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

CIO Leadership Live with Christine Burns, chief information officer, University of New South Wales
Podcast

CIO Leadership Live with Christine Burns, chief information officer, University of New South Wales

CIO Leadership Live Australia speaks to experienced education and technology executive, Christine (Chrissy) Burns who last month started her role as chief information officer at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Burns talks to CIO Australia’s editor-in-chief, Byron Connolly, about the impact COVID has had on the education sector, and the key cloud migration and student experience projects she is leading at UNSW. She also discusses how she will apply the lessons she learned during her career in this new role, as well as her thoughts on the future of education in a hybrid working world.
September 19, 2022
CIO Leadership Live with Chris Locke, CIO, Flight Centre
Podcast

CIO Leadership Live with Chris Locke, CIO, Flight Centre

Australian travel agency group, Flight Centre, lost close to $1.2 billion during COVID. During the height of the pandemic, 160 technology staff lost their jobs as the Australian business shifted from a $103 million monthly cost base down to $30 million. In this episode of CIO Leadership Live Australia, Flight Centre's chief information officer, Chris Locke, discusses how his tech team is doing more with less, as well as the technology initiatives that are helping the organisation recover as people start travelling again.
August 8, 2022
CIO Leadership Live with Sami Yalavac, interim managing director, Bupa Health Services
Podcast

CIO Leadership Live with Sami Yalavac, interim managing director, Bupa Health Services

In 2006, Sami Yalavac started working at Bupa as a developer and project manager. Ten years later, he was appointed as chief information officer, a role he held until only two months ago when he was elevated to interim managing director for Bupa Health Services following the departure of incumbent, Dwayne Crombie. In this episode of CIO Leadership Live Australia, Sami Yalavac talks to CIO Australia’s editor-in-chief, Byron Connolly, about how he is finding the role so far, why being a chief executive will make him a stronger CIO if he returns to that position, the skills that tech leaders need to move into these types of roles, as well as why the next generation of chief executives should be coming from technology groups.
August 1, 2022
CIO Leadership Live with Glenn Archer, visiting fellow, Australian National University
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CIO Leadership Live with Glenn Archer, visiting fellow, Australian National University

Veteran technology executive Glenn Archer speaks to CIO Australia's editor-in-chief, Byron Connolly, about the reasons why digital transformation projects across Australian government agencies are continuing to underdeliver, the failure of agencies to collaborate and integrate their systems, as well as an over-reliance on big consulting firms. He also discusses why trust in government IT and its use of data has "fundamentally crashed," what the future potentially holds for the Digital Transformation Agency and more.
July 25, 2022
CIO Leadership Live with QBE’s Dominique Cotte
Podcast

CIO Leadership Live with QBE’s Dominique Cotte

When COVID hit in 2020, Australian Dominique Cotte lost her job as a first officer flying 777s for Emirates. Like others in the aviation industry, Cotte has retrained as a cyber security specialist and is working in London for insurance giant, QBE. Cotte speaks to CIO Australia's editor-in-chief, Byron Connolly, about her career change, how the key skills required to be a good pilot play very well as a cyber security specialist, as well as her ambitions to one day possibly become a CISO.
July 5, 2022
How Canteen debunked IT myths in the not-for-profit sector
Feature

How Canteen debunked IT myths in the not-for-profit sector

Limited budgets and legacy systems are a common issue in many industries and that is also true for not-for-profit (NFP) organisations. When Raul Caceres joined Canteen, an Australian support organisation for young people living with cancer, in 2019, Caceres found a failed CRM implementation, issues with the organisations websites and projects blowing out the budgets.
June 14, 2022
Hybrid work: 2 Australian CIOs share lessons learned
Feature

Hybrid work: 2 Australian CIOs share lessons learned

Angela Coble and John Sutherland share what they learned about hybrid work in healthcare and how to ensure staff were comfortable with the COVID-19-imposed reality and how they moved forward once restrictions lifted.
April 20, 2022