Fujitsu finally buys Kaz

News today that Fujitsu finally has bought Kaz, the biggest winners of this are the employees of Kaz, who were not happy at Telstra. It will be good for Fujitsu in Canberra and WA.  More later, I have a  call with Rod Vawdrey to discuss it soon
1. March 2009 21:45 by Phil | Comments (0) | Permalink

Looks like Fujitsu acquiring Kaz is off again

Word is out that the acquisition Kaz by Fujitsu is off, seems that de-integrating Kaz from the Telstra mothership is proving a little difficult.

13. July 2008 22:00 by Phil | Comments (0) | Permalink

Outsourcing to Cost 1 Million jobs in Austalia - I thought we have moved on from this,23636,23766293-462,00.html

An article speculating that 1 million jobs will be lost to offshore in the next 20 years in Australia, it is union funded, I am not a union basher, with unemployment at record lows, and a looming skills shortage, surely the fact that the economy structurally changes means that this sort of analyis is so simplistic it does not one any good. A little frustrating but as is always clear, everyone has an agenda.

26. May 2008 22:46 by Phil | Comments (0) | Permalink

HP and EDS - ANZ Impact

By my reckoning the combined HP/EDS will be the largest IT company in ANZ, it will definitely be the largest in New Zealand, and in Australia, will beat IBM as the largest local provider, with revenues in excess of AU$4 Billion, this gives it enhanced credibility in the market as well as the opportunity to shape the market locally. Interstingly with the recent resignation of Chris Mitchell as CEO of EDS ANZ, there is perhaps not going to be a formal EDS CEO in ANZ again, changing times in the industry quite clearly
12. May 2008 22:22 by Phil | Comments (0) | Permalink

Doug Elix Retires from IBM - Perhaps to run Telstra next

I noted today that Doug Elix will retire from IBM in April. He has had a significant contribution to IBM in Australia and globally, and is arguably the most powerful Australian in global IT.

He will be replaced by Frank Kern which will create ripples in AP with a new replacement being needed; there are of course a number of internal candidates from geography and the business. I have my tip, but for now will keep it to myself and write it on a piece of paper to reveal for better or worse when announcements are made.

It is ironic that both IBM and HP are replacing their head of Asia Pacific in the same time frame. Both Frank Kern and Tom Iannotti are returning to the US. Given Iannotti was replaced with Balu who ran India highlighting the importance of that market for HP. I believe that it will be symbolically important to have someone from AP run AP at IBM.

What is also interesting is to speculate on Doug Elix's retirement. He may move to a house by the beach like most Australian retirees. However there is another interesting angle. There is only one company big enough that he could run with some hands on experience. That is of course Telstra. There is a lot of interest in the role of Sol Trujllio and the John McCain presidential campaign. Without sounding like a gossip column, Doug Elix taking over Telstra is not out of the realms of possibility.

Ironically this was the discussion that I had with a couple of senior executives of an IBM competitor and Telstra provider yesterday.  Given the restaurant was virtually empty the place could be bugged ......

Time will tell of course, but it does present some interesting scenario's both internal and external.

27. February 2008 21:37 by Phil | Comments (0) | Permalink


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