Mainfreight(MIS100 2010)

Mainfreight(MIS100 2010)

2009 ranking: 69

Senior IS executive:
Kevin Drinkwater, CIO Reports to: CEO

Size of IS shop: 53

PCs: 1335

Mobile PCs: 246

Terminals: 152

Hand-held devices: 697

Total screens: 2430

Industry: Transport and warehousing

PC environment: HP; Windows XP, 7

Server environment: HP, Windows 2003


Address: 2 Railway Lane, Otahuhu, Auckland


Key IS projects this year: Exchange 2010 or cloud email; SQL2008; Rewrite of portal (Mainchain).

Mainfreight has seen some positive growth in 2010, with managing director Don Braid telling media in February that while market recovery remains fragile, there are definite signs that trade is improving, especially across the organisation’s ANZ business. Braid attributed revenue growth in the nine months to December 2009 to aggressive sales campaigns. The growth has allowed the ICT department to increase both IT budgets and projects for the year by up to 5 percent, a marked change from last year’s decreases in the same areas. Going forward, ICT will be utilised to support and complement Mainfreight’s business operations and to bring about more efficiencies, says CIO Kevin Drinkwater.

The logistics company operates 29 branches and 1500 team members in New Zealand, with another 1650 located in Australia, Asia and the US. Key to improving organisational efficiency this year will be an upgrade to Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 or a move to cloud-based email, a decision that will be made by September. Additionally, the company will be moving to SQL Server 2008, following a $1 million rebuild in .NET technologies over the past 24 months.

Mainfreight’s customer portal Mainchain currently runs through Microsoft Windows 2003 and will undergo a significant review in 2010, which may result in a complete rebuild using the latest technologies. Other technologies that will receive ongoing maintenance or development over the next 12 months include business intelligence, virtualisation, VoIP, wireless, business continuity/disaster recovery, e-business and mobility.

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