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


NIB shifts health data to AWS cloud

Private health insurer, NIB, has completed what it claims is a major milestone in the Australian cloud landscape, announcing it has shifted the system of record for its corporate business, GU Health, to AWS.
October 28, 2019

CEO turnover in ASX 200 reaches three-year high

CEO turnover across the ASX 200 has hit a three year high of 22 per cent as demand for tech-savvy c-suite execs increases, according to a Robert Half report.
October 8, 2019
Food traceability on its own is ‘just boring’: FSC co-founder

Food traceability on its own is ‘just boring’: FSC co-founder

An Australian creator of digital identities for food producers claims it is going beyond simple ‘traceability’ with a blockchain-based technology that shows retailers and consumers the exact quality of food being marketed.
September 26, 2019

Contractors reshaping tech sector: recruiter

IT contractors are helping Australia’s chief information officers get their digitisation projects over the line, according to a new report.
September 17, 2019

Why ADCO is no digital transformation laggard

The building and construction sector has been notoriously slow to adopt new digital technologies across the chain of contractors, project managers and consultants.
September 12, 2019

Damian Green new Queensland Health CIO

Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service (GCHHS) senior executive Damian Green has been named as chief information officer at Queensland Health.
September 6, 2019

Rod Apostol new VIC Ombudsman CIO

Rod Apostol is the new chief information officer at the Victorian Ombudsman, replacing Deborah Weiss, who had been in the role since last October.
September 4, 2019

Sydney Uni wins $1M for AI-driven heart health program

Google has awarded $1 million to Sydney University’s Westmead Applied Research Centre (WARC) for a translational health program that will use digital tools to prevent heart attacks.
August 7, 2019

Defence sign $95M SAP deal with IBM

The Australian Department of Defence has signed a $95.5 million contract with IBM for the roll out of the SAP S/4 HANA Defence and Security Industry platform.
July 23, 2019

CIO exit interview: Andrew Clowes, JLL

The CIO Executive Council chats to Andrew Clowes, who left his post as chief information officer at JLL last month after 20 years with the company. He discusses his tech career, greatest achievements and what being part of the Navy has taught him about business.
July 1, 2019

Exclusive: Andrew Clowes leaving JLL

Andrew Clowes is leaving his post as chief information officer at real estate services firm, JLL. Clowes, who started work at JLL in 2000 and has been in the CIO role for 10 years, finishes up on Friday.
June 11, 2019

Updated: Ben Tabell leaves HSBC after 12 years

HSBC’s chief information officer, Ben Tabell, will leave the bank at the end of the month to take up the role of CIO at eftpos Payments Australia.
June 4, 2019

CIO Interview: Viv Da Ros, chief information officer, Caltex Australia

Caltex's Viv ?Da Ros talks to CIO Australia about how he got into IT, the technology innovations that have been created by its digital lab, the influence of artificial intelligence, and the ever-changing environment for technology and digital chiefs.?
May 28, 2019

How WA Police overcame its password problem

WA Police’s chief information security officer, Hai Tran has one simple piece of advice for organisations looking to reduce passwork risk: don’t use passwords.
May 21, 2019

Lessons learned from a transformation: Bankwest

The bank reorganised its teams to cut bureaucracy and innovate faster than ever before. But it learnt a few things along the way, says CIO Andy Weir.
May 16, 2019

ASX 200 firms have major security holes

Even the most mature and well-resourced ASX 200 companies are having trouble sufficiently deploying cyber security basics, according to a new report.
March 12, 2019

Clive Dickens joins Optus

Optus has appointed Clive Dickens as vice-president, television, content and product development, in a newly-created role.
March 1, 2019

Sheridan Ware new Charter Hall tech chief

Cushman & Wakefield Asia Pacific CIO, Sheridan Ware is the new chief technology officer at ASX200 company Charter Hall. Ware replaces Aidan Coleman, who left the role and moved across to Scentre Group in late 2018.
February 28, 2019

How the Singaporean government is making digital transformation work

When Chan Cheow Hoe joined the Singaporean government in early 2014, the technology landscape was pretty grim. Over time, the government lost all of its IT capabilities and there were instances where product rollouts, costing upwards of $50 million, failed.
February 18, 2019

AMP tech boss Craig Ryman promoted to COO

AMP’s tech boss Craig Ryman has been promoted to chief operating officer following a leadership restructure announced on Thursday.
February 7, 2019

Grahame Coles new St John of God Health Care tech boss

Veteran tech executive, Grahame Coles, has joined St John of God Health Care as its new group director, digital and technology. Coles replaces Jenny Levy who left the role last August after just over a year at the organisation.
February 4, 2019

15,000 customers using Bankwest Halo ring

Bankwest has sold its Halo ‘tap and go’ payment ring to around 15,000 of its 1.1 million customers almost one year after its launch.
January 30, 2019

Nicola Dorling leaves digital role at UNSW

Senior tech exec Nicola Dorling has left her post as digital strategy director at the University of New South Wales less than a year after taking up the role.
January 25, 2019

Tim Catley new UNSW digital chief

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) has appointed former Department of Home Affairs CIO, Tim Catley, as its new chief digital officer.
January 17, 2019

PepsiCo appoints Brian Green as new IT chief

PepsiCo ANZ announced on Friday that it has appointed Brian Green as its new head of IT, replacing Ursula Philips who left the role in mid-2018.
January 11, 2019

Farid Jarrar to join CPA Australia

Farid Jarrar is leaving his role as CIO at outsourced call centre provider Stellar and will join CPA Australia in February as chief information and digital officer.
December 7, 2018

How DiData and Telstra are dealing with the tech skills crisis

The technology skills crisis is affecting organisations in just about every market sector across Australia – from cloud to DevOps, security and data analytics, CIOs are struggling to find the right talent.
December 3, 2018

Introducing Australia’s top 50 tech chiefs

Sydney Water’s George Hunt was named as Australia’s number one technology and digital chief at the unveiling of CIO Australia’s third annual CIO50 list.
November 23, 2018

Daniel Beecham quits as UNSW CDO

The University of New South Wales’ chief digital officer, Daniel Beecham will leave in 2019 after spending only a year-and-a-half in the role.
November 22, 2018

Mark Gay leaves BetEasy, joins QBE as new CIO

Mark Gay has left his job as chief digital officer at BetEasy (formerly CrownBet) and will join QBE Insurance on November 19 as its new CIO.
November 2, 2018

Aidan Coleman moving to Scentre Group

Aidan Coleman is leaving his post as CTO at property group Charter Hall and is moving across to Scentre Group in the new role of general manager, tech platforms.
October 29, 2018

NAB and Microsoft design AI ATM

National Australia Bank (NAB) and Microsoft have designed a proof of concept automatic teller machine (ATM) using artificial intelligence and cloud computing technologies.
October 23, 2018

ACCC puts telcos on notice over false advertising

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has warned telecommunications companies that they will face court action if they fail to ensure their advertising is clear and transparent.
September 17, 2018