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.

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.

RMIT to house AWS-backed cyber innovation centre

RMIT to house AWS-backed cyber innovation centre

RMIT University will house an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Innovation Centre (CIC) focused on cyber resilience.

NRMA rolls out Intel’s Mobileye tech to keep its drivers safer on the road

NRMA rolls out Intel’s Mobileye tech to keep its drivers safer on the road

The National Roads and Motorists’ Association (NRMA) has deployed an advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) to help drivers while on the road.

Penten leverages Australia’s engineering talent to secure government networks

Penten leverages Australia’s engineering talent to secure government networks

Canberra-based cyber security company Penten has achieved 100 per cent revenue growth for the last two years by not ignoring the "amazing" set of engineering talents that exists in Australia, according to its chief executive.

Royal Australian Navy gets 'world first' 3D printers

Royal Australian Navy gets 'world first' 3D printers

The Royal Australian Navy will deploy a metal 3D printer in what the government described as a "world-first trial".

Sydney Quantum Academy gets ready for 2020 launch

Sydney Quantum Academy gets ready for 2020 launch

The Sydney Quantum Academy (SQA) had a soft launch at the Sydney Startup Hub earlier this month for its inaugural PhD scholarships, postdoctoral fellowships and visiting fellowships.

CSIRO, Microsoft project combines AI with Indigenous knowledge to protect national parks

CSIRO, Microsoft project combines AI with Indigenous knowledge to protect national parks

An Australian-led project dubbed 'Healthy Country' aims to identify the best way to preserve and protect national parks with a focus on combining the knowledge of traditional owners and cloud-based AI.

NBN migrations boost Optus revenue, but 1H profit drops

NBN migrations boost Optus revenue, but 1H profit drops

Optus saw an increase in customers and higher NBN migration payments which helped the telco's revenue grow 1.8 per cent, to $4.4 billion for the half year ended 30 September but that was not enough to help Optus' profit.

ACSC warns businesses to remain vigilant of Emotet and Bluekeep

ACSC warns businesses to remain vigilant of Emotet and Bluekeep

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has warned people and businesses to remain vigilant of the Emotet malware as it continues to respond to the "widespread malware campaign".

WA government rolls out iPhone 11 handsets to police

WA government rolls out iPhone 11 handsets to police

WA Police officers will get their hands on the latest Apple iPhone 11 handsets as part of an $8 million deal signed with Telstra.

NAB shifts almost a fifth of its apps to the cloud

NAB shifts almost a fifth of its apps to the cloud

The National Australia Bank has reduced its legacy IT applications by 11 per cent, or 278, since FY17 while at the same time migrating 19 per cent of current IT applications to the cloud.

Regulator taps Azure to keep roads safe

Regulator taps Azure to keep roads safe

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is assessing the use of cloud-based artificial intelligence (AI) to drive additional insights from the masses of data it accumulates and help it make the best use possible of its resources.

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