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


Flinders University to spend $14M on high-speed network

Adelaide’s Flinders University will spend $14 million on a next-generation campus network, which will provide 22,000 students and 2000 staff with 1Gbps speeds to the desktop while supporting a big push to the cloud.rn
July 9, 2013

ING Direct unveils new mobile banking app

Online bank ING Direct has updated its mobile banking capabilities with a new app that lets users view their balances across all accounts before logging in, and transfer money to anyone in Australia with email or SMS notifications.rn
June 26, 2013

UPDATED: Australian PC market slumps in Q1

Australian consumers delayed or skipped buying new PCs in the first calendar quarter of 2013 as tablet computers rise in popularity, according to new IDC research. The PC market pain is also likely to continue for the rest of the year with IDC predicting a decline of 15 per cent this year over 2012.rn
June 13, 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

CenITex to become service “broker”

CenITex, the Victorian government’s troubled ICT shared services agency, appears to be planning to shift from a provider to a broker of ICT services.rn
May 22, 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

Scientists demonstrate key component of quantum machine

Mass production of incredibly powerful quantum computers may be only 10 years away thanks to researchers at the University of New South Wales who have demonstrated a quantum bit based on the nucleus of a single atom in silicon.rn
April 18, 2013

Inside the government’s data centre transformation

In April 2008, the Australian government engaged Sir Peter Gershon to lead an independent review of its use and management of ICT. At the time, the government was spending $870 million per year on outsourced and insourced data centres.rn
April 16, 2013

WA child services seeks its first CIO

The Department for Child Protection in Western Australia is on the hunt for its first CIO to create a co-ordinated IT strategy to improve service delivery to around 2200 staff across the state.
April 15, 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

Get some perspective on IT pricing, says licensing expert

Software specialist Filipa Preston has weighed in on the IT pricing debate, saying although prices are in most instances too high, many of the figures quoted during last week’s parliamentary inquiry were “not representative of the reality.”rn
March 27, 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

NAB operations overhaul to save $800 million annually

National Australia Bank (NAB) expects to save $800 million annually in a five year plan which includes reducing the complexity of its technology systems, centralising operations and support functions, and reshuffling senior management positions.rn
March 13, 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

Is it worthwhile hiring junior IT staff?

The post-GFC economic climate is still volatile, which is forcing many organisations to cut back on new staff hires and make do with their existing roster. This is particularly true for IT departments, with 2013 shaping up to be a slow year for IT recruitment, with minimal hiring.rn
February 20, 2013

Daily office admin making us less productive: research

Australian office workers are becoming less productive as they wrestle with the rising number of manual administration tasks and increased regulation and compliance processes, according to new research.
February 15, 2013

Pepper Group rolling out data warehouse-in-a-box

Financial services organisation Pepper Group is deploying what is claimed to be Australia’s first fully-integrated data warehouse-in-a-box, an appliance that doesn’t require IT support.rn
February 12, 2013

CIOs struggling to meet information demands of CMOs

CIOs are struggling the meet the data demands of chief marketing officers (CMOs) who are hungry for fast access to a lot of information, according to Tristan Sternson, managing director at Melbourne-based information management consultancy InfoReady.rn
February 11, 2013

CIOs need to be “integrated with the business”: Defence CIO

In this second part of his interview with CIO Australia, newly-appointed Defence CIO Dr Peter Lawrence discusses why chief information officers must work closely with other C-level execs, and the effect of social media on IT organisations.
February 5, 2013

Finding the future-state CIO

In the second and final part of this series on the history and future of the chief information officer, we ask if CIOs need to become process and information architects to drive innovation inside their organisations.
February 3, 2013

NSW government revamps IT services procurement

The NSW government today announced an overhaul of its primary ICT contract processes, claimed to make it easier for agencies to procure the services they need.rn
January 30, 2013

Anti-cyber-bullying tool creator inks deals with hardware giants

ProtectaChild, an Australian company that has built software which helps parents protect their children from cyber-bullying and online predators, has signed agreements with hardware giants Acer and Lenovo to help build sales of the tool.
January 30, 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

IT bosses want to hire this quarter: Hudson

Almost half of IT bosses across Australia have plans to hire staff in the first three months of 2013, according an employment trends report released overnight by recruiter, Hudson.rn
January 16, 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

IT job market to slow next year

There was a steady slide in IT recruitment in the fourth quarter of this year and the outlook for 2013 is no better, according to recruitment firm Ambition.rn
December 19, 2012

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

Global ocean system hits 1 million observations

Oceanographers announced today that a global observing system – based on drifting sensors that travel from the ocean’s surface to mid-depths – reached the milestone of 1 million ocean observations.rn
December 12, 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

Health services go mobile

A new website and smartphone application enables users to find their nearest doctor, after-hours pharmacy, hospital and emergency department in towns and cities across Australia, federal health minister Tanya Pilbersek announced yesterday.
December 7, 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

Perth CBD gets free Wi-Fi

Thousands of people in Perth’s CBD have access to free Wi-Fi connectivity indoors and outdoors following aCure Technology’s decision to provide unrestricted access to its metromesh wireless network.
December 4, 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