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CIO-CMO dynamic duo: Jacob Dudzinski and Mats Johnson on starting a business together

By Rebecca Merrett | 27 March, 2015 15:12

Nothing brings a CIO and CMO together more than them going off on their own and starting up a business. That’s what ex-CIO Jacob Dudzinski and ex-CMO Mats Johnson have done with their startup, Wifi Control.

Govt introduces copyright legislation that can block access to overseas websites

By Rebecca Merrett | 26 March, 2015 13:34

Under the Copyright (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 introduced into parliament today, Australians could be blocked from accessing overseas-based pirate websites.

How Oracle is using role playing to fix its customer engagement model

By Rebecca Merrett | 25 March, 2015 16:30

Oracle Australia's MD, Tim Ebbeck, has taken the unusual step of initiating role playing to help the computing giant's sales staff practice their conversations with existing and potential customers.

What really makes something innovative?

By Rebecca Merrett | 25 March, 2015 12:40

Innovation is usually considered to be the revolutionary, disruptive ideas or inventions that rapidly sweep over the world, making a huge impact. But sometimes it’s those quiet achievers who can make just as big an impact without having to be ostentatious about it.

Digital, big data analytics on the minds of CIOs

By Rebecca Merrett | 24 March, 2015 11:10

CIOs really want to knuckle down into digital, big data and analytics, but their tight budgets make it difficult to do so, a new Deloitte survey has found.

How sensor data analysis keeps cricketers in top shape

By Rebecca Merrett | 20 March, 2015 16:43

Professional athletes are turning to sensor data analysis to bridge gaps in their performance and improve their game. This is what biomechanics expert Dr Edouard Rene Ferdinands from the University of Sydney is working on with cricketers.

How the ICC is using data analytics to make the Cricket World Cup more interesting

By Rebecca Merrett | 19 March, 2015 16:43

Around 40 years worth of Cricket World Cup data is being mined to produce insights that enhance the viewer's experience at this year's tournament.

IT execs take note: Govt toughens up on 457 visas

By Rebecca Merrett | 18 March, 2015 16:37

The government announced it will act on recommendations set out in a review of the 457 visa program in September last year to ensure organisations are complying and genuinely face a skills shortage.

IBM integrates silicon photonic chips with processor package for energy efficiency

By Rebecca Merrett | 18 March, 2015 12:44

Big Blue has found a way to make large-scale computing more energy efficient by integrating photonic chips with a processor package.

UTS roboticist developing 3D imaging, AI tool for smart farming

By Rebecca Merrett | 17 March, 2015 15:59

Alen Alempijevic, roboticist and senior lecturer at the University of Technology, Sydney is developing a tool that uses 3D imaging and artificial intelligence to accurately measure the condition of an animal so that farmers can better manage their livestock.

Google to toughen up on spammy doorway pages

By Rebecca Merrett | 17 March, 2015 12:11

Google plans to launch an adjustment to its search ranking algorithms to better fight against doorway pages.

Get ready for the chief integration officer, advanced IoT and AI

By Rebecca Merrett | 13 March, 2015 11:37

Finding where the CIO role fits among all the c-suite noise and advancements in the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence are some of the biggest trends impacting business and IT, according to Deloitte’s Tech Trends 2015 report.

Claire Howlett grabs CIO role at Dept of the Environment

By Rebecca Merrett | 13 March, 2015 10:38

Claire Howlett has taken on her first CIO role, moving up the ranks at the Department of the Environment.

Former Dept of the Environment CIO now in analyst role

By Rebecca Merrett | 12 March, 2015 11:09

Al Blake has begun in his new role as principal analyst, public sector at Ovum, having left his role as CIO at the Department of the Environment in January this year.

Australia second worst in world for illegal downloads

By Rebecca Merrett | 11 March, 2015 15:51

Delays in gaining access to new content is the main reason why Australia has the second highest rate of illegal downloading activity behind Russia, a new study has found.