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

Interview

CIO50 2017 #10: David Hackshall, Cochlear

“Cochlear is one of Australia’s most famous innovators,” says David Hackshall, chief information officer at the world-leading hearing implant technology provider.
November 21, 2017
Interview

CIO50 # 26-50: Darren Oliver, Herron Todd White

Having a specific date when a technology project will be finished is not as important as having transparency into the progress. This is the view of Darren Oliver, the former national director, business and technology solutions at Herron Todd White.
November 21, 2017
Interview

CIO50 2017 #26-50: Mark Cohen, Domain

You can talk to a hundred people in a room about something exciting you need to do,” says Domain’s chief technology officer, Mark Cohen.
November 21, 2017
Interview

CIO50 2017 #26-50: Kevin O’Hara, Tulla Private Equity Group

Kevin O’Hara once developed a large enterprise risk and compliance management system that streamlined processes for clients, optimised data efficiency, and provided a massive return on investment.
November 21, 2017
Interview

CIO50 2017 #26-50: Rohan Penman, Adairs Retail Group

This financial year saw Adairs Retail Group finalise ‘Project Lightyear’ a technology project to replace disparate financial, inventory management and retail solutions with an end-to-end, customised implementation of Microsoft Dynamics AX. It also included a data warehouse and middleware platform for standardising integrations.
November 21, 2017
News

Is automation the future of cyber security?

The WannaCry and Petya ransomware outbreaks damaged enterprise networks around the world and struck fear into the hearts of IT and security chiefs everywhere. And for every enterprise, particularly those in financial sector, it’s not a matter of ‘if’ they will get attacked, it’s ‘when.’
October 10, 2017
News

Tech bosses to increase temp headcounts

Australian chief information officers say they plan to increase the number of temporary staff in their teams over the next 12 months, according to research.
October 6, 2017
News

Mathew Doughty leaves the ASX

The Australian Securities Exchange’s long-standing GM, technology, Mathew Doughty has left the organisation, an ASX spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday.
October 4, 2017
News

NAB launches virtual banker for business

National Australia Bank is piloting a ‘digital virtual banker’ for its business customers that will answer more than 200 questions which were previously handled by call centre staff.
September 4, 2017
News

Regional NBN contractors sacked

Around 55 technicians working on the Telstra copper network connecting and maintaining the national broadband network were sacked on the spot on Friday, the CEPU said.
August 11, 2017
News

RACQ overhauls digital strategy following QT merger

Queensland-based motoring club and mutual organisation RACQ is overhauling its digital strategy just eight months after completing its $3.9 billion merger with QT Mutual Bank.
August 9, 2017
News

A look back at last year’s CIO50: #6 Scott Collary, ANZ

How ANZ's former CIO Scott Collary drove consistency in the way the IT group works with the business to deliver technology for customers and staff, and worked with executive to deliver more projects using Agile methodologies.rn
July 24, 2017
News

Government’s encryption backdoor plan flawed: SafeSwiss chief

The chief executive of a Swiss digital encryption app provider has lambasted the Australian government’s proposed new laws that will compel tech companies to help local security forces access encrypted messages.rnrn
July 17, 2017
News

State of the CIO 2017

What areas of business and technology are your peers focusing on now and in the near future? How are CIOs and their teams being viewed by the rest of the business? Find out in this year’s State of the CIO study.
July 14, 2017
News

CIOs to vendors: Your service is average

Many tech chiefs believe that the service provided to their organisations by IT vendors is average, according to new research.
July 11, 2017
News

Central ICT funding model failing NSW schools

Ageing IT equipment and inadequate wireless networks, along with variable student and teacher access to devices are reducing the effectiveness of technology in NSW classrooms.rnrn
July 6, 2017
News

ASD gets clearance to fight offshore cyber crooks

The government has given the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) the go-ahead use its ‘offensive cyber capabilities’ to fight offshore cyber crooks.rnrn
June 30, 2017
News

NT govt readies for $259M health IT rollout

The Northern Territory government has selected InterSystems to replace four obsolete clinical IT systems with a single platform across NT’s entire public health system.rnrn
June 23, 2017
News

Trim your governance and get agile: CBA’s Stuart Mitchell

Organisations must trim the layers of governance built up over many years for traditional waterfall tech projects or fall victim to more agile startups, says CommBank’s senior agile coach, Stuart Mitchell.rnrn
June 23, 2017
News

IT security concerns reach new high

The Australian public’s concern about security issues is the highest it has been in the last 10 years, according to research.
June 21, 2017
News

NBN starts FTTC deployment

NBN, the organisation rolling out the national broadband network, has begun rolling out fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC) technology, which it claims will benefit more than 1 million homes and businesses by 2020.rnrn
June 16, 2017
News

NSW government unveils digital strategy

The NSW government has unveiled a new digital strategy that requires agencies to report their performance against the reform program every six months to government chief information and digital officer, Damon Rees.rnrn
May 23, 2017
News

?UBank recruits IBM’s Watson for chatbot

UBank has used IBM’s Watson technology to build what it claims is Australia’s first virtual assistant to help potential home buyers and refinancers complete their online home loan applications.rnrn
May 15, 2017