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


Leighton Contractors drops CIO role

Large construction and engineering firm, Leighton Contractors, has restructured its technology teams and removed the CIO role.
January 15, 2014

Australian rail firm in SAP first

Australian company Aurizon will be the first rail transport company globally to deploy a freight management solution based on SAP’s Supply Chain Execution 9.1 software and HANA in-memory computing platform.rn
January 13, 2014

NSW govt touts e-health future

The NSW government has unveiled its Blueprint for eHealth in NSW, aimed at improving collaboration between agencies and the development of a strategy to provide services to rural and remote areas.rn
December 18, 2013

CIO 100: Carsales wins top gong for innovation

Australian online success story, has won the Most Innovative IT Project award in the inaugural year of CIO Australia’s CIO 100 Awards – recognising excellence in technology innovation and business value delivery.rn
November 22, 2013

Jetstar CIO cuts IT costs by 6% yearly

Jetstar CIO Stephen Tame is asked to cut IT infrastructure costs by 6 per cent year-on-year. In fact, it’s one of his key performance indicators as CIO of the Qantas- owned low cost airline.rn
November 5, 2013

Bulletproof Networks to list on the ASX

Australian-owned cloud service provider Bulletproof Networks on Monday announced it would soon list on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in a bid to raise $1.6 million.rn
October 28, 2013

New standard claims to alleviate cloud security concerns

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and BSI have launched a technology-neutral certification they claim provides an additional layer of transparency around security controls used by cloud service providers.rn
October 1, 2013

State of the CIO 2013

Innovation is a hot topic for CIOs but many are still at least a few years away from achieving their goals, according to responses for our State of the CIO survey for 2013.rn
September 26, 2013

NSW councils team up to cut software costs

Forty-three councils across NSW are rolling out new server and desktop virtualisation technology under a new enterprise licensing agreement that harnesses their collective buying power.rn
September 25, 2013

Technology driving ME Bank’s growth plans

ME Bank will complete a $60 million IT transformation project in 2014, boosted by the rollout of a service that enables new and existing customers to open their own transaction accounts online within minutes.
September 17, 2013

Mobile app trial for NSW cops

NSW Police have begun a four-week trial of an iPad app that enables traffic cops to automatically process infringement notices. If the trial is successful, NSW Police estimated it could save 240,000 police hours and $1.2 million per year.rn
September 12, 2013

Government tech budgets stabilise

Government technology budgets appear to be stabilising or even increasing, according to research firm Gartner.rn
August 13, 2013

University of Queensland to roll out shared server virtualisation

The University of Queensland (UQ) will soon deploy centralised server virtualisation services for its faculties and institutes in a university-wide project aimed at cutting IT costs and streamlining application delivery to 40,000 students and 7000 staff.rn
August 8, 2013

Signs you’re not being a CIO

Everyone’s talking about what the CIO role may look like in the future. But when dealing with the here and now, what makes an individual CIO a genuine business leader?
July 29, 2013

NBN Co boss quits

NBN Co CEO Mike Quigley has quit his post, announcing on Friday that he will retire from corporate life after four years at the helm of the organisation.
July 12, 2013

The road to becoming a future-state CIO

Focusing on driving business strategy, building better relationships with other c-level executives, and moving your IT department from a cost to a profit centre were key themes at CIO Australia’s future-state CIO breakfast, sponsored by Canon.rn
June 3, 2013

Why change management doesn’t work

Change management is fundamentally flawed, according to Diane Dromgold, managing director at project delivery firm, RNC Global.
May 22, 2013

UNSW engineers create low cost solar silicon

Engineers at the University of New South Wales have developed a way to dramatically improve the quality of low-grade silicon to improve the efficiency and reduce the cost of solar panels.rn
May 6, 2013

Bureau of Meteorology switches on online ads

The Bureau of Meteorology will be the first federal government agency to accept commercial advertising on its website starting this week.rn
April 30, 2013

Interview: Peter Bourke, CIO, Westfield

Peter Bourke, CIO at Westfield discusses how the retailer has created mobile apps that help internal leasing and shopping centre staff to do their jobs better while improving the experience for customers.
April 18, 2013

Newcastle Permanent searching for a CIO

Newcastle Permanent is looking for a CIO to lead a team of 70 IT staff and drive the $8 billion retail banking provider’s systems development, IT operations and overall technology direction.rn
April 3, 2013

Interview: Ross Dawson, futurist

Leading Australian author and futurist, Ross Dawson, discusses his framework for the "CIO of the Future" and what CIOs need to do now to stay relevant in the future.
March 15, 2013

Telstra to deliver unified comms from the cloud

Telstra is delivering integrated voice, video, presence and mobility applications as a cloud service, following a new agreement with networking equipment vendor Cisco.rn
March 5, 2013

Brisbane City Council IT jobs will go

Despite union pressure, 55 IT staff at Brisbane City Council (BCC) will lose their jobs after the council decided to outsource their roles to Indian outsourcer HCL.rn
February 28, 2013

IT worker shortage continues as jobs remain unfilled

There was a shortage of 4600 IT professionals across Australia during the December quarter with skills in data warehousing, business intelligence and SAP technologies remaining in high demand, according to the Clarius Skills Index.rn
February 25, 2013

Updated: Defence tenders for a $2 million supercomputer

The Department of Defence plans to deploy a high-performance computer (HPC) cluster to execute computational fluid dynamics simulations that support its Future Submarine program, in a project set to begin in March this year.rnrn
January 23, 2013

Australian scientists in nanotechnology breakthrough

Scientists at the CSIRO and RMIT University have discovered a new two-dimensional nano-material that could pave the way for the creation of even smaller computing devices that offer big improvements in processing speed.rn
January 8, 2013

Partnership to cut the cost of solar energy

The CSIRO will lead an $87 million research initiative which aims to cut the cost of solar thermal power from 25 cents to 10 cents per kilowatt hour, the Federal government announced today.rn
December 14, 2012

Quantum computers will be commercially available in 20 years: scientist

It will be 20 years before quantum computers capable of modelling and simulating complex biological and chemical systems to create new materials will become commercially available, a scientist at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) has predicted.
December 14, 2012

Laser prototype improves bomb detection

Scientists at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have developed a prototype laser device capable of detecting tiny traces of explosive vapour, an invention that has the potential to put bomb sniffer dogs out of a job.
December 10, 2012

Robotic ocean vehicle completes historic journey

It survived a shark attack, battled gale force storms and surfed the East Australian Current during its journey across the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco to the East Coast of Australia, all in the name of science.rn
December 6, 2012

UPDATED: CSIRO job cuts “baffling”, says union boss

CSIRO Staff Association president Dr Michael Borgas described the scientific agency’s decision to cut jobs within its wireless and network technology program as “baffling” and has urged management to rethink its position.rn
November 29, 2012

NextDC preps site for WA data centre

NextDC is gearing up to begin building its fifth Australian data centre, a 9600 square metre facility in Malaga, Western Australia dubbed “P1”, which will come online in the fourth quarter of 2013.rn
November 29, 2012

More ICT jobs as industry grows 11 per cent

Around 12,300 new ICT jobs are expected to be available in the year to February 2013 with further growth anticipated to 2015 unless Australia enters a minimum two year recession, according to data from the Australian Computer Society.
November 13, 2012

Water treatment giant bridges language divide

Global water treatment organisation, MWH is planning to deploy an extension to its Microsoft Lync deployment that translates instant messages between staff across 180 offices in 35 countries.rn
October 31, 2012

Henley Properties Group solves document control woes

When Jeremy Bree arrived at Henley Properties Group as CIO in 2010, one of his first tasks was to bring some order and control to clunky methods of managing millions of documents.
October 30, 2012

Vodafone to cut 500 jobs

Vodafone Australia has confirmed that it will cut around 500 jobs, about 10 per cent of its workforce, as part of a restructure announced today by CEO Bill Morrow.
October 29, 2012

IBM unveils local enterprise cloud service

IBM has launched a new local enterprise cloud computing service – hosted at its data centre in Baulkham Hills in Sydney – suitable for organisations wanting to deploy hybrid cloud models.
October 26, 2012

Australian Red Cross gets $3M IT boost

Australian Red Cross will deploy new enterprise software as part of an initiative to consolidate its business systems and improve its retail and fundraising services under a $3 million contract.
October 25, 2012

CIO Summit: Lawyer navigates BYOD software minefield

Organisations implementing bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives often forget to consider if their software licence agreements are broad enough to cover devices under their programs, according to a technology lawyer.rn
October 25, 2012

Telstra talks up expanded 4G coverage

Telstra will spend $1.2 billion in fiscal 2013 to extend 4G mobile network coverage to two-thirds of the Australian population, as the telco looks to add to an existing base of more than 500,000 4G customers.rn
October 16, 2012

Telstra reports 26 per cent drop in customer complaints

Telstra experienced a 26 per cent reduction in customer complaints in fiscal 2012 and 30 per cent of its interactions with customers are now online, Telstra CEO David Thodey told shareholders this morning at the company’s AGM.rn
October 16, 2012

Tasmanian health agency gives external contractors the flick

Tasmania’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has saved hundreds of thousands of dollars by using technology to upgrade its enterprise software in-house rather than spend vital funds engaging costly external IT consultants.
October 15, 2012