05 Sep 2012

Top news stories you need to know this month

The world of tech Australia could become one of the first countries in the world to introduce a certification process for cloud computing vendors – to be rolled out as early as 2014. Samsung has been ordered to pay $1.051 billion dollars to Apple, after a jury found it copied critical features of the iPhone and iPad. Microsoft changes its logo for the first time in 25 years, to a colourful, Windows-inspired design. NBN Co is hunting for a new CIO as Claire Rawlins steps down after three years in the job. Brennan IT Buzz Brennan IT has just unveiled The Buzz, a new quarterly publication aimed at bringing a fresh and practical voice to the issues shaping the technology agenda of today’s business. The first issue explores how businesses are using technology to change the way they work, and features opinion from some of the leading players in tech including Microsoft, VMware, EMC, Cisco, Lenovo, Symantec, IBM, HP, NEC, Lifesize and Veeam. Brennan IT marketing manager Robin Marchant says The Buzz seeks to fill the gap left by the departure from the media landscape of many feature based technology business titles, and brings together a range of viewpoints, from industry leaders, to provide a well rounded view on some of the key themes shaping today’s technology discussions. The Buzz is available online at www.buzzmagazine.com.au as well as in print, and will be published quarterly. Brennan IT wins Gold Brennan IT has recently achieved Microsoft Partner Midmarket Solution Provider Gold Competency. Microsoft Gold Competency signifies to the market that a company has demonstrated the highest level of skill and achievement within a given technology specialisation. To earn a Microsoft Gold Competency, organisations must complete a rigorous set of tests to prove their level of technology expertise, have the right number of Microsoft Certified Professionals, submit customer references and demonstrate their commitment to customer satisfaction by participating in an annual survey. Achieving Gold Competency demonstrates Brennan IT’s commitment to technology development and innovation that would benefit our customers. Happy Father’s Day! Don’t miss out on our special introductory offer and be the first to own the world’s lightest 14″ ultrabook, the Lenovo X1 Carbon! This month, we also have up to 58% off Cisco Catalyst 2960-S switches, 28% off HP Small Business Server, 46% off RSA SecurID, up to 12% off when you purchase an AutoCAD LT® 2013 bundled with Adobe® Acrobat® X Pro and an EMC Try and Buy Promotion. To celebrate the Day of Dads this month, Brennan IT is including some bonus gifts with our specials! Buy 60 x HP LTO4 or LT05 tapes and get a FREE Apple TV, purchase the BenQ MW516 Projector at 17% off and receive a FREE Logitech R800 presenter worth $136 and 42% off Shintaro Weather Station Photo Frame with FREE 4GB SD card. Views from blog On the Brennan IT blog this month, Geoff Crowshaw takes look at the hidden advantages of unifying communications, while Robin Marchant reveals 4 ways Windows 8 could change your business. Samantha Poblete sizes up Mountain Lion against Windows 8 and considers the rumoured iPad mini. And what about the mass social experiment app that influences your dreams? We’ve also identified 6 ways to make your workplace more productive. And don’t miss the second part of our Quick Guide for Planning Events. Why not jump on board and give us your thoughts, and stay up to date with all things Brennan IT via Twitter.