Size of IS shop: 73
Mobile PCs: 301
Hand-held devices: 150
Total screens: 2015
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.
Join the CIO New Zealand group on LinkedIn. The group is open to CIOs, IT Directors, COOs, CTOs and senior IT managers.