Fairfax Media(MIS100 2010)

Fairfax Media(MIS100 2010)

2009 ranking: 61

Senior IS executive:
Nigel Bailey, group operations manager Reports to: CEO

Size of IS shop: 55

PCs: 2000

Mobile PCs: 400

Terminals: 305

Hand-held devices: 60

Total screens: 2765

Industry: Information

PC environment: HP, Windows XP

Server environment: HP, Windows 2000, 2003, XP; VMS; XenServer


Address: Level 2, 110 Customs Street West, Viaduct, Auckland


Key IS projects this year: Group circulation and subscriptions system; SAP migration; completion of datacentre migration; PABX.

The enterprise architecture model adopted by Fairfax Media last year, with completion due this year, has allowed for greater functionality and reduced duplication across IT systems. The system was built to fit the organisation’s existing environment, as well as reflect the future needs and scalability concerns.

ICT project and staffing budget cuts announced in 2009 have not been repeated again this year, with the end of the recession not determining the media company’s IT plans and developments. Significant investments will continue in ERP, virtualisation, disaster recovery, mobility, e-business solutions and knowledge management systems.

After careful consideration of VoIP technology over the past 12 months, adoption and rollout may take place in 2010/11, along with the deployment of new unified communications functionality across the group’s many New Zealand offices. Additional, minimal development will continue with the Fairfax CRM system. New to the agenda will be a focus on wireless, allowing for greater accessibility and improved productivity for Fairfax staff.

Datacentre migration began in 2009 will be completed by December. SAP migration will also continue over the next 12 months. The implementation of a new group circulation and subscriptions system is well underway. The system provides an integrated solution and replaces multiple legacy systems across the group. With the investments in VoIP, the Fairfax PABX system will be upgraded, as one of the most significant ICT projects in 2010.

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