Television New Zealand(MIS100 2011)

Television New Zealand(MIS100 2011)

2010 ranking: 100

Senior IS executive:
Peter Ennis, General Manager — Technology Reports to: Helen Clifton, Head of Production Services and Technology

Size of IS shop: 73

PCs: 1274

Mobile PCs: 301

Terminals: 290

Hand-held devices: 150

Total screens: 2015

Industry: Information

PC environment: Windows XP, 7; HP; Apple

Server environment: Windows 2000, 2003, 2008; Linux; HP

DBMS: Ingres, Oracle, SQL, MySQL

Address: 100 Victoria Street West, Auckland Central, Auckland


Key IS projects this year: CMS replacement; MIS upgrade; BI growth.

“We are a content and content rights business, but it is all delivered through technology,” says the general manager — Technology for TVNZ, Peter Ennis. “IT helps us manage and monetise content and rights, enabling us to maintain and grow our market position.”

As the market improves, ICT budgets and project numbers are up this year by 5 percent, though staff numbers are expected to drop slightly once again. Cost management and effective use of information technology are of utmost importance.

Though TVNZ revealed in March this year that it has written off the entire multi-million dollar value of its TiVo investment, the broadcaster maintains that it still sees potential future value in the boxes, and the current cash position of the company was not affected. In March it launched a new youth channel, U, that is focused on engaging the audience through social media interactivity, specifically by utilising a customised Facebook application.

FMIS, disaster recovery/business continuity, CRM, and cloud computing technologies are new to the ICT agenda for the company this year, while the organisation will maintain its investments in virtualisation, wireless technologies and mobility solutions.

Top projects will involve a major CMS replacement; an MIS upgrade; and growth of TVNZ’s business intelligence (BI) capabilities, delivered through a combination of BizTalk and SQL BI solutions.

“Our challenge this year is to build on the investment we have made in new, file-based content systems to ensure we get a unified view of content and rights throughout the business. Reducing unnecessary complexity is a major focus,” says Ennis.

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