Size of IS shop: 43
Mobile PCs: 42
Hand-held devices: 78
Total screens: 1641
Industry: Art, entertainment and recreation
PC environment: Windows Vista, XP, 2000; Linux; IBM; Lenovo
Server environment: Windows 2003, Linux, AIX, IBM
DBMS: SQL, DB2, Postgres, MySQL
Address: 117 Khyber Pass Road, Grafton, Auckland
Key IS projects this year: Retail Solutions projects; Web/mobile development; Core system upgrades; BDC migration; Records management.
The New Zealand Lotteries Commission (NZ Lotteries) operates one of the largest agency networks in the country, with around 1040 retail outlets. This is supplemented by a strong online presence, with the MyLotto website — now with over 160,000 registered players — accounting for around 5 percent of lottery sales.
This year, NZ Lotteries recorded its strongest ever start to the financial year, with sales of $446.2 million, beating the previous record for a first half-year (2009) by $3.9 million. As a result, CEO Todd McLeay says, “we have been able to transfer $72 million to the NZ Lottery Grants Board who distribute vital funding to community, sports, and arts groups and individuals around New Zealand”.
“Our IT systems and processes are the building blocks of our business. IT’s role is to effectively balance the delivery of key growth projects, while maintaining core systems to achieve operational excellence,” says chief technology officer Evan Lawrey.
Several key projects initiated last year continue this year, including the implementation of digital signage across retail, following successful completion of a pilot trial period to test hardware and refine the marketing content.
The MyLotto website is being redeveloped with a focus on enhancing the player experience and increasing accessibility across browsing devices, including mobile and iPads. The redevelopment will also include a replacement of the current content management solution.
“At a systems level we are planning major upgrades across our gaming and business systems and the migration of our back-up datacentre,” says Lawrey.
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