Stories by Byron Connolly

Australian researchers create world’s first working quantum bit

Researchers at the University of New South Wales have created the world’s first working quantum bit based on a single atom in silicon, which they claim will lead to the development of ultra-powerful computers in the future.

Written by Byron Connolly20 Sept. 12 11:20

Medibank Health Solutions to deploy video access to medical specialists

Medibank Health Solutions is gearing up to extend its online consultation service – Anywhere Healthcare – to enable patients in regional Queensland to connect with selected medical specialists over a video link provided at their GP’s office.

Written by Byron Connolly19 Sept. 12 14:13

Hudson shrinks IT department with move to cloud

Large recruitment firm Hudson has reduced its IT staff numbers by more than one-third across Australia and New Zealand over the past three years due partly to a gradual move towards cloud computing.

Written by Byron Connolly14 Sept. 12 15:40

ICT salaries increase by 3.9 per cent

Salaries for ICT workers grew by 3.9 per cent overall for the 12 months to May 2012, marginally down from 4 per cent a year earlier, according to the annual survey of Australian Computer Society (ACS) members.

Written by Byron Connolly11 Sept. 12 14:53

Schools clueless about IT security, reveals study

Almost one in two Australian secondary and tertiary schools do not have an IT security awareness program in place and alarmingly, 53 per cent didn’t know what information was taken during a data breach, according to a study commissioned by

Written by Byron Connolly10 Sept. 12 12:26

College group to slash printing costs by $800,000 over two years

College and online education operator Think: Education Group has used virtual private cloud services as a catalyst to cut printing costs by $300,000 by the end of this financial year and a further $500,000 annually from FY14.

Written by Byron Connolly06 Sept. 12 16:21

Deloitte adds a little “fun and games” to courses

An online leadership academy run by Deloitte is attempting to differentiate itself from other education providers by embedding “gamification mechanics” throughout its online courses.

Written by Byron Connolly06 Sept. 12 12:15

CIOs grapple with application issues at least once a month

Poor application performance is having a regular impact on Australian businesses with more than half (54 per cent) indicating they experience problems at least once a month, according to a Telsyte survey.

Written by Byron Connolly04 Sept. 12 12:43

Tape technology in its death throes

Tape backup technology is unquestionably in its death throes and more than 60 per cent of businesses will be using Cloud-based data archiving services within three years, Greg Wyman, StorageCraft’s Asia-Pacific vice president has predicted.

Written by Byron Connolly03 Sept. 12 15:59

Q&A: Allianz Global Assistance CIO Luc Derix

Perhaps one of Luc Derix’s greatest strengths is his ability to clearly explain to non-IT staff at Allianz Global Assistance exactly how IT can help contribute to the organisation’s growth.

Written by Byron Connolly29 Aug. 12 15:13

NBN Co speeds up service delivery with automated tools

NBN Co is using management software tools to help speed up the delivery of new high-speed broadband services across Australia. The National Broadband Network wholesaler has deployed IBM Rational software to build the capabilities required to automate the process of activating services for retail service providers.

Written by Byron Connolly29 Aug. 12 10:10

NBN Co CIO quits

NBN Co has confirmed an iTnews report that its CIO, Claire Rawlins, has quit, almost three years after taking the role.

Written by Byron Connolly24 Aug. 12 09:50