PGG Wrightson(MIS100 2010)

PGG Wrightson(MIS100 2010)

2009 ranking: 59

Senior IS executive:
Nic Mair, head of IT Reports to: Bruce Gordon, group general manager corporate services

Size of IS shop: 27

PCs: 530

Mobile PCs: 620

Terminals: 962

Hand-held devices: 300

Total screens: 2412

Industry: Agriculture

PC environment: HP; Windows XP, 7; Toshiba

Server environment: HP, AS/400, Windows, OS/400


Address: 57 Waterloo Road, Christchurch


Key IS projects this year: ITSM; consolidation (hardware and software); DR/BCP; mobility.

PGG Wrightson (PGW), New Zealand’s largest provider to the agricultural sector, completed a major upgrade to its data backup and disaster recovery system last year, when it switched from VERITAS Backup Exec tape backups to a joint disk-to-disk backup Hitachi SAN and CommVault Simpana 8 suite, comprising 282 servers and more than 100TB of data. The project was designed and implemented by Revera, and has removed risk and complexity, given that prior to this implementation PGW had multiple single tape drives, many systems that had ad hoc backs, and little or no ability to do timely restores or timely systems recoveries. The backup solution also offered significant reduction in overall backup capacity, as an integral part of the solution is to de-dupe data as the backups occur. The net result is that backups that once took days to be complete are now done overnight.

“2010 will continue to see further stablisation and consolidation work within the IT environment, with a focus on ensuring we understand our internal processes and capabilities, and how we can leverage these to meet our customers requirements,” says Nic Mair, head of IT, appointed in November 2009. “With the majority of IT staff based in Dunedin, we recognised that being close to our internal customers was important, so we moved several roles to Christchurch. This ensures we don’t miss opportunities to support and engage.”

The IT team supports some 200 branches across New Zealand, Australia and South America. IT projects identified for 2010-11 include asset replacement, IT security, hardware consolidation (both server and storage), remote access and disaster recovery.

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