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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Claire Rawlins leaves Coles

Coles’ chief innovation officer Claire Rawlins has left the retail giant just over four months after stepping into the role. Rawlins has joined Salesforce as vice president, strategic advisor according to her LinkedIn profile.
September 10, 2018
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State of the CIO 2018

It’s perhaps no surprise that driving business innovation ranked as the top strategic imperative for technology and digital chiefs responding to this year’s State of the CIO survey.
September 7, 2018
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NSW govt nabs Pia Andrews as new exec director

The NSW government has lured Pia Andrews back to Australia as the new executive director of digital government. Andrews is reporting to government chief information and digital officer, Greg Wells.
August 31, 2018
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Stephen Rue new NBN chief

NBN Co has promoted its CFO Stephen Rue to chief executive, replacing Bill Morrow who announced in April that he was leaving the top job.
August 22, 2018
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Victoria’s Environment Protection Authority in IoT push

Victoria’s Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has an IT overhaul underway that is seeing the department create a new data exchange to analyse information from potentially thousands of IoT devices in the field.
August 1, 2018
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Rob Fitzpatrick quits the AIIA

The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) said on Thursday that its chief executive officer, Rob Fitzpatrick has resigned and will move to a new role at an early stage tech startup.
July 26, 2018
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Jackson Chan leaves Garvan

Jackson Chan has lost his job as chief information officer at Garvan Institute of Medical Research, a role that he held since March last year.
July 26, 2018
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ACMA sets final rules for telcos installing NBN

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) on Monday unveiled a final set of new rules requiring telecommunications service providers to help their customers move more easily to the NBN.
July 23, 2018
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Finance selects Salsa Digital for next GovCMS

The Department of Finance has selected Victorian company Salsa Digital to operate GovCMS, the whole-of-government content management system.
July 20, 2018
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Bank of Queensland squares away payment deal

Bank of Queensland (BOQ) has struck a deal with Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s Square to market contactless and chip card payments to small businesses.
July 17, 2018
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Mike Wright leaving Telstra after 38 years

Telstra’s group managing director networks, Mike Wright is leaving the company he joined as a graduate in 1980. Brisbane-based Wright will leave the telco in September.
July 10, 2018
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Ursula Phillips joins The Real Pet Food Company

Former PepsiCo Australia and New Zealand technology boss, Ursula Phillips, will join The Real Pet Food Company in August as its Sydney-based chief information officer.
July 9, 2018
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CEFC pumps $35M into smart meters

The Clean Energy Finance Group (CEFC) has pumped $35 million in debt funding into smart meter technology provider intelliHUB.
July 4, 2018
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Matt Toohey new ME tech chief

Former Bankwest exec Matt Toohey is the new chief information officer at ME. Toohey replaces Craig Ralston, ME’s group executive of customer banking, who had been acting CIO since Mark Gay’s departure last November.
July 3, 2018
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Paul Keen moves to Qantas

Former Airtasker CTO Paul Keen is the new head of software engineering at Qantas. Keen, who left the gig economy player last month, is reporting to Qantas chief technology, Rob James who joined the airline last May.
June 26, 2018
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Pascal Boillat new CBA tech chief

Commonwealth Bank has hired Deutsche Bank’s London-based group CIO, Pascal Boillat as its new technology chief, following an executive restructure announced today.
June 25, 2018
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DTA CEO Gavin Slater departs

Gavin Slater will leave the government’s Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) at the end of the month after little more than 12 months in the role.
June 22, 2018
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Australian startups tackle harassment, discrimination

A group of Australian tech startups have drafted a code of conduct in an attempt to stamp out sexual harassment, discrimination and offensive language across the community.
June 21, 2018
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Andrew Walduck leaving Australia Post

Australia Post has confirmed that Andrew Walduck will leave the organisation in early July after more than six years in various technology and digital roles.
June 21, 2018
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VIC govt project processes ‘not accurate’: audit

Victorian government agencies have limited oversight and assurance of the completeness of their reported technology projects and data, according to a new report by the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office.
June 20, 2018
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Bankwest transformation ‘absolutely about survival’: Andy Weir

Bankwest isn’t embarking on a digital transformation because it’s trying to be ‘cool or trendy’ or do something different to its competitors. The transformation is “absolutely about survival” and making sure the bank can exist in an increasingly digital environment, says its tech boss Andy Weir.
June 18, 2018
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Stephen Haddad new CTO at Austereo

Southern Cross Austereo’s head of technology Stephen Haddad has been promoted to chief technology officer following a restructure which has seen the company’s regional and metropolitan business units merged.
June 14, 2018
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Terry Powell new Domino’s CIO

Pizza retailer Domino’s has appointed former Suncorp exec Terry Powell as its new group chief information officer, following the recent departure of long-standing tech boss, Wayne McMahon.
June 14, 2018
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Sydney law firm considers class action against PageUp

Sydney law firm Centennial Lawyers on Friday said it was considering initiating a class action against Australian software-as-a-service provider PageUp, which earlier this week released details of a possible data breach that took place in May.
June 8, 2018
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ITPA ‘appalled’ by Bill Morrow’s comments on gamers

Information Technology Professionals Association (ITPA) said on Thursday that it is “appalled” at attempts by NBN’s outgoing CEO Bill Morrow to lay the blame for congestion and service degradation on its fixed wireless network at the feet of gamers.
June 7, 2018
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Swinburne University steps up hybrid cloud

Melbourne’s Swinburne University of Technology had been hosting core apps and systems in its two Hawthorn data centres for quite some time. But things are changing as the institution steadily moves towards a hybrid cloud environment.
June 6, 2018
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Kathleen Mackay quits Boral

Boral’s head of digital delivery Kathleen Mackay has quit after just over a year in the role at building and construction giant.
June 4, 2018
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Updated: Airtasker CTO Paul Keen quits

Airtasker’s chief technology officer Paul Keen has left the Australian gig economy player after just over two years in the role.
June 1, 2018
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How Roy Hill is using IoT to manage lighting towers

Western Australian mining giant Roy Hill had a problem: A significant number of vital lighting towers that illuminate mining tenements were simply being lost between shifts.
May 31, 2018
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Aussies lost $340M to scams last year

Australians lost $340 million to scammers in 2017, a $40 million increase on the year before, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said on Monday.
May 21, 2018