jobrien

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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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
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AI firm takes ‘Quantium’ leap in hyperconverged data space

Over three years into the role and Quantium IT director, Craig Taylor, says he hasn’t got comfortable - and that’s a good thing considering the state of flux and constant change in the IT industry. In particular, the data science and AI realm that Taylor lives and breathes.
June 14, 2019
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Analysts react to Salesforce Tableau grab

In what will be the largest acquisition in Salesforce history, “the move is not a big surprise,” according to Forrester VP and principal analyst Liz Herbert, speaking about the US $15.7 billion acquisition of analytics platform vendor Tableau.
June 11, 2019
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Trajan beefs up network to meet global demand

Biotech research and development firm, Trajan Scientific and Medical, has embarked on what head of IT, James Orgill, says is a major “reinvention of the network”.
June 11, 2019
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Samsung connects STEM students to Vivid

Samsung Electronics Australia, in partnership with Social Ventures Australia (SVA), has hosted STEM students from a remote South Australian town to travel to Sydney, many for the first time, to witness the Vivid festival.
June 6, 2019
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Privacy advocate speaks out against AFP’s raid on press

Privacy advocate, Paul Bischoff, has hit back at the AFP, calling its raid on ABC’s offices and a journalist's home “especially troubling." He said journalists need to beef up cyber security measures.
June 6, 2019
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Luxury Escapes seeks CDO, Hilltops Council wants CIO

Travel outfit, Luxury Escapes, in on the hunt for a CDO to help drive international expansion plans, while Hilltops Council is seeking a CIO to help drive organisational change.
June 5, 2019
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Govt dishes out $8.5m for cyber security realm

The Federal Government has earmarked $8.5 million in funding for the country’s cyber security sector in a bid to “grow and create new jobs,” according to Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews.
June 5, 2019
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Bale crowned EnergyAustralia CIO

Latitude Financial Services’ CIO Julie Bale has been named EnergyAustralia CIO, replacing Anne Weatherston who'd been in the role since 2015.
June 4, 2019
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NAB hatches global online portal to foster fintech and bank ties

National Australia Bank (NAB), in concert with Bank Leumi of Israel and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), has launched a global online portal that fosters innovation and collaboration between fintechs and the three banks.
May 30, 2019
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Tennis Australia appoints first CTO

Tennis Australia has appointed its first-ever CTO, naming Bunnings product and tech division head, Ben Fitzgerald, to the newly created role.
May 30, 2019
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Ramsay charts ‘sophisticated’ new tech journey: inaugural report

Ramsay Australia is embarking on a “new era of technological sophistication,” organised around three themes: doctor connectedness, improving patient experience, and supporting business performance, according to CIO John Sutherland.
May 29, 2019
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Bill Le Blanc resigns SA Health, joins ElectraNet

After eleven years driving transformation at SA Health, executive director and CIO Bill Le Blanc is shifting gears, taking on the head of technology role at ElectraNet in South Australia. He starts the new role July 15.
May 23, 2019
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Dell EMC opens 5 ‘AI experience zones’ across APAC

Dell EMC, in concert with Intel, has opened five ’AI experience zone’ facilities across Asia Pacific and Japan that aim to showcase the business benefits of artificial intelligence technologies.
May 21, 2019
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RSL LifeCare hunts CIO

RSL LifeCare is on the lookout for an experienced CIO to help drive innovation across the company.
May 14, 2019
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Updated: Rob Binskin joins Baptistcare, Martin McManus new Kennards Hire GM

Former HammondCare CIO, Rob Binskin, has joined BaptistCare NSW looking after business engagement, program delivery and change management. Meanwhile, Martin McManus - formerly CIO of DP World Australia - has been appointed general manager of IT for Kennards Hire, the tool and plant hire firm.
March 26, 2019
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Woolworths digs deeper into data analytics

Woolworths Group is deploying advanced data and visual analytics across multiple group businesses covering functions including merchandising, finance, supply chain, store operations and people operations.
March 20, 2019
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Perez leaves Inghams, joins HammondCare

After more than a year as Inghams Group CIO, Jose Perez has left the top tech job and joined HammondCare, which operates in the growing health and aged care sector.
March 19, 2019
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Kogan rolls out marketplace to boost CX

Two years after going public on the ASX, online retailer Kogan.com has ramped up expansion plans and launched Kogan Marketplace, where businesses and consumers have access to more than 100,000 products.
March 14, 2019
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WA Health ramps up digital journey to improve healthcare services

The Western Australian Department of Health (WA Health) has inked a $123 million deal with Atos in a bid to transition and digitise its ICT systems with a mix of cloud services and platforms that will improve the provision of healthcare services.
March 13, 2019
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Less talk, more action: STEMM leader urges

Homeward Bound co-founder, Fabian Dattner, said the absence of women in leadership roles globally is having dire consequences for the future of the planet.
March 8, 2019
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Coles goes on ‘digital network’ shopping spree

Coles is set to digitise its stores with the rollout of a high-speed network across 2400 stores, supply chain and corporate sites in a bid to drive efficiencies.
March 1, 2019
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Nine’s operations chief is on a ‘kubernetes’ high

As head of infrastructure and operations at Nine Publishing, Rob Hill said he’s right in the action of keeping some of Australia’s biggest websites up and running - SMH, AFR, and TheAge - to name a few.
February 26, 2019
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TEG appoints new CTO as part of restructure

TEG has appointed product innovation and tech leader Greg Willis to the CTO role as part of a management restructure of the company’s ticketing and technology operations.
February 21, 2019