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Stories by Brian Corrigan

2011: A year in review

Having entered the year in a relevantly buoyant mood, with budgetary restrictions imposed following the ­global financial crisis having been slowly relaxed, many information chiefs will exit 2011 with cost containment back at the top of the agenda.
While organisations pulling resources out of the ground remain a law unto themselves, macro-economic concerns hang over the technology spending intentions of most companies.

Written by Brian Corrigan10 Dec. 11 22:00

Leader who has IT all

He is leading the largest technology overhaul in Australian corporate history and spearheading local efforts to change the relationship between buyers and sellers of IT products and services. So it came as no surprise that Commonwealth Bank of Australia's Michael Harte was named the inaugural CIO of the Year at this year's iAwards.
Despite being named the top information chief in the banking and finance ­sector for the past five years in a row, Harte is perhaps the only person caught unawares by his latest accolade.

Written by Brian Corrigan05 Sept. 11 22:00

Apple flies into Qantas lounges

Qantas has announced plans to kit out its club members' lounges at airports across the country exclusively with Apple technology before the end of the year.
The agreement with Apple is an attempt by the airline to set itself apart from market rival Virgin Blue by aligning with the consumer electronics giant's popular technology.

Written by Brian Corrigan25 Oct. 10 22:00

Guns for hire

When Phil Gray left the top technology hot seat at Jones Lang LaSalle in December last year he was able to walk away ¬content in the knowledge that he had ¬completed the main objective of his 15 -month stint. The real estate firm had effectively hired him to replace himself.
Gray is one of a new breed of business executives that organisations turn to when things have gone wrong in the information technology department or they've simply been left with no suitable replacement when the chief information officer leaves the company.

Written by Brian Corrigan31 Aug. 10 22:00

Fonterra expands its SAP platform

Dairy co-operative Fonterra is about to kick off a $110 million project that will convert its consumer branded business, as well as manufacturing plants in Australia and New Zealand, to systems based on technology from business software maker SAP.
A team of executives and technology specialists is being put together to run the project. The implementation is expected to start in August and take three years to complete.

Written by Brian Corrigan01 Aug. 10 22:00

Harvey Norman launches ICT transformation programme

Harvey Norman has finally kicked off an information technology transformation program to replace all of its core business systems over the next five years, but has again made it clear there are no immediate plans to embrace online retailing.
Project Reload, expected to cost in excess of $50 million, was originally expected to start early last year but was shelved because of uncertainty created by the global financial crisis.

Written by Brian Corrigan01 July 10 22:00

Talking change

Whether connecting people to their colleagues, customers or business partners more effectively, or enabling them to get the right information to those people when it is needed, collaboration technologies are playing a central role in changing the way we work.
MIS Australia recently hosted two round table events sponsored by Microsoft – one in Canberra with public sector chief information officers, the other in Sydney with their private sector counterparts – to discuss how collaboration technologies are helping organisations make better business decisions.

Written by Brian Corrigan13 June 10 22:00

CIO game on

After what was undoubtedly a quiet year in 2009 - at least in terms of buy-outs - mergers and acquisitions are firmly back on the agenda as business confidence returns.
Data from research firm Mergermarket in the United States shows that the value and volume of deals fell significantly last year, but the final quarter was the most active since before the global financial crisis struck and there are signs that this momentum is set to continue.

Written by Brian Corrigan10 March 10 22:00

Business confidence will lead to tech skills shortage

Employers will be faced with a chronic shortage of skilled ICT workers within six months as returning business confidence leads to a fresh wave of major projects, says listed recruitment firm Clarius Group.

Written by Brian Corrigan06 March 10 22:00

Social networking: Friend or foe?

Social media can be extremely disruptive. Even in the short time since Facebook grew into a global phenomenon, it has already had a profound effect on the way we communicate with our friends, families and like-minded communities.
Excited by the possibility of engaging with potentially hundreds of millions of users through sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, the corporate sector is looking for ways to find its voice in this brave new world.

Written by Brian Corrigan02 Feb. 10 22:00

Strategic 100 overview: Get back on track

In assessing the carnage of the past 12 months, information technology suppliers will be hoping for a more prosperous time in 2010; but CIO spending is unlikely to increase significantly any time soon.
The past year has been a bumpy ride for buyers and sellers of IT products and services alike, as the global financial crisis sent shock waves through the industry’s key vertical markets.

Written by Brian Corrigan09 Jan. 10 22:00

Telecom NZ delays are a lesson for Telstra

The complexity of the task facing Telstra in disentangling its complex information technology systems has been highlighted by a nine-month extension granted to Telecom New Zealand for its operational separation.
Telecom was expected to finish unscrambling shared IT systems by the end of this year, having agreed to an operational separation in March 2008 that will split its business into three units - retail, wholesale and network.

Written by Brian Corrigan21 Nov. 09 22:00

The rise of the internet intelligentsia

Social networking tools have already had a dramatic impact on how we communicate with our friends and family, but as use of these technologies matures they have a major role to play in how businesses manage customer relationships and even the formation of government policy.
Melodie Mayberry-Stewart, chief information officer for New York State, was in Canberra last week to speak at a conference about how government can use wikis, blogs and social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter or YouTube to engage citizens.

Written by Brian Corrigan25 Oct. 09 22:00

Upbeat Intel sales lead road to recovery

A brighter than expected outlook from Intel, the world's largest maker of computer chips, has fuelled hopes that personal computer manufacturers can avoid an annual sales dip for the first time since the dotcom crash of 2001.
Research firm Gartner was predicting a drop of almost 12 per cent in unit sales back in March, after consumer and business demand ground to a halt in the wake of the global financial crisis.

Written by Brian Corrigan13 Oct. 09 22:00

Listen carefully: it's the battle for your ear

In the 1980s, Sony's Walkman made our personal music collections portable. The most successful consumer product of this decade has surely been Apple's iPod, which lets us carry those collections on the device itself.
But the next game-changing trend in the consumption of music could well bring to an abrupt end the concept of owning music. Known as streaming, it allows users to access huge databases of music stored by third parties as and when they want without ever owning the songs they choose to play.

Written by Brian Corrigan10 Oct. 09 22:00