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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Updated: Toll outsourcing 200 jobs to India

Around 200 IT staff at Toll Group will lose their jobs over the next two years as the logistics giant outsources work to Indian outsourcing company, Infosys.
January 30, 2018
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CBA appoints Matt Comyn as CEO

Commonwealth Bank has appointed digital specialist Matt Comyn as its new CEO.
January 29, 2018
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Bankwest unveils ‘Halo’ payment ring

Bankwest on Thursday launched ‘Halo’, a ring that enables users to make ‘tap and go’ payments as an alternative to cash or a contactless card.
January 25, 2018
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Robbie Cooke new Tyro boss

Australian fintech Tyro has appointed Robbie Cooke as its new chief executive officer, succeeding acting managing director, Rob Ferguson.
January 23, 2018
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Are you a middle manager? AI may take your job

Automation and artificial intelligence technologies may be taking many ‘blue collar’ jobs globally but it seems middle managers also have an uncertain future, according to a new study.
January 23, 2018
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CBA launches new AI chatbot

Commonwealth Bank on Friday unveiled a chatbot that it says uses artificial intelligence to assist customers with more than 200 banking tasks.
January 19, 2018
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Westpac unveils text payment service

Westpac has unveiled new technology that enables its customers to access banking services while texting with contacts on their iPhones.
January 19, 2018
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Myer promotes digital chief to COO

Myer’s digital and data chief, Mark Cripsey, has been promoted to chief operating officer at the retail group following a management restructure announced today.
January 17, 2018
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Australia not moving fast enough on digitisation: Tim Sheedy

Australian organisations are not moving fast enough to digitise their operations and now risk falling way behind and potentially going out of business as new disruptive startups hit the local market.
January 11, 2018
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Jamila Gordon leaves GetSwift

GetSwift’s global chief information officer Jamila Gordon has moved on after less than 12 months in the role. The former Qantas CIO joined the ASX-listed logistics software outfit in February this year.
December 14, 2017
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Bill Tanner new Allens CIO

Law firm Allens has appointed Bill Tanner as its new technology chief. Tanner had been acting CIO at the firm since May following the departure of Philip Scorgie.
December 14, 2017
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Ruralco overcomes configuration, speed issues with Azure move

In the early 2000s, Australian agribusiness Ruralco moved its SAP infrastructure into a hosted data centre in Melbourne. But as the company grew, the hosting provider’s inability to scale the infrastructure and slow system performance hindered the efficiency of staff at 40 businesses across 500 retail outlets.
December 11, 2017
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RACQ takes stake in Brisbane AI firm

Queensland-based motoring club and mutual organisation, RACQ, has secured a 30 per cent interest in Brisbane artificial intelligence and robotics startup, Blackbook.ai.
December 6, 2017
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Exclusive: Mark Gay leaving ME

Mark Gay has quit as chief information officer at ME after almost three years in the role.
November 29, 2017
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When it comes to innovation, size doesn’t matter

An organisation’s size has little impact on its ability to innovate regardless of whether it has a turnover of $50m or $500m. The likelihood of any organisation – apart from the smallest of companies – being innovative hovers around the 20 to 27 per cent mark.
November 27, 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
Interview

CIO50 2017 #26-50: Joshua Bovell, Toxfree

Prior to Joshua Bovell’s arrival as CIO at ASX200 hazardous waste management company, Toxfree in October 2013, the organisation had not truly invested in IT due to its perception as a non-essential cost burden.
November 21, 2017
Interview

CIO50 2017 #26-50: Richard McPartlin, Ingham’s Group

In November 2015, regional South Australia experienced devastating bushfires which ravaged parts of the state with tragic consequences. Several of Ingham’s Group’s farming facilities were destroyed in the fires, causing injury to some staff and significant loss of livestock.
November 21, 2017
Interview

CIO50 2017 #7: Steve Hodgkinson, Victorian Department of Health & Human Services

The history of public sector agencies is littered with the wreckage created by CIOs with a ‘grand vision’ but an inability to create meaningful and sustainable change through people, says Steve Hodgkinson, CIO at the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS).
November 21, 2017
Interview

CIO50 2017 #26-50: Rick Coenen, Sussan Group

There are two old adages in IT that Rick Coenen reckons are very dangerous: “We don’t have the internal capabilities to do this, so we’ll outsource it” and “Nobody ever got fired for hiring (insert massive global tech company here).”
November 21, 2017
Interview

CIO50 2017 #26-50: Angela Coble, Johnson & Johnson

“Some days I can feel sick in the stomach when I look at the risks we take but I always look at the big picture. Why am I doing this and what would be the impact if I got it wrong?” says Angela Coble, director, business technology at Johnson & Johnson.
November 21, 2017
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CIO50 2017 #26-50: Andrew Flannery, Flight Centre Travel Group

“The biggest lesson I have learnt is acknowledging that technical people have a different mindset to that of a traditional marketer, accountant or salesperson and that they require a different management style,” says Flight Centre Travel’s executive general manager, corporate travel, Andrew Flannery.
November 21, 2017
Interview

CIO50 2017 #26-50: Roisin Parkes, Gumtree Australia

Roisin Parkes joined online classifieds site, eBay-owned Gumtree Australia in February in the lead up to a full rebrand and site functionality update. As one of the pioneers of the sharing economy, Gumtree’s new brand had to match the innovation and development that had been going on behind the scenes over the past 10 years.
November 21, 2017
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CIO50 2017 #26-50: Colin Fairweather, City of Melbourne

Since becoming the City of Melbourne Chief Information Officer in 2011, Colin Fairweather, has helped rebuild the city’s critical IT infrastructure to adapt to emerging technologies and changes in customer demand.
November 21, 2017
Interview

CIO50 # 26-50: Gordon Dunsford, WaterNSW

Since undertaking his role as chief information officer at WaterNSW in September 2015, Gordon Dunsford has created a four-year technology transformation strategy and roadmap to integrate three smaller water utilities into one which now Australia’s largest water utility by volume.
November 21, 2017
Interview

CIO50 2017 # 26-50: Jason Blackman, Carsales.com

Jason Blackman has been a key leader in driving the globalisation of Australian company Carsales.com’s retail platform and associated services.
November 21, 2017
Interview

CIO50 2017 #26-50: Ivan Ortiz, UBET

?Over the past year, Ivan Ortiz has been integral to the creation of a new Tatts Group wagering brand, UBET. The project involved in transforming all aspects of the organisation’s core wagering systems, as well as customer-facing products services covering digital and retail assets.
November 21, 2017
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CIO50 2017 #8: Kerry Holling, Western Sydney University

You can’t estimate the power of goodwill when it comes to achieving your objectives. This is the biggest lessons one of Australia’s longest serving CIOs Kerry Holling has learnt over his career.
November 21, 2017
Interview

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.
November 21, 2017
Interview

CIO50 2017 #26-50: Brett Ferguson, Carlisle Homes

Last year, Brett Ferguson and his team at Carlisle Homes created an iPad app that enabled construction supervisors to manage the daily activities related to building houses. The app allowed them to request supplies automatically, raise purchase requests and view construction drawings.
November 21, 2017
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
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David Anson new Office Brands CIO

Former GP Synergy tech chief David Anson is the new CIO at business supplies dealer, Office Brands. Anson is replacing Ritesh Patel who was recruited by Fletcher Building in New Zealand in August.
October 11, 2017
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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
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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
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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
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GE’s ANZ boss Geoff Culbert quits

GE Australia and New Zealand’s president and CEO, Geoff Culbert, has quit his post and will join Sydney Airport as its chief executive in January.
September 26, 2017
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SA government CIO Veronica Theriault charged

Tech executive Veronica Theriault has been arrested, charged and sacked from her job as chief information officer at South Australia’s Department of Premier and Cabinet for alleged dishonesty.
September 22, 2017
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The future of AI according to Dr Jordan Nguyen

In his latest ABC TV documentary Meet the Avatars, Australian biomedical engineer and inventor Dr Jordan Nguyen talks to a paraplegic man who used virtual reality therapy to help him walk again.
September 15, 2017
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Qantas pilots get flight data app

A new flight data application is providing Qantas pilots with data to help them fly more efficiently and help reduce carbon emissions.
September 8, 2017
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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