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David Anson new Office Brands CIO

Former GP Synergy tech chief David Anson is the new CIO at business supplies dealer, Office Brands. Anson is replacing Ritesh Patel who was recruited by Fletcher Building in New Zealand in August.

Written by Byron Connolly11 Oct. 17 14:57

Is automation the future of cyber security?

The WannaCry and Petya ransomware outbreaks damaged enterprise networks around the world and struck fear into the hearts of IT and security chiefs everywhere. And for every enterprise, particularly those in financial sector, it’s not a matter of ‘if’ they will get attacked, it’s ‘when.’

Written by Byron Connolly10 Oct. 17 11:36

Tech bosses to increase temp headcounts

Australian chief information officers say they plan to increase the number of temporary staff in their teams over the next 12 months, according to research.

Written by Byron Connolly06 Oct. 17 11:27

Mathew Doughty leaves the ASX

The Australian Securities Exchange’s long-standing GM, technology, Mathew Doughty has left the organisation, an ASX spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday.

Written by Byron Connolly04 Oct. 17 11:27

Cyber crime costing businesses US$11.7M

Cyber attacks cost companies an average of US$11.7 million this year, a 23 per cent increase from 2016, according to research.

Written by Byron Connolly27 Sept. 17 15:51

PepsiCo’s new agile HQ is no fizzer

In December 2016, PepsiCo Australia and New Zealand completed the transformation of its corporate HQ in Chatswood, Sydney. Its traditional, siloed office was canned and replaced with a more agile working environment.

The transformation at the multinational food, snack and beverage company was led by CIO Ursula Phillips.

Phillips and her team have created a truly mobile workforce. All 300 staff members, including the CEO, received a laptop, mobile phone and Bluetooth earpiece. Office walls were replaced with open workspaces or 'neighbourhoods' where staff can collaborate at hot desks, in meeting rooms, chat spaces, and purpose-built video conference rooms.

Written by Byron Connolly26 Sept. 17 13:43

GE’s ANZ boss Geoff Culbert quits

GE Australia and New Zealand’s president and CEO, Geoff Culbert, has quit his post and will join Sydney Airport as its chief executive in January.

Written by Byron Connolly26 Sept. 17 10:27

SA government CIO Veronica Theriault charged

Tech executive Veronica Theriault has been arrested, charged and sacked from her job as chief information officer at South Australia’s Department of Premier and Cabinet for alleged dishonesty.

Written by Byron Connolly22 Sept. 17 11:16

In pictures: Is automation the future of cyber security?

IT chiefs gathered at Sydney's Rockpool restaurant to discuss how they are automating cyber security management tasks across their organisations. The luncheon was sponsored by Juniper and ICT Networks.

Written by Byron Connolly22 Sept. 17 09:19

The future of AI according to Dr Jordan Nguyen

In his latest ABC TV documentary Meet the Avatars, Australian biomedical engineer and inventor Dr Jordan Nguyen talks to a paraplegic man who used virtual reality therapy to help him walk again.

Written by Byron Connolly15 Sept. 17 15:47

Qantas pilots get flight data app

A new flight data application is providing Qantas pilots with data to help them fly more efficiently and help reduce carbon emissions.

Written by Byron Connolly08 Sept. 17 10:14

NAB launches virtual banker for business

National Australia Bank is piloting a ‘digital virtual banker’ for its business customers that will answer more than 200 questions which were previously handled by call centre staff.

Written by Byron Connolly04 Sept. 17 10:27

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