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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Feds inch closer to more widespread cloud services

The Federal Government is edging closer to providing agencies with easier access to cloud services following the release today of a draft head agreement for a whole-of-government cloud panel.rn
August 8, 2014
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NSW govt touts ERP as-a-service

The NSW government claims it will make it easier for technology suppliers to provide enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems to agencies as part of its procurement reforms.rn
August 7, 2014
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True utility computing coming soon: Vic Winkler

True utility computing – where virtual machines are moved between competing service providers without an organisation's knowledge – is coming soon, according to Vic Winkler, CTO at data security provider Covata.rn
August 5, 2014
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NAB’s Lisa Gray to depart

National Australia Bank’s (NAB) group executive, enterprise services and transformation, Lisa Gray, is departing the bank following a management reshuffle announced Friday morning.rn
August 1, 2014
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Twitter received two emergency data requests from Australian govt

Twitter received two emergency requests from the Australian government for user data and none for the removal of content during the first half 2014, according to the social network site’s latest Transparency Report.rn
August 1, 2014
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HCF to provide remote health monitoring to 3,300 patients

Not-for-profit health insurer HCF is rolling out an initiative that will enable 3,300 people with chronic illnesses to use Internet-connected biometric monitoring devices to manage their health.rn
July 31, 2014
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Australia’s largest supercomputer turns one

Raijin, the Southern Hemisphere’s most powerful supercomputer, on Thursday celebrated its first birthday. It has been in production since mid-June last year.rn
July 31, 2014
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Suncorp Life CIO quits

Suncorp Life’s CIO, Fiona Floyd, has quit her post as the organisation embarks on an internal restructure.
July 29, 2014
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Vodafone uses low-band to boost 4G coverage

Vodafone on Tuesday announced it had reallocated its low-band 850MHz mobile spectrum to boost 4G network coverage – particularly indoors – for 1.5 million of its existing customers.rn
July 29, 2014
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Leadership lessons from a peacekeeper

Former Australian soldier Matina Jewell knows a thing or two about leading a team. She shared her experiences as a United Nations peacekeeper during the 2006 Lebanon War with attendees at this year’s CIO Summit.
July 28, 2014
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Catch of the Day breach may harm brand

Catch of the Day’s failure to inform users of a data breach that occurred three years ago suggests the online retailer didn’t have a response plan, and may do the brand some harm.rn
July 22, 2014
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University of Queensland to roll out high performance computer

The University of Queensland will soon deploy a new high performance parallel computer cluster to support intensive data modelling in advanced materials, vaccines, systems, and technologies in several research areas.
July 18, 2014
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Tech spending outside IT rising

A new report confirms what many in the IT sector have suspected – tech spending outside the IT department of Australian companies is increasing.rn
July 16, 2014
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TechOne rollout will save CQUniversity $900K

Queensland’s CQUniversity expects to save up to $900,000 on software maintenance over the next two years after deploying a new student management system.rn
July 15, 2014
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David Buckingham new iiNet boss

iiNet has confirmed David Buckingham as its new CEO. Buckingham had been the acting in the position since November last year and was appointed by the ISP’s board of directors after an extensive worldwide search.
July 14, 2014
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Being a CIO in a business built on innovation

Not so long ago, Brian Lillie wanted to become a CEO. Instead, on the advice of a recruiter, he decided that being a CIO was perhaps a better fit.rn
July 14, 2014
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ANSTO tenders for SAP upgrade

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) has gone to tender for an integrated SAP system to support its expanding requirements, including a new nuclear medicine facility.rn
July 11, 2014
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Feds appoint new data centre panel

The Federal Government has added four suppliers to its Data Centre Facilities Supplies Panel as part of its program to cut costs and increase the efficiency of its technology infrastructure.rn
July 9, 2014
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Companies not investing in IT governance

Australian organisations are seriously under-investing in IT governance particularly at a time when they are highly dependent on technology systems across all operations.rn
July 8, 2014
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Fingerprints still too unreliable for banks

Biometric technologies such as fingerprint scanning have not taken off in the financial services sector because they are still too unreliable, particularly as an identifier at banks’ ATM machines.rn
July 4, 2014
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The rise of the personal cloud

Meet the people who say they are putting users back in control of their own data management and privacy.rn
July 3, 2014
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Tech spending to hit $76B

Technology spending in Australia will reach $76 billion in 2014, an increase of 2.3 per cent over last year, according to Gartner’s latest quarterly forecast.rn
July 1, 2014
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Peter Grant joins IBRS

Former Queensland government CIO, Peter Grant, has joined research firm Intelligent Business Research Services (IBRS) as an advisor.rn
June 27, 2014
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Customs to deploy new Border Clearance System

Australian Customs and Border Protection Services (ACBPS) will roll out a new Border Clearance System with control room capabilities that support an increasing number of biometric eGates.rn
June 26, 2014
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Updated: NSW govt opens door to startups

The NSW government is asking startups to bid for short-term contracts worth up to $250,000 in a reform of ICT procurement policy.
June 25, 2014
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APRA to take risk management to cloud

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) will soon abandon manual processes used to determine its risk and manage compliance requirements in favour of a system delivered from the cloud.rn
June 25, 2014
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CIOs not obsessed about customers

More than 70 per cent of tech budget decision makers across Asia-Pacific say improving customer satisfaction is a big priority this year but less than half are taking action to provide better outcomes for their organisation’s clients.rn
June 23, 2014
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Financial services firms are laggards online

Many financial services firms are still not transacting online, despite rapid changes in the sector, including the development of Internet banking.rn
June 20, 2014
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What the Internet of Things will mean to you

Still unsure about what the Internet of Things (IoT) actually is? Well, it’s going to be big. IDC says there will be 9.2 billion connected or IoT devices shipped worldwide this year, rising to 27 billion by 2020.rn
June 19, 2014
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Digital Post Australia will shut down

Digital Post Australia will cease operating over the coming weeks due to lack of demand from consumers and businesses for its electronic post service.rn
June 19, 2014
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$6.5 million to be tipped into e-mental health

The Federal Government has allocated $6.5 million for a program to train primary healthcare staff to use e-mental health therapies and associated technologies.rn
June 18, 2014
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Male tech graduates out-earning females

The gender pay gap for graduates is alive and well in many industries across Australia and the tech sector seems to be an offender.rn
June 17, 2014
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David Gollan’s 10 IT fundamentals

David Gollan joined Western Australia’s largest health fund, HBF, as CIO in 2013. Since then, he has introduced a model to his IT team that identifies the 10 most important things a CIO must address during his or her tenure.rn
June 16, 2014
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$5.4m big data boost for resources and energy industries

Sydney University is fronting an international research group using big data sets and high performance computers to better identify exploration targets in basins in remote Australia.rn
June 12, 2014
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The perils of shadow IT

It’s happened to many CIOs: End users, thinking they know better, whip out their credit cards and buy technology services without consulting anyone in the IT team. This is exactly what occurred at NRW Holdings.
June 12, 2014
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Are you protected against cyber attacks?

Three security specialists discuss the best ways to secure corporate networks and educate users about the risks of cyber attacks.
June 10, 2014
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Victoria to tip $3M into IT

The Victorian government today announced a $3 million package aimed at attracting people to IT jobs to drive innovation and growth across the state.rn
June 5, 2014
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QLD to splurge $200M on health systems

The Queensland government has earmarked $199.8 million for ICT equipment and software to improve the state’s health services in its 2014-15 Budget handed down today.rn
June 3, 2014
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Anaplan ramps up in Australia

Anaplan, a developer of a cloud-based planning and collaboration software, is ramping up its presence in Australia with a new A/NZ office, following a $100 million funding injection in mid-May.rn
June 3, 2014
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Data analytics slashing costs for transport firm

Identifying the profit margin on moving 130,000 loads of freight each month, spread across 600 trucks, was a difficult task for Queensland transport firm Followmont Transport.
June 2, 2014