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

CIO50 2016 #26-50: Julie Canepa, Cisco

CIO50 2016 #26-50: Julie Canepa, Cisco

As CIO for Cisco ANZ, Julie Canepa is part of a global IT organisation of 3,500 staff who provides a whopping 130 technology services to the region. She is responsible for delivering the vendor’s global initiatives within her region as well as local capabilities to support its $2 billion business in ANZ.
November 24, 2016

CIO50 2016 #4: Bill Le Blanc, SA Health

Reducing the risk of medication administration error rates from 1 in 20 to 1 in 3,000 was just one of several benefits SA Health has achieved by deploying centralised enterprise systems that provide shared electronic health records.
November 24, 2016

Mike Schuman leaves Woodside

Mike Schuman has moved on from his role as transformation business advisor at oil and gas giant, Woodside Energy.rnrn
November 14, 2016

AGL phishing scam hits local inboxes

A new phishing email is hitting inboxes that impersonates energy company AGL and scams vulnerable people affected by recent storms and flooding into believing they could receive additional help with their bills.rnrn
October 14, 2016

Simon Wheeler new Brennan IT CIO

Managed service provider, Brennan IT, has appointed former Bauer Media CIO, Simon Wheeler as its new IT chief.
October 12, 2016

Qantas tapping data to improve flight efficiency

Data scientists, engineers and software designers from Qantas and GE will analyse some of the 10 billion data points produced by the aviation sector annually to help the carrier cut fuel costs and carbon emissions.rnrn
October 7, 2016

CPSU defends ABS over Census debacle

The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) has defended Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) staff who worked on the 2016 Census saying they displayed a high level of professionalism “under difficult circumstances and significant funding pressures.”rnrn
September 22, 2016

CBA, Barclays in mobile payment integration

Commonwealth Bank and Barclays have announced a technology partnership that will enable both banks’ retail customers to move money between Australia and the UK using their mobile numbers.
September 9, 2016

ANZ rejigs tech and operations team

ANZ on Thursday announced changes to its technology, operations and shared services operating model which will see CIO, Scott Collary report to the bank’s CEO, Shayne Elliott later this year.
September 8, 2016

Carl Duckinson new Aurecon CIO

Toll Group’s former interim CIO, Carl Duckinson, is the new IT chief at the Melbourne office of global engineering and advisory company, Aurecon.rn
September 6, 2016

ACCC concerned about Telstra’s role in NBN

NBN Co and Telstra have agreed to work with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to ensure Australia’s largest telco won’t gain an unfair advantage over competitors rolling out the national broadband network.rnrn
September 2, 2016

NBN Co, Nokia in XG-FAST copper trial

NBN Co and Nokia on Wednesday announced a trial of XG-FAST, the latest generation of broadband access technology operating over existing copper networks.rnrn
August 31, 2016

Data Republic launches world’s first open data marketplace

Data Republic has unveiled what it claims to be the world’s first governed marketplace that enables organisations to list, exchange, and collaborate on data exchange projects in a secure environment.rnrn
August 30, 2016

Medibank expects core system to be ready by 2017

Medibank expects its new core policy management system, Project DelPHI, to be fully operational by 2017 despite initial implementation issues, the health insurer’s chief executive, Craig Drummond said today.
August 19, 2016

Cyber attacks have hit most Australian companies: report

Australian organisations are firmly in hackers’ sights with 85 per cent reporting that they have been breached sometime in the past, well above the global average of 60 per cent, according to a new report.rnrn
August 16, 2016

Telstra CIO Erez Yarkoni to depart in October

Telstra's CIO, Erez Yarkoni is departing the telco in October to move back to the United States. Erez’s wife, Charlotte Yarkoni, is also leaving her position as president of Telstra Software Group.
August 3, 2016

4.6 million jobs at risk within a decade

Up to 4.6 million jobs could be at risk within a decade if Australia fails to create a workforce for the future, according to a new discussion paper released by startups advocacy group, StartupAUS.rn
July 28, 2016

Australian firms face growing cyber litigation threat

Australian companies face ‘US levels’ of litigation if they fail to prepare for mandatory data breach reporting requirements which are likely to come into effect this year, a lawyer has warned.
July 25, 2016

What the feds can learn from NSW about e-voting

Ian Brightwell, the former NSW Electoral Commission CIO, discusses his experience with e-voting during the 2015 state election and what can be changed at a federal level.
July 12, 2016

IT issue delays release of Medibank tax statements

A glitch in Medibank’s IT systems is likely to prevent the health insurer from providing annual tax statements to the majority of its customers by July 15.rnrn
July 7, 2016

Qantas CIO quits

Qantas’ CIO, Luc Hennekens, has quit his post and will leave the airline at the end of September to move closer to his family and pursue a new role at an organisation in France.rnrn
July 4, 2016

Mick Campbell new Navitas CIO

Education services provider, Navitas, has appointed former Ramsay Health Care IT chief Mick Campbell as its new CIO.rnrn
June 30, 2016

Samsung takes on Apple with new mobile payment service

Samsung has thrown its hat in the mobile payment ring with a new contactless offering that lets Citibank and American Express credit card customers pay for products and services in-store with their smartphones.rn
June 15, 2016

Labor promises to dump fibre-to-the-node

Labor has promised that it would roll out fibre-to-the-premises to up to two million additional homes and businesses, and phase out the government’s fibre-to-the-node NBN under a broadband policy announced on Monday.rnrn
June 14, 2016

Exclusive: Claudine Ogilvie new Jetstar CIO

Claudine Ogilvie has been appointed as Jetstar’s new CIO, replacing Grainne Kearns who will depart in August after helping restructure the low cost airline’s IT team.rnrn
June 7, 2016

$15M for startups not enough: StartupAUS

Startup advocacy group, StartupAUS, said the Turnbull’s government’s $15 million pledge to boost the sector is far from sufficient.rn
June 1, 2016

Sarah Harland appointed Suncorp CIO

Suncorp Group has appointed Sarah Harland as its new CIO, coming across from Medibank where she spent the last five months as executive general manager, technology and operations, based in Melbourne.rn
May 30, 2016

UNSW appoints Kate Carruthers as chief data officer

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) has appointed Kate Carruthers as chief data officer amid a restructure that has also seen the university remove the CIO and senior ICT change program director roles.rn
May 13, 2016

CIO profile: Berys Amor

Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s IT chief leads a team building customised technology solutions that improve how the firm's clients do business.
May 10, 2016

Budget 2016: $199M for childcare IT, $50M for myGov

The government is allocating $199.4 million over the next four years to fund the building of an IT system to support the implementation of child care measures announced in last year’s budget.
May 3, 2016

Budget 2016: Taskforce to crack down on tax avoidance

The government is creating a new operational taskforce of more than 1,000 specialist staff at the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to prosecute companies, multinationals and high wealth individuals who are not paying enough tax.
May 3, 2016