Samira Sarraf

Senior Journalist

With years of experience covering technology and business across the IT channel, Samira Sarraf now reports for CIO and Computerworld on all aspects of enterprise ICT.

Australian government looks to cut support costs with Rimini Street deal

Australian government looks to cut support costs with Rimini Street deal

Rimini Street is the latest technology provider to sign a volume sourcing agreement (VSA) with the federal government's Digital Transformation Agency (DTA).

Biometrics encryption, SOC service among AustCyber-backed projects

Biometrics encryption, SOC service among AustCyber-backed projects

AustCyber has revealed 13 out of 17 cyber projects to receive the second round of funding through AustCyber’s Projects Fund, first announced in June 2019.

ASX prepares to launch DAML training service

ASX prepares to launch DAML training service

The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) is looking at DLT Solutions, DataSphere and Sympli to help it grow revenue and provide new services to customers.

Government believes blockchain could boost finance sector competition

Government believes blockchain could boost finance sector competition

The federal government says that blockchain technology may provide an opportunity to reduce costs and increase efficiencies in the financial services sector, as well as enhance the competitiveness of new market players and support...

Federal government prepares for 'GovERP' trial

Federal government prepares for 'GovERP' trial

The Department of Finance has announced an industry briefing to "prepare and educate" the market on the GovERP project before launching "multiple approaches to market".

Learning the lessons from Queensland’s SPER debacle

Learning the lessons from Queensland’s SPER debacle

The Queensland Audit Office has issued a better practice guide for entities involved in ICT projects following the results of the audit on the SPER project.

Microsoft says Teams ready for use with classified government data

Microsoft says Teams ready for use with classified government data

Microsoft Teams is now certified at the Protected level following a recent assessment of Microsoft Office 365 platform.

Screen scraping a ‘time bomb’: Up Bank

Screen scraping a ‘time bomb’: Up Bank

Melbourne-based neobank Up has told a Senate committee that screen-scraping practices are a time bomb waiting to happen.

Australian Electoral Commission develops public-facing APIs

Australian Electoral Commission develops public-facing APIs

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) has used Microsoft Azure to develop and manage its first suite of public-facing APIs.

New ANU-based supercomputer ‘Gadi’ is now fully operational

New ANU-based supercomputer ‘Gadi’ is now fully operational

Gadi, the National Computational Infrastructure’s (NCI) newest supercomputer, is now fully operational less than two months after the first tests took place.

Why Ambulance Victoria rolled out Workplace by Facebook

Why Ambulance Victoria rolled out Workplace by Facebook

Workplace by Facebook has enjoyed 81 per cent adoption across Ambulance Victoria and is increasingly used to deliver two-way communication for its 6500-strong workforce.

Growing enterprise SaaS adoption boosts software spending

Growing enterprise SaaS adoption boosts software spending

Spending on enterprise software in Australia will increase by A$2 billion to reach $18.8 billion in 2020, Gartner predicts.

Healthcare, smart cities to help drive 11m Australian IoT connections by 2024

Healthcare, smart cities to help drive 11m Australian IoT connections by 2024

Applications including smart healthcare, industrial IoT, smart homes, smart cities, autonomous vehicles and AR/VR will boost the number of Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) connections in Australia to 11.1 million...

Australian cyber security skills shortage more severe than previously thought

Australian cyber security skills shortage more severe than previously thought

Skills shortage in the cyber security sector is more severe than initially estimated in Australia and already taking an economic hit according to AustCyber report.

Important to get open banking right for 2020 launch, CBA exec says

Important to get open banking right for 2020 launch, CBA exec says

Open banking will be at the centre of data exchange with the Consumer Data Rights to come into effect in 2020 and it is important to focus on getting it right, according to CBA general manager for everyday banking Kate Crous.

Government appoints Rachel Noble ASD director-general

Government appoints Rachel Noble ASD director-general

Rachel Noble has been appointed director-general of the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) three months after Mike Burgess' departure.

IBM, Atlassian paid no taxes in 2018 despite billions in revenue

IBM, Atlassian paid no taxes in 2018 despite billions in revenue

IBM A/NZ and Atlassian Australia have paid no taxes for the 2017-18 income year according to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) Corporate Tax Transparency report.

Australian initiative seeks to boost Pacific cyber security

Australian initiative seeks to boost Pacific cyber security

A group formed of the collaboration between eight Victorian universities is helping Pacific nations to assess and improve their cyber policies.

Optus announces new CEO as Allen Lew departs

Optus announces new CEO as Allen Lew departs

Kelly Bayer Rosmarin has been appointed CEO of Optus and Singtel’s Consumer Australia as Allen Lew has taken on a new role.

New submarine cable to connect Barossa offshore gas project

New submarine cable to connect Barossa offshore gas project

Vocus has signed a deal with the Barossa Joint Venture to build, operate and own a 500km high-capacity submarine fibre optic network in the Northern Territory.

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