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FITT Newsletter February Edition 2017

Dear Members,

Welcome to the first FITT Newsletter for 2017! I trust all our members had a relaxing holiday season. To kick off the New Year we have some fantastic events and announcements to share with you.

Firstly, we are very excited to announce our 2017 International Women’s Day Luncheon ‘Celebrating the Digital Frontier’ on March 8th in Sydney and March 17th in Melbourne. The IWD Lunch is always a sell-out and we have some great speakers lined up this year with entrepreneur Solange Cunin from Cuberider who wowed the audience at our recent Executive Forum, and Kelly Ferguson, CIO of Origin Energy. We hope to see you there - book soon to ensure you don't miss out!

FITT also announces a new partnership with CeBIT which has great benefits for members. In addition we have a fantastic offer for FITT members from the AIIA for their Navigating Digital Government Summit in April.

There are also some great Sponsor updates in this edition. For those thinking of how to advance their career, Cisco’s IT Management Event at Cisco Live from March 8th – 10th offers valuable leadership skills training for the IT leader of today and tomorrow.

Paxus also provides some hints on preparing for your next career move by optimising your profile to increase your chances of success. And SAP’s Gina McNamara discusses her personal journey and the financial impact of bias on business.

Finally, we are looking for some new volunteers to join the FITT team in Account Management and Learning & Development. If you have some energy and ideas to share and are looking to give something back to the FITT community please consider taking on one of our rewarding volunteer roles.

We hope you enjoy our latest issue.

Michaeli Gotley
FITT Marketing Lead
On behalf of the FITT Management Committee



The 2017 International Women’s Day Luncheon

‘Celebrating the Digital Frontier’


FITT is excited to announce two fantastic speakers for our 2017 IWD Luncheon Series on March 8th in Sydney and March 17th in Melbourne.

Solange Cunin is a 23-year-old, self-confessed space geek who grew up ‘off the grid’ on her parents’ farm in northern NSW. She was given her first telescope at the age of eight and told herself at fourteen that she would become an aerospace engineer. However, it wasn’t until she watched the live stream of a SpaceX rocket launch four years later that she knew her long fascination with space would become a reality.

Solange has three years’ experience in the space industry including roles in management, research and operations.

We are also pleased to announce Kelly Ferguson, CIO at Origin Energy as our second keynote speaker. Before joining Origin Energy, Kelly was the CIO for ninemsn and prior to that, was the Head of Technology Commercial Operations and Business Applications at Mi9.  Kelly has also worked for Phillips as the Support Services Group Manager – Australia, and Microsoft as the Business Support Group Manager for APAC CSS.

About the 2017 FITT IWD event series:

FITT invites you to join with hundreds of people across the ICT industry at our IWD luncheon series and hear about the digital future from the eyes of a rocket scientist, a leading Group CIO of an ASX listed organisation, inspirational inventors and more… They’re the people of today who are pushing the boundaries for tomorrow.

So, come and celebrate International Women’s Day 2017 with the FITT community, network with your peers, and be part of the discussion about how we can all join together to ‘celebrate the digital frontier’ and in doing so, build a greater, brighter and more exciting future for our industry, locally and globally.

The FITT IWD luncheon events sell out each year, so we encourage you to get your tickets before they’re all gone. Be part of IWD 2017 – and Celebrate the Digital Frontier!

Date: Wednesday 8 March, 2017
Venue: Star City – Event Centre
80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont, NSW 2009

To book your tickets for our Sydney Event click here:

Date: Friday 17 March, 2017
Venue: Park Hyatt Melbourne – Grand Ballroom
1 Parliament Square, East Melbourne, VIC, 3002
(off Parliament Place)

To book your tickets for our Melbourne Event click here:

11.45am – registration
12.00pm – 12.30pm – drinks & networking
12.30pm – 3.00pm – lunch and presentations

Early Bird Single Ticket $170.00 +GST
Early Bird Table Ticket (10 pax) $1650.00 + GST
Standard Single Ticket $180.00 + GST
Standard Table Ticket (10 pax) $1750.00 + GST

Please note:
** Early bird ends: 5.00pm AEST, Friday 3 February, 2017
** Sydney bookings close: 5.00pm, Tuesday 28 February, 2017
** Melbourne bookings close: 5.00pm, Thursday 9 March, 2017

For all event enquiries, please contact:
Big Mouth Marketing Communications & Events
Ph: 03 9785 3050


forms partnership
with CeBIT Australia


Helping to shape the business technology landscape


FITT is delighted to announce that it has formed an exciting partnership with CeBIT Australia for the 2017 Conference and Exhibition which will benefit our FITT members.

Hosted at the brand new ICC in Sydney over May 23 – 25 2017, CeBIT has truly cemented its position as the business technology event for the Asia Pacific region.

The show is at the heart of the business technology landscape in Australia. In 2017, CeBIT will bring together government and business leaders to shape and drive the future agenda in key strategic areas of the industry. Attracting thousands of technology professionals from Government, enterprise, SMEs and start-ups, CeBIT is an unrivalled centre for building industry knowledge and networks.

Celebrating its 16th year in 2017 and the return to Darling Harbour at the impressive new ICC facility, CeBIT Australia is set to attract Australia’s most significant organisations.

CeBIT Australia 2017 will deliver:

  • 350 exhibitors across 13 zones
  • 15,000 attendees
  • International keynotes including Eugene Kaspersky and Randi Zuckerberg
  • 8 conferences
  • 6 strategic panels
  • 3 show floor theatres
  • Networking events including CeBIT Black VIP evening
  • StartUp zone, conference & PitchFest

This year’s program features conferences covering the latest in Big Data and Analytics, Cybersecurity, Cloud Technology, FinTech, Enterprise Mobility, Digital Health and eGovernment.

All FITT members can receive $100 off the CeBIT 3 Day Conference Pass or a 1 Day Conference Pass with the promo code FITT17.

View the program here or register at


AIIA Navigating Digital Government Summit


Special offer for FITT members


FITT is pleased to announce that AIIA is offering all FITT members special discounted tickets at their forthcoming Navigating Digital Government Summit, to be held on April 5, 2017.

With technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, cognitive intelligence, robotics, natural language capability and quantum physics a reality, the AIIA's pinnacle event of the year, the 'Navigating Digital Government Summit' examines customer service, service delivery and customer experiences of the future.

  • How is technology transforming the customer experience?
  • How will this impact the way Government does business in the future?

Invited speakers
Key Government and Industry leaders, including MPs, CEOs, CIOs and Senior Executives have been invited to share their insights into this rapidly evolving space including:

  • The Hon. Angus Taylor, MP, Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation
  • The Hon Ed Husic, MP, Shadow Minister for Employment Services, Workforce Participation and Future of Work. Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy – confirmed speaker
  • Peter Alexander, Chief Operating Officer, Digital Transformation Office – confirmed speaker

Who should attend?

  • Federal and State Government policy advisors
  • Federal and State Government CIOs
  • Private and public sector leaders in customer service
  • Business analysts
  • Banking and financial service sector leaders

With a strong focus on engaging State and Federal governments, the Summit will bring together business and technology leaders to demonstrate their expertise, innovation and capabilities to a government and industry audience with the aim of influencing strategic project and procurement design and decision.

Summit Day
When: Wednesday, 5 April 2017
Time: 8.00am - 5.30pm
Venue: Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton ACT

Summit Gala Dinner
When: Wednesday, 5 April 2017 Time: 7.00pm - 10.30pm
Venue: Australian War Memorial, Treloar Cr, Campbell ACT

Special FITT member prices (inc. GST)
Early bird day: $484.00
Early bird dinner: $187.00
Early bird package: $671.00

Standard day: $528.00
Standard dinner: $203.50
Standard package: $715.00

How to book:
Click on the link below to book your special FITT discounted tickets and use the code ‘E9CA1SE’. Limit of 2 discounted tickets per person.



Improve your career by attending IT Management at Cisco Live

There’s only 5 weeks until the IT Management Program at Cisco Live kicks off. A program designed by IT leaders for IT leaders to help you navigate the many challenges and opportunities in our industry today. Julie Canepa, Head of IT for Cisco ANZ and recently announced as one of the top 50 CIOs in Australia will be hosting this amazing 2.5 day program from March 8th to March 10th.

Here what Julie has to say about the program and why you should attend -

The full agenda is now online and will cover topics which are top of mind for all IT Leaders in today’s world of digital disruption. These include:

  • Leadership skills to drive personal and business transformation and creating an innovative culture
  • Realising the potential of emerging trends and focusing on the digital future
  • Technologies that redefine business, such as the importance of pervasive security, use of data analytics to achieve desired business outcomes and the evolution of the infrastructure
  • How the role of the IT Manager is changing -

For more information you can visit the IT Management website and don’t forget to Register


Get ready for your next career move

Optimise your LinkedIn profile to increase your chances of success

With more than 460 million users, LinkedIn has grown into one of the most effective social media tools for job searching globally.

Over 94% of recruiters now use LinkedIn and social media to fill positions – so it is important to optimise your LinkedIn profile to stand out from the crowd.

To help you create an unforgettable profile, and get closer to your dream job, we have pulled together our five top tips:

  1. Get seen
    Make sure your profile gets seen by recruiters and employers looking to fill the roles you want. Add searchable keywords to various sections of your profile – for example to your headline, your summary etc.
  2. Be creative
    Did you know LinkedIn allows you to add a variety of media such as videos, images, documents, links, and presentations to your summary, education, and experience? Stand out by being creative in the way you showcase projects and provide work examples.
  3. Save time by saving job searches and setting up alerts
    Save up to 10 job searches by clicking ‘save this search’ after conducting a job search. You can also choose to receive daily, weekly or monthly alerts via email to notify you of new jobs that match your search criteria.
  4. Get active
    Expand your network and improve your profile’s visibility by joining and participating in relevant industry groups. Once group names appear on your profile – your profile is more searchable. Not only will joining industry relevant groups improve your profile’s searchability, but relevant groups can also help you connect with people in your industry.
  5. Make sure your contact details are up to date
    A simple but important tip – many people forget to make sure that their contact details are up to date. Make sure you have either an email address or phone number on your profile, to make it easy for recruiters and potential employers to contact you.

If you are looking to make your next career move, or need some career advice – contact us to talk about how we can help you land your dream job.


Business Beyond Bias

with SAP's Gina McNamara

The CFO of SAP Australia sits down to discuss her personal journey – and the financial impact bias has on business. Please CLICK HERE to watch


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Learning & Development Lead


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