Commercial

SAP flags $60m sales and support centre

German business software outfit to pump $60 million over five years into a sales and support centre in Melbourne.

Wal-Mart looks online for Chinese growth

Retailer's Yihaodian unit is boosting the number of products sold on its site, challenging Alibaba.

Do more with less: One way to fix Australia's poor productivity

Businesses can increase productivity by improving the efficiency of their existing infrastructure. But how do you know which areas need to be improved and what can be streamlined easily?

IBM sees broader role for Watson in aiding research

Watson, the IBM system that won “Jeopardy,” has shown promise in answering some kinds of questions. Now the company sees a broader role, a bit like the deductions that helped its namesake’s famous partner solve fictional crimes.

A radical strategy shift has NBN Co hitting its stride

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NBN Co's adoption of a lower-cost, less complex rollout strategy suggests the company is finally making progress after its troubled early history.

Apple could unwrap iWatch in September: report

The new iPhone 6 models might not be the only thing Apple is going to unveil on September 9, with the long-awaited iWatch also reportedly set to see the light of day.

Alibaba's results improve ahead of IPO

Chinese e-commerce company expects to launch IPO after the start of September.

Digital authentication to become Google's next big focus

Streamlining the website login process a top priority, according to the company’s Australian business and consumer services manager Dan Metcalf.

Can StreamCo turn the tide on Netflix?

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With local players scrambling to counter the threat of subscription video king Netflix, what makes Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media think StreamCo can find success?

It's time to take AI seriously

The age of intelligent machines has arrived—only they don't look at all like we expected.

Call for broader hold on data

ONE of US President Barack Obama’s national telecommunications security confidants says the Abbott government’s proposed mandatory data retention policy should not be confined to ISPs but should include banks and retailers as well.

Boost for Victoria as IBM pumps up to $100m into data centre

VICTORIA has landed a plum cloud-infrastructure investment as IBM pumps up to $100 million into a data centre at Melbourne’s Deer Park.

California smartphone ‘kill switch’ bill to become law

Smartphones sold in California will be required by mid-2015 to come with a pre-installed feature to deter thieves.

Where's the next telco pot of gold?

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With the arrival of mobile saturation stagnation our telcos are entering a more complex market, where the spoils will have to be shared with many more contenders.

Airbnb gears up to boost local appeal

Apartment-rental service recruits Quickflix co-founder Sam McDonagh to further increase awareness of the Airbnb brand in the region.

MYOB results shine as cloud momentum picks up pace

Accounting software maker posts record half-year result

Why government "risk mitigation" rarely delivers

Recent state and federal government initiatives to get smaller companies to provide more innovative solutions to government technology are to be applauded. But a bureaucracy’s worst enemy is sometimes itself.

Taxing Australia’s future

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Vodafone Australia boss Iñaki Berroeta can't understand why the telco's local transmission costs are three times what’s charged in similar markets around the world. It's an observation that highlights a serious problem for Australia.

Disruptor v incumbent: a cloud combat playbook

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The battle for for the hearts and minds of bookkeepers is intensifying for providers of accounting software MYOB and Xero. With US giant Intuit joining the mix, the cloud based accounting market is getting crowded.

Amazon readies Google attack

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US online giant Amazon is preparing to take on Google in internet advertising.

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