The Friday CIO: Bill Robertson

Every Friday Delimiter features an Australian chief information officer, IT director or IT manager. This week's profile is of Bill Robertson, the CIO/IT manager of De Bortoli Wines.

Monday Startup: expanz

We profile Manly-based software startup expanz.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Microsoft Ignite 2015 (Gold Coast): Photo gallery

Several thousand Australian technologists are currently on the Gold Coast attending one of Australia's technology conferences -- Microsoft's Ignite conference. If you want to get a feel for what you're missing out on, we recommend you check out some of these great photos taken at the event :)

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

Cisco Live 2016 in Melbourne: Photo gallery

Your writer is down in Melbourne attending Cisco Live 2016. We had a fantastic time yesterday and will be posting quite a few stories today from the event. Here's a bit of a window into this huge tech conference with a few photos of what's going on.

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!

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?

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 :)

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.

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.

Photos: Nodes Behaving Badly (when FTTN placement goes wrong)

Today, Delimiter is proud to present a photo gallery entitled Nodes Behaving Badly, in which we highlight some of the worst Fibre to the Node infrastructure placement that Australia has to offer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Frustrated State: The Change Agent

Vladimir Lasky would be the first to admit that he hasn’t had a stereotypical, easy to predict career.

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?

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?

Monday startup: Adioso

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

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.

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 Frustrated State: The Tree Changer

Rohan Latimer describes himself as a “Web Dev Magician”. “I’ve been a freelance developer my whole life,” he says.

Change agent: Senator Scott Ludlam

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

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.

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.

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.

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 Frustrated State: Thank you to key supporters

The publication of The Frustrated State would not have been possible without the following individuals and organisations, who directly contributed $75 or more each to the book during its successful Kickstarter campaign.

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.

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.

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?

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.

Monday startup:

Local social bookmarking startup 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.

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.

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.

The Australian private cloud: Whitepaper repository

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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).

“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...