Size of IS shop: 55
Mobile PCs: 338
Hand-held devices: 135
Total screens: 1373
Industry: Arts, entertainment and recreation
PC environment: Windows XP, 7; HP; Toshiba; Sony
Server environment: Windows 2003, 2008; Red Hat; HP; Dell; Silicon
DBMS: SQL, Oracle
Address: 106-110 Jackson Street, Petone, Wellington
Key IS projects this year: Replacement of core wagering systems; deployment of self service terminals; digital signage; racecourse rewiring.
Alan Barlow, who was appointed CIO at the New Zealand Racing Board (NZRB) in August 2010, following the departure of Glenn Myers, is tasked with managing the complex ICT needs and demands of all NZRB divisions, including TAB retail outlets, racecourses, as well as interacting with overseas betting partners.
“The NZ Racing Board’s IT systems underpin the organisation’s revenue and growth plans,” Barlow says. “We are in the process of replacing our core wagering system as well as supporting a Retail and Telecommunications transformation.”
While replacement of the NZRB’s core wagering systems is top of mind, significant focus will also be placed on the deployment of self-service terminals throughout 2011, the addition of digital signage to selected retail outlets and the rewiring of 60 racecourses throughout the country.
The economic climate has meant that future projects have been carefully scoped with customer segmentation research to deliver maximum benefit to the NZRB. These include:
- New wagering products
- Enhanced B2B capability
- Cloud computing
- Infrastructure consolidation
The NZRB is currently completing a tender for all telecommunications services provided to the business including WAN, voice, mobile and internet. The current incumbent is Gen-i. ■
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