Who will be named utilities/media CIO of the year?

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Who will be named utilities/media CIO of the year?

Wagering tees off against news, electricity.

The three finalists in the utilities/media category this year have all taken very different journeys to reach a similar goal: innovating for their customers.

One spotted potential in a new market and created an entirely new platform - that it extended to its local operations - to service it in very little time.

Another took the axe to its analytics systems in a drive to access insights on its customers and provide them with better products and services.

While the third undertook one of the largest Wordpress deployments in the world to improve the performance of its customer-facing platforms and enable faster time-to-market for new offerings.

Please join us in congratulating:


 Kim Wenn – Tabcorp

Sun Bets

When a company the size of Tabcorp embarks on the largest global venture in its 22-year history, you know it’s going to be big in both complexity and potential payoff.

The UK market that Tabcorp is after is three times the size of Australia, and in just 173 working days Tabcorp created an end-to-end cloud-based wagering platform to address it.

The new platform also underpins Tabcorp’s Australian operations, so any innovation made on either side of the world can be immediately applied in the other market.

This is a strong case study on architecting for the cloud that puts Tabcorp at the forefront of a highly-competitive sector.

 Gurinder Sidhu – Energy Australia

Big data augmented data warehouse platform

EnergyAustralia isn’t alone in wanting to bring its data to life – but it is significantly advanced in its journey.

The company sought insight to fuel innovation and improve the customer experience, overhauling its vast, siloed analytics systems in favour of a single information management architecture.

The financial savings from the program already run into the millions. The data is also powering business revenue streams in the tens of millions of dollars, and this is just the beginning.


 Alisa Bowen – News Corporation

Digital site production platform

The online news business is extremely competitive – we should know – and the ability for a site to reach the biggest possible audience requires engaging content.

News Corp has over 500 editors and journalists creating that content worldwide, but it wanted a backend system to support agile and speedy content creation and delivery, and increase the mobile responsiveness of over 30 websites.

The result is a new content management platform based on Wordpress, with content APIs and a Node.js system for bespoke requirements.

It is one of the largest Wordpress deployments anywhere in the world, and one that is enabling News Corp to improve site performance and bring innovations to its audience much faster.

The full list of finalists can be found here. Voting will now commence for members of the iTnews LinkedIn CIO Group. If you're a CIO but not a member, head on over and request to join today.

Winners will be announced at the CIO Edge Experience (formerly the CIO Strategy Summit) on February 21 at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne.

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