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

Defence drops distributed computing initiative

The Department of Defence said on Thursday it won’t proceed with planned market testing of a Distributed Computing Bundle, which formed part of the agency’s massive ICT transformation program.rn
January 9, 2014

Mills takes reins at QLD govt

Andrew Mills started work as CIO at the Queensland government on Monday, presiding over the government’s new ICT strategy and action plan to improve service delivery across the state.rn
January 8, 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

Cloud vendors not cutting it, say govt CIOs

Everyone’s talking about cloud computing, but some government CIOs are still not convinced, arguing that the market is still immature with one saying that some vendors are simply “repackaging” outsourcing services.rn
December 16, 2013

TPG loses appeal, $2M fine reinstated for misleading ads

The High Court of Australia today reinstated a $2 million penalty against telecommunications service provider TPG relating to misleading advertisements on appeal by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).rn
December 12, 2013

NAB appoints David Boyle as CIO

NAB has appointed former Ernst & Young partner David Boyle as its new CIO. He replaces David McGee, who resigned in late August.rn
December 10, 2013

Microsoft Kinect research centre opens in Melbourne

Researchers and academics will explore uses for social interactive technologies at a new $8 million research centre launched today at the University of Melbourne.rn
December 5, 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

Scientists create mega quantum system cluster

Scientists at three universities – including two in Australia – have created what they claim to be the world’s largest quantum circuit board, an essential component in high-powered laser light computers.rn
November 18, 2013

Westfield rolls out ‘searchable mall’ app

Westfield Group has unveiled a “searchable mall” app that helps consumers find items to purchase before they visit one of the company’s shopping centres.rn
November 18, 2013

So you’re studying IT?

Young women studying information technology degrees at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) discuss the gender gap in their chosen industry and why computing is no longer the domain of geeky males.rn
November 14, 2013

Queensland gets a new CIO

The Queensland government has appointed former SA government IT head Andrew Mills as its new CIO.
November 13, 2013

CUA completes $60M core system upgrade

Large customer-owned financial institution CUA announced on Tuesday it had completed a $60 million core banking system upgrade to integrate its customer banking products, and online and mobile access services.rn
November 12, 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

NBN Co starts weekly progress reports

NBN Co has begun publishing a weekly report on its website that for the first time distinguishes between premises passed by fibre and able to connect to the network and those not yet connected.rn
October 30, 2013

Victorian Department of Health slammed in ICT system audit

The Victorian Department of Health has failed to implement clinical ICT systems across 19 of the state’s health services due to poor planning and inadequate understanding of system requirements, according to a damning audit report released Wednesday.rn
October 30, 2013

Lonely Planet to drop SAP for NetSuite

Lonely Planet, the world’s largest travel guidebook publisher, will soon replace an SAP R/3 4.7 implementation with NetSuite OneWorld as part of a shift to the cloud.rn
October 29, 2013

Government confirms Huawei NBN ban stands

The federal government will continue the ban on Chinese firm Huawei supplying networking equipment for the National Broadband Network (NBN), saying no decision has been made to change the existing policy introduced by Labor.
October 29, 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

NBN Co an employer in demand

NBN Co ranks number 8 in LinkedIn’s list of the most in demand employers across Australia, despite a recent management shakeup after the Coalition government took power.rn
October 24, 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

National e-health still has a future despite problems: CIOs

Technology heads in the healthcare sector continue to back the federal government’s controversial and slow moving national e-health record program, saying it has a future despite lacking the critical mass it needs to succeed.
September 20, 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

Queensland government seeks CIO to drive IT reforms

The Department of Science, Information Technology and the Arts (DSITIA) in Queensland has gone to market for a new CIO to lead the state government’s recently announced ICT reforms.rn
September 9, 2013

Utility computing can ease big data pain

Adopting cloud or utility computing models can ease the pain for organisations analysing large amounts unstructured and structured data to gain insights that improve their competitiveness.
September 5, 2013

From electronics engineer to CIO

In the early 2000s, Rod Apostol realised he needed to develop some business acumen to get ahead. A highly-technical individual, Apostol first became a CIO in 2001 at Greater Shepparton City Council in regional Victoria and spent 11 years in the role.rn
September 3, 2013

Coalition puts IT governance in the frame

The Coalition has proposed a new structure where ultimate authority for “effective whole-of-government ICT decisions” would rest with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.rn
September 2, 2013

Coalition ICT policy to focus on transparency, digital services

The Coalition's ICT plan, unveiled today, focuses on improving transparency around government technology spending, encourage agencies to use cloud services and providing Australians with a free digital mailbox to receive communication from all levels of government.
September 2, 2013

Queensland government unveils ICT ‘action plan’

The Queensland government has unveiled a new ‘ICT action plan’ outlining how it intends to better manage technology rollouts following Queensland Health’s high profile $1.2 billion payroll disaster.rn
August 29, 2013

Bonuses still used to lure tech staff

A Sydney-based chief security officer who received a $276,500 bonus is one of 1300 Australian IT workers showered with cash and other benefits designed to attract and retain key staff.rn
August 28, 2013

CIOs controlling less than 60% of IT spend

CIOs across Asia Pacific now directly control less than 60 per cent of enterprise IT spending and “time is running out for CIOs to partner with the business”, according to Forrester Research’s Dane Anderson.rn
August 27, 2013

CommBank reports huge drop in IT system incidents

The Commonwealth Bank (CBA) has lauded its seven-year technology transformation project as a key reason for significant improvements in system reliability, reporting an 83 per cent drop in “high impact incidents” between FY07 and FY13.rn
August 14, 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

Interview: Michael Harte, CIO, Commonwealth Bank

As the Commonwealth Bank’s Wired for Wonder conference came to a close, CIO caught up with the bank’s chief information officer, Michael Harte, to discuss innovation in IT, delivering competitive advantage and technologies that will have an impact over the next year.
August 2, 2013

ANU launches Australia’s largest supercomputer

A $26 million supercomputer capable of completing 170,000 calculations for every human on the Earth every second was unveiled on Wednesday at the Australian National University (ANU).rn
July 31, 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

CIO Summit 2013: Wrap up

More than 200 CIOs and technologists gathered at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre on Tuesday for the latest leg of the CIO Summit 2013.rn
July 24, 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