A Cisco Systems technology event in Adelaide this week is nearly 80 per cent subscribed as its South Australian customers and partners seek a peek at its latest products.
Cisco Technology Solutions 2009 is a one-day show touring major capital cities across Australia and New Zealand. At the event, Cisco will demonstrate how its business strategies and leading-edge technologies are helping organisations to virtualise, mobilise and optimise resources, people and information assets for a sustained business advantage.
Corporate gifts specialist Office Range warns that many businesses risk cutting off communication with customers in their rush to cut costs in the economic downturn.
Office Range general manager Greg Birch said an unfortunately ‘knee jerk’ reaction to tougher times is to reduce the marketing budget. “Marketing simply means ‘to retain existing or prospect new customers’ with regards to your products or services,” he said.
“In tough times, it’s wise to look at what is really needed and what you can do without for a while - “trim the fat” so to speak. The problem is if you cut out a fundamental part of your company such as marketing, both new and existing customers may lose touch with you or even think you’ve gone out of business.
“The net result is an accelerating decline in revenues which makes the problem even worse."
Impress Media Australia has refreshed the underlying infrastructure of its website by upgrading to the Joomla 1.5 content management system.
As well as improved security, Joomla 1.5 offers more sophisticated design templates, much easier management of published stories and and making it easier for search engines to find and index content.
Joomla is an open source content management system that allows stylish and easy-to-manage websites. The upgrade from version Joomla 1.12 to Joomla 1.5 was undertaken by Alltraders, the specialist web hosting business that maintains the www.impress.com.au website.
Alltraders director Michael O'Loughlin said many businesses were upgrading to Joomla 1.5 for the enhanced security. "With the new version, security is now an active process," he said.
"This is occurring through an ongoing audit process by teams within the not-for-profit Joomla support organisation, Open Source Matters, which is finding vulnerabilities in the code before they are publicly identified."
For more information, see the FAQ on Joomla 1.5 at www.opensourcematters.org.