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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CBA commits $5M to quantum computing

The Commonwealth Bank is investing $5 million over the next five years to help researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in their quest to create a silicon-based quantum computer.rn
December 2, 2014
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Do you need an MBA?

Four IT executives discuss why they pursued a master of business administration qualification, and can MBA stand for ‘marriage breakup assured?
November 25, 2014
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Mark Gay new ME Bank CIO

ME Bank has appointed Mark Gay as its new CIO as the bank nears completion of its $70 million technology transformation program.rn
November 25, 2014
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DevOps an uphill battle: Dick Smith IT boss

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”rnrnDick Smith’s IT chief Paul Keen quotes from Charles Dickens’ literary masterpiece A Tale of Two Cities to describe how he feels about deploying DevOps, a concept aimed at improving interaction between app developers and IT operations staff.rn
November 14, 2014
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CIOs to cloud providers: We don’t trust you

Many Australian organisations aren’t confident that their cloud service providers can help them move workloads between multiple environments, which is slowing the uptake of hybrid cloud.rn
November 12, 2014
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Cost, integration issues halting big data projects

Big data projects are being held back by the high cost of setting up infrastructure to support the capturing of potentially hundreds of millions of data points each day.rn
November 11, 2014
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Facebook gets 650 government requests for user data

Facebook received 650 requests from the Australian government for user data in the first half of 2014, up slightly from the 640 requests made in the last six months of 2013.rn
November 5, 2014
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VMware brings cloud service to Australia

VMware has announced that its vCloud Air hybrid cloud service will be available in Australia in the first half of 2015.rn
November 4, 2014
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Researchers urge boards to embrace IT

A doctoral researcher at Queensland University of Technology’s Information Systems School says business execs and company board members must embrace technology in their ranks or risk getting left behind.rn
November 3, 2014
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ATO to save $4M in IT contractor overhaul

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is building a new IT contractor panel designed to slash red tape and save the agency up to $4 million annually by improving processes and cutting supplier costs.rn
October 31, 2014
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LaTrobe looks to SAP cloud

LaTrobe University is deploying cloud-based SAP software to support a digital transformation and five-year strategic plan to boost the university’s national and international ranking.rn
October 29, 2014
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PwC to drop Office and Notes for Google Apps

Around 5,000 staff at PwC in Australia will move to Google Apps following an agreement that will also see both companies combine their expertise to sell cloud, mobile and security services to enterprises.rn
October 28, 2014
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Telstra CIO Patrick Eltridge quits

Telstra CIO Patrick Eltridge has resigned after four years with the company, the telco confirmed today.
October 28, 2014
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Transport apps to help disabled commuters

The NSW government is calling on developers to be part of an event designed to create apps that will help people with impairment or disability easily use the public transport system.rn
October 28, 2014
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Selling cloud to the board

Carsales.com.au’s CIO Ajay Bhatia discusses the strategies he used to sell cloud computing to executives running the ASX 100 organisation.
October 27, 2014
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AMP CIO retires

Long-standing AMP CIO, Lee Barnett, is retiring after 18 years at the company, including 12 in her existing role.rn
October 16, 2014
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Craig Wishart new UXC CIO

UXC Limited has tapped former Service Stream IT exec, Craig Wishart, as its new CIO and CTO.rn
October 7, 2014
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Oracle A/NZ boss to fix ‘problematic’ engagement model

Oracle Australia's MD, Tim Ebbeck, has vowed to improve the computing giant's relationship with local customers, admitting on Wednesday that despite liking the company's technology, organisations "don't like dealing with us".rn
October 1, 2014
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Local Telstra customers testing global Cisco cloud

Telstra on Monday said the Cisco Intercloud platform is now in live trial mode for selected customers in Australia, which the telco has declined to name.rn
September 22, 2014
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Updated: Defence deploying e-health system

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) in December plans to complete the rollout of its e-health information system, which will be used by 2,300 health practitioners and support staff across the country.rn
September 19, 2014
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NBN Co completes penultimate satellite station

NBN Co has completed construction of its ninth satellite ground station at Waroona in Western Australia as it builds out infrastructure to provide residents in remote and regional areas with high speed broadband services.rn
September 17, 2014
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Tablet users more engaged with online banking

Online bank ING Direct has found that customers who use a tablet device to access its services are likely to be more engaged, with higher savings balances and more products than non-tablet users.rn
September 16, 2014
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Justice Health rolls out electronic medical records

The Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Network plans to deliver complete electronic medical records across the New South Wales public health system following the deployment of new software.
September 12, 2014
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NSW govt calls for outside help on open data

The NSW government is calling on the private sector to suggest new ways to reuse or reinterpret data held by its agencies under a newly established crowdsourcing initiative.rn
September 10, 2014
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Pawsey rigs up petascale supercomputer

The $80 million Pawsey Supercomputing Centre in Western Australia has completed the final upgrade of its ‘Magnus’ machine, which provides processing power in excess of a petaflop.rn
September 9, 2014
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State of the CIO 2014

CIOs no longer sit outside the business, and they know it. They are working more closely with other c-level executives and aligning themselves with business outcomes and priorities, according CIO's 2014 State of the CIO survey.rn
September 8, 2014
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AIIA urges govt to implement science strategy

The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has called on the federal government to take urgent action on implementing a science and technology strategy to drive innovation and growth.rn
September 5, 2014
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Coles’ IT GM to leave in restructure

Coles Group’s general manager of IT, Conrad Harvey is leaving the retailer following a restructure of its store support centre in Melbourne.rn
September 3, 2014
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$600K to cut satellite interference and building costs

Space researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have been granted $600,000 to improve technology that cuts the cost of building satellites and lessens navigation interference.
September 2, 2014
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RMIT pours $30M into micro and nano tech

RMIT University is spending $30 million on a new research facility to drive advancements in micro and nano technologies.rn
September 1, 2014
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Richard Constantine nabs CIO of the year award

Flinders University’s CIO professor Richard Constantine won the CIO of the Year award at the 2014 iAwards dinner in Melbourne last Friday night.
September 1, 2014
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Woolies books $1.2B in online sales

Woolworths completed $1.2 billion in online sales this financial year, a 50 per cent increase on FY2013, making the company Australia’s largest internet retailer.rn
August 29, 2014
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DHS to roll out network ‘stress testing’ for agencies

The Department of Human Services (DHS) has tendered for testing and network infrastructure to benchmark and validate changes to its data centre to support the integration of Centrelink, Medicare and CRS Australia.
August 28, 2014
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Ramsay Health Care CIO quits

Mick Campbell has quit his post as CIO of Ramsay Health Care. It is understood that Campbell left the company earlier this month.
August 26, 2014
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ERP rollout gives baby maker a boost

The deployment of a new ERP system at fertility clinic Genea is helping to improve the chances that patients will take home a healthy baby.rn
August 22, 2014
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University of Queensland to spend $2.4M on ‘Flashlite’

The University of Queensland will spend up to $2.4 million on its latest high performance computer for intensive data crunching across multiple research areas, including astrophysics, climate change, geonomics, and computational chemistry.rn
August 21, 2014
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Getting IT governance right

Why is the corporate governance of IT so important and what do organisations need to do to get it right? Tim Thurman, CIO at the Australian Securities Exchange, and Brian Parker, CIO at Cuscal reveal how they are approaching IT governance.
August 18, 2014
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NSW govt to fast-track open data

The NSW government will fast-track the release of de-identified open data under a new ‘crowdsourcing’ initiative where it is seeking ideas from the community about how to improve service delivery across the state.rn
August 14, 2014