Inside CBA's tech-heavy office: photos

Inside CBA's tech-heavy office: photos

Summary: It's taken 18 months from go to woe, but the Commonwealth Bank has begun moving over 300 staff per week into its lavish new tech-filled offices on the Sydney Harbour foreshore. ZDNet Australia was invited to tour the offices with the bank's chief information officer, Michael Harte.


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  • (Credit: Commonwealth Bank of Australia)

    The two buildings are situated on Harbour Street in Sydney and are jointly owned by Australian Prime Property Fund Commercial and an institutional investor. The facility is valued at approximated $500 million, with a 13-year lease signed by the Commonwealth Bank on the site. The buildings are set to play host to 6200 staff with over 300 moving in every week.

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    The six-star-rated green buildings aim to save 2500 tonnes of carbon emissions a year and to reduce water consumption by 90 per cent. They also play host to their own tri-generation power plant, rather than solar, as solar returns "little bang for buck", according to the bank. The building plays host to many different screens, which track the building's green energy management, via comparison charts looking at water and power used, as well as how many coffee cups are being recycled.

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  • "tech-heavy office" and "Windows XP", mmmm.
  • Hey gikku,
    I asked about this too. Seemed strange to me that they wouldn't boot into something a little more modern considering their tech credentials ($1.1 billion overhaul and such). I was told that the Bank's standard operating environment is Windows XP, meaning that's what all of the core systems run on.

    The MacBook Airs come pre-loaded with XP, but I was told that staff can certainly boot into something else if they want to, including Windows 7, Mac OS X Lion, Ubuntu or even a Windows 8 beta if you're feeling adventurous. The only problem is that none of the will work with the CBA's standard operating environment.

    CBA also support a BYO device model if you want to bring something you're more comfortable with. The helpdesk would likely outfit the device for corporate use in such an instance.

    Hope that's shed some light on it!

    -Luke Hopewell
    Journalist | ZDNet Australia
  • We made those lockers! Nice to see they've been appreciated. :)

    Priyanka Rao
    Luxmy Furniture
  • This looks like a very nice place to work. The openness of the building across floors is something that is hard to achieve in an office environment.
    Having said this a few things seems a bit strange to me; namely that they are using a number of energy consuming devices including 3 rather beefy projectors to display the green credentials of the building.. surely it would be more environmentally friendly to not have put them in in the first place. It also seems a bit 'mac-fanboy' heavy to go to the trouble of purchasing mac hardware for everyone in the office only to install windows? Yes the hardware is good quality but should the bank be paying a premium for apple devices that will not really be used for their original intended design purpose?

    Pragmatism around spending decisions seem to be a worrying item missing from this project.