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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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Alibaba portal opens business opportunities for Aussie companies

Chinese e-commerce giant, Alibaba, is turning subsistence farmers into online entrepreneurs and creating new business opportunities for Australian companies, according to researchers at the University of Sydney Business School.
July 26, 2016
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ACCC urges better info on broadband speeds, performance

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is calling for consumers to be provided with clear information about broadband speeds and performance in a bid to improve competition and consumer outcomes in the retail broadband market.
July 26, 2016
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CSC CIO Ben Patey quits to join University of Newcastle

After a 13-year tenure at IT services giant, CSC, Ben Patey has jumped into the tertiary education sector, landing a role as the associate director, solution delivery and operations with the IT services group at the University of Newcastle (UoN).
July 13, 2016
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Ivy College adopts multi-cloud strategy for online and blended learning

When Ivy College first opened in 2009, it had a handful of staff and fewer than 100 students. Today, the college has grown to become one of the top providers of online and blended learning in Australia for adult learners, and now employs over 100 staff.
July 6, 2016
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E-voting under review as federal election results loom

With the results of the Federal Election still undetermined, debate rages about whether the use of electronic voting by way of computer stations at polling booths, online voting or voting via a mobile phone could have quickened the outcome.
July 5, 2016
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Pullman Sydney Airport ventures to cloud for comms services

Pullman Sydney Airport, AccorHotel’s newest property in Australia, has deployed a cloud-based communications system that gives the hotel the option to deliver communications and services on a ‘per occupied room per night’ basis.
June 30, 2016
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WA dairy overhauls IT system to implement new business processes

Knowing the intricacies of milk production and dairy management is all in a day’s work for Brownes Dairy IT manager, Brad Flintoff, who spearheaded a complete IT system overhaul of the dairy over the past few years.
June 29, 2016
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Queensland Budget puts ICT works on the agenda

The Queensland Government has allocated funds for a number of IT projects across various agencies and departments, including health and emergency services, considered key technology plans outlined in the state’s 2016-2017 Budget.
June 15, 2016
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Bendigo and Adelaide Bank tap IBM cloud for app development

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has scooped IBM Cloud as its preferred cloud application development platform, a move that assists the bank in developing new products and services for its 1.6 million customers.
June 14, 2016
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Gavin Fernandes exits CTO post at QLD Electoral Commission

?With the Electoral Commission of Queensland moving into ‘peacetime’ mode and redirecting energy to other strategic projects, CTO Gavin Fernandes is getting set to leave the intensely “rewarding and daunting” position he held for the past 18 months.
June 8, 2016
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ACT Health starts the chase for new CIO

ACT Health is officially on the hunt for a CIO, six months after the departure of Judy Redmond, who was in the post for five years and was pivotal in the implementation of an e-health strategy.
June 8, 2016
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Henley Properties adopt paperless work environment

The paperless office is a reality for staff at Henley Properties thanks to the adoption of technology that can digitise the entire process of capturing data from workers in the field.
June 7, 2016
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Brisbane Airport extends managed services contract with Data#3

CIO of Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC), Mansoor Karatela, has welcomed the extension of the managed services contract with Data#3, calling it a “logical progression” in its bid to drive operational efficiencies across the vast ICT environment.
June 7, 2016
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Fresia Segovia: CIO ‘change agent’ at Hurstville City Council

Through her IT support roles, she has helped build roads, bridges and wireless networks in warehouses and countless other male dominated arenas. But Fresia Segovia, CIO of Hurstville City Council, says despite the fact she was “the only female voice” at the majority of her engineering and surveying jobs, it has never been a stumbling block.
June 1, 2016
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VR, AI and IoT top job searches in Australia

Job searches on virtual reality (VR), artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) have tripled as Australians continue to embrace digital technologies in 2016, according to new data released by Indeed.
May 31, 2016
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Syed Ahmed: Leading the ‘digital transformation’ charge at Bupa

When other little boys were inventing superheroes, obsessively playing sports and developing street games, 8-year-old Syed Ahmed was mesmerised by programming. No doubt, Bupa’s head of digital products and operations was a natural-born business technologist right from the start.
May 27, 2016
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Australia an economic crime ‘hotspot’: PwC

A new survey paints a gloomy picture for Australian organisations, which were found to experience cybercrime at double the global rate, with 65 per cent attacked in the last 24 months compared to 32 per cent globally.
May 18, 2016
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Government e-invoicing review gets tick of approval

An Australian e-invoicing project predicted to transform the national economy with an estimated $7-$10 billion annually is set to undergo a detailed Cost and Benefits Study on widespread government adoption.
May 12, 2016
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CSIRO cuts ‘degrade and tarnish’ agency: Senator Carr

?Shadow minister for innovation, Senator Kim Carr has denounced the Federal Government’s latest cuts to the CSIRO, describing the axing of 275 jobs and the closure of critical climate research programs as "degrading".
May 11, 2016
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CSIRO’s Data61 and Treasury join forces to examine the blockchain

CSIRO’s Data61 and the Federal Government Treasury have teamed up to examine the implications of adopting ‘blockchain’ technology - a move that could enhance the services of both government and industry, and deliver significant gains for the economy.
May 4, 2016