Byron Connolly

Byron Connolly

Australia Editor

Byron Connolly is a highly experienced technology and business editor who contributes to CIO Australia. He also facilitates roundtables and conferences for CIOs and other senior technology executives and creates content from these events.

Articles by Byron Connolly

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Vodafone uses low-band to boost 4G coverage

Vodafone on Tuesday announced it had reallocated its low-band 850MHz mobile spectrum to boost 4G network coverage – particularly indoors – for 1.5 million of its existing customers.rn
July 29, 2014
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Catch of the Day breach may harm brand

Catch of the Day’s failure to inform users of a data breach that occurred three years ago suggests the online retailer didn’t have a response plan, and may do the brand some harm.rn
July 22, 2014
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University of Queensland to roll out high performance computer

The University of Queensland will soon deploy a new high performance parallel computer cluster to support intensive data modelling in advanced materials, vaccines, systems, and technologies in several research areas.
July 18, 2014
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TechOne rollout will save CQUniversity $900K

Queensland’s CQUniversity expects to save up to $900,000 on software maintenance over the next two years after deploying a new student management system.rn
July 15, 2014
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Being a CIO in a business built on innovation

Not so long ago, Brian Lillie wanted to become a CEO. Instead, on the advice of a recruiter, he decided that being a CIO was perhaps a better fit.rn
July 14, 2014
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ANSTO tenders for SAP upgrade

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) has gone to tender for an integrated SAP system to support its expanding requirements, including a new nuclear medicine facility.rn
July 11, 2014
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Fingerprints still too unreliable for banks

Biometric technologies such as fingerprint scanning have not taken off in the financial services sector because they are still too unreliable, particularly as an identifier at banks’ ATM machines.rn
July 4, 2014
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The rise of the personal cloud

Meet the people who say they are putting users back in control of their own data management and privacy.rn
July 3, 2014
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Tech spending to hit $76B

Technology spending in Australia will reach $76 billion in 2014, an increase of 2.3 per cent over last year, according to Gartner’s latest quarterly forecast.rn
July 1, 2014
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Updated: NSW govt opens door to startups

The NSW government is asking startups to bid for short-term contracts worth up to $250,000 in a reform of ICT procurement policy.
June 25, 2014
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APRA to take risk management to cloud

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) will soon abandon manual processes used to determine its risk and manage compliance requirements in favour of a system delivered from the cloud.rn
June 25, 2014
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Financial services firms are laggards online

Many financial services firms are still not transacting online, despite rapid changes in the sector, including the development of Internet banking.rn
June 20, 2014
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What the Internet of Things will mean to you

Still unsure about what the Internet of Things (IoT) actually is? Well, it’s going to be big. IDC says there will be 9.2 billion connected or IoT devices shipped worldwide this year, rising to 27 billion by 2020.rn
June 19, 2014
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Digital Post Australia will shut down

Digital Post Australia will cease operating over the coming weeks due to lack of demand from consumers and businesses for its electronic post service.rn
June 19, 2014
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$6.5 million to be tipped into e-mental health

The Federal Government has allocated $6.5 million for a program to train primary healthcare staff to use e-mental health therapies and associated technologies.rn
June 18, 2014
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$5.4m big data boost for resources and energy industries

Sydney University is fronting an international research group using big data sets and high performance computers to better identify exploration targets in basins in remote Australia.rn
June 12, 2014
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The perils of shadow IT

It’s happened to many CIOs: End users, thinking they know better, whip out their credit cards and buy technology services without consulting anyone in the IT team. This is exactly what occurred at NRW Holdings.
June 12, 2014
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Are you protected against cyber attacks?

Three security specialists discuss the best ways to secure corporate networks and educate users about the risks of cyber attacks.
June 10, 2014
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Victoria to tip $3M into IT

The Victorian government today announced a $3 million package aimed at attracting people to IT jobs to drive innovation and growth across the state.rn
June 5, 2014
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QLD to splurge $200M on health systems

The Queensland government has earmarked $199.8 million for ICT equipment and software to improve the state’s health services in its 2014-15 Budget handed down today.rn
June 3, 2014
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Gosford Council gets fibre NBN over power poles

Gosford City Council has sidestepped the high cost of connecting to the national broadband network (NBN) by using a dark fibre network strung along electrical power poles.rn
May 27, 2014
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A head for business

Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s Jon Kenton talks about his elevation up the c-suite, how technology is transforming legal firms, and why CIOs think the way they do.rn
May 26, 2014
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Queensland schools go mobile

Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) will soon provide 137 schools in south-east Queensland with a mobile app that enables parents to view term dates and announcements, and their child’s exam results and rankings from their smartphones or tablets.rn
May 21, 2014
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Tech job market coming back

Australia’s ICT job market has picked up over the past quarter with the market for new skills standing at its highest point for more than a year.rn
May 20, 2014
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When social media strategies go wrong

We’ve all heard the stories: An employee calls in sick, doesn’t go to work and then posts photos on their Facebook page or another social media site while at the cricket. But what happens when a corporate social media campaign fails?rn
May 20, 2014
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ATO to overhaul IT contractors

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) wants to revamp its IT contractor recruitment methods, which it describes as “inefficient, costly and unnecessarily complex".rn
May 15, 2014
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Melbourne Airport in BPM transformation

Melbourne Airport has rolled out a business process management (BPM) system that it says has eliminated paper processes and modernised vital airport safety, security and environmental management tasks.rn
May 13, 2014
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We’re in a digital leadership vacuum

Only 1.8 per cent of Australian organisations have appointed a chief digital officer – compared to a 6.6 per cent global average – and we have created a ‘vacuum’ when it comes to digital leadership.rn
May 12, 2014
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IT worker overflow swells

A big increase in offshoring IT services to Asia and a slowdown in new tech systems investment has swelled the oversupply of IT workers.rn
May 5, 2014
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Vision and hearing impaired trialling Google Glass apps

Telstra staff with vision and hearing problems are trialling apps for Google Glass as part of an initiative to understand how to assist people with disabilities to become more independent at home and work.rn
May 5, 2014
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Govt needs to open door to cloud

Federal government agencies should stop putting all their eggs in one cloud computing basket, take some risk and open up the door for multiple local service providers to offer competing services inside each department.rn
May 5, 2014
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Govt should adopt ‘cloud first’ policy

The Federal Government should follow other sectors like banking and adopt a ‘cloud first’ policy for all low risk, generic IT services.rn
May 1, 2014
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Employers scramble to fill ‘in demand’ IT roles

The tech skills shortage continues to bite as employers scramble for the right candidates in numerous high demand areas like software development, infrastructure, and project management, according to the latest Hays Quarterly Hotspots report for April to June.rn
April 17, 2014
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The future of computing

Much research is being done in Australia and around the world to unlock the massive computing potential of quantum and nano systems. But which technology is most likely to power highly complex machines of the future?
April 10, 2014
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Mobile broadband boosts economy by $33.8B

The availability of mobile broadband services led to a $33.8 billion increase in economic activity in Australia last year, contributing 2.28 per cent to our total gross domestic product (GDP).
April 3, 2014
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Don’t cross the ‘creepy line’ of data analytics

Gartner research VP Frank Buytendijk has called on organisations to be prepared to put the brakes on complex, high-level data analytics and get the basics right before the practice gets out of control and they cross the ‘creepy line.’rn
February 24, 2014
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Financial sector leads digital tech adoption

Australian firms are using digital technology to improve their global competitiveness and the financial services sector appears to be leading the charge, according to a new report.rn
February 20, 2014
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Health, education sectors hungry for IT skills

Employers in healthcare and education have been the hungriest for ICT skills over the past three months, according to the latest Peoplebank Salary Survey.rn
February 11, 2014
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New data privacy laws: What you need to do to comply

In just over a month, Australia will have a new set of data privacy laws with harsh financial penalties for individuals and companies found guilty of serious information breaches.rn
February 10, 2014
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Coalition’s NBN a ‘policy vacuum’, says iiNet

Australia’s third-largest ISP iiNet has blasted the Coalition’s revamped plan for the National Broadband Network, saying that the strategic review, cost/benefit analysis and public debate are all being conducted in a “policy vacuum”.rn
January 29, 2014