Business Day Keynote Announced: John Sheridan Australian Government Chief Technology Officer

Dec 10 2013

Australian Government CTO, John Sheridan, will keynote at DrupalSouth's Business Day February 14th 2014

John Sheridan, Australian Government Chief Technology OfficerJohn Sheridan, Australian Government Chief Technology Officer will be providing the opening session and keynote to DrupalSouth's Business Day focusing on Drupal and open source application in business.

The Business Day will be an opportunity to hear how the Australian Federal government are leveraging the powerful Drupal platform to drive efficiencies and an effective web presence for the Australian taxpayers.
In addition to John, the event will focus on the specific issues and opportunities that business owners face in their companies. You should attend this event if you want to:

  • Discover how other industries are innovating with Drupal
  • Learn lessons from a global network of Drupal users
  • Understand what the best practices in Drupal business development look like
  • Network with some of the key business players using Drupal in our region

Attendance at this event is being restricted to just 60 people so that the sessions are genuinely interactive and provide high value to attendees. 

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John Sheridan joined the Australian Public Service Senior Executive Service in 2002, following 22 years in the Australian Army and three years in the Defence Science and Technology Organisation. John was Defence’s lead IT architect from 2002 until 2007. From then until 2008, he acted as Head of Information Systems Division, responsible for the design and development of Defence’s IT systems, leading over 500 staff and a project portfolio in excess of $100m. 

In August 2008, John was seconded to the Australian Government Information Management Office. In AGIMO, he negotiated the Microsoft Volume Sourcing Agreement and was then promoted to be Division Manager of Business Improvement Division, responsible for addressing ICT budget reductions across government and saving $1 billion over 2009-2013.

John became the First Assistant Secretary Agency Services in July 2009. His division’s responsibilities included whole of government matters such as australia.gov.au, data centre strategy, coordinated procurement, industry engagement, and telecommunications services.

In February 2013, John was appointed the first Australian Government Chief Technology Officer. In addition to the responsibilities he maintains for whole of government ICT, coordinated and more general procurement policy and procurement operations, John is also the Australian Government Procurement Coordinator. In this position, he is tasked with assisting the business community in Australian Government procurement matters.

John graduated first in his class both at the Officer Cadet School, Portsea (1980) and at the Army Command and Staff College (1994). He has a BA(Hons) degree and a Graduate Diploma of Computing Studies from Deakin University, a Graduate Diploma in Management Studies, and a Master of Defence Studies from the University of New South Wales.