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


Swinburne University to deploy $4M supercomputer

Swinburne University of Technology has paid $4 million for a supercomputer to support its groundbreaking research into astrophysics and gravitational waves.
August 15, 2017

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

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

DTA chief lays out agency’s 5 core priorities

The Digital Transformation Agency's chief executive Gavin Slater has laid out five core priorities for the agency responsible for driving the government’s digital agenda.
August 7, 2017

DuluxGroup’s tech chief Matthew Perry quits

DuluxGroup’s Matthew Perry has quit his post at the $1.7 billion paints and adhesives company and will start work next week at ASX-listed Orora Group as its first CIO.
August 3, 2017

Western Sydney University in cloud push

Western Sydney University (WSU) will move 75 per cent of its tech services to the cloud following a new multi-million dollar contract with DXC Technology.
August 1, 2017

Facial recognition coming to Australian airports

The federal government will spend $22.5 million over the next three years deploying facial recognition technology at Australia’s airports, eliminating the need for travelers to produce passports at gates.
July 27, 2017

Fair Work app hits 14,000 downloads

A mobile app that tackles that persistent problem of young and migrant workers across Australia being underpaid has, not surprisingly, been downloaded more than 14,000 times since its launch in March.
July 26, 2017

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

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

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

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

NBN rollout hits halfway mark

NBN Co on Monday said the rollout of the national broadband network had officially passed the halfway point with one in two Australians now able connect to the service.rnrn
July 10, 2017

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

Tech gender gap closing fast

The number of women in the tech sector has jumped by eight per cent in the last year, according to a new report. In fact, women represent 39 per cent of the total tech sector, says recruiter Davidson Technology.rnrn
July 4, 2017

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

Local councils starved of money for IT

Senior IT staff at local councils are starved of funds to replace legacy systems and are competing with business managers and councilors at the executive table who are themselves battling to meet ratepayers’ demands, according to research.
June 26, 2017

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

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

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

Google opens Sydney cloud region

Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure now have a new competitor in Australia – a ‘three zone’ Google Cloud Platform region in Sydney has finally landed.rnrn
June 21, 2017

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

Women in STEM roles ‘feel like frauds’

“Why is the number of women in Australia who are choosing STEM careers falling?" It’s a common question and one that the tech industry doesn’t seem to be able to answer too well.rnrn
June 15, 2017

Your transformation plans should ‘scare you’: CBA’s IT chief

CBA’s chief information officer, David Whiteing has delivered a blunt warning to his fellow technology and business leaders: If your current business transformation plans don’t scare you, they’re not bold enough and you’ll be left behind.rnrn
June 9, 2017