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NG CIO Australia committee formed in response to skills shortages, government IT initiatives

Simon Sharwood

A new group of Australian CIOS has met for the first time, and heard from Ovum group analysts that cloud governance will be a big challenge for the coming year and beyond.

The new group of CIOs, convened by UK organisation NGOnline, includes the following CIOs as members:

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•         Energy Australia - Sharron Kennedy, CIO

•         Accor - Paul Smith, GM IT

•         Australia DIAC (The Department of Immigration and Citizenship) - Peter McKeon, Head of IT

•         Australian Aerospace Limited - Lionel Penarguear, Head of IT

•         Betfair - Paul Moss, CIO

•         Centrelink - John Wadeson, CIO

•         Civil Aviation Safety Authority - Simon Denby, CIO

•         Corporate Express Australia (CXP) - Garry Whatley, CIO

•         Downer EDI Mining - Shawn Hardie, Corporate ICT Manager

•         Energy Australia - Sharron Kennedy, CIO

•         Genworth Financial - Sarma Rajaraman, CIO

•         Hertz Australia - Andrew McBride, Head of IT

•         Jetstar Airways, Australia - Stephen Tame, Global CIO

•         Kimberly-Clark - Eric Benedetto, Manager ITS Australia & South Asia

•         Kiwi Bank - Ron van de Riet, GM IT

•         Oil Search - Ross Lennox, CIO

•         PepsiCo Australia & New Zealand - Jackie Montado, CIO

•         Queensland Department of Education and Training (DET) - John Woolnough, IT Director

•         Schweppes Australia - Anthony Bereznicki, IT Director

•         Sigma Pharmaceuticals - Jackie Toh, CIO

•         Sony Pictures Entertainment - Andy Schlei, VP IT

•         University of Melbourne - Sendur Kathir, CIO

•         University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Joseph Frenech, IT Director

•         University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) - Peter James, IT Director

Last month’s meeting, held in Queensland, saw the group addressed by Laurent Lachal, Ovum Senior Analyst, who said cloud governance will become an increasingly a pressing concern for CIOs.

“Most IT governance efforts are prompted by new regulations or by the need to keep up with uncontrolled SOA software services, virtual machines or public cloud services,” Lachal told the meeting. Governance for the public cloud, he added “starts when the public cloud bill is much higher than expected.”

“Cloud computing makes IT governance more difficult by introducing an additional layer of complexity that those businesses need to control in order to make the most of its benefits,” he added. “Cloud governance best practices – like cloud computing itself – are still in their infancy and Ovum believes the focus should, in future, be on enabling flexibility.”

 “Public as well as private clouds’ ability to make it faster and easier to procure, develop, deploy and hardware and software assets will make the biggest difference. Cost and quality of service issues are critical but cloud computing governance should not over emphasize them at the expense of enabling firms to strike the right balance between effectiveness and innovation”, said Lachal.

“Cloud governance is not just about control and keeping an eye on individuals to make sure that they behave as expected. It should also be about empowerment, based on a realignment of objectives and incentives to encourage behavioral change.