“Vodafone NZ IT will continue to focus on driving value and efficiency from IT investment that will enable our business to better serve our customers through leading innovation in mobility and the connected world,” says CIO Claire Govier.
Over the past 12 months, Vodafone has completed the upgrade of the core telephony project to consolidate technologies, improve operating costs and ensure continuing high levels of availability and reliability to the business. 2011/12 also saw Vodafone NZ complete delivery of the Vodafone global SAP solution, replacing legacy finance, HR and supply chain functionality, thereby allowing the local business to leverage global scale, interoperability and greater mobility features.
Two critical technical programmes are currently in delivery. A SAN upgrade programme is refreshing aged hardware with new technology to drive efficiency of storage usage and reduction in operating cost. Secondly, a server virtualisation programme will continue the migration of enterprise applications to virtual infrastructure environments to provide greater efficiency and utilisation of datacentre capacity, reducing complexity and cost.
For Vodafone NZ, enablement of staff functionality and efficiency relies on a truly mobile platform. All of the telco provider’s approximately 2000 staff are assigned a smart phone to ensure they stay connected and to support an environment in which work is viewed “as an activity, not a place”, as CIO Claire Govier told CIO NZ in December. Relevant staff are also given remote access to email and pertinent company data.