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Stories by Byron Connolly

Myer IT chief Richard Umbers promoted to CEO

By Byron Connolly | 02 March, 2015 09:39

Myer’s chief information and supply chain officer, Richard Umbers, has been promoted to CEO and managing director, following Bernie Brookes' retirement, the retail group announced on Monday.

Gosford City Council abandons dark fibre plans

By Byron Connolly | 27 February, 2015 12:08

Gosford City Council has abandoned plans to provide high speed broadband services – using a dark fibre network strung along electrical power poles – to businesses and individuals across the city.

Box Hill Hospital completes core IT rollout

By Byron Connolly | 25 February, 2015 11:09

Box Hill Hospital has completed its core ICT infrastructure rollout, where it is improving interaction between clinicians and their patients at Eastern Health’s newly redeveloped facility.

Business IoT connections expected to hit 5.4 billion by 2020

By Byron Connolly | 24 February, 2015 16:38

There will be 5.4 billion Internet of Things (IoT) connections across businesses worldwide by 2020, up from 1.2 billion today, new research claims.

Overworked IT pros have no time for a social life

By Byron Connolly | 24 February, 2015 10:54

Senior IT workers are neglecting to make plans to secure their financial future and maintain healthy social lives, according to a new research paper.

Customers overpaying for ERP support: Rimini Street boss

By Byron Connolly | 23 February, 2015 15:30

Rimini Street wants to shake up the local market for third-party ERP support, claiming that companies are overpaying for software maintenance, which company founder, Seth Ravin, says earns SAP and Oracle a 90 per cent gross margin.

Top CIO priorities for 2015

By Byron Connolly | 20 February, 2015 13:51

We are almost two months into 2015 and CIOs are well into their initiatives for this year after their summer breaks. We speak to three IT leaders to find out what their key objectives and initiatives are for 2015.

iiNet adds 25,000 new broadband customers

By Byron Connolly | 19 February, 2015 11:09

iiNet Limited on Thursday said it had added 25,000 new fixed-line broadband customers for the six months ending December 31, 2014.

Parking gets smarter in Freemantle

By Byron Connolly | 18 February, 2015 12:24

The City of Freemantle has deployed smartphone technology that will prevent motorists from overpaying for parking at almost 5,000 bays across the city’s CDB.

New Zealand health boards to move to IBM cloud

By Byron Connolly | 17 February, 2015 10:58

Up to 20 district health boards across New Zealand will roll out cloud infrastructure, which is expected to slash IT infrastructure costs across the group by $23.9 million over the next 10 years.

One-fifth of organisations store more than 1 petabyte of data

By Byron Connolly | 13 February, 2015 16:18

Data growth across Australian businesses is showing no signs of slowing with almost one-fifth of organisations responding to a survey indicating they are managing more than 1 petabyte of information.

Australian Federal Police and CommBank ink Internet safety agreement

By Byron Connolly | 13 February, 2015 14:22

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Commonwealth Bank volunteers nationwide are stepping up the fight against online bullying and child exploitation by educating parents, teachers and community members about cyber safety for kids.

Singapore Airlines takes flight with tablet app

By Byron Connolly | 12 February, 2015 10:16

Cabin crew on Singapore Airlines are creating digital voyage reports and improving customer service during each flight thanks to a new tablet app.

How hospitals are using big data analytics to research paediatric cancer

By Byron Connolly | 11 February, 2015 15:16

Researchers in the United States are turning to big data analytics to gain a much better understanding of paediatric brain cancer and other diseases with a similar genetic process.

We’ll have chips implanted in our bodies by 2040

By Byron Connolly | 05 February, 2015 12:43

2040 will herald the decade of thought activation and mind control, and the work colleague we chat to at the watercooler might be a hologram.