Samira Sarraf

Samira Sarraf

Regional Editor for Australia and New Zealand

With years of experience covering technology and business across the IT channel, Samira Sarraf manages the enterprise IT content at and writes for the CIO.com, CSO Online, and Computerworld editions in Australia and New Zealand.

Articles by Samira Sarraf

Guy Danskine named Equinix MD
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Guy Danskine named Equinix MD

Equinix Australia has appointed Guy Danskine to the role of managing director, replacing Jeremy Deutsch was promoted to the role of president of Asia Pacific in July 2019.
January 12, 2020
Health agency chief Tim Kelsey departs
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Health agency chief Tim Kelsey departs

The Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) has advised that CEO Tim Kelsey has resigned and will no longer lead the agency charge of My Health Record as of 17 January 2020.
December 9, 2019
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NSW Ambulance expected to settle data breach class action

A settlement is expected to be reached in a class action brought against the NSW Ambulance Service relating to sensitive health and personal information that was illegally sold by a contractor.
December 9, 2019
Why Aurecon is moving to the cloud
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Why Aurecon is moving to the cloud

Aurecon's cloud journey started with a network refresh which quickly turned into a way to simplify the design engineering firm's operations so it would be a 'disruptor rather than be disrupted', chief information officer, Carl Duckinson told CIO Australia.
December 3, 2019
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Scams cost Australians more than $100M a year

Australians have so far lost $118.5 million to scams as at October 2019, which is already $10 million more than what it cost in 2018 ($107 million).
November 27, 2019
AirTrunk reveals new Sydney data centre
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AirTrunk reveals new Sydney data centre

Data centre operator AirTrunk has announced plans for its third Australian data centre to be located in the north of Sydney.
November 19, 2019
CIO50 2019: #15 Alex Twigg, Judo Bank
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CIO50 2019: #15 Alex Twigg, Judo Bank

"Our role is becoming significantly more strategic to the organisation and we need to be entrepreneurs that do technology," says Judo Bank's CIO and co-founder, Alex Twigg, who believes the growing importance of a CIO in all businesses today.
November 14, 2019
CIO50 2019: #18 Angela Coble, Johnson & Johnson
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CIO50 2019: #18 Angela Coble, Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson (J&J) director of business technology, Angela Coble, says the biggest lesson she learned in the past six years is that "a CIO is no different to any other leadership role in an organisation".
November 14, 2019
CIO50 2019: #16 Vincent ten Krooden, Mortgage Choice
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CIO50 2019: #16 Vincent ten Krooden, Mortgage Choice

Mortgage Choice's largest application suffered an outage that lasted a week back in 2014. That happened not long after Vincent ten Krooden joined the mortgage broking firm as general manager of technology, and soon after he made a big promise.
November 14, 2019
CIO50 2019: #19 Julie Wright, Porter Davis
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CIO50 2019: #19 Julie Wright, Porter Davis

A technology executive's role is not about technology itself but about leading people to understand how technology can enable goals and objectives.
November 14, 2019
CIO50 2019: #17 Damian Madden, The Woolmark Company
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CIO50 2019: #17 Damian Madden, The Woolmark Company

With more than five billion certified products, The Woolmark Company has been working with Australia's 60,000 wool growers to research, develop and certify Australian wool.
November 14, 2019
CIO50 2019: #20 Andrew Cann, WA Police
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CIO50 2019: #20 Andrew Cann, WA Police

If you want to build trust and encourage back and forth exchange of ideas you can't be a micro-manager who makes all the decisions, says WA Police CIO Andrew Cann. This encourages people to wait for you to offer a solution instead of discussing and agreeing on the best possible outcome through healthy exchange of thoughts.
November 14, 2019
CIO50 2019: #14 Simon Herbert, NSW Data Analytics Centre (DAC)
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CIO50 2019: #14 Simon Herbert, NSW Data Analytics Centre (DAC)

Moving the NSW Data Analytics Centre (DAC) from the Department of Finance to Treasury and then from Treasury to Customer Service are two of many projects and achievement that Simon Herbert, executive director of data insights and transformation with the DAC, has been at the forefront of.
November 14, 2019
CIO50 2019: #12 Rob Pickering, Cbus Super
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CIO50 2019: #12 Rob Pickering, Cbus Super

With 800,000 members and $50 million in funds, Cbus Super gave head of IT and digital Rob Pickering a chance to build an entirely new system that brought administration and marketing tools in-house to provide a “sophisticated” experience to its members.
November 14, 2019
CIO50 2019: #13 Tomas Varsavsky, REA Group
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CIO50 2019: #13 Tomas Varsavsky, REA Group

Tomas Varsavsky, chief engineer at REA Group, and his team have led the business into a single sign on evolution that saw its 7.8 million customers migrate to its own solution, Locke.
November 14, 2019
CIO50 2019: #21 Brett Wilson, MJH Group
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CIO50 2019: #21 Brett Wilson, MJH Group

To automate important metrics processes that construction company MJH Group had been performing manually, CIO Brett Wilson brought in AI capabilities to the mix.
November 14, 2019
ADHA COO defends My Health Record transparency
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ADHA COO defends My Health Record transparency

The Australian Government’s My Health Record offers a level of transparency around health and information data that people did not have before.
October 29, 2019
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What is driving IT spending in finance across Australia?

Investments in modern business intelligence (BI), augmented analytics and robotic process automation (RPA) will help drive IT spending in the banking and securities sector, according to Gartner.
October 28, 2019
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Monash University creates CISO role

Monash University has appointed Dan Maslin to the newly-created role of chief information security officer (CISO).
October 10, 2019