcing that it has 1,000 Australian customers. In this interview, we ask Hansen about the company's local expansion plans.

An insider’s view of NAB’s IT transformation

Last week, for the first time in several years, National Australia Bank conducted a relatively open and transparent briefing on what's really going on behind the closed doors of its IT operation, with technology czar Gavin Slater addressing a lunch held by the Trans-Tasman Business Circle, with a startlingly open view into its operations.

Questions & answers: Yammer Australia

Ross Hill is a well-known personality in Australia’s social media and entrepreneur space, having founded the Hive networking event series for entrepreneurs and worked as an innovation analyst at Deloitte Digital. Since January 2011 he’s been an enterprise relationship manager with enterprise 2.0 social networking company Yammer. In this interview, Hill answers our questions about Yammer in Australia.

Questions & answers: Oracle Australia MD Ian White

Long-serving Oracle Australia managing director Ian White is one of the most senior figures in Australia's technology industry, leading the local operations of a company which has been involved at some level in virtually every major Australian IT Project. In this interview, we asked White a series of questions about the company's local operations, the industry, and his time with the company.

Mapping out the NBN Co IT paradigm

When it comes to selecting IT platforms and partners to support its business mission, the Federal Government-owned National Broadband Network Company faces a somewhat unique set of problems and opportunities.

Passion for Human Services: DHS CIO outlines vision

New Department of Human Services chief information officer Gary Sterrenberg gives a wide-ranging interview following his appointment and shows that the IT portfolio within DHS still has a powerful voice.

Breaking Victoria’s IT fail cycle: First steps to take

With its IT governance reputation in tatters and all of its major projects late, over budget and in many cases having simply failed to deliver, what steps can the Victorian State Government take next to get things back on track? Where can it turn for inspiration?

What’s the best Australian streaming music service?

Which music streaming service should you choose? It'll depend on your specific technology setup, habits and how much you're willing to spend for what you use. But the good thing is the market for music streaming services in Australia is getting increasingly crowded; meaning more options for users and more competition.

Breaking Victoria’s IT fail cycle: What not to do

When almost every major IT project has broken its budget and its timeframe, and many have completely failed, after soaking up hundreds of millions of dollars of public money that could have been spent on health, education, cutting down crime or public transport, what happens now? Where does the Victorian State Governments and its technology workforce turn to?

Kwan after the storm: Immigration’s new CIO charts a fresh path

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship's new chief information officer outlines his strategy in one of his first interviews since taking up the role in May 2011.

Framing the BYO device debate in Australia

For Australian IT managers and CIOs right now, the debate should not be "should we support BYO", but "how can we leverage BYO to get other outcomes in the business".

Now You Should Listen to This, Because This Concerns You

In the movies, it's common for a new prisoner to wait until lunch, then find the biggest, baddest dude in the room and beat...

When an iPad beats a laptop: The Brickworks story

When coupled with mobile access to email, and with software installed from Citrix that allows applications to be served remotely, the iPad starts to take on much of the functionality traditionally acquired through a full-fledged PC.

Visa, the iPhone & NFC: The Australian state of play

You’ve probably heard the rumours that the next iPhone is getting a thing called NFC. You’ve also probably read about Visa doing some funky trials with “PayWave” and iPhones. And you also probably have a credit card which supports PayWave. Unfortunately, most of it is a bunch of hot air, but in the coming months, things are set to get much more serious.

The changing role of the Australian CIO

In 2011, Australian chief information officers are not having a discussion about technology -- they're having a discussion about business. Times have changed.

Telstra’s cloud seeds start to germinate

Seven months ago when Telstra fronted a press conference to announce a flagship cloud computing partnership with IT services giant Accenture, the details about the pair's offering were a little vague and the future of the new generation of cloud computing services in Australia was a little unclear. But things have changed.

Unpicking the Portal 2 pricing potato

When renowned video game publisher Valve announced April 21 this year as the Australian launch date for the sequel to its critically acclaimed Portal title, local fans were ecstatic. After all, what could be better than getting such a highly anticipated game just before the Easter long weekend kicked in, with five whole days away from work to enjoy it? However, as pricing on the game started to be published by various local retailers, questions started to be asked.

SHINING A LIGHT IN: Victoria’s major IT projects under review

Several of Victoria’s major government watchdogs and the new Coalition government itself have taken the first steps in bringing the state’s trouble-plagued technology projects to heel, putting one flagship project on ice and scheduling others for a series of reviews that will govern their future.

Senator Mary Jo Fisher on life, the NBN and everything

A lawyer with a strong background in dealing with farmers’ workplace issues, South Australian Senator Mary Jo Fisher probably never expected to become so involved in the highly technical world of information technology and telecommunications.

Friday Five: Sage’s Alan Osrin

Every Friday we profile a prominent figure from Australia’s IT, telecommunications or video gaming industries in the Friday Five. Alan Osrin has had a long...

John Allsopp on IE9 as the new Web benchmark

John Allsop has been following the Web on its developmental journey for the entire period of its existence.

How LTE will become Telstra’s capacity trump card

In a broader sense, Telstra's shift to the 1800MHz spectrum for LTE mirrors the approach the telco took when it rolled out its 850Mhz Next G network starting in late 2005. At the time, the telco was pilloried by industry observers for using a spectrum frequency which was unpopular with international telcos -- with some claiming few handsets would ever support the range.

Friday Five: Michael Wyres

Michael Wyres is that rarest of beasts; an articulate engineer. Equally adept at his day job — developing Voice over IP and unified communications solutions — as he is at analysing the telecommunications industry, Wyres is a frequent commented on his popular blog and on Delimiter, and can also be found on Twitter. Oh, and he’s also a proud Dad. He’s this week’s guest for the Friday Five.

Monday Startup: OrionVM

Cloud computing startups are a dime a dozen right now. But OrionVM, founded by a trio of Sydneysiders in February 2010, looks like it might be closer to launching and winning real customers than some. The company's cloud platform will go into beta next month, and it has an office in Sydney's Pitt St. The OrionVM guys are our guests this week for our Monday Startup profile.

Friday Five: Riverbed’s Ian Raper

Ian Raper, the managing director of Riverbed Australia and New Zealand, is a man of few words. But perhaps that’s not important — when like many in Australia’s IT industry, he’s worked his way up to his current lofty position from a humble start — starting his career as a paperboy and then as a steward at the Hampton RSL Club. In life, often it’s actions that count most. He’s this week’s guest on the Friday Five.

An Australian developer in New York

Moving from Sydney to New York City has taught me a thing or two. The first is -- never trust everything you hear. The second -- in New York, the best advice is often the loudest.

Friday Five: ComOps’ Richard Bradley

Richard Bradley is the chief executive of ASX-listed enterprise, workforce and sales Management vendor ComOps. And you could definitely say he's been around for the long haul. He founded the company in 1972, and has been involved in all aspects of the company's development since that point. But if you saw Bradly on his tractor on the family winery in the Hunter Valley you might doubt for a second that he was a high-flying business executive :) Bradley is our guest this week for the Friday Five.

Monday startup: Trunk.ly

Local social bookmarking startup Trunk.ly suffered a trial by fire when it soft-launched in December 2010, as rumours swirled that Yahoo would shut down its dominant Delicious site. In this profile, the company's founders Tim Bull and Alex Dong talk about the current state of their startup, and the likely future.

Friday Five: Sqware Peg’s Adrian Jones

Sqware Peg's Australian country manager Adrian Jones might focus on cloud computing these days, but he didn't always. A few decades ago he was all about green screens. Let's hope you never have to deal with one of those terminal babies every again, Adrian! In the meantime, Jones is this week's guest on the Friday Five.

The eBook executive with the Google tattoo

When you ask Google's Mark Tanner what books he's been reading recently, you had better have a few minutes to discuss the subject, because the enthusiasm bursts out of him wholesale.

The troublesome case of the red-faced bank

NAB’s problem came at a time when Australia’s major banks have been the target of considerable market resentment as they post substantial profits while simultaneously elevating interest rates. The press was ready to tear to pieces any bank that gave its customers grief, and by the time the problem was 24 hours old, the bank was not only dealing with an IT problem -- it was also in the midst of a public relations crisis of significant proportions.

Learning to grin and bear it: Vodafone’s bad month

Like the problems suffered by Optus throughout the second half of 2008, Vodafone’s problems over the past few months appear to have come on the company one by one, like a slowly building avalanche.

Soothing the savage beast: Caspari and mastering EDS

It's safe to say David Caspari (pictured) had a bit of a rough ride when he took the local reins of EDS in October 2008 scant monts after his employer of just one year -- HP -- bought the Texan IT services giant.

The Queensland alternative: Schwarten’s new shadow

Queensland Technology and Public Works Minister Robert Schwarten is not an easy target for a Liberal-National Party MP to take on. A veteran of the state Labor Party’s decade-long grip on power in the state and one of its most senior members by any measure, Schwarten is a big fish and has long had a firm grip on his portfolio.

Friday Five: Scinaptic’s James Fox

Like many executives, Scinaptic chief executive James Fox started work early, with a job as a paperboy at age 10. These day’s he’s focused on different things — the company’s OnePlaceMail product connects various Microsoft products like Outlook and Office with SharePoint — but he still has that energy and drive to get him up in the morning. Fox is this week’s guest on the Friday Five.

Friday Five: WatchGuard’s Scott Robertson

Scott Robertson is the regional director of Australia and New Zealand for security vendor WatchGuard Technologies. But if you were in his class in primary school you would have come across Scott in a different role -- onselling lollies for a profit! He's this week's guest on the Friday Five.

From thirty dollars to $90m: The RetailMeNot story

Along with his co-founder Bevan Clark (above, right), Guy King (above, left) today became one of Australia’s newest multi-millionaires, as his company’s RetailMeNot site was snapped up by emerging US media player WhaleShark Media for around $90 million. But speaking with the entrepreneur this morning, you get the feeling it hasn’t yet sunk in.

Friday Five: Avaya’s Rob Wells

Rob Wells is the managing director for Avaya in Australia and New Zealand. But he’s also well known to the local industry for his previous roles, including as managing director of SAP subsidiary Business Objects. The executive also had a long stint at PeopleSoft culminating in a position of vice president of product sales in the Asia-Pacific region, and he was also the MD of Sequent Computer Systems for some time. Wells is our guest this week on the Friday Five.

The transformation journey: Why CIOs take it on

Like any other IT professional, chief information officers daily face the challenge of keeping up with change. But there is one difference between the CIO and the average IT profession: Higher level responsibilities are also responsible for managing the risk associated with the introduction of new technologies into their business.

The Australian private cloud: What is its future?

In our last feature article on the Australian private cloud, we're taking a peek into the future. Over the past few months, we asked local players to cast their eye into their crystal ball and predict what would happen next in cloud computing.

Friday Five: Connect2Field’s Steve Orenstein

Steve Orenstein is the CEO of Connect2Field, an Australian cloud-based application which helps service businesses manage their field workers and jobs to improve, organise and simplify their business. He's passionate about the startup sector -- being a well-known face at industry events. Orenstein is our guest this week on the Friday Five.

Stephen Tame’s next IT revolution:Deleting the desktop phone

Sitting across the table from Stephen Tame at lunch is a bit like dining with a tiger (if the Jetstar chief information officer will permit us a small airline industry pun).

Friday Five: iVision’s Graham Williams

Graham Williams is the managing director and proprietor of iVision, a unified computing specialist. It’s obvious he loves his work and his life — words like “passion”, “lucky” and “fulfilling” are threaded through his response to our Friday Five questions this week. If only we could all be so lucky!

The Australian private cloud: Who’s using it, and how?

When we set out several months ago to find large Australian organisations who had started to use private cloud computing services or who had started to examine business cases to do so, we didn't have to go far.

Friday Five: Frost & Sullivan’s Mark Dougan

Mark Dougan is A/NZ managing director of Frost & Sullivan, a global analyst and consulting company focused on the ICT industry which has a staff of seventeen in Australia and New Zealand. And he’s been around for a while — reminiscing in this Friday Five profile about the good old days of communicating via telex.

The Australian private cloud: Whitepaper repository

A collection of whitepapers on cloud computing, with a particular focus on private cloud in the Australian context.

Q&A: Qantas’ chief IT architect on cloud computing

Chris Seller is Qantas' chief IT architect and head of Operations for its Corporate Services and Technology division. The executive is a veteran of the airline -- having held senior IT roles within its ranks for over a decade, include as the head of IT for its Jetstar subsidiary. Seller took some time out recently to speak about Qantas' cloud computing strategy and the issue in general.

The Australian private cloud: Who sells it?

Literally almost every major technology vendor is locked in a desperate marketing struggle right now to articulate exactly which piece of the cloud computing pie it wants to sell. Add in the IT services companies, local telcos and even, in the case of large organisations, different sections of your own IT department, and it all begins to sound like one big cacophony of voices yelling “Cloud! Cloud! Pick me!” at the same time.

Friday Five: M5 Networks’ Matthew Wilson

Matthew Wilson is the managing director of M5 Networks Australia, specialists in business VoIP. But go back to 1995 and you would have found him poring over green screen terminals and experiencing the internet for the first time. We've come a long way since then!

THE KING IS BACK: How Bob McKinnon is fixing Westpac IT

This week Westpac group executive of Technology Bob McKinnon spoke to journalists in a wide-ranging briefing about his strategy and the state of the bank's IT integration with St George.

Friday Five: Nuix’s Eddie Sheehy

Eddie Sheehy has been the CEO of eDiscovery and email investigation firm Nuix since 2006, when he was appointed to commercialise the company’s technology after seven years of research and development. But he’s also a mad sailor and loves rugby — and his three children.

The Australian private cloud: How do you define it?

Everyone's talking about private cloud – but what does it mean – especially in the Australian context? Who is providing private cloud services in Australia – and who is adopting them? What is the future of these services likely to look like?

Startup nation: Is Labor’s NBN focus a little myopic?

But is it dangerous to view the development of Australia's entire technology sector through the lens of the infrastructure-bsaed NBN? Following last week's announcement, we asked two innovative technology companies -- one big and one small -- what they thought.

Friday Five: Bang the Table’s Karthik Reddy

Karthik Reddy is online social consultation firm Bang the Table‘s technical director. Between his work — Bang the Table specialises in connecting communities with organisations such as city councils on specific topical issues — and his kids, his sporting hobbies and keeping the BBQ hot, it doesn’t look like he’s got much free time. But then that looks like the way he likes it. He’s this week’s guest on the Friday Five.

Desktop dictatorship: Corporate Australia still prefers IE

With consumer technologies increasingly making their way into large organisations, in a trend that analysts have dubbed "consumerisation" of the enterprise, it may be that IT directors don't end up with much of a choice, as Generation Y brings its own hardware, software and -- ultimately -- browser preferences, into their new employee's organisation.

Friday Five: Integ’s Ian Poole

Ian Poole is the chief executive officer of Integ Group, an Australian integrator of secure voice, data infrastructure and IP business applications. Musically inclined, Ian oversees more than 150 staff across six engineering teams around Australia. The master chief loves his water sports - he'll take it frozen and liquid - he took some time out to talk to Delimiter about his roots.

Friday Five: Citrix’s Dino Soepono

Dino Soepono is Citrix’s regional manager (Asia-Pacific) for Citrix Systems. But we’re fairly sure that’s not his main job — with four boys under the age of eight, he’s got his hands full outside of hours. That’s why this year he was nominated for Father of the Year. Dino’s this week’s guest for the Friday Five.

Monday startup: Adioso

Adioso came into existence through a combination of persistence, willingness to abandon bad ideas, and naivete.

Friday Five: VMware’s Paul Harapin

Whenever we see VMware’s Paul Harapin, we can’t help but feel that he’s one of the most relaxed souls in Australia’s IT industry. He loves his sport, has a clutch of kids and smiles a lot. He even forgives Delimiter when we poke fun at him. The VMware chief is this week’s guest for the Friday Five.

Aussie developers talk Windows Phone 7

The impending launch of Windows Phone 7 handsets before Christmas period represents another rich option for Australian mobile application and game developers. But what is it like developing for the new Microsoft platform?

Friday Five: Sophos’ Rob Forsyth

Most people in the IT industry know Rob Forsyth as the calm managing director under control at security firm Sophos. But things have also gotten a bit wild in some of his other roles — for example, with the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. Forsyth’s our guest this week for the Friday Five.

Are Australians buying 3D TVs or not?

With nobody prepared to release hard numbers about 3D TV sales in Australia, it is hard to know what impact the new technology is really having on the local market. But one thing is for certain: Everybody and his dog wants to make sure the consumer knows the technology is out there, and at this stage positive vibes are emanating from every player in the market.

Friday Five: Polycom’s Michael Chetner

Polycom Australia and New Zealand country manager Michael Chetner is a stayer. After joining the company from Vodafone in February 2003, he's risen through the ranks to lead its local operations. But he hasn't gotten arrogant -- and still cheers on the underdog. Chetner is this week's guest on the Friday Five.

Friday Five: Hitachi Data Systems’ Neville Vincent

Don't mess with Hitachi Data Systems' managing director of its Australia and New Zealand operations -- Neville Vincent has three black belts and has worked on oil rigs to boot. But all this just makes him seem as though he's a good import for Australia to have! And he's naturalising quite quickly -- learning to surf on the Northern Beaches. Vincent is this week's guest on the Friday Five.

Friday Five: Pollenizer’s Jon Tyson

Jon Tyson is the chief technology officer for startup consultancy Pollenizer. But his resume is littered with high profile positions -- senior research engineer at NICTA, VP of engineering at Omnidrive, head of engineering at Kazaa and more. He's this week's guest on the Friday Five.

Richard Stallman on Australia: Q&A

Richard Stallman is a big name in the technology sector. The software developer and political activist is best known for his creation during the early 1980′s of the GNU Project, which combined with Linus Torvalds’ kernel programming efforts in the early 1990's to form what we today refer to as the GNU/Linux operating system.

Friday Five: Internode’s John Lindsay

John Lindsay is one of Australia's best-known telecommunications executives. He's currently Internode's general manager of regulatory and corporate affairs, a high-profile role which sees him quoted everywhere. But he's also worked at iiNet and even Chariot. His secret hobby? He solves problems in Perl for fun :)

Qld IT disasters shake up Australia’s Govt CIOs

Top-level State and Federal Government chief information officers around Australia have acknowledged they are aware of the Queensland Government's dramatic change in IT strategy following revelations of widespread problems with the state's IT shared services strategy, but are broadly withholding comment on how the debacle might impact their own initiatives until the full picture is known.

Filter fighter + Liberal young gun: Jamie Briggs

You can see Mayo MP Jamie Briggs' understanding of technology wound throughout his political career and the issues he has engaged on.

Aussie sci-fi author David Freer on eBooks, DRM and Bass Strait internet

We recently spoke with Dave Freer, a South African writer and ichthyologist, who in a recent quest to find a more remote place found himself moving to Flinders Island in Bass Strait

Friday Five: Red Hat’s Max McLaren

Every Friday we’ll profile a prominent figure from Australia’s IT, telecommunications or video gaming industries in the Friday Five.

Friday Five: Google’s Raul Vera

Raul Vera is Engineering Manager at Google’s Australia/NZ headquarters in Sydney, overseeing Google Maps engineering. He has been involved in digital media technology for over 25 years, as a software developer, architect, entrepreneur, and team leader. But he doesn't spend all his time in front of a computer. Sometimes he does engineering the old fashioned way -- working with his hands with more natural materials.

Amazon Kindle store + device: The Australian difference

Amazon might have started selling its Kindle range of eBook readers in Australia late last year, but there is a world of difference between the performance of the device and range of the Kindle bookstore in Australia compared with Amazon's home country of the US.

Friday Five: Markinson’s Ian Whiting

Ian Whiting is the chief executive of Markinson Business Solutions -- a privately owned Australian software company which specialises in CRM, ERP and retail/wholesale packages. But he doesn't just think deeply about IT ... he likes his life experience wide. He's this week's guest on the Friday Five.

BoysTown achieves the Lotus position — without Exchange

Why did Australian charity Boystown upgrade to the latest version of Lotus Notes rather than implement Microsoft Exchange?

Friday Five: Happen Business’s Paul Berger

You might know Happen Business managing director Paul Berger as the guy running one of Australia's accounting and ERP software houses. But did you know that he plays guitar? Or that he used to work at Dick Smith's when he was young, and still plays soccer with the club he played with as a kid? You do now -- he's this week's guest for the Friday Five.

Virtual desktop reality: City of Cockburn’s fleet of 200

The City of Cockburn appears to be the first Australian Government organisation to undertake a roll-out of virtualised desktops across a whole organisation. It recently replaced 200 desktop PCs with 200 VMware View 4.0 desktops and end client machines spanning across 15 different sites across the City of Cockburn -- libraries, community centres and offices.

2010: Australia’s Android odyssey

Today, just one year later in mid-2010, many in Australia's mobile industry believe the iPhone no longer holds the crown as the dominant smartphone platform. A new challenger has arisen – Google's Android operating system – and like the Hydra of Greek mythology, its multiple heads make it a treacherous rival for Apple to slay.

Friday Five: IFS’s Rob Stummer

Rob Stummer is the local managing director of enterprise applications group IFS. But he wasn't always -- it's a little known fact that he used to be a PE teacher at Scotch College. We're not sure yet which job is harder -- but in any case, he's this week's guest on the Friday Five.

The day of the spill: Australia’s tech sector reacts

The Labor leadership spill events of the past 24 hours that have led to the swearing-in of Julia Gillard as Australia's first female Prime Minister have been an emotional roller coaster for the Australian public -- it has an been an attention-grabbing blockbuster of Hollywood proportions.

Friday Five: Microsoft’s Phil Goldie

Phil Goldie (@philgoldie on Twitter, and he’s also on LinkedIn) is director of the Server and Tools Business Group at Microsoft Australia after spending some time at Nortel. He’s gradually losing his accent after arriving from the UK in 2002 and is now an Australian citizen.

Friday Five: BMC’s Gary Mitchell

Every Friday we’ll profile a prominent figure from Australia’s IT, telecommunications or video gaming industries in the Friday Five. Gary Mitchell is country manager for...

Tech products I can’t live without

There is a great tradition in technology journalism of writers creating public lists of products that they use every day and can't live without. Michael Arrington at TechCrunch does it, Paul Thurrott does it at his SuperSite for Windows. And now it's time for Delimiter to do it.

Friday Five: James Bannan

Every Friday we'll profile a prominent figure from Australia's IT, telecommunications or video gaming industries in the Friday Five. James Bannan (@jamesbannan on Twitter) has...

iPad apps focused on Australia

Australian software developers have always been quite interested in developing for the Apple iPhone platform, and many of them have made the shift to producing apps for the iPad. We've scoured the databases and the media reports to find all we can.

Friday Five: Retail Directions’ Andrew Gorecki

Retail Directions managing director (the company makes retail management software) Andrew Gorecki started in the IT industry at the age of 21.

Correctional facility: Victoria Police’s Vanderheide

Victoria Police chief information officer outlines his priorities and strategy in the force's troubled IT department -- and tells us why he loves his new life in Melbourne.

Monday Startup: Pouncer

Pouncer is a Sydney startup created to provide an Australian version of the Penny Auction sites that have been so popular overseas, inspired by German pioneer Swoopo.

Friday Five: Red Rock’s Jonathan Rubinsztein

You might know Jonathan Rubinsztein as the chief executive of UXC subsidiary Red Rock ... but did you know that he started a manufacturing company when at university in South Africa or that he like trance music? You will soon, as he's this week's guest in the Friday Five.

Friday Five: Avanade’s Jeyan Jeevaratnam

Jeyan Jeevaratnam is vice president and country manager (Australia and New Zealand) for Avanade, the joint venture between Accenture and Microsoft. But we remember him best from his past leading telco AT&T in Australia. And, like so many in the industry, he's an ex-IBM'er.

CIO outside the box: De Bortoli’s Bill Robertson

De Bortoli Wines IT manager Bill Robertson lays out the history behind his radical technological thinking.

Friday Five: Telstra’s Hugh Bradlow

Telstra chief technology officer Hugh Bradlow is clearly a geek. With a degree in nuclear physics and a penchant for joking about throwing his laptop at staff, he's also one of the most colourful personalities in Australia's telecommunications scene -- he always says what he thinks. Bradlow is our guest on this week's Friday Five.

A Friday morning with AuTechHeads

Usually every Friday we profile a prominent figure from Australia’s IT, telecommunications or video gaming industries in the Friday Five, but we're not that organised this week. Instead, we have conducted a question and answer session with AuTechHeads, a new group of Australians interested in technology. The questions were answered by Matt Marlor.

Change agent: Senator Scott Ludlam

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has emerged as a major policy player in the telecommunications industry.

Friday Five: Jeremy Hulse

Jeremy Hulse is the Asia-Pacific vice president for IT security firm M86 Security. But he's also a great guy to have around the campfire -- with a penchant for guitar playing, especially the music of Stevie Ray Vaughan.

18 iPads in one day: Australia’s April iPad pilgrimage

For Australian early adopter enthusiasts spending thousands on a trip to the US to pick up the latest hot Apple kit may just be too much fun to pass up.

Friday Five: Ruslan Kogan

If there's one individual who's currently shaking up Australia's consumer technology industry, it's Kogan Technologies founder Ruslan Kogan. But who is the man behind the media appearances? We find out in this week's Friday Five.

Will wireless broadband kill the NBN?

Will the amazingly fast uptake of mobile broadband and other wireless services kill the National Broadband Network before it's even built?

Friday Five: CA’s Brenton Smith

Brenton Smith is currently the vice president and area manager for CA Australia & New Zealand, but he wasn't always. In this week's Friday Five, we find out what life was like in his home town of Renmark, SA, and why his biggest inspiration is a former SAP chief.

Aussie startup: Topikality

Every week we'll profile an Australian startup from the technology, telecommunications or video gaming sector. Up this week is Topikality, which is currently in public beta.

CIOs speak: Is cloud email a bumpy ride?

Australian chief information officers have been making eyes at cloud-based email solutions from Google and Microsoft for a while now.

Friday Five: The Playroom’s Craig Armsworth

Nobody could ever accuse the Playroom's head of technology Craig Armsworth of not putting his whole effort in -- not only has he worked for 20 years for companies like Disney and Sony Pictures, but he also has four children under the age of 12!

Apple’s undiscovered country: Macs in the enterprise

Australian chief information officers will admit they regularly get requests from staff for Macs on their desktops. Despite lacklustre interest from Apple itself, demand exists from users. So what does the future hold for Apple in the enterprise?

How Jeff Smith keeps Suncorp’s IT nimble

Suncorp chief information officer Jeff Smith talks about huge banking development efforts with the excitement of an entrepreneur who's involved in their first startup company.

Friday Five: HP’s Richard Bailey

Richard Bailey is HP's vice president of its Imaging and Printing Group at HP for the South Pacific region -- but he wasn't always. At one stage his job was working on the family farm. Just don't ask him his footy team, the West Coast Eagles -- he'll probably talk your ears off!

Friday Five: Upstream’s Neil Tilley

Every Friday we'll profile a prominent figure from Australia's IT, telecommunications or video gaming industries in the Friday Five. Currently executive director of printing specialist...

Keeping the magic alive: Australia and eBooks

Delving into Australia's eBook market.

Friday Five: Donna Benjamin

This week we profile Donna Benjamin, executive director of Creative Contingencies.

Achala Mataraaratchi: Australian competitive gamer

When Achala Mataraaratchi first started playing computer games, the technology behind them wasn't very advanced. "Probably the first game I ever played was Commander Keen -- the original DOS game," he says in a recent interview.

Monday Startup: Mozzler

We profile Australian start Mozzler.

Friday Five: MOB’s Rob Manson

This week the Friday Five profiles MOB's Rob Manson

Cloud email’s Australian thunderstorm

Cloud email in Australian organisations -- where is it, and where is it going?

Monday Startup: Subscribe-HR

Every Monday we'll profile an Australian startup from the technology, telecommunications or video gaming sector. Drop us a line if you would like to...

After 16 years, Michael Malone is still excited

In the end it's his positivity that characterises iiNet chief Michael Malone. That and a relentless energy to drive change and make things better.

Friday Five: Adam Internet’s Scott Hicks

This week Adam Internet chief Scott Hicks is up in the Friday Five.

Gunning for Croydon: Kat Nicholson

It was late November when the election candidate looking to take on South Australian Attorney-General Michael Atkinson got involved with the newly formed Gamers4Croydon political party.

Monday Startup: expanz

We profile Manly-based software startup expanz.

Friday Five: Oracle’s Sean Boiling

Sean Boiling is Oracle Australia's sales consulting manager for its Fusion Middleware line; a position he came to after Oracle's 2008 acquisition of BEA. With 20 years' of experience in IT, Boiling has seen it all -- his blog says he's worked with "most of the styles of IT plumbing that have been popular in the last 15 years".

Friday Five: IBRS’ Kevin McIsaac

Kevin McIsaac is one of Australia's best-known technology analysts. He currently covers a range of areas in enterprise IT as an advisor for Intelligent Business Research Services, but his career has spanned 25 years in the IT industry, with stints at the famed META Group, Computer Associates and Functional Software. And he even has a Ph.D. in Physics.