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IT News Review - Week Ending Monday 17/5/1999

IT News Review - Week Ending Monday 17/5/1999

IBM, HP go to direct-sales model

Responding to a growing demand by commercial buyers of IT products to make the buying experience easier, Hewlett-Packard and IBM will soon sell their systems directly over the Internet.

Click on the link below for the full storyhttp://www2.idg.com.au/arndb.NSF/Current/NT0000C362PC vendors coalesce around Y2K evaluation effortsAn alliance of hardware vendors is set to unveil a series of new programs designed to make it easier for enterprises and consumers to evaluate whether their PCs and applications are year 2000-compliant.

Click on the link below for the full storyhttp://www2.idg.com.au/arndb.NSF/Current/NT0000C36EIT venture capitalists may win in BudgetThe federal government hands down its budget tonight and industry commentators have predicted tax concessions for venture capitalists. Jim Morrison, tax technology partner with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, said there had been a concerted effort to put tax breaks for IT startups on the agenda, starting with the Ralph report.

Click on the link below for the full storyhttp://www2.idg.com.au/CWT1997.nsf/CWTCurrent/NT0000D9A6Budget holds little for ITThe IT industries will find relatively little to praise and some things to condemn in this year's Federal Budget.

The industry was looking for extra funding for university places and easing of capital gains tax to foster its future growth. It also wanted R&D funding to be restored to 150 per cent.

Click on the link below for the full storyhttp://www2.idg.com.au/CWT1997.nsf/CWTCurrent/NT0000D9B2Intel and others in US not Y2K ready, study saysIntel is among the top three largest revenue-earning, non-financial companies in the US to earn a "low" year-2000 readiness rating from Weiss Ratings, a consulting firm that rates year-2000 readiness of US banks, insurance companies, and Fortune 1000 companies. In a recently published study, Weiss Ratings also gave "low" ratings toWal-Mart Stores and Conagra, in terms of how the companies are fixing their computer systems for this coming January 1.

Click on the link below for the full storyhttp://www2.idg.com.au/CWT1997.nsf/CWTCurrent/NT0000D9BEAsia-Pacific bucks ERP slowdownDespite declining revenues for top-tier ERP (enterprise resource planning) software vendors, this may not necessarily signal the death of the software business, according to industry experts. The ERP market has experienced phenomenal growth over the past few years, but recent revenues for various business applications software vendors are plunging. ERP vendors such as SAP have reported slower growth in profits and earnings, while others such as Baan and PeopleSoft are struggling with revenues.

Click on the link below for the full storyhttp://www2.idg.com.au/CWT1997.nsf/CWTCurrent/NT0000D9C6Government rushes vote on censorship The Government's rush to pass its Online Services Bill determining the regulation of Internet content through the Senate has sparked concern amongst industry bodies.

Click on the link below for the full storyhttp://www2.idg.com.au/arndb.NSF/Current/NT0000C456Study: executive Web use may spur e-commerceSenior-management support for electronic commerce may get a boost as top corporate executives around the world log on to the Internet more frequently, according to an Andersen Consulting survey. Andersen surveyed more than 1700 executives at Fortune 1000 companies (or their equivalents) as well as leading government entities in 24 countries.

Click on the link below for the full storyhttp://www2.idg.com.au/CWT1997.nsf/CWTCurrent/NT0000D9E680 percent of Cisco business to be online soonCisco Systems aims to have 80 per cent of its business transactions conducted online by July, an executive from the company said. "We're one of the examples out there showing that Internet commerce is real and very much alive," Ray Woo, senior product architect at Cisco, told attendees of Giga Information Group's online business symposium.

Click on the link below for the full storyhttp://www2.idg.com.au/nwwdb.NSF/mailout/NT000061D2APCC launches new e-commerce frameworkThe Australian Procurement and Construction Ministerial Council (APCC) has launched a new national framework on electronic commerce, in an attempt to streamline e-commerce standards in government procurement. The new framework, released by APCC and the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) yesterday, has been designed with the aim of creating a national trading community by providing a secure online trading facilityfor businesses to trade with government and with each other.

Click on the link below for the full storyhttp://www2.idg.com.au/nwwdb.NSF/mailout/NT000061DANSW to get Y2K disclosure lawLegislation that is intended to encourage the disclosure of year 2000 information has been introduced into the NSW State Parliament this week.

Click on the link below for the full storyhttp://www2.idg.com.au/pcwdb.NSF/mailout/NT000071C6Yeadon: NSW gvt on target for October Y2K deadlineThe NSW Office of Information Technology (OIT) estimates that the NSW public sector has completed 85 per cent of its Y2K work, and that all public sector organisations are on track to complete Y2K remediation by October 1999.

In a report released by OIT last week, percentages of readiness and percentages of completion of contingency plans are attributed to 109 government departments and state-owned corporations.

Click on the link below for the full storyhttp://www2.idg.com.au/CWT1997.nsf/CWTCurrent/NT0000DA22More users are looking at LinuxLinux, the free, Unix-like operating system is rapidly gaining enough credibility to merit a look from users at major companies, according to a US Computerworld tracking survey. Since February, the number that report either using or at least considering Linux has grown by 72 per cent.

Click on the link below for the full storyhttp://www2.idg.com.au/CWT1997.nsf/CWTCurrent/NT0000DA3A

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