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Conclusion: While there was significant media attention on artificial intelligence and blockchain in 2017, the primary concerns of Australia’s CIOs remain focused on the more pressing issues of migration to the Cloud, and its impact on IT operations and staffing. Where discussions of artificial intelligence play a role is in automation processes and workforce transformation.

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Topics such as security, licencing, pencil reviews and others have provided an extended capability to our team.

Essential Energy contracted IBRS to provide a safe & supportive environment for our team to ask for help/support/information and also for services to help us uplift our knowledge across key areas. Topics such as security, licencing, pencil reviews and others have provided an extended capability to our team that helps us to provide improved outcomes to our business.

Essential Energy 

January 2018


As a CIO I need advice quickly that is relevant to my organisation and the decisions I need to make. 

IBRS has proven over the years to be an ever reliable resource when it comes to independent advice relevant to my situation. IBRS Advisors are all experienced practitioners. They are are quick to respond and because they focus on building sustainable relationships they understand my business so I never have to spend time explaining what we do.

IBRS are an Australian company they understand what is happening in the Australian marketplace and are able to take global trends and put it into context of what we are trying to achieve. IBRS saves me time, effort and money and provide a much better value proposition to some of their global competitors.

Caroline Woodhill (Vice President Information Technology, Asia Pacific, Accor Advantage Plus)

December 2017



We started working on a large transformation program about 2.5 years ago and a colleague suggested that we get in touch with IBRS.

 What impressed me from the start was the responsiveness of the team – every request is actioned immediately. The IBRS team reviewed a draft Cloud and Related Services agreement and provided valuable feedback. Late one Friday afternoon I had an urgent follow up question, contacted the office and Wissam Raffoul was kind enough to call me within 15 minuteswhile on his way to another client.

The research papers are always to the point, practical and immediately implementable. We recently held a Cloud workshop for the team. The content was spot on for what we needed and the team (of around 15 people) were fully engaged throughout the session. The workshop also highlighted the varying views of “Cloud” within the team and has provided the information we needed to progress with developing our plans for moving to hosted environments. The monthly calls and visits are a good time to discuss future plans and update on progress.

Having made use of various consultancy services in the past, I have found the IBRS service to be excellent value for money, and have no hesitation in recommending them.

Chief Information Officer – South Australian Government. 

December 2017

Register your interest in the new IBRS networking service for CIOs, CIO Cyber & Risk Network.                    


Not all Australian organisations are fortunate enough to have a Chief Information Security Officer. But not having a CISO doesn’t mean the challenge of managing cyber risk goes away. Over the last two years, IBRS clients have been telling us that the frequency with which they are being asked to report on cyber security to their boards has increased.

The CIO Cyber & Risk Network Mandate:

To provide CIOs in Australian organisations with a forum in which to share their issues and approaches to cyber security and risk. The intended outcome is that organisations make better informed decisions to help protect their organisations, staff, customers and the economy.

 Who can participate?

  • The CIO Cyber & Risk Network is a service for CIOs who are accountable for cyber security as part of their role, and who do not have a CISO to lean on.
  • To start, the total number of CIOs invited to participate will not exceed 20 but this may expand with the approval of the founding members. This is specifically to ensure that trusted relationships can develop, and provide an experience of continuity within the group.
  • The CIO Cyber & Risk Network is an invitation only forum. This is to ensure that the forum is not swayed by vested interests, and that the participating CIOs are assured of the confidentiality of the discussion.
  • IBRS is often engaged to facilitate executive roundtables on behalf of vendors, especially in the security domain. Participation in the CIO Cyber & Risk Network will also include invitations from IBRS to participate in these events.


    • 4 gatherings per year. Each gathering will be for 4 hours; 2 hours as a formal facilitated discussion and a 2 hour informal session which is an opportunity for the CIOs to have the 1:1 and small group conversations to follow up to the formal session.  
    • IBRS will facilitate each gathering.
    • IBRS will also coordinate external guests, 
    • All gatherings are closed door, and held under the Chatham House Rule.
    • Should a CIO not be available to attend a gathering, sending a direct report is possible but discouraged. If direct reports are sent too often, as determined by the group, the CIOs’ invitation to participate may be withdrawn and no refund will be offered.
    • James Turner will be the only person from IBRS participating in these gatherings, as the facilitator.

CIO Cyber & Risk Network

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