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jobrien

Associate Editor

Jennifer O’Brien is an experienced content creator, global journalist and event host and moderator with over 20 years under her belt. As an experienced technology and business editor, she’s worked across a host of titles at IDG including ARN, CIO Australia, Computerworld Australia and CMO. She has worked in Northern Ireland, Canada and Australia.

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CIO50 2019: #26-50 Mike Rogers, SiteMinder
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CIO50 2019: #26-50 Mike Rogers, SiteMinder

Mike Rogers, CTO and co-founder of SiteMinder, said his biggest lesson learned - reflecting on his move to build a startup business that’s now catapulted into a high growth operation - is the “value of momentum.”
November 14, 2019
CIO50 2019: #26-50 Simon Reiter, Defence Health
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CIO50 2019: #26-50 Simon Reiter, Defence Health

In 2017, Defence Health’s legacy PHI platform “completely failed for a two week period due to unforeseen capacity issues with the systems code base,” according to CIO Simon Reiter, who whipped into action and helped deploy a tactical remediation program.
November 14, 2019
CIO50 2019: #26-50 Phil Morgan, Jaxsta
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CIO50 2019: #26-50 Phil Morgan, Jaxsta

As Jaxsta CIO, Phil Morgan has been largely responsible for developing and overseeing the creation of the Jaxsta music data model.
November 14, 2019
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CIO50 2019: #26-50, Russell Morris, TransGrid

TransGrid CIO Russell Morris has learned - after many years’ experience - that “success is more about psychology than technology.”
November 14, 2019
Ones to Watch: Brett Raven, The Big Red Group
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Ones to Watch: Brett Raven, The Big Red Group

The Big Red Group’s Brett Raven had his job cut out for him. As the story goes, he inherited a legacy tech platform built over 16+ years by a myriad of software developers and an unplanned architecture. The ageing legacy technology stack was a significant constraint in the desires of growth for the group.
November 14, 2019
CIO50 2019: #26-50 Mauro di Pietro Paolo, Foxtel
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CIO50 2019: #26-50 Mauro di Pietro Paolo, Foxtel

Foxtel CIO Mauro di Pietro Paolo is on a mission to expand customer openness and increase flexibility in Foxtel’s customer relationships - and he’s been getting down to business over the last year.
November 14, 2019
Updated: Darrel van Dort joins FlexiGroup
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Updated: Darrel van Dort joins FlexiGroup

Darrel van Dort has been named the general manager of digital, data and IT transformation at FlexiGroup Limited, a financial services firm based in Sydney.
October 16, 2019
Blinker taps former Cox Automotive CTO
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Blinker taps former Cox Automotive CTO

Former Cox Automotive, Media Solutions, CTO, Jeremy Gupta has joined Blinker, an Australian car subscription platform for the automotive industry, as its chief technology officer.
October 9, 2019
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Top 10 government tech trends revealed

Adaptive security, citizen digital identity, and multichannel citizen engagement are among the Top Ten government technology trends.
October 3, 2019
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CIOs look to AI to solve IT complexity: report

Eighty per cent of Australian CIOs say AI will be critical to IT's ability to master increasing IT complexity, according to a global study of 800 CIOs.
September 26, 2019
Aussie zoos set to transform CX with souped up networks
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Aussie zoos set to transform CX with souped up networks

Sydney’s Taronga Zoo and Dubbo’s Western Plains Zoo are gobbling up networking solutions that offer enhanced wireless connectivity and location-based services in a bid to transform the visitor experience.
September 26, 2019
5 tech chiefs talk ‘pain points’ and transformation
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5 tech chiefs talk ‘pain points’ and transformation

The push towards more intelligent - even invisible - networks is an exciting future and one we’re all working towards, according to a group of tech leaders during a recent CIO panel discussion at the Juniper Nxtwork 2019 event in Sydney.
September 12, 2019
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Human Rights Commission scoops AI for records management

The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has become the first government agency to operate wholly in the cloud - and is now using the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning to automatically classify records and documents.
September 11, 2019
Tod O’Dell leaves Knight Frank Australia
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Tod O’Dell leaves Knight Frank Australia

Tod O’Dell, group director of information technology at Knight Frank Australia, has left the role and is “now looking for the next opportunity.”
September 10, 2019
Cricket Australia goes to bat with Microsoft Teams
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Cricket Australia goes to bat with Microsoft Teams

Cricket Australia has taken the digital transformation plunge on a national scale, using Microsoft cloud - Office 365 and Teams - across all 1,300 business units in a bid to improve collaboration and foster innovation across the organisation.
September 5, 2019
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William Buck aims to ‘elevate IT’ to next level

Financial services firm, William Buck, was on a mission to get the firm’s IT house in order - and put a stop to the ‘revolving door’ that was cycling between outsourcing and insourcing management of its IT environment.
September 4, 2019
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CIO interview: STIHL’s Therese Chakour-West

Thirteen years as the head of IT at power tools manufacturer, STIHL Australia - a traditionally male dominated industry and aimed typically at a male audience - Therese Chakour-West is not daunted by the job.
August 28, 2019
CIOs need to ‘work the problem’: IDC global chief
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CIOs need to ‘work the problem’: IDC global chief

IDC’s global vice-president and IT executive advisor, Joseph Pucciarelli is a plane crash survivor - a fact not many people know - and a story he references to inspire today’s tech leaders about the need to take risks and the importance of ‘working the problem.’
August 21, 2019
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VC cash in Aussie startups reaches new high

Venture capital (VC) investments in Australian startups has hit a record US$1.23 billion in the 2018/19 financial year, according to KPMG.
July 16, 2019
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Coles migrates to Azure to boost digital across entire business

Coles has inked a partnership with Microsoft that sees the shopping giant adopt Azure as its cloud platform of choice. The move is aimed at accelerating digital transformation to enhance customer experience and improve business productivity.
July 9, 2019
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Catholic Education’s Varanasi scoops newly created data role

Catholic Education Office CIO, Raju Varanasi, is stepping up and taking on the newly created role of data intelligence director, a position that now sees him sitting at the executive board level at the Parramatta Diocese.
June 26, 2019
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NSW Land Registry Services digitises operations

New South Wales Land Registry Services (NSW LRS) has implemented SAP S/4HANA as part of its compex business transformation project that aims to digitise operations and enhance customer experience.
June 25, 2019
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RPA market growing at ‘frenzied pace’: Gartner

The worldwide robotic process automation (RPA) software market is growing at a frenzied pace, up 63 per cent in 2018 and forecast to reach US$1.3 billion in 2019, according to Gartner data.
June 25, 2019
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Rachel Noble becomes first woman to lead ACSC

Former CIO and long-standing public servant, Rachel Noble has been named the new head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), cementing her role in history as the first woman to lead the organisation.
June 20, 2019
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CIO50 2019 – Meet the Judges

With the fourth annual CIO50 now in full swing and nominations open until August 12, it’s time to meet our esteemed judges.
June 20, 2019
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Clarence Yap takes IT helm of AHPRA

Clarence Yap, group CIO of Smartgroup, has started a new position as CIO (interim) at AHPRA (Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency).
June 19, 2019
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Facebook launches Libra, industry takes note

After much speculation, Facebook has officially revealed it will venture into the crypto and blockchain world, launching a cryptocurrency called Libra next year.
June 19, 2019
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NSW Budget: Govt dishes $100m for Digital Restart Fund

The NSW government has earmarked $100 million over the next two years for a ‘Digital Restart Fund’ that it says will help fuel digital transformation across whole-of-government.
June 18, 2019