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ACS Week in Review: August 29, 2014

Friday, 29 Aug 2014

ACS President Brenda Aynsley OAM takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

Last Saturday, the ACS President Brenda Aynsley OAM was nominated to undertake the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by Freelancer CEO Matt Barrie. Your correspondent may be a touch biased, but here at the ACS Week In Review we’re inclined to say that the President excelled herself.

You can watch the video of the challenge being undertaken by clicking here.

Ajay Bhatia talks about how to disrupt yourself – CXO Challenge

Former Fairfax exec Ajay Bhatia has seen first-hand the consequences of clinging to an outdated business model - and isn’t going to let it happen on his watch at

A former technical trainer and project manager, Ajay Bhatia learned about digital disruption the hard way as an employee of F2, the online arm of the Fairfax newspaper empire set up with $100m of funding in 1999.

Bhatia’s first job was to rebuild the website. It was a dream job, in many respects - the job satisfaction that came from building tools for mass media consumption was “amazing”, he said.

Building a rapid response team – Andrew Lam-Po-Tang in the CXO Challenge

Don't panic about digital disruption, says Fairfax CIO Andrew Lam-Po-Tang: just be sure the gun is loaded and ready to fire.

Andrew Lam-Po-Tang's role at Fairfax Media is in many respects a model for what a future technology leader might look like.

He wears three hats at Fairfax Media, as chief information officer, chief technology officer and director of group services - roles broad enough to recognise technology as a critical foundation of the business’ future.

Sydney Trains chief thinks beyond Opal

Sydney Trains chief executive Howard Collins is already thinking beyond the city’s long awaited electronic ticketing system, months before it is even finished.

At a CEDA luncheon last week, the UK-born Collins pointed to London’s Oyster as a model for the future of the NSW’s Opal card.

“The next leap in technology will be to see all of this on your bank card, internationally,” he said.

"We will see the demise of Oyster soon because everyone’s bank card - and this includes Australian travellers too - will allow them to tap on and tap off and away they go.