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hyperLINK: Issue 5 June 5

hyperLINK: Issue 5 June 5

Here is this week's hyperLINK, your window on the local, national and international IT sector, brought to you by Canterbury Software Inc and editor Carol Webb. It includes news on the next CSI Tech BBQ and other CSI events, as part of promoting success through connections for IT products, services and people.

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qJUNE 6: At the Canterbury Innovation Incubator (Cii) from 6pm approx to 7.30pm, following the Elevator Cafe. Come upstairs at Cii, 200 Armagh St, and BYO drinks and nibbles.

JUNE 13: Hosted by Kevin Scally at CANTERBURYfare Gallery, 24 New Regent Street. Nibbles provided. Email

For further information (and to see who got snapped by the CSI paparazzi at recent events) go to the Tech BBQ page at

Canterbury Software Inc is keen to promote the Friday Tech BBQ as a meeting point for the Christchurch tech community. If it's been a while since you last checked out the BBQ scene, now could be the time. If you know of anyone who might be interested in coming along, especially those new to the sector or new to Christchurch, forward this to them. The BBQ is an informal social and networking event that takes place every Friday, 5.30pm to around 7.30pm. It gives members of the tech community a chance to meet other similar people in a relaxed environment, talk shop, network and get to know each other better.

ELEVATOR CAFE JUNE 5: Come along tomorrow to the second CSI Elevator Cafe - you may learn a thing or two about presenting a product or service, you may find a potential business partner, you'll find out about the broad range of opportunities Canterbury's software companies are involved with. 5-6pm at Canterbury Innovation Incubator (200 Armagh St). It's free to all, and will be followed by the Tech BBQ (6pm-ish, BYO).

hyperLINK contents: Issue 5, June 5 2003

+ New face of Canterbury Software + Venture Capital: It's not about the cash + Tech Newsbytes from all around + Incredibly useful website of the week + Online with CSI + At the forum + Contact us, subscribe/unsubscribe etc

+ Coming next week in hyperLINK: PhD project set to take on apparel world.

*FEATURE STORY* NEW FACE OF CANTERBURY SOFTWARE By CAROL WEBB Canterbury Software Inc’s determination to increase its profile and improve its services to members has received a boost with the appointment of facilitator James Saruchera. [more here]

*FEATURE STORY* VENTURE CAPITAL: IT’S NOT ABOUT THE CASH A good idea doesn't’t necessarily make a good business, and the person who has good ideas isn’t usually capable of commercialising their ideas. It’s a long road from a PhD to global success, writes Christchurch-based IAN MCINNES, executive director of the IO Fund and director of Orion NZ Ventures Ltd, in this hyperLINK exclusive. [more here]


WHICH WIT IS WHICH? Women in Technology (WIT), which grew out of the North Island and claims more than 900 members, is establishing a Christchurch chapter and plans to organise regular networking events featuring high-powered speakers. Women in Information Technology (also WIT) is an informal Christchurch-based group that meets monthly and aims to help its members - mostly self employed - find useful contacts and share experiences. Women in Technology representative Dominique Dowding recently attended a Women in IT meeting to outline her organisation's roots and its efforts to boost the profile of technology careers with female students. Women in Technology (; Women in IT (Rosanne Hawarden

UK WIN FOR JADE: Christchurch's Jade Software is on track for a significant slice of potentially huge UK health IT spending under a new regional procurement structure being introduced this year. Jade has won a five-year, multimillion-pound deal with Harrow Unified Mental Health Service, London's largest mental health service, to provide more than 450 health and social care staff across the region with a common point of access to electronic patient records. The service is part of Central and Northwest London Mental Health NHS Trust, which received British government funding for the project, designed to develop services that can act as models for the whole of Britain. Starting in October, single local service providers will be contracted to deliver all information management services to each of five regions. Jade also has announced three more universities in Canada, Malaysia and Sri Lanka are teaching JADE, taking the total number of institutions offering the object-oriented development environment to 34. It was first included in studies at the University of Canterbury in 1997.

SMART STATE COUP: Queensland is living up to its new “Smart State” branding with the opening of a A$105 million state-of-the-art bioscience complex at University of Queensland’s campus in Brisbane that brings together 700 scientists. Biotechnology, scramjet technology, bioengineering and nanotechnology are the key field for research, development and commercialisation. The precinct covers 35,000 square metres on a 1.6 hectare site, and includes four major buildings, dedicated conference facilities and hi-tech research laboratories. Scramjets are air-breathing supersonic combustion ramjet engines. They are set to revolutionise the launch of small space payloads, such as communications satellites, by substantially lowering costs.

RECEIVERS SORT DEBTS: Lower Hutt's International Software Distributor Network - originally founded in 1998 as Team400 - has fallen into receivership with multimillion dollar debts. In its first report, receiver Meltzer Mason Heath estimates the company owes secured creditors $2.1 million and unsecured creditors $1.43 million. Founder Rumi Shivaz, a former IBM consultant, has since taken up the post of account manager at IBM premier partner Certus Consulting in Wellington, where he is responsible for managing key accounts and new business generation. - InfoTech,2106,2499671a1896,00.html


MARKETING AND THE INTERNET Using the internet is not just about building a web site and will not provide a quick solution to increased sales on its own. The internet is a business tool that needs to be used in conjunction with the long-term strategy of your company’s overall business. This guide covers: Where the internet fits in your current business; Planning your business on the internet; Key issues to consider when trading on the internet

+ From a Trade New Zealand series of very useful How To guides for exporters.

NEXT WEEK: E-Business within NZ


OLD COMPUTERS.COM: Here’s one for nostalgia buffs. A comprehensive online museum of computers, it contains details of 744 (and growing) models, many long-forgotten. From the news section I learnt belatedly that portable PC pioneer Adam Osborne had died, largely forgotten, in a south Indian hill station after a long illness. Old has a clever little browse set-up using keyboard motifs, to display results by name, maker, and year. I managed to find details of the Hong Kong-made COMX 35, my first foray into home computing, which apparently sank without trace due to a 75% failure rate. Its successor in our living room, the Spectravideo SV-318 also features.

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