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

News

Clinicians call for government to improve broadband in the bush

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has called on the government to take action to improve broadband connectivity in regional and rural areas or risk health services in the bush falling further behind the cities.rnrn
January 11, 2017
News

Tech workers to enjoy double digit wage growth

Australians working in technology, infrastructure and corporate governance are most likely to benefit from double digit wage growth this year.rnrn
January 9, 2017
News

Susan Doniz new Qantas CIO

Qantas has appointed SAP executive Susan Doniz as its new CIO following a global search. Doniz steps into the role following Luc Hennekens' departure in September.rnrn
December 20, 2016
News

2016: The year that was

A month-by-month look back at who and what made news in 2016.
December 19, 2016
News

Kelvin McGrath quits as Asciano CIO

Kelvin McGrath has quit as CIO at large freight and logistics organisation, Asciano after more than six years in the role.rnrn
December 16, 2016
News

Peter Mahler the new IT chief at Swinburne

Peter Mahler is Swinburne University of Technology’s new chief information officer, replacing Lachlan Cameron who departed in October after just over two years in the role.
December 16, 2016
News

Fiber Corp rolling out NBN alternative

Fibre optics provider, Fiber Corp, is promising broadband speeds of between 200Mb/s and 10Gb/s at new residential and commercial developments across Sydney.
December 13, 2016
News

Wedderburn CIO Vi Lam made redundant

Wedderburn’s Australia and New Zealand CIO, Vi Lam, has been made redundant following a restructure at the weighing scales, packaging and POS system manufacturer.rnrn
December 9, 2016
News

Queensland Brain Institute backs fibre channel to support brain research

Scientists making medical breakthroughs at the Queensland Brain Institute – one of the largest neuroscience organisations in the world – rely heavily on tech infrastructure to access, store and manage large data sets from brain imaging and microscopy devices.
December 8, 2016
News

Augmented reality to bring construction out of dark ages

Builder McDonald Jones is about to roll-out an augmented reality (AR) app that allows buyers to examine house designs from their mobile devices. CIO Brett Wilson says the app will take the construction industry out of the dark ages.rnrn
December 6, 2016
News

Conrad Harvey lands at Linfox

Former Coles CIO, Conrad Harvey, is the new IT chief at logistics company Linfox. Harvey is replacing Morgan Hurwitz.rnrn
December 2, 2016
News

DTA’s Paul Shetler resigns

The Australian government’s chief digital officer, Paul Shetler has resigned.
November 30, 2016
News

AMP CIO Craig Ryman gets expanded role

AMP’s CIO Craig Ryman has been appointed as group executive, technology and operations following a leadership restructure at the organisation.rnrn
November 30, 2016
Interview

CIO50 2016 #15: Kenneth Edward Udas, University of Southern Queensland

In 2013, the federal government allocated $4.39 million under its Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP), to enable prisoners, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who had been incarcerated, to access pre-tertiary and undergraduate programs.
November 24, 2016
Interview

CIO50 2016 #26-50: Ryan Klose, National Pharmacies

Health retail organisation, National Pharmacies, is navigating a perfect storm of significant changes: government reforms, economic conditions, retail confidence, emerging technologies, and a more informed consumer that is spoilt for choice.
November 24, 2016
Interview

CIO50 2016: #6: Scott Collary, ANZ

ANZ’s IT chief, Scott Collary, joined the bank in December 2014 and immediately discovered that the organisation felt that doing business with the IT group wasn’t always easy.
November 24, 2016
Interview

CIO50 2016 #1: Mark Gay, ME

Mark Gay has steered ME bank through a complete overhaul and redesign of its technology architecture from the ground up.
November 24, 2016
Interview

CIO50 2016 #26-50: Aidan Coleman, Charter Hall

Before Aidan Coleman joined property investment and funds management firm, Charter Hall, the IT group positioned as a division that “kept the lights on” with little capability and track record of project delivery.
November 24, 2016
Interview

CIO50 2016 #17: Christopher Johnson, 20th Century Fox

With a mandate to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of collaboration between global staff and external business partners, 20th Century Fox has successfully migrated all of the data created by its international subsidiaries to a prominent cloud storage provider.
November 24, 2016
Interview

CIO50 2016 #26-50: Chris Nurse, Telethon Kids Institute

Chris Nurse is passionate about the Perth-based Telethon Kids Institute becoming a research institute of the future, which underpins its ability to make a difference in child health and well-being.
November 24, 2016
Interview

CIO50 2016 #26-50: Claudine Ogilvie, Ridley Corporation

Before Claudine Ogilvie arrived at ASX-listed animal nutrition manufacturer, Ridley Corporation, projects were siloed with various business units, each using different frameworks for prioritisation, assessing return on investment, and different project managements and methodologies.
November 24, 2016
Interview

CIO50 2016 #26-50: Richard Burns, Aussie Home Loans

Aussie Home Loans has undergone a major business transformation over the past year that has included an office relocation, a shift to activity-based working, adoption of Agile work practices, and team restructure.
November 24, 2016
Interview

CIO50 2016 #10: William Daniel Confalonieri, Deakin University

“In times of digital disruption, to focus on innovative applications of technology is not enough,” says Deakin University’s CIO, William Daniel Confalonieri?. “Digital transformation must be understood as the journey to acquiring digital maturity.”
November 24, 2016
Interview

CIO50 2016 #26-50: Mark Sheppard, GE

In the past year, GE has undergone the most significant transformation in the company’s 138-year history. A new business unit, GE Digital, was established to help GE and other companies tap into the potential of the ‘industrial internet.’
November 24, 2016
Interview

CIO50 2016 #7: Leigh Berrell, Yarra Valley Water

As a CIO, when your managing director takes time to publicise your achievements, you know that you’re doing something right. This is exactly what Yarra Valley Water’s MD, Pat McCafferty did when he nominated his IT chief, Leigh Berrell for the CIO50 this year.
November 24, 2016
Interview

CIO 2016 #26-50: Timothy Larcos, PwC

As technologists, CIOs are uniquely positioned to fundamentally shift the way an organisation leverages technology and digital adoption not only for the organisation by also for clients, customers and society, says PwC CIO, private client, Timothy Larcos.
November 24, 2016
Interview

CIO50 2016 #8: Rob James, William Hill

When Rob James arrived at William Hill three years ago, the betting company had already acknowledged that it was very much a digital organisation.
November 24, 2016
Interview

CIO50 2016 #12: Christian Mc Gilloway, Retail Zoo

In 2014, Bain Capital acquired food franchise organisation, Retail Zoo and since then, gaining insights from customer data to make better business decisions has been a main focus.
November 24, 2016
Interview

CIO50 2016 #9: Kim Wenn, Tabcorp

?It’s not often that a CIO is asked to drive the startup of a completely new business inside his or her organisation. But Tabcorp’s Kim Wenn is one of those CIOs.
November 24, 2016
Interview

CIO50 2016 #26-50: Steve Godbee, IBM

When Steve Godbee commenced the role of CIO at IBM Australia and New Zealand in December 2011, most of his time was spent on operations and ‘keeping the IT engine running.’
November 24, 2016
Interview

CIO50 2016 #3: Tim Thurman, Australian Securities Exchange

Over the past two years, the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) has been implementing a $50 million transformation strategy which has seen it replace every piece of its core technology.
November 24, 2016
Interview

CIO 2016 #13: Malcolm Thatcher, eHealth Queensland

The healthcare sector is struggling to cope with the demand for services, driven by an increase in the burden of chronic, disease, an ageing population and rising costs.
November 24, 2016
Interview

CIO50 2016 #26-50: Joanne Stubbs, Bakers Delight

Bakers Delight’s CIO Joanne Stubbs believes that if an IT chief doesn’t have the ability to collaborate and influence inside an organisation, they will simply not be hired.
November 24, 2016
Interview

CIO50 2016 #26-50: Simon Raik-Allen, MYOB

Over the past 25 years, ASX-listed MYOB has acquired numerous technology platforms. This has made the organisation inefficient on both product development and internal processes – initiatives were duplicated and resources spilt across multiple platforms.
November 24, 2016
CIO50 2016 #26-50: Julie Canepa, Cisco
Interview

CIO50 2016 #26-50: Julie Canepa, Cisco

As CIO for Cisco ANZ, Julie Canepa is part of a global IT organisation of 3,500 staff who provides a whopping 130 technology services to the region. She is responsible for delivering the vendor’s global initiatives within her region as well as local capabilities to support its $2 billion business in ANZ.
November 24, 2016
Interview

CIO50 2016 #4: Bill Le Blanc, SA Health

Reducing the risk of medication administration error rates from 1 in 20 to 1 in 3,000 was just one of several benefits SA Health has achieved by deploying centralised enterprise systems that provide shared electronic health records.
November 24, 2016
Interview

CIO50 2016 #11: Roger Burgess, Scentia

Since arriving at Ivy College (now part of Scentia) in July 2014, Roger Burgess led a team that built a 100 per cent cloud environment from the ground up.
November 24, 2016
Interview

CIO50 2016 #26-50: Veronica Frost, Australian Red Cross

Veronica Frost was promoted to CIO at the Australian Red Cross in July 2014. Since then, Frost has transformed an IT department that was verging on dysfunctional to a capable, highly regarded delivery organisation.
November 24, 2016
Interview

CIO50 2016 #26-50: Rick Coenen, Sussan Group

As CIO at Sussan Group, Rick Coenen is accountable for the women’s fashion retailer’s ‘Connected Retailer’ project to replace 25-year-old in house legacy systems with packaged software.
November 24, 2016
News

Mike Schuman leaves Woodside

Mike Schuman has moved on from his role as transformation business advisor at oil and gas giant, Woodside Energy.rnrn
November 14, 2016