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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Clinical trial to put brain cancer data in the cloud

US-based cancer charity, Dragon Master Foundation, is providing $300,000 to help fund an effort to make pediatric patients' data live in the cloud and available to researchers during a clinical trial.rnrn
June 8, 2017
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Australian soldiers to get mini drones

Defence is spending $101 million to equip soldiers with unmanned drone aircraft that are small enough to be carried in the field.
June 1, 2017
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IT workers to receive highest salary increases this year

Technology workers will receive the most generous salary increases this year across all industries with one in five IT employers saying they will award staff raises of 6 per cent or more in their next review.rnrn
June 1, 2017
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Energy providers failing to deliver on digital

Squeezed by falling profits and strong competition, energy providers are struggling to deliver the digital services that consumers want, according to new research.rnrn
June 1, 2017
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EXCLUSIVE: Rob James new Qantas CTO

William Hill’s IT boss Rob James has quit his post and will join Qantas as the airline’s new chief technology officer in early August.
May 31, 2017
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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
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?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
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BUDGET 2017: Government to introduce levy for foreign workers

Companies hiring workers from overseas on the new temporary skills shortage visa and certain permanent skilled visas will be slugged with a levy that will go into the government’s new ‘Skilling Australians Fund.’rnrn
May 10, 2017
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Fairfield City Council seeking IT chief

Fairfield City Council in Sydney’s west is on the hunt for a CIO to lead the development and execution of a four-year ICT strategy.rnrn
May 9, 2017
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Curtin University in IoT rollout

Curtin University is rolling out ‘internet-of-things (IoT) software and devices that will provide advanced data insights to help with the daily running and usage of its large Perth campus.rn
May 8, 2017
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Pickles Auctions in public cloud push

Pickles Auctions has spent decades building what its CIO, Claudio Salinas, describes as ‘monolith systems.’ It wasn’t a good scenario for an Australian auctions and valuation organisation looking to pick up the pace when dealing with customer demands.
April 18, 2017
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Adrian Di Marco quits as TechnologyOne CEO

TechnologyOne founder and CEO, Adrian Di Marco, has handed over the reigns to the Australian software firm’s COO, Edward Chung.rnrn
April 10, 2017
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Westpac looking at public cloud future: Dave Curran

Westpac CIO Dave Curran expects that the bank will move completely into the public cloud in less than 10 years but it needs to overcome regulatory hurdles before achieving that goal.rnrn
April 5, 2017
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UTS debuts AI centre

The University of Technology (UTS) has launched a centre for artificial intelligence that it says will create intelligent machines with greater capacity for perception, learning and reasoning.rn
April 4, 2017
?Ajay Bhatia new consumer boss at Carsales
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?Ajay Bhatia new consumer boss at Carsales

Carsales has promoted it long-standing chief product and information officer Ajay Bhatia to the role of managing director, consumer business following a management reshuffle.rn
March 27, 2017
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StartupAUS hits out at revised copyright bill

Startup advocacy group, StartupAUS, has criticised the government’s last minute removal of the ‘safe harbour’ provision from legislation that aims to revise copyright laws to allow for greater access to content and material for Australians.rn
March 23, 2017
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Only 0.5% of federal government IT in the cloud

A measly 0.5 per cent of federal government’s IT spend across all agencies is allocated to purchasing public cloud services, a number that minister for cities and digital transformation, Angus Taylor, said is “way too low.”rn
March 22, 2017
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Labor’s Husic slams government’s digital agenda

Federal Labor MP Ed Husic said on Sunday that although the opposition is offering bipartisan support for the government’s digital transformation agenda, it can’t be silent as the “debris starts to pile up”.
March 19, 2017
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IT chiefs boost investments in data analytics

Most Australian CIOs are planning to invest more money in boosting their big data analytics capabilities this year as demand for high volume processing and real-time intelligence grows strongly, says analyst, Telsyte.rn
March 16, 2017
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Tim Thurman new CDO at Paysafe Group

Former ASX tech boss Tim Thurman, has been headhunted by global payments provider, Paysafe Group to fill a newly-created chief digital officer role.rnrn
March 6, 2017
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Jamila Gordon: The CIO who escaped the Somali Civil War

Jamila Gordon has had quite a life journey, from her humble beginnings as an African refugee to her current role as director and chief information officer at ASX-listed firm, GetSwift.
February 27, 2017
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NDIA recruits Cate Blanchett to voice new avatar

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has recruited Oscar winning actress Cate Blanchett as the voice of Nadia, an online virtual assistant who speaks, writes and chats online and answers common questions about the national disability scheme.rnrn
February 22, 2017
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Adelaide University appoints new CIO

The University of Adelaide has appointed SA Water’s current IT chief, Bev McQuade, as its new CIO.rnrn
February 14, 2017
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Qantas CTO quits

Qantas' chief technology officer, Chris Taylor has quit. He had been in the role since January 2014.
February 13, 2017
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Lynwen Connick new ANZ CISO

ANZ Bank has snared former Australian government cyber security strategy lead, Lynwen Connick, as its new chief information security officer.rnrn
February 13, 2017
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?BT Global Services in cybersecurity, AI push

BT Global Services is putting the final touches on a new purpose-built cyber security operations centre in Sydney as the organisation looks to triple worldwide revenue from its security business over the next three years.rnrn
February 10, 2017
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?Fiber Corp execs lash NBN

Fiber Corp’s CIO, Joel Clarke, has attacked the NBN, claiming there’s something wrong with the service when 60 per cent of people who can get it are using non-NBN networks or “communicate using tin cans and a string.”
February 9, 2017
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NBN hookups nearing 4 million

Around 3.8 million premises are now able to access the national broadband network, NBN said in its half year results announcement on Thursday.rnrn
February 9, 2017
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Qantas appoints new CISO

Qantas has appointed Darren Argyle as its new chief information security officer.
February 1, 2017
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Jetstar appoints new cyber security head

Low cost airline Jetstar has appointed Yvette Lejins as its new head of cyber security. Lejins was recently a security specialist at freight and logistics organisation, Asciano.rn
February 1, 2017
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$1.3M to increase female-founded startups

Australia’s Girl Geek Academy has raised $1.3 million to launch a hackathon in Victoria dedicated to increasing the number of female-founded startups.rn
January 31, 2017
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Paul Williams new Pacific National IT chief

Pacific National has appointed Paul Williams as its new chief information officer following the imminent departure of Kelvin McGrath.rnrn
January 25, 2017
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WA government finalises contracts for IT overhaul

The Western Australian government has finalised contracts with Atos, Datacom and NEC to deliver its $3 billion, five-year GovNext-ICT technology overhaul.rnrn
January 23, 2017