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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Intersect founder quits

Intersect’s founding CEO, Dr Ian Gibson, will step down from Australia’s largest research support agency in late April and is being replaced by former Macquarie University CIO, Marc Bailey.rn
April 13, 2015
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Researchers gain electrical control of quantum bits

Researchers at the University of New South Wales are touting another breakthrough in quantum computing. They have encoded quantum information in silicon using simple electrical impulses.rn
April 10, 2015
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Government to replace old Centrelink welfare system

The Federal Government is taking action to replace a 30-year-old welfare payment system that delivers around $100 billion in payments to 7.3 million people each year.rn
April 10, 2015
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Overcoming the cloud integration challenge

Why successfully integrating SaaS apps and data with your existing on-premise software and systems is crucial to cloud maturity.
April 10, 2015
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CommBank app will soon be available on smartwatches

The CommBank app will soon be available on smart watches, with an Android version currently in pilot and an Apple Watch version on the way, the bank said on Thursday.rn
April 9, 2015
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Malware crooks using dated techniques to attack networks

Malware authors are using dated measures that are still good enough to penetrate enterprise networks. In fact, 99.3 per cent of malware in 2014 took advantage of ‘command and control’ infrastructure used by at least one other malware author.rn
April 8, 2015
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Companies still struggling to meet tech job demand

Australian companies are still having trouble meeting demand for technology skills, which has resulted in a significant uplift in the need to source talent from overseas, according to a new report.rn
April 8, 2015
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Department of Health awards $242M contract to Datacom

The Federal Department of Health has awarded a $242 million contract for the supply of ICT infrastructure and support services to Datacom. IBM had held this contract for the past 16 years.rn
April 1, 2015
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NBN Co to expand rollout by 550,000

NBN Co will begin rolling out the National Broadband Network to an additional 550,000 homes and businesses from September 2016, the company said in its latest quarterly update.rn
April 1, 2015
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CBA to shake up payments with ‘Albert’ launch

Commonwealth Bank has launched its wireless Android-powered ‘Albert’ console onto the Australian market, and expects to ship ‘tens of thousands’ of units to merchants across the country.rn
March 31, 2015
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Digital economy now worth 5.1% of GDP

Australia’s digital economy is now worth $79 billion or 5.1 per cent of GDP, making it larger than traditional industry sectors such as agriculture, retail and transport, according to a new Deloitte report.
March 25, 2015
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Greens seek amendments to data retention bill

The Australian Greens on Tuesday announced proposed amendments to the data retention regime to address major privacy and security protections that it claims are being stripped away by the Abbott/Shorten surveillance unity ticket.rn
March 24, 2015
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50% of companies to invest in DevOps

More than half of Australian enterprises are expected to make multiple investments over the next year to implement a DevOps strategy, according to new research.rn
March 20, 2015
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WA to appoint its first CIO

Western Australia is set to appoint its first government CIO as part of a $25 million reform program to cut costs and deliver better services to the community.rn
March 18, 2015
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Telco chiefs want clarity on data retention costs

Chief executives of major telecommunications companies in Australia have called on the federal government to provide some clarity around the financial contribution it will make towards implementing the data retention regime.rn
March 16, 2015
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An extreme CTO

Ash Crick has many strings to his bow. He’s been an IBM consultant, video producer, professional skydiver, and musician. These days, he’s the chief technology officer (CTO) at Malaysia’s iflix.
March 13, 2015
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NSW, QLD suburbs in trial to speed up NBN rollout

Four suburbs across Queensland and NSW have been chosen to take part in a trial designed to speed up the rollout of the NBN. The suburbs are Emu Plains in NSW; and Redcliffe, Slacks Creek, and Merrimac in QLD.rn
March 12, 2015
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Vodafone boosts 4G capability

Vodafone has completed the deployment of 850MHz to 1800MHz carrier aggregation across its 4G metropolitan network, which the telco said will provide faster and more reliable mobile data services to customers.rn
March 12, 2015
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IBM opens new Sydney cloud

IBM has opened a new SoftLayer cloud centre in Sydney, as part of a $1.2 billion investment to build 15 new data centres around the world. This follows the launch of a similar centre in Melbourne in August last year.rn
March 11, 2015
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Government tenders for maintenance of remote satellite Wi-Fi phones

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has tendered for a supplier to maintain and monitor 301 Wi-Fi telephones and 245 community payphones that deliver services to indigenous people in 300 remote communities across Australia.
March 9, 2015
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Intergenerational Report fails to address digital skills

The Federal government’s Intergenerational Report failed to address the critical issue of digital skills, which are now the foundation for a successful economy, the Australian Computer Society (ACS) said on Friday.rn
March 6, 2015
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Myer IT chief Richard Umbers promoted to CEO

Myer’s chief information and supply chain officer, Richard Umbers, has been promoted to CEO and managing director, following Bernie Brookes' retirement, the retail group announced on Monday.rn
March 2, 2015
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Gosford City Council abandons dark fibre plans

Gosford City Council has abandoned plans to provide high speed broadband services – using a dark fibre network strung along electrical power poles – to businesses and individuals across the city.rn
February 27, 2015
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Box Hill Hospital completes core IT rollout

Box Hill Hospital has completed its core ICT infrastructure rollout, where it is improving interaction between clinicians and their patients at Eastern Health’s newly redeveloped facility.rn
February 25, 2015
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Top CIO priorities for 2015

We are almost two months into 2015 and CIOs are well into their initiatives for this year after their summer breaks. We speak to three IT leaders to find out what their key objectives and initiatives are for 2015.rn
February 20, 2015
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Parking gets smarter in Freemantle

The City of Freemantle has deployed smartphone technology that will prevent motorists from overpaying for parking at almost 5,000 bays across the city’s CDB.rn
February 18, 2015
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New Zealand health boards to move to IBM cloud

Up to 20 district health boards across New Zealand will roll out cloud infrastructure, which is expected to slash IT infrastructure costs across the group by $23.9 million over the next 10 years.rn
February 17, 2015
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One-fifth of organisations store more than 1 petabyte of data

Data growth across Australian businesses is showing no signs of slowing with almost one-fifth of organisations responding to a survey indicating they are managing more than 1 petabyte of information.rn
February 13, 2015
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Australian Federal Police and CommBank ink Internet safety agreement

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Commonwealth Bank volunteers nationwide are stepping up the fight against online bullying and child exploitation by educating parents, teachers and community members about cyber safety for kids.rn
February 13, 2015
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Erez Yarkoni new Telstra CIO

Telstra has appointed Erez Yarkoni as its new CIO. The telco’s former executive director of cloud replaces Patrick Eltridge quit his post last October after four years with the company.rn
February 2, 2015
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CIO head-to-head: Data governance versus ownership

We ask three CIOs to share their views on whether IT remains the natural owner of data, or if the lines of responsibility are blurring in their companies.
January 30, 2015
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BI power shifting from IT to the business

Traditional business intelligence and analytic models are being disturbed as the balance of power shifts from IT to the business, according to Gartner.rnrn
January 28, 2015
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Being a CIO focused on customer experience

While many CIOs are grappling with the need to move beyond IT operations and contribute more to improving customer service, it’s a concept that VMware’s global CIO, Tony Scott, understands very well.rn
January 23, 2015