ISTM Masterclass with the ABC Technology Leadership team

Friday, 18 October 2013  Features

Different roles in technology and the challenges of a portfolio of applications required for a complex environment such as media and broadcasting have formed the basis of a panel discussion for Masters students within the School of Information Systems Technology and Management (ISTM) at the Australian School of Business.

The ABC Technology Leadership Team including ABC Director Technology Ken Gallacher discussed the implementation of applications, from Strategy, Investment and Design to Implementation and Support.

"Media is an area that is constantly changing; it is a perfect storm right now, where our focus is broadcast, but where there is new consumer and online technology coming along every day. I urge students to always keep up with the latest developments: in media you can't afford to be left behind," Ken Gallacher said. "ABC technology is no longer about just transmitters - we are also about consumption of media. You have to work out how to integrate each new emerging development, and run broadcast critical technology on the same platform as more conventional applications. The creativity really comes together with the integration of platforms but that's also a huge challenge."

On the panel discussion with Ken Gallacher were Tony Silva, the of Head Technology Architecture & Development, Ping-Fai Tse the Head of Information Technology Services, Margaret Cassidy the Deputy Director ABC Technology Division, Robert Hynen the Head of Technical Services, Roger Dunkerley the Technology Business Partner, Television and Caleb Dunstan, the Technology Business Partner, News.

Margaret Cassidy said "we are researching where the future lies: this is such a fast moving area, graduates who join us now in ten years will be working with totally different technology. It is also about policy - we have to ensure we have the right policies in place to give ABC staff the right facilities."​

Roger Dunkerley explained to ISTM students that they wouldn't just be dealing with IT behind the scenes. "We build a bridge for staff to get news programs and information out to consumers - and that's why we need people who are good communicators. They need an open line of communications because technology underwrites that storytelling. Creative and technology savvy people traditionally don't have expertise in each other's areas: if you as a student are able to marry these two together, you'll go far."

Ken Gallacher said the main benefit to students is that they get to interact early with people who have navigated their way through industry experience. "They get to see the practical application of what they are studying, and giving them this industry context can help them frame their thinking."

The School of Information Systems Technology and Management is running a number of these guest lecture sessions, which connect students with industry.

Ken Gallacher summed up the session by saying "it is great to get students talking about technology, and give students the benefit of our experience with developments in the fast moving media sphere."

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