Ahead in the Cloud: Cloud, Technology and Leadership with Debbie Taylor

December 13, 2021

Debbie Taylor, Chief Information Officer at NBN Australia discusses how NBN is bridging the digital divide in Australia. The discussion also covers Debbie’s leadership story and NBN’s journey to cloud.

Hosted by Chad Watt, researcher and writer with the Infosys Knowledge Institute.

“We see the public cloud as a key enabler for us allowing our technology teams to take advantage of the agility, the scalability that cloud offers. It leads to many benefits that we've seen improved delivery timeframes.”

“Cloud capability has absolutely been a game changer for us.”

“I would say just because everyone is talking about moving to the cloud and cloud first, have a clear reason why you're moving to the cloud and what success looks like for you in your particular circumstances.”

“Just because you've moved something into the cloud and you think you've optimized it, it doesn't stop there because the technology keeps improving and shifting. And so you need to stay current with what the technology is offering and don't rely on what's happened in the past.”

- Debbie Taylor


Show Notes

  • 00:30

    Debbie explains how NBN is bridging the digital divide in Australia.

  • 03:27

    Debbie takes us through her journey to becoming CIO at NBN.

  • 06:26

    A woman in a technology organization, when she goes into that meeting, how does she avoid or deflect being the note taker? She's not the secretary. She's not the note taker. She's not the coffee getter. How do you advise her to make that happen?

  • 07:38

    Where is NBN on its own cloud journey? We've talked about your broadband journey. Now tell me about the organization and how you guys are putting cloud to work.

  • 11:26

    Debbie talks about the expectations of NBN’s customers.

  • 13:19

    Are there some kind of common pitfalls you can identify that companies should try to avoid when they're moving there?

  • 15:45

    Is there something you shouldn't shift to the cloud?

  • 17:26

    If you had to give some advice for an organization that's at the early stages of their cloud journey, where should they start?

About Debbie Taylor

Rajeev Nayar

Chief Information Officer at NBN Australia

Chief Information Officer (CIO) with extensive experience in successfully leading, transforming and managing technology teams. Career highlights include developing and executing on key IT related company strategies across multiple organisations with a focus on leveraging the latest technology trends such as cloud, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and APIs to create business value.

Drove an uplift in IT delivery capacity in one organisation by greater than 66% enabling the organisation to meet its business outcomes, while at the same time increasing employee engagement and internal customer satisfaction. Successfully transitioned an IT delivery team of 1,600+ personnel from traditional waterfall methodology to scaled agile practices resulting in quicker value creation with increased quality.

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