January, 2004

  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    Invite to upcoming Microsoft Australia Security Conference


    In March 2004, we will be running a Security Conference throughout Australia. This is a complimentary, full day technical briefing designed to provide you with the information, tools and resources to increase the security of microsoft infrastructures now.

    The event is scheduled to run in six states during March and has two dedicated streams, for developers and IT professionals, each with four tracks covering security from application development through to deployment and maintenance. Industry recognised security companies will also be supporting the event to showcase their services and technologies.

    This is an opportunity to hear from Microsoft's international and local security experts on topics such as: system hardening, patch management, secure web and smart client application development. The sessions will be presented in the context of the latest security roadmap with appropriate focus given to the processes, guidance and technologies that underpin our ongoing commitment to helping customers maintain a good secure posture.

    This is a must attend event for any partner concerned about the security of their customers IT infrastructure.

    I look forward to seeing you there.

    To register for this event, or just to look at the agenda, please click here

  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    Predictions for 2004


    Graeme Philipson, an “old school” IT journo here in Australia has made a few predictions for 2004, which were recently published in the SMH.  They are a mixture of global (1,2,3,4,6,8,10) & local (5,7,9) predictions.

    In summary he makes the following prognostications:

    1. Sun Microsystems will be acquired.
    2. Dell will move closer to overtaking HP as number two vendor.
    3. Oracle's bid for Peoplesoft will succeed.
    4. Linux will arrive.
    5. Telstra will still be majority government owned.
    6. The volume of spam will continue to grow.
    7. "Offshoring" will become an enormous political issue.
    8. Recording companies will still not work out a way to stop free music downloads.
    9. The Federal Government will still not understand IT.
    10. IBM will still be number one.

    I agree with some of them (1,6,8,9), but I really think he is really off on some other ones.

    What do you think?
  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    Microsoft: We took MikeRoweSoft too seriously



    Microsoft: We took MikeRoweSoft too seriously. The software giant has admitted that it took things "too seriously" when its lawyers threatened a 17-year-old student named Mike Rowe over his domain name. [CNET News.com]

  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    .NET takes lead for health industry


    Good to see iSoft getting some press. They are a UK based ISV who are making fantastic progress in Australia.

    Microsoft's .NET is emerging as a leading healthcare platform, thanks to iSoft's success in a flurry of acquisitions and contract wins that will further squeeze small players.

    The UK-based developer - that holds a 70 per cent share of Australia's hospital systems market - is Microsoft's anointed independent software vendor (ISV) partner for healthcare.

    ISoft has wasted no time prescribing its "Doctor's" Office 2003 and Windows XP Tablet-based applications as a cure for health system ills across the world. [more]

  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    MCSD .NET fast Track


    It's good to see our local partners coming up with some interesting offers. Dimension Data Learning Systems have a MCSD fast track offer.

    Take this opportunity to learn what you need to know about the .NET development framework and prove your talent by getting your MCSD credential.

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  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    Webjet launched new service - powered by .net


    Webjet, an Australian online travel reseller, has launched their new ASP.NET powered site. Good to see some news coverage about the event.

    Webjet casts travel .NET wider
    Fleur Doidge

    Melbourne online travel reseller Webjet has launched a $3.6 million .NET-based services platform which allows consumers and businesspeople alike to buy a total holiday package in one transaction.

    David Clarke, MD at ASX-listed online travel services reseller Webjet, said the platform had gone live Thursday, 15 January, after more than a year of planning and development. [more]

    Webjet portal arrives early
    Daniel Winter, PC World

    The Australia-based company Webjet launched a completely rebuilt version of its travel portal, Webjet.com.au on Monday. The new site is designed to provide users with maximum possible savings on flights and accommodation as well as improved flexibility and choice for their itinerary.

    The site was built using microsoft Visual Studio.NET 2003, and took just 11 months to complete - on budget and ahead of schedule. The team of 11 people consisted of three microsoft and eight microsoft partner developers, working under the moniker of the microsoft Solutions Development Centre (SDC).  [more]

  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    Microsoft takes on teen - Domain name dispute


    I think this is really funny.

    MIKE Rowe thinks it is funny that his catchy name for a Web site design company sounds a lot like microsoft.

    The software giant, however, is not amused.

    "Since my name is Mike Rowe, I thought it would be funny to add 'soft' to the end of it," said Rowe, a 17-year-old student in Victoria, British Columbia.  [more]

    Visit the site in question - MikeRoweSoft Design

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