Hugh Halloran

New player in travel market

COMPETITION in the local travel guide market will hot up with the release next month of a new publication aimed at the State’s growing backpacking industry.

WA-MAID program takes a break

THE State Government has bowed to industry pressure and suspended its WA-MAID industry development program.

R&D commitment fails the test

AUSTRALIA’S information technology industry is in a bind.

No quarter given in IPT ruling

IPT Systems has won a legal action in the WA Supreme Court against a former director of the company.

SPIRIT to help level the playing field on tenders

THE State Government’s official launch of its SPIRIT program in early October will be welcomed by the local technology industry.

Consultation failure made for criticism

SPIRIT might be a popular program with the local ICT industry, but another associated initiative – WA-MAID (Western Australian Major Alliances for Industry Development) – has attracted almost unanimous criticism.

Pinnacle blew opportunity: Govt

THE State Government’s decision not to support the Pinnacle Blue supercomputer came as no surprise to those in WA’s technology sector.

New tool in fight with skin cancer

WINTER is over, summer is on its way, and so is the usual deluge of slip-slop-slap advertising.

Changing the way of work in the PR game

FINDING an attractive way to get your message across is becoming easier by the week.An increasing number of corporate communications professionals are setting up as ‘one-man-shows’, although that description is not actually very appropriate.

An eye for an eye in laser standoff

TWO Perth technology companies have more in common than racing each other to be the world leader in refractive laser eye surgery.

Pinnacle too high for supercomputer

TWO weeks after WA Business News questioned the future of the Pinnacle Blue supercomputer, the State Government has dumped the project.

SEAWA funding crisis

THE directors of Software Engineering Australia (WA) will fight a decision to withhold funding considered crucial to the software incubator’s future.

Deal adds to Lasata’s run of success

WINNING awards is nothing new to the directors of Lasata Software, so it is no surprise to hear Steve Wall and Tony Farrell were on a plane to Hong Kong, then Canada, within days of accepting their latest prize.

Imago future almost certainly to end with a business sale

DIRECTORS of multimedia firm Imago will this week announce the company’s future – a future that will almost certainly involve the sale of the business.

Ideal doesn’t match the reality for Imago

IF ever a company adopted a name that had interesting business connotations, it was Imago.

IDEA project falls behind schedule

A GOVERNMENT report on the IDEA (Innovation, Development, Employment and Applications) project at St Andrews, north of Perth, will not be finished until October, four months after State Cabinet was to receive it.

Big business call by Gosnells group

MEMBERS of the City of Gosnells’ business community intend to start their own telecommunications company with the aim of offering businesses cheap phone calls.

Computer blue ongoing

SIX months after final State Cabinet approval was expected, the future of the Pinnacle Blue supercomputer project is no closer to being announced.

Imago gets six of the best

THE directors of multimedia developer Imago have received at least six offers from parties interested in buying the business.

Support services feeling the pinch

THE series of mergers and acquisitions in the resource industry is beginning to affect the next level of that industry – the support services companies.

ABC hits the spot 100,000 times a week

ONLY a few months after winning a national award, the ABC’s Perth website has broken through the 100,000 visits per week mark.

pSivida looks to growth after joint venture deal

FOLLOWING its signing of a joint venture deal in Singapore, pSivida Ltd is aiming to formalise two collaborative relationships in Australia by year’s end.

Southern feel to business delegation

A DELEGATION of business, government and education representatives will promote WA’s technological and business capabilities in a visit to Malaysia next month.

AIIA looks to renew focus

NUMEROUS challenges await the WA branch of the Australian Information Industry Association and its new chairman Phil Foxwell.

Making it personal

AUSTRALIAN Information Industry Association chairman Phil Foxwell is keen to put his personal stamp on the organisation in the next year.

Boat Torque’s name to disappear as competitors buy its remaining parts

BOAT Torque, a name synonymous with ferry services to Rottnest Island, is to disappear from Perth’s seascape.

Business bounces back for Macintosh vendors

HAVING endured difficult trading conditions for the first half of last financial year, Perth’s Apple-Macintosh computer vendors report they have turned the corner in recent months.

US focus fits for SigPoint

THE work of a small Perth software developer SigPoint Pty Ltd is being recognised by the movers and shakers of California’s Silicon Valley.

Monitoring the wheels of industry

WHEN the subject of computer software arises most people probably think of web browsers and common programs such as Windows, and Word.

Perth tech pair moving in the right direction

AMID continued uncertainty about the viability of many technology companies, two listed Perth companies have reported strong quarterly financial results.

Jiffy’s in a hurry to grow

CATERING firm Jiffy Foods has undergone a rapid expansion after just four months under new management.


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Businesses lining up to net disallowed web addresses

AUSTRALIAN businesses have just two weeks to apply to participate in a nationwide auction of generic website addresses.

Explorers pushing ahead

FALLING crude oil prices have had little, if any, effect on the intentions of players in Western Australia’s oil and gas industry.

Arc swings it around with Timor Sea well

SHAREHOLDERS in the resurgent oil and gas explorer Arc Energy could be in for yet more good news in the next few weeks.

Power suppliers ready for change

AS the industry deregulation approaches, the main players in Western Australia’s gas and electricity markets are quietly increasing staff numbers to lead the companies through the upcoming changes.