Size of IS shop: 75
Mobile PCs: 614
Hand-held devices: 300
Total screens: 4247
PC environment: Windows XP, 7, Dell, Apple
Server environment: Windows 2000, 2003, 2008; Linux; Apple; Dell; Sun; HP
DBMS: SQL, MySQL
Address: 46 Albert Street, Auckland
Key IS projects this year: Technology infrastructure refresh, desktops, storage and servers; Implementation of a new Payroll solution; Group, Messaging migration to Exchange 2010; Enhance the newspaper production processes and systems; Multiple new product enhancement and redevelopments.
For publisher APN, ICT will be used to foster “organic growth through new product development and increased marketing focus”, says Chief Technology Officer Darren Turner. The organisation is in growth mode, with positive economic results boosting ICT budgets and projects more than ten percent on last year. ICT staff numbers are also expected to rise some five to ten percent before the end of the year.
IS Services for APN support the ICT needs of many divisions and subsidiaries, including NZ Publishing and APN Print divisions; NZ Magazines; all group services; APN Online; APN Educational Media; Pagemasters; and, this year, The Radio Network.
Last year saw the successful rollout of a new CRM solution to both the newspaper publishing division and the sales teams of TRN’s business units.; the completion of a Microsoft Exchange roll-out across the Group; centralisation of newspaper editorial and advertising systems; and a rollout of distribution and circulation across the organisation’s Australian publishing sites.
For this year the focus will be placed on a technology infrastructure refresh of desktops, storage and servers across the Group; implementation of a new payroll solution; messaging migration to Microsoft Exchange 2010; enhancement of newspaper production and systems; along with multiple new product enhancements and redevelopments.
ERP will receive new attention over the coming months, as will knowledge management and e-business solutions.
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