Australia’s leading source of enterprise technology news is now in podcast form. Join the editorial team at iTnews.com.au each week as we talk to technology executives from across the sector, digging deep into IT strategy, architecture and delivery. This podcast will be home to several shows, including the CXO Challenge, which profiles the work of top executives and their teams.
Pet Circle | Chief Technology Officer | Denis Hoctor
As Australia's largest online pet supply store, Pet Circle is investing heavily in technology, including most recently to support a trial of fully-owned last-mile delivery services in Perth, as well as in digital systems that make it easier to interface with courier partners elsewhere in Australia, and specifically to have more visibility into its supply chain.
Some of this work has involved uplifting an existing Google Cloud Platform environment to track data on a “per customer order” basis.
Behind the scenes, the company is also embracing infrastructure-as-code (IaC) and automation to increase velocity and speed-to-value.
La Trobe University | Director of Data & Analytics | Anthony Perera
La Trobe University's Director of Data & Analytics Anthony Perera leads a data and analytics centre of excellence that brings together data, analytics and data science operations that previously existed as distributed “pockets” of capability within the university structure.It is driving a major three-phase program of work, the first phase of which - standing up an Azure-based enterprise data analytics platform, or EDAP - was completed last year. The focus through 2022 was on the second phase, around data governance. A third phase, planned for 2023, will see La Trobe University “turbocharge” the migration of clean, standardised datasets from across the institution into the EDAP.
Horizon Power | Senior Manager of Technology | Jeff Campbell
Horizon Power has completed a large-scale migration of applications and workloads from its data centres to a private cloud run by Macquarie Cloud Services. The shift to private cloud was for several reasons.
The WA government wants agencies and owned companies to have more of a cloud mindset. In parallel, the government has set ambitious targets to reduce whole-of-government carbon emissions, and exiting its data centre was seen as a key way for Horizon Power’s Technology team to do its part.
The private cloud choice was also partially for security reasons - Horizon Power has obligations under the Security of Critical Infrastructure or SOCI Act to contend with. Horizon Power is now set up to achieve some future-facing and data-driven ambitions, leveraging other cloud-based services.
Police Bank | CEO | Greg McKenna
In this week’s episode of the iTnews Podcast, Police bank chief executive office Greg McKenna talks about the banks ongoing whole-of-bank transformation which has been on the path of renewal as customers increasingly seek digital channels.
Airwallex | Head of Information Security and IT | Elliot Colquhoun
Head of Information Security and IT, Elliot Colquhoun. Airwallex is an Australian finance unicorn ($1bn+ valuation), and Colquhoun runs its IT and information security operations. The company has spent the past two years overhauling its application landscape and upgrading computers - a 50/50 Windows/Mac end-user environment. One of the reasons to do this, however, is that Colquhoun believes the state of internal systems is a signal to developers and builders about the quality that should be built into customer-facing products. The idea is to set a high internal bar, which then gets reflected in the products. IT and infosec also makes itself available to product teams to provide input and guidance.
SA Police | Executive Director of Information Systems & Technology | Hamish Cameron
Executive Director of Information Systems & Technology, Hamish Cameron was a guest of the podcast back in mid-2021 when he outlined his ambitions for a mobile workforce transformation program, equipping 6000 sworn and non-sworn staff with a smartphone. Almost two years on, they are now in live pilot, and the podcast discusses device choice, applications developed and loaded, and UX efforts being run in parallel. Outside of the transformation, we also discuss IS&T’s efforts to transform its own operations so as to move from a service provider to a trusted advisor and influencer on technology matters to the broader SAPOL. This reflects the broader role that technology is playing in policing, and IS&T’s desire to have a front row seat strategically.