Dr. Vladas Leonas, Chief Information Officer, Sydney Motorway Corporation provided the Keynote Presentation, “Transitioning into ‘As-a-Service’ for Small to Medium size Organisation,” during Day 1 of the CIO Leaders Summit Australia.
During this presentation, Dr. Vladas Leonas shared his approach, experience and learnings in transitioning from a traditional IT model into 100% “As-a-Service” model of IT. Dr. Vladas Leonas is also the CIO for West Connex which is owned by NSW Transport – West connex is NSW’s government’s key infrastructure, which is the largest integrated transport and urban revitalisation project in Australia.
Dr Vladas Leonas has an outstanding academic and professional background in computer science and communications. He has been recognised throughout the world in this field. He has managed R&D, Projects, Strategy Development, Implementation, as well as Systems Development and Service Delivery in the ICT, telecommunications, public service, academia, government business enterprises, financial services and gaming industries and has a proven track record of successful delivery on time and within budget. Formally trained in Prince-2, CMM/CMMI, ISO 9001 auditing, ITIL and AS/NZS 7799 – ISO 27001. Vladas is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society; he is also a Fellow of Engineers Australia.
His early career has been strongly associated with R&D within the Academy of Sciences of the former USSR. He started as a Senior Research Fellow specialising in Operating Systems for supercomputers but was soon asked to head an R&D Laboratory and Data Centre at the newly founded Program Systems Institute.
After migration to Australia in 1991 Vladas joined OTC/Telstra R&D specialising in intelligent networks. In 1996 he became divisional CIO of Telstra’s Payphones Division, where over the next 4 years he participated in a number of major projects and initiatives, including 35,000 public payphones across Australia and the biggest smart cards project in Australia. During this period he became an expert in smart cards and his expertise in this area has been recognised worldwide.
In June 2012 Vladas was appointed as Deputy Group CIO of Transport for NSW. In December 2014 Vladas moved to WestConnex to setup and later – outsource IT function for Sydney Motorway Corporation.