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Grey areas in new privacy laws: Pilgrim

By Rebecca Merrett | 10 April, 2014 15:36

There are still some grey areas in the new data privacy laws, including how to determine if an online company is undertaking business in Australia and how to go about investigating a company with operations based overseas, says Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim.

Regulation stifling financial tech innovation

By Rebecca Merrett | 09 April, 2014 15:31

The Australian government needs to take a more balanced approach to regulation and stop stifling banks’ ability to innovate, several financial institutions have urged in their submissions to the Financial System Inquiry.

ANZ bank CIO to ‘step down’

By Rebecca Merrett | 04 April, 2014 17:14

ANZ group CIO Anne Weatherston will leave the bank, effective immediately, after four years in the role.

How to green your data centres and save money

By Rebecca Merrett | 04 April, 2014 14:58

SAP’s global CIO, Björn Goerke, talks about different tools and techniques he is using to green the cloud provider’s data centres worldwide and drive down power costs. The large enterprise software company wants to run its 16 data centres worldwide on 100 per cent renewable energy.

Movers and shakers

By Rebecca Merrett | 02 April, 2014 11:45

A look at recent movements among Australian CIOs.

ALRC proposes unified, technology-neutral surveillance laws

By Rebecca Merrett | 31 March, 2014 16:08

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has released a discussion paper proposing a unified, technology-neutral approach to surveillance laws across different states and territories.

Tough questions to put to cloud providers

By Rebecca Merrett | 28 March, 2014 09:00

Cloud vendors may have a slick sales pitch, but it won't always match what's in their contracts — so it’s up to you to ask the hard questions. Here are some tough questions to ask cloud providers.

SAP’s global data centres to be 100 per cent green

By Rebecca Merrett | 25 March, 2014 13:46

SAP has announced it will power all of its data centres around the world with 100 per cent renewable energy starting 2014, following a report on its carbon footprint that showed an increase in emissions.

New Jetstar CIO plans IT transformation

By Rebecca Merrett | 25 March, 2014 05:00

Jetstar’s new CIO Grainne Kearns has been planning for an IT transformation to optimise the budget airline's current technologies and look at ways of innovating through new technologies.

Turnbull talks challenges with open data in government

By Rebecca Merrett | 21 March, 2014 09:38

The government’s push for more open data and transparency no doubt opens the doors for private sector organisations to be more innovative, but it doesn’t come without its challenges.

IoT, M2M and opportunities for infrastructure, tech industries

By Rebecca Merrett | 20 March, 2014 14:17

By 2020, 50 billion machines will be connected to the Internet and will be able to communicate with each other. That's a prediction the CEO of GE Australia, Steve Sargent, is backing, adding there’s a lot of untapped opportunity that infrastructure and technology organisations can take advantage of.

CIO Insights: Legacy systems – love them or leave them?

By Rebecca Merrett | 20 March, 2014 11:22

In this fourth instalment of CIO Insights, we talk to three leading Australian technologists about whether or not to hold onto legacy systems for as long as possible, different approaches to modernising them, and how to go about making a business case for replacement.

Grahame Coles makes start on Vic whole-of-government role

By Rebecca Merrett | 19 March, 2014 09:31

Grahame Coles, formerly CIO at Victoria's Department of Human Services for almost five years, has begun his new executive director role for digital government at the Department of State Development and Business Innovation.

4 things marketing finds frustrating about IT

By Rebecca Merrett | 14 March, 2014 11:30

The CIO-CMO partnership is one that's on the minds of many CIOs, and is seen to offer great potential. But it’s not always peaches and cream; there are challenges that many are still working through.

How Hunter Water is saving $50k a year in software licences

By Rebecca Merrett | 11 March, 2014 14:23

NSW government owned corporation Hunter Water has managed to save $50,000 per year on Microsoft licences since deploying Microsoft Systems Centre 2012.

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