Andrew Birmingham

Andrew Birmingham

Andrew Birmingham is the editor-in-chief and publisher of Which-50. He is the former associate publisher of The Australian Financial Review and an occasional contributing editor, (though he was fired once for complaining about the sandwiches at a round table.) During his career, he has reported on the Australian media, technology, finance, life science, and related sectors over a period spanning 20 years. His work has been published by The AFR, The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, MIS, Computerworld, CIO, ARN, Network World, CRN Australia, and My Business.

The last few months have seen issues around cyber security explode into public view with disclosures about high-profile breaches — and, in particular, ransomware. While these tracks are not new, there is two important changes. Increasingly, criminal syndicates, some with either direct or tacit state support, are attacking core economic

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Serious cyber security breaches can have an immediate and noticeable impact on a company. But what about the long-term effects that boards and managers need to consider? The immediate consequences for the organisation and for its customers are obvious.  Operationally, a serious breach can impact all aspects of the business.

DeliverIT provides a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based platform for takeaway and delivery restaurants around Australia, but strong demand, especially during the crucial weekend period, puts teams under pressure. By working with AC3 to optimise its AWS public cloud environment, the company was able to improve the experience for both its own customers

Australian businesses continue to lean on reactive risk management approaches to business-critical events as they respond to the current economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and plan for future climate change-induced natural disasters. According to Helen Sutton, SVP EMEA + APAC Sales at Dataminr , “During a time

COVID-19 caused consumers to abandon cash during the pandemic, and most intend not going back, according to new data from the Commonwealth Bank. But perhaps more surprisingly, support for the BNPL model is tepid at best, with consumers preferring digital wallets and debit cards. Turns out consumers recognise another debt

Directors do not need to understand all the intricacies of cybersecurity, but they do need to understand the business impacts as well as the level of risks they are willing to accept.  And that is where they should direct their research and their questions, says Thomas Fikentscher, Regional Director ANZ,

Australia’s medical supply chain came under intense pressure during the early days of the COVID outbreak, despite relatively little spread of the disease in the community. It wasn’t so much medicines but plastics, containers and some devices where the supply chain buckled, with the federal government using military aircraft to

When Booktopia tried to raise capital in 2016, Tony Nash described the process as trying to sell ice cream on Bondi Beach on a blustery day. It’s progress was blocked by “the Amazon question” as the US ecommerce giant was eyeing its expansion down under.  Today however, Booktopia is Australia’s

As if a CIO’s role wasn’t tough already. For starters, being the gatekeeper for data and systems security is dynamic trench warfare against known and unknown threats that can cripple availability, revenues and productivity. Add in new requirements to be a strategic advisor to the business amidst accelerating digital transformation;

Machine learning allowed the America’s Cup winning Team NZ to more rapidly design and test new features on their boat, and to do so without having the pull teams members away from their preparations. According to Tim Fountaine, Senior Partner McKinsey & Company, “The problem that we were trying to