David Black has been crowned the new CIO of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC), a role previously held by Ben Ward who moved across to the chief operating officer (COO) position.\nAs CIO, Black will lead the Information Services team \u2013 made up of around 50 employees \u2013 and will manage QBCC\u2019s information, technology, support, systems and networks. The Brisbane-based position will report to COO Ward.\nBlack told CIO Australia his new remit involves continuing the existing work the QBCC had already set into motion - particularly the push towards cloud.\nDavid Black \n\u201cQBCC has been moving its information systems into the cloud and that is largely complete. What that allows us to do now is to start building further into advanced analytics and how that influences the activities of the QBCC and policy," he said.\n\u201cThe thing that attracted me here was it is really a self-contained organisation in terms of information systems control and direction, which means we can really be much more agile in the way we take ideas and iterate through them and deliver them and improve them.\u201d\nAsked his thoughts on analytics, Black said it is key to future opportunities for any organisation.\n\u201cIt will impact every organisation in different ways. It might not be obvious at first as to how it will impact QBCC, but I think as we learn what the opportunities are and how that informs both the operations and policy setting, that will evolve. Analytics is one of the areas where you can truly iterate as a business and start to learn how to do things with it and what the opportunities are.\n\u201cIt will be a journey for QBCC like any other organisation.\u201d\nQBCC, the building industry regulator, was formed following the demise of the Queensland Building Services Authority (QBSA) in 2012.\nQBCC has gone through a significant transformation of its technology and culture. Formed in 2013, the QBCC replaced the QBSA which was plagued by \u2018bias, rudeness, bad behaviour and incompetent decisions\u2019 according to the 2012 parliamentary inquiry that resulted in its dissolution.Black was previously the CIO at Queensland Health\u2019s Metro North Hospital and Health Service, which is the largest health service in Queensland by catchment area, which serves 900,000 people in the suburbs north of the Brisbane River. \nIt manages the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, The Prince Charles Hospital, Redcliffe Hospital, Caboolture Hospital and Kilcopy Hospital. Among the projects Black implemented at the hospital was the implementation of a new clinical referrals platform.\nBlack looked back on his former role at Metro North, highlighting some of the key achievements.\n\u201cThe e-referral, Phase One, and clinical portal was certainly, something from a business point of view, pretty exciting. Also Metro North was moving into a more sophisticated analytics platform, so we\u2019d been doing it in various guises and now it\u2019s starting to consolidate. In healthcare, analytics is such a huge opportunity. Metro North hasn\u2019t moved into artificial intelligence in a broad way yet, but analytics and data lakes really set the scene for that.\u201d\nModernising the environment was another big achievement, he added.\n\u201cMetro North created a content neutral archive, and that was a really positive thing for the organisation because it gives them a way of storing unstructured clinical data in a way that it can be lifecycle managed and available to clinicians more broadly rather than the traditional silos of clinical filing of data.\u201d\nBlack was also previously on the Qld Branch Executive Committee for the Australian Computer Society from 2012 to 2013, and held numerous positions at IT vendor SPARQ Solutions before moving across to Metro Health North.\nIn the new QBCC role, Black will be tasked with demonstrating a \u201ccommitment to a culture of accountability, continuous improvement and a focus on performance and delivery, as well as proven, extensive management experience leading an Information Services team and sub functions,\u201d according to the original job ad. The CIO will focus on achieving objectives in difficult circumstance whilst remaining positive\u201d and to respond \u201cunder pressure in a calm manner\u201d.