Brennan IT appoints Simon Wheeler as CIO

Brennan IT LogoSydney, Australia – Brennan IT has appointed Simon Wheeler as its new Chief Information Officer (CIO).

Simon will develop and manage Brennan IT’s internal technology strategy with a major focus on the transformation of its current IT systems and processes to automate, standardise, and implement best practices.

Stephen Sims, CEO, Brennan IT, said, “Simon brings a wealth of experience to the Brennan IT leadership team having previously been the CTO at Nine Entertainment, CIO at Bauer Media Group, and, most recently a Director at Oakton”.

This is an immensely important mandate, as Brennan IT is fully committed to transforming the business in line with its strategy of becoming Australia’s most trusted managed services provider.

Stephen Sims, said, “Simon has more than 20 years of experience in senior roles, with a strong track record as a tech leader as well as developing, recruiting, and retaining top talent. He has been successful in delivering transformational initiatives and working in complex, challenging environments.”
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Despite progress, survey reveals common obstacles for IT leaders remain

Redhat LogoCIOs and other IT executives have made significant progress in their long-standing efforts to tightly align and coordinate their IT departments with their organisations’ business units, according to a “CIOs at a Technology and Cultural Crossroads” survey announced today by Red Hat. Despite this progress, there are still obstacles to overcome before the vision of true IT and business integration can be fully realised.

The “CIOs at a Technology and Cultural Crossroads” survey provides insight into the progress CIOs and other IT executives have made in assuming more strategic roles as well as into the challenges they continue to face, but also raises fundamental questions about how CIOs can best drive business innovation within their companies. The survey also suggests that getting the business and IT together may take something as fundamental as rethinking the CIO position itself.

Currently, many CIOs and other IT executives spend much of their time “keeping the lights on.” 48 per cent of respondents selected “improving IT operations/system performance” and 47 per cent of respondents selected “implementing new systems and architectures” as one of their top five areas of focus. Despite these day-to-day demands, many IT executives surveyed also manage to engage in a variety of business activities, including 45 per cent of survey respondents who note that they currently spend time aligning IT initiatives with business goals.
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Survey highlights shifts in IT-enabled business innovation, changing role of the CIO

Redhat LogoCompanies with IT-driven business innovation in DNA use technology to optimise business strategy and customer engagement, a Harvard Business Review Analytic Services survey sponsored by Red Hat shows

It is no surprise that businesses are being transformed by new technologies, especially those that bring more intelligence and mobility to their operations and products. Some companies – known as “Innovation Accelerators”– are driving this transformation by pursuing IT-enabled business innovation as a core strategy throughout their organisation, according to the results of the “Business Transformation and the CIO Role” survey announced today by Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions.

The survey of 420 global business leaders, commissioned by Red Hat through Harvard Business Review Analytic Services, found that these Innovation Accelerators (32 percent of survey respondents) are anticipating significant change over the next three years, particularly in how they engage with and learn about customers, as well as in their business models, products and services, and end user processes.
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