Size of IS shop: 78
Mobile PCs: 855
Hand-held devices: 413
Total screens: 5691
Industry: Wholesale and retail trade
PC environment: Windows XP, IBM, Lenovo
Server environment: AIX; Windows 2003, 2008; IBM; HP
DBMS: SQL, DB2, Oracle
Address: 60 Roma Road, Mt Roskill, Auckland
Key IS projects this year: Programme Lightning.
A major initiative called ‘Programme Lightning’ is currently underway at Foodstuffs (Auckland). It is set to transform the company’s processes and disciplines at both the support centre and store level, and deliver a range of efficiencies and thus lower in-store pricing.
“Programme Lightning will deliver far better systems, which allow our operators to do what they do best, ensuring the things their customers want to buy are available when they want them at the best price,” says general manager — Information Management, Malcolm Paul.
ERP, wireless and business continuity/disaster recovery will also receive strong IS focus this year. “We constantly maintain an operational focus to ensure that our systems and processes are available when our customers need them,” says Paul. “Our role is to efficiently automate business processes and we currently have a major project underway across the organisation, to look at our existing processes and how we can improve them. The IT function is involved in assisting the mapping of processes, maintaining and evolving the enterprise architecture and in ensuring the systems that are designed provide a sustainable platform for our business.”
ICT budgets and staff numbers are expected to increase slightly this year. The latter will be assisted by the company’s move into e-recruitment, with the recent launch of its new careers website.
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