Business Continuity / Interviews

CIO100 2017 #31-100: Tina Wakefield, Ministry of Justice

“ICT has developed a pathway for how we will move towards digital courts, which reflect our goal of building people-centred justice services,” says Tina Wakefield, Deputy Secretary ICT/CIO at the Ministry of Justice.

Written by Divina Paredes29 March 17 07:00

CIO100 2017 #5: Dawie Olivier, Westpac New Zealand

“Westpac New Zealand’s challenge has been to transform from a formal and somewhat less efficient organisation, into one that can create great customer experiences rapidly, responding to opportunities and threats alike,” says the bank’s CIO, Dawie Olivier.

Written by Divina Paredes29 March 17 07:00

Inside the Changing Role of the CISO

With a number of high-profile security breaches making headlines of late, organizations are increasingly realizing they must beef up their security teams or risk catastrophe. Matt Comyns, global co-head of the Cybersecurity practice at Russell Reynolds Associates, an executive leadership and search firm, sat down with to discuss the changing role of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), the global cybersecurity landscape and why finding and retaining elite security talent is critical.

Written by Sharon Florentine01 July 14 06:28

Core stability

Matt Tucker proudly shows off the new Les Mills New Zealand headquarters in the Auckland CBD, only a few hundred metres from where the fitness chain’s namesake and his wife opened their first gym in 1968.
“It’s been a great ride, and I think we’re headed towards some pretty exciting things very soon,” says the CIO of the fitness chain. Les Mills has 45,000 members across 11 gyms located around the country, with its latest gym opening in Britomart late last year.

Written by Sim Ahmed06 Feb. 12 22:00

StorageCraft saves the day at Strettons

Taupo accountancy firm Strettons has turned to StorageCraft ShadowProtect backup and restore software after a new server kept crashing.

Written by Darren Greenwood12 Sept. 11 22:00

Post-earthquake learning curve for IT

On the day of the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Canterbury, Gavin Till, IM&CT Business Unit Manager at the Christchurch City Council, counted his lucky stars.
Had the former civic office on Tuam Street — and the old datacentre still within — sustained more damage than it did, and if the full data outsource to the new data centre hadn’t finished just minutes before the quake, staff and emergency crews could have been hamstrung for hours, possibly days, without access to critical IT applications and services.

Written by Shelley Grell and Stephen Bell12 Dec. 10 22:00

Fast buck versus reliability

Jeff Olsson has a consuming need for speed, but not at any price.
As the group executive for technology at the Australian Securities

Written by Julian Bajkowski25 Nov. 08 22:00

What if the internet went down...and didn't come back up?

Imagine, if you will, a world with no internet. No email. No e-commerce. And no BlackBerrys. Email would be supplanted by snail mail; cell phones by land lines. Now imagine what the future would look like. Futurists say virtual business services of all sorts, accounting, payroll and even sales would come to a halt, as would many companies.

Written by Lynn Greiner20 Jan. 08 22:00

When systems run amok

We ask tech veterans near and far for tales of personal woe and destruction at the hands of IT run amok.
First: Nightmare at Napster

Written by CIO Staff29 Oct. 07 22:00

When computers crashed Wall Street

DuWayne Peterson always believed in making time for business and IT strategy.
In fact, on the morning of Monday, 19 October 1987, Peterson, then vice president of systems, operations and telecommunications at Merrill Lynch, went to his office in the World Financial Center in lower Manhattan while a good portion of his senior staff attended a strategic offsite in Princeton, N.J. The previous Friday, to Peterson and the rest of his Wall Street colleagues, the market looked grim. The the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) fell 108 points to close at 2246.74. On Thursday, U.S. Treasury Secretary James Baker expressed concerns to the media over the massive sell-offs. Over the weekend, investors began to sweat. Pundits, economists and politicians went on television, hedging their bets about the market.

Written by C.G. Lynch22 Oct. 07 21:00