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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Visa fix won’t ease tech skills shortage: panel

The government’s 457 visa fix will not help the Australian tech industry effectively address the ongoing skills crisis, according to panelists at a recent CIO Australia breakfast event in Melbourne.
May 11, 2018
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NBN revenue hits $1.4B

NBN Co on Thursday reported a doubling of year-on-year revenue to $1.4 billion on the back of ‘solid progress’ on construction and activations during its third quarter ending 31 March.
May 10, 2018
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LINX backs Boomi to glue its clouds

Young Australian logistics company, LINX Cargo Care Group, has deployed a new integration platform to connect its cloud infrastructure and support the creation of a data lake that provides more visibility into its supply chain.
April 24, 2018
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Stephen Fontana new Vic Police CIO

Veteran cop Stephen Fontana has been appointed as the new chief information officer at Victoria Police following Jack Blayney’s decision to retire later this year.
April 24, 2018
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People are buying faster NBN speeds

NBN Co claimed on Monday that the number of Australian homes and businesses connected to higher speed NBN plans has more than doubled with more than a million people upgrading their speeds in the last four months.
April 16, 2018
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Mark Gay joins CrownBet as CDO

Former ME chief information officer Mark Gay has been appointed as CrownBet’s new chief digital officer and will start work on April 18. His appointment comes just one month after the online betting site paid $300 million for the Australian arm of wagering giant, William Hill.
April 12, 2018
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AI, robotics to drive Visy’s future

Packaging giant Visy sees a future where its boxes have the intelligence to be self-monitoring, according to its billionaire boss, Anthony Pratt.
April 11, 2018
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Australian tech industry at a crossroads: Daniel Petre

The Australian IT industry is at a crossroads and it has a choice: participate as a producer of the world’s greatest applications and services or just be a user, former ninemsn founding chairman Daniel Petre said on Wednesday.
April 11, 2018
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Killer robot boycott ends

A boycott of Korea’s Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) – led by Australian AI expert Toby Walsh – has been called off after the university’s president committed to not develop lethal autonomous weapons.
April 10, 2018
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Government backs new U.S. cloud law

The Australian government has backed the United States Congress’ CLOUD Act which enables American law enforcement agencies like the FBI to access data, with a warrant, that is stored on servers in the U.S. or overseas.
April 8, 2018
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Privacy Commissioner launches investigation into Facebook

Australia’s privacy commissioner has launched an investigation into Facebook after it was revealed that information about more than 300,000 users of the social media network here may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica.
April 5, 2018
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Paul Budde weighs in on Morrow’s departure

Bill Morrow is leaving NBN Co at perhaps the worst time: just as the 2019 federal election looms, according to prominent telecommunications analyst Paul Budde.
April 4, 2018
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CBA CIO David Whiteing out in exec restructure

The Commonwealth Bank’s chief information officer, David Whiteing, will leave the bank next month following an executive team restructure announced on Monday morning.
March 26, 2018
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NBN launches ‘simulation labs’ for workers

NBN will use network simulation labs to train more than 2000 field telecommunications workers on how to deploy, activate and maintain the national broadband network.
March 23, 2018
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“Very little detail’ on new visa scheme rules: ITPA

The Information Technology Professionals Association (ITPA) has weighed in on the government’s new pilot visa scheme, saying it’s concerned that there is “very little detail” on how the applications will be checked and the rules enforced.
March 22, 2018
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PC market boosted by education deployments

Australia’s PC market in Australia posted year-on-year growth of 2.2 per cent for the fourth quarter of 2017 buoyed by major deployments in the education sector, according to IDC.
March 22, 2018
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Huawei Australia appoints new CTO

Huawei Australia has appointed 5G expert Dr David Soldani as its new chief technology officer.
March 19, 2018
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Rohan Penman quits Adairs for T2 role

Adairs Retail Group’s head of technology, Rohan Penman, is leaving the organisation after seven years in the role. Penman is moving to Unilever’s retail tea business, T2 as global head of technology.
March 19, 2018
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Inquiry into RACP online exam fail begins

Ferrier Hodgson will undertake an inquiry into the technical glitch that caused the cancellation of an online exam being taken by students at RACP.
March 12, 2018
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Unions NSW calls for gig economy to be regulated

Unions NSW has begun a national push for a new body to regulate the ‘gig economy’ after an unlicensed asbestos removal was done through job posting website, Airtasker.
March 9, 2018
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Richard Webby new tech director at Scentre Group

Scentre Group, which owns and operates Westfield shopping centres in Australia and New Zealand, has nabbed former Walt Disney Company senior tech exec Richard Webby as its new director, technology.
March 1, 2018
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Sharing the stories of the CIO50 2017: #6 Rob Craig, icare

Rob Craig is chief operating officer at icare, an organisation formed in 2015 to create new ways to deliver insurance and care services to employers and their staff. He is the central leader in a market disruptor that protects 3.4 million workers and $190 billion of the state’s assets. It also provides $2 billion in benefits to injured workers.
February 27, 2018
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Kiwi retailer Foodstuffs to dump checkouts, deploy new AI tech

Forget Amazon Go, real retail innovation is being rolled out by our friends across the ditch. Grocery shoppers in New Zealand will be the first in the world to trial new artificial intelligence technology that removes the need for checkouts at a Four Square store in the Auckland suburb of Ellerslie.
February 14, 2018
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La Trobe rolls out Fitbits for farm animals

Wearable motion sensors are being attached to sheep and cows on farms across Australia to provide powerful insights into the health and wellbeing of these animals.
February 13, 2018
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Educators tap iPaaS to boost cloud integration

Sydney’s University of Technology (UTS) and Study Group are turning to an integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) offering to ease the transition of their key applications to the cloud.
February 8, 2018
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IT in disability sector not up to scratch

Disability service providers and other not-for-profit organisations are under-investing in IT with many using systems that aren’t working well enough to provide efficient services, according to new research.
February 7, 2018
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Cyber scammers targeting real estate sector: researcher

Cyber scammers have figured out that the Australian real estate industry is a potential gold mine for social engineering attacks, according to Alex Tilley, a senior security researcher at SecureWorks.
February 6, 2018
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NSW government to subsidise cyber training

The NSW government said on Monday that it will offer subsidised training in cyber security for the first time to address a critical shortage in skills in this area.
February 5, 2018
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Telstra opens 5G Innovation Centre

Telstra on Monday opened an innovation centre where it will test next-generation mobile technologies in Australian conditions to support the early commercial deployment of 5G services across the country.
February 5, 2018
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‘Radelaide’ gets smarter following Cisco investment

Cisco is investing $1 million in smart city technology for Adelaide to help cut traffic congestion and create the foundations for the rollout of autonomous vehicles on busy roads.
February 2, 2018