Top 10 Australia IT stories of 2020

Here are Computer Weekly’s top 10 Australia IT stories of 2020

Just as Australia was reeling from the aftermath of the devastating bush fires in early 2020 that took down telco networks, it faced yet another challenge when the Covid-19 pandemic struck a few months later.

Against all odds, the Australian people and businesses proved their mettle, becoming one of the first countries in the world to emerge from the pandemic. Companies pivoted quickly and adopted new business models while supercharging digitisation initiatives at an unprecedented pace.

Over the year, Computer Weekly looked at how Australian organisations and the local technology industry supported the country’s efforts to tap new opportunities in the post-pandemic world.

Here are Computer Weekly’s top 10 Australia IT stories of 2020:.

1. Australian wildfires take toll on telco networks

Major telco networks in Australia were disrupted by power cuts resulting from devastating bushfires, raising questions about the resilience of the country’s communications infrastructure.

2. Inside Juniper’s radical IT transformation

Western Australia’s aged care provider Juniper embarked on an aggressive strategy to completely transform its IT operations in just two years.

3. Australia’s Iconic Hotels taps cloud for speed and cost savings

The independent hotel operator in the Australian Capital Territory has saved IT manpower and costs by moving from an on-premise hospitality management system to a cloud-based application.

4. Seek ditches pagers for cloud service in IT operations

Australian employment marketplace Seek is doing away with pagers in favour of PagerDuty’s cloud-based digital operations platform to scale up its IT operations in Asia and Australia.

5. Australian government to roll out SAP S/4 Hana

Australia’s finance department earmarks S/4 Hana as its ERP system to provide common financial and HR services across government.

6. Australian open source project to expand global reach

Data61’s open source seL4 microkernel project will be supported by a new foundation created under the auspices of the Linux Foundation.

7. Australia’s Kmart gears up for mainframe migration

Retailer is lifting and shifting some old Cobol code to AWS while rebuilding others into microservices in its mainframe migration move.

8. Australia’s AGL to move most systems to Azure cloud

Energy supplier is moving more than 200 applications and most systems to Azure in a three-year deal with Microsoft.

9. How Australia is leading the charge in the Covid-19 fight

Researchers at the University of Queensland worked with IBM to develop a dashboard with machine-learning capabilities to analyse data for a global study on Covid-19 patients in intensive care.

10. Western Australia government goes all-in on Microsoft

State agencies in Western Australia will be able to tap Azure cloud services and cloud applications through a new Microsoft agreement.

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