Downer NZ(MIS100 2011)

Downer NZ(MIS100 2011)

2010 ranking: 56

Senior IS executive:
David Pearce, general manager IT — NZ Reports to: Australian Group CIO

Size of IS shop: 19

PCs: 919

Mobile PCs: 1045

Terminals: 304

Hand-held devices: 154

Total screens: 2422

Industry: Construction and engineering services

PC environment: HP, Windows XP, Dell

Server environment: HP, IBM, Windows 2003

DBMS: SQL, Progress, Oracle

Address: 14 Amelia Earhart Avenue, Airport Oaks, Auckland


Key IS projects this year: Major IT infrastructure refresh.

Steady growth over the past 15 years, through acquisition and entering new markets, has led Downer NZ to become one of this country’s largest transport, water, communications and renewable energy infrastructure service providers.

The ICT needs of the organisation’s 5000 employees, across 120 locations, are supported by an IT team of approximately 19 full-time staff. Following an organisational change, the NZ IT group is now reporting to the Australian Group CIO. The CIO role in this country, formerly held by Rhys Gould, has been changed to general manager IT — New Zealand, and this post is now held by David Pearce.

Certain ICT delivery, such as datacentre and service desk needs, is provided by Gen-i through its managed services. Telecom provides WAN and internet for Downer.

A project is currently underway to explore the use of waste toner recovered from recycled printer cartridges in the building and repairing of New Zealand’s roads. The research is, in part, funded by Downer and, could divert as much as 15 tonnes of waste residue toner away from landfill and into roads annually.

ICT is used to enable business objectives, including increased sustainability and growth of its local business. Top of mind for 2011 is a major IT infrastructure refresh, which involves datacentre hardware replacement; SAN expansion; network replacement; backup solution replacement; virtualisation; Citrix upgrade; SQL server consolidation; updating of SOE; and various other application upgrades.

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