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Campus News : December 2012
10 CONNECT :UOW DECEMBER 2012 CONNECT: ALUMNI DR MICHAEL LAWLER Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours) 1992 PhD (Computer Science) 2000 UOW graduate Dr Michael Lawler has established a company that has proven to the world that Wollongong can deliver innovation and quality in Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Now he has taken on the role of spearheading the city’s push for recognition as a Centre of Excellence for ICT. Dr Lawler is the new president of Information and Communications Technology Illawarra (ICTI) – a cluster of ICT-related companies supported by UOW, the NSW Government through Trade & Investment NSW, and Wollongong City Council. Its mission is to promote Wollongong as a leading ICT centre and help develop the industry and create more local jobs. He says the city has the credentials, with a vibrant ICT sector featuring large and small multinational and local companies working on global projects, with UOW Australia’s biggest producer of ICT graduates with around 1000 graduating each year. The NSW Government’s decision to locate one of its two new super data centres – the $150 million Metronode facility – in Wollongong and the rollout of the National Broadband Network in the city in 2013 only adds to the compelling case. Now, Dr Lawler says, ICTI needs to get out and “sell” the region and make sure more of those UOW graduates can be employed locally. “The NBN and the Metronode data centre are both important developments for the region’s image, and we are fortunate to have a university that produces the highest number of ICT graduates in the country. So it is important that we work to develop our industry and make sure more of those people can be employed here after they graduate,” he said. Dr Lawler has experience in both sides of the ICT industry in Wollongong, working with a large multinational before establishing his own company. A UOW Bachelor of Computer Science and PhD graduate, he worked for many years at the Nortel Networks research and development centre (now operated by US company Commscope) at the University, before establishing software development company Selera in 2005. Selera specialises in data compliance solutions that assist enterprises and government to continuously monitor data for business process exceptions. Its flagship product, Data Ignition, provides a range of modules that pro-actively monitor transactions in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems to identify business process exceptions that lead to issues such as duplicate invoice payments and GST compliance issues. Selera has high-profile national clients like Telstra, ANZ, Fairfax Media, BlueScope Steel and Seek, and international clients like US-based Disney/ESPN, John Deere and Monsanto and the HSBC Bank in Hong Kong. Its partners are the biggest names in IT software development and applications, including Microsoft, Google and VMware. Dr Lawler describes the company’s Data Ignition software as its “crown jewels”. “With Data Ignition, we are aiming for success on the global stage,” he said. “Most large organisations encounter serious challenges with data quality, especially duplication and alignment. We have been developing this platform for six years and believe it is world-class.” Selera has 10 employees and Dr Lawler said Wollongong is an ideal place for a small, tight- knit team like Selera to operate from. He cited lifestyle, low staff turnover, low commercial costs and leverage from a strong relationship with the University as the key factors in the company’s decision to remain in the city. “Wollongong offers a great quality of life, so our staff are keen to stay here. They like the fact that they can live in Wollongong and work on projects for Tier One companies in Australia and overseas,” he said. “When you’re a small team taking on the world, you have to have confidence that your core staff are going to stick around. You can’t afford to have staff playing musical chairs, and taking valuable corporate knowledge to other companies. Being based in Wollongong gives us confidence in the long-term viability of our product development team.” NH ALUMNI BRIEFS FREE LIBRARY MEMBERSHIP UOW Alumni are now able to access the resources of the University’s Michael Birt Library for free. Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings instigated the free library membership offer for alumni as part of his commitment to promote a lifelong network connecting alumni with the University and their fellow UOW graduates. As part of this service, the Library is offering alumni: • Free Library membership • 24/7 access to online scholarly content through online databases • Ability to borrow books, place holds on items and check your library record • Answers to your online information queries via email within 24 hours. For more information, check out the UOW Alumni Library page on the UOW website. BUSINESS AWARDS WIN UOW graduate Peter Buckley was named Young Business Leader of the Year at the 2012 Origin Illawarra Business Awards in November. Peter, who graduated from UOW with a Bachelor of Commerce (International Business) degree in 2007 and completed a Master of Business Administration with UOW’s Sydney Business School in 2011, is Manager, Business Development and Operations (NSW South) for engineering, construction and maintenance company Thomas & Coffey. Peter is active in alumni affairs at UOW, and a member of the Alumni Development Group. ABBOTSLEIGH APPOINTMENT UOW graduate Julie Reynolds has been appointed Deputy Headmistress and Head of Senior School at prestigious Sydney girls college Abbotsleigh in Wahronga. Mrs Reynolds, who completed a Master of Education with Distinction in Educational Leadership at UOW in 2003 and is currently working on a PhD on creativity in leadership, has been Principal at Cedars Christian College at Farmborough Heights since 2008. She will take up her appointment in January. NH ICT SPECIALIST SHOWS THE WAY New ICT Illawarra (ICTI) President Dr Michael Lawler. 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