Size of IS shop: 140
Mobile PCs: 510
Hand-held devices: 200
Total screens: 2331
Industry: Utilities and waste management
PC environment: Windows, Toshiba
Server environment: Windows 2003; Open VMS, Red Hat, AIX
DBMS: Oracle, SQL
Address: Transpower House, 96 The Terrace, Wellington
Key IS projects this year: $50-million plus projects including telecommunications rollout; business systems upgrades/new applications; infrastructure consolidation/virtualisation; security enhancements; mission critical system enhancements.
State Owned Enterprise (SOE) Transpower owns and operates New Zealand’s national grid — the network of high voltage transmission lines and substations that connect areas of generation with towns and cities across the country — playing a central role in the country’s electricity industry.
“The utilities sector is increasingly seeing a convergence of information and operational technologies to support improved asset management, modernisation and automation,” says GM, Information Services and Technology, Jim Tocher.
A number of the SOE’s strategic business projects — including asset management and power system operations — are built on an ICT-enabled platform.
“ICT is playing a central role in helping the business innovate through new applications of practices and technologies. In addition, over the past year we have delivered a business-integrated Information Systems Strategic Plan, an enterprise architecture capability and five-year investment plan. We are now aligning our ICT investments to these strategies and architecture,” says Tocher.
While budgets remain flat, strategic reinvestment of ICT costs have assisted in enabling a jump in project numbers of more than 10 percent. Key ICT projects this year are budgeted at more than $50 million, and will include a continuation of the company’s telecommunications network roll-out; business systems upgrades; deployment of new business applications; infrastructure consolidation and virtualisation; and enhancements to security and mission critical systems and associated people and process capabilities.
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