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ACS Week In Review: 25 October 2013

Friday, 25 Oct 2013

NSW Bushfires

For the last week we’ve watched from all over the country and indeed the world as the worst bushfire crisis in 45 years hit NSW. The use of technology in managing this crisis has been unprecedented, and we want to thank those professionals who kept the networks going, and the information flowing. We also extend a special thanks to members of the NSW Rural Fire Service, and their colleagues from around Australia who have worked so hard to protect life and property over these last few days.

We have members located throughout the affected regions, and our thoughts are with them in this difficult time.

We encourage you to donate to the various appeals being run by organisations such as the Salvation Army and the Red Cross. You can donate to the Salvos here and to the Red Cross here.

The ACS is now on YouTube

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Canberra Conference – ICT Shaping our world

The ACS 2013 Canberra Branch Conference will take place on Wednesday October 30 at the Old Parliament House in Canberra. The theme reflects on the achievements of the ICT industry over the last 47 years of the society and the impact of ICT on how we live work and play.

In Canberra’s centenary year the conference program will run distinct streams which address the individual endeavours of ICT professionals and the aspirations of the boarder ICT industry.

Half of Queensland Health IT projects at risk

Queensland Health has reported that half of the major IT initiatives it has in play are at risk of delay, cost overrun, or project failure.

The Queensland government’s new IT project dashboard asks CIOs or other key stakeholders in an agency to assign a ‘traffic light’ marker to listed projects according to how they are tracking against budget, timeline and quality specifications.

Projects the agency feels are within tolerance boundaries are green, projects in danger of breaching these parameters without corrective action are amber, and projects encountering serious difficulties are marked red.

Huawei a ‘credible business’: Malcolm Turnbull

New Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has described Chinese technology company Huawei as a "very credible business" and confirmed he would review the government ban on its involvement in building the national broadband network (NBN). 

However he has not set a timetable, with NBN Co's future currently subject to four other reviews, two of which haven't started. 

Mark Dreyfus, who served as Attorney-General for seven months this year, warned the new government not to compromise national security. 

"Mr Abbot should not sacrifice national security in the rush to sign a free trade agreement. He should listen to the advice of the national security agencies before making any decisions about the involvement of foreign entities in critical national infrastructure," he said. 

Preparing for a brave new world without Windows XP support

April 8, 2014, will be the beginning of the end for one of the most successful and longest-running PC operating systems in history as Microsoft officially stops supporting Windows XP, first released to hardware vendors on August 24, 2001.

That means it's time to upgrade, and at the risk of causing panic, if you're in charge of a large enterprise PC fleet and you haven't done anything about it yet, you might already be running late. According to Microsoft, "based on historical customer deployment data, the average enterprise deployment can take 18 to 32 months from business case through full deployment". If you haven't started planning yet, do it now — it's better to be behind for a while than broken altogether.

If you're an SME with only a couple of systems, it might just mean buying new computers and spending a weekend copying your data and making sure old applications still work, or investigating alternatives if they don't.