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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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Ivan Ortiz leaves UBET for LGIAsuper

Ivan Ortiz has packed in his head of technology role at Australian bookmaking company, UBET, to take on a similar role in the financial services sector at LGIAsuper.
May 2, 2018
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Why Michelle Simmons was destined to be in STEM

Recently named 2018 Australian of the Year, UNSW scientist, Michelle Simmons, has always tried to be different and push the boundaries. Right from an early age, she knew she wanted a career in science and technology.
April 26, 2018
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Optus puts 5G on display at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

Optus CEO Allen Lew said Australia is in a “unique position” to lead the next generation of mobile technology and he believes the number two telco will play a big role in capitalising on the momentum and making it a reality.
April 5, 2018
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IT chiefs need to consider ‘human cost’ of cloud migration journey

The human cost of cloud migration - and the power to effectively communicate with key stakeholders - is getting overlooked as IT leaders are under intense pressure to lead business transformation and tasked with ‘people, process and technology’ decision-making.
March 30, 2018
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Cyber guru says CIOs need ‘attitudinal shifts’ towards risk

Tech chiefs need to focus on “internal collaboration” and treat the potential for a cyber security attack as a strategic business risk rather than an IT or information security one, says cyber specialist Sarah Stephens.?
March 9, 2018
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Murdoch University to open networking and games facility

Murdoch University Information Technology (IT) has hatched a $2.6 million networking and gaming facility that puts the university at the “forefront of IT”, according to vice chancellor Eeva Leinonen.
March 7, 2018
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Sharing the stories of the CIO50: #12 Alastair Sharman

Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service is being recognised both nationally and internationally for how it is leading the delivery of digital services and adding value to the organisation – and CIO Alastair Sharman is recognised as a pivotal player in laying the groundwork for this transformative journey.
February 22, 2018
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Sharing the stories of the CIO50: #16 Sam Charmand, Qantas Loyalty

?Sam Charmand, the CIO of Qantas Loyalty, has learned the value of going after innovation – and has seen first-hand how the development of technology (including personalisation) has the power to dramatically change a business.
February 21, 2018
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Sharing the stories of the CIO50: #17 Hilda Clune, PwC

To survive and thrive you need to think like a digital market leader, according to PwC CIO Hilda Clune, who shares her lessons learned as a modern day CIO tasked with delivering change.
February 20, 2018
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Companies in ‘slow lane’ when advancing in data, analytics: Gartner

The lion's share of global companies - 91 per cent - haven’t reached a “transformational” level of maturity in data and analytics, despite this being a number one investment priority for CIOs, according to a worldwide Gartner survey.
February 7, 2018
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Exclusive: Jose Perez named Ingham’s new CIO

Ingham's Group general manager of IT, Jose Perez, has been promoted to the role of CIO, replacing Richard McPartlin who said he officially “pulled the pin at the end of last year” and had his official last day yesterday.
February 1, 2018
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Aussie startup scene ‘spaghetti-on-the-wall’: SBE chair Topaz Conway

Calling the current state of the Australian startup and innovation scene the ‘flavour of the month,” veteran entrepreneur, director and angel investor, Topaz Conway, said business people - particularly women - need to be wary of the ‘fly-by-night’ atmosphere.
January 31, 2018
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Asylum seekers invited by OAIC to speak out about data breach

Close to 10,000 asylum seekers affected by a data breach of personal information four years ago by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection are invited to provide evidence of loss or damage to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC).
January 25, 2018
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NAB’s ‘innovation hub’ beefs up head count

National Australia Bank is doubling investment in its innovation hub, NAB Labs, and boosting headcount by an additional 35 new team members, taking the group to 85 staff.
December 13, 2017
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Exclusive: Holden’s IT chief quits

GM Holden's CIO and head of information technology, Peter Lane, has left his post at the iconic brand.
December 6, 2017
Interview

CIO50 2017 #16 Sam Charmand, Qantas Loyalty

Sam Charmand, the CIO of Qantas Loyalty, has learned the value of going after innovation - and has seen first-hand how the development of technology (including personalisation) has the power to dramatically change a business.
November 21, 2017
Interview

CIO50 2017 Ones to Watch: John Boyd

Over the past 12 months, Mad Mex CIO John Boyd has had a full plate, overseeing the transition to the cloud and upgrading its full fleet of hardware and software across all Australian restaurants.
November 21, 2017
Interview

CIO50 2017 #15: Chris Ford, SA Power Networks

Immersed in a technology-ladened environment, SA Power CIO Chris Ford openly admits his biggest lesson learned in his career revolves around people – and he’s proud of it.
November 21, 2017
Interview

CIO50 2017 #18: Jeremy Hubbard, UBank

UBank has been on a 12-month journey to transform the business, according to head of digital and technology, Jeremy Hubbard.
November 21, 2017
Interview

CIO50 2017 #13: George Lymbers, Thomas Holt Group

Thomas Holt Group CIO George Lymbers has over 25 years’ experience as a ICT and operations professional with a bent for what others call impossible.
November 21, 2017
Interview

CIO50 2017 #11: Jeff Murray, University of Tasmania

He calls it ‘Facebook for Researchers,’ affectionately known as the eREc, and it involves the sharing of data via a comprehensive electronic solution that provides management of infinite research data. University of Tasmania CIO Jeff Murray said the goal of the university’s eResearch Ecosystem is to keep researchers “connected and discovered”.
November 21, 2017
Interview

CIO50 2017 Ones to Watch: William Payne

Boral CIO William Payne is astutely concerned about the customer. With only eight months under his belt at Boral, Payne has helped the company move the company’s IT support into the “current century”, according to divisional chief executive, Joe Goss.
November 21, 2017
Interview

CIO50 2017 #17: Hilda Clune, PwC

To survive and thrive you need to think like a digital market leader, according to PwC CIO Hilda Clune, who shared her lessons learned as a modern day CIO tasked with delivering change.
November 21, 2017
Interview

CIO50 2017 #12: Alastair Sharman, Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service

Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service is being recognised both nationally and internationally for how it is leading the delivery of digital services and adding value to the organisation - and CIO Alastair Sharman is recognised as a pivotal player in laying the groundwork for this transformative journey.
November 21, 2017
Interview

CIO50 2017 Ones to Watch: Lina Lim

National Stock Exchange head of technology Lina Lim recognises that being a successful CIO requires serving the needs of all key stakeholders - including both internal and external customers - as well as leading the technology strategy in a collaborative way.
November 21, 2017
Interview

CIO50 2017 #14: William Confalonieri, Deakin University

Deakin University’s William Confalonieri has many learnings from his years in the CIO role. Most notably, he says one of his biggest lessons involves focusing on people rather than being fixated on technology.
November 21, 2017
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Veteran CIO Peter Nevin shares lessons learned on digital

When pursuing a digital strategy, combine what you see in technology with the business outcomes - link that back to the organisation and vigorously communicate the message. That’s one of the lessons learned by 25-year CIO veteran, Peter Nevin, who talked about digital leadership roles and their hidden complexity at the CIO Summit in Sydney.
August 31, 2017
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Futuristic ‘tech savvy’ Royal Adelaide Hospital set to open doors

From stainless steel high-tech robots that can talk to lifts, doors and portable phones and carry goods around the hospital to a pneumatic tube system that transports specimens to 74 stations, the new Royal Adelaide Hospital is promising to be a genuine ‘high tech hospital of the future.’
August 24, 2017