Techwitty CEO and Tulla Private Equity Group CIO Kevin O’Hara has been named in the Top 50 Technology Leaders by CIO Magazine for the second year in a row.

In a cohort of technology leaders that includes A-Listers such as Bill Le Blanc from SA Health, Paul Keen from Airtasker, and Clive Dickens from Seven West Media, Kevin O’Hara has been recognised for his work in the development and oversight of his technology investment portfolio and a number of key strategic projects relating to companies within the portfolio of investments.

Kevin O’Hara is the Group CIO and Investment Portfolio Manager for Tulla Private Equity. In 2016, Kevin was also appointed as CEO of the group’s Digital Agency Techwitty with a view of driving growth for the agency through the early stage technology sector.

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For the complete article see CIO Magazine’s CIO50 2017 Awards

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“For a digital transformation project to be a success, you must ask the stakeholders what efficiencies they think they need and then proceed to assist them in identifying and developing the solution as a team.”

Over the past year, O’Hara has led technology programs across the group’s portfolio of investments. Of particular note was the creation of a heterogenous cloud-based enterprise data warehouse for Australia’s longest operating gold mine.

This project involved classifying, digitising and migrating 85 years worth of historic mining site records – sitting in a range of disparate systems and locations – to the cloud and then creating a data warehouse to optimise production analysis, decision support, and data query/analysis functionality.

The core objectives of this data warehouse project were to reduce the costs of managing numerous systems, improve access to data globally, ensure valuable IP was preserved, and improve querying and analysis capabilities of data using business intelligence tools.

Structurally, the vast array of data sources was massive and literally meant O’Hara and his team had to audit and assess every component of the organisation – from online systems to data warehouses and onsite storage containers. Several consultants and contractors were asked to assist, as well as a dedicated project management team.

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Techwitty CEO Kevin O’Hara named in CIO50 Amongst Australia’s Leading Technology Executives

“The project was also very demanding in terms of hours that it required. As we were also running and managing an operational mine site, the ability to assess various systems then extract and transform data, and load it into a new system had to be managed in line with the operational requirements of the numerous onsite departments,” he says.

“We could not simply extract data from a live ERP system. We were required to actually have planned outages for a number of systems to achieve the objective. This was carefully managed with the onsite steering committee and also through executive level buy in to the project.”

New accelerator helps early stage startups

Tulla has created an early stage accelerator for technology startups. The group has grown from a few hundred members to around 2000 with some startups receiving recognition through the Jobs for NSW program, investment from angel and venture capital investors, and corporate partners.

O’Hara is also group general manager of new digital advisory, Techwitty, which specialises in digital development, growth hacking, and creating go-to-market strategies for tech startups.

“This advisory incorporates a range of highly innovative techniques to assist entrepreneurs to gain traction with their online products, extract and harness data from their customers using machine learning,” says O’Hara.

“We also use social listening technologies, neat neural networks and pixel technology to identify, track, score, and leverage trends within the various contexts of their go-to-market strategies.

“What is unique about what we are doing is that we are investing significantly in the education and advising of early stage businesses in the hope of creating long-term relationships. We are using advanced technologies to assist our clients and leveraging global relationships with partners such as AWS to benefit members and clients, which builds trust,” says O’Hara.

Author: Byron Connolly 

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