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APN Holdings(MIS100 2010)

APN Holdings(MIS100 2010)

2009 ranking: 49

Senior IS executive: Darren Turner, chief technology officer Reports to: Finance director NZ

Size of IS shop: 56

PCs: 2166

Mobile PCs: 262

Terminals: 296

Hand-held devices: 130

Total screens: 2854

Industry: Information

PC environment: Windows XP, 2000, Vista; Dell; Apple

Server environment: Windows 2000, 2003; Dell; Apple; Linux

DBMS: SQL

Address: 46 Albert Street, Auckland

Website: www.nzherald.co.nz

Key IS projects this year: Not disclosed.

ICT projects are on the increase this year for publisher APN, spanning New Zealand Publishing, APN Print, New Zealand Magazines, Group Services, APN On-Line, APN Educational Media, Pagemasters, and various trans-Tasman services. The overarching goal, says chief technology officer Darren Turner, is to support business objectives via “organic growth through new product development and an increased marketing focus”.

Improving efficiency and productivity have become critical for the Australasian publisher, as the market has tightened due to the global financial crisis and resulting reductions in consumer and business confidence. The business requires flexible technology to allow it to quickly adapt and respond to market changes. Investments will continue over the next 12 months in key areas, including ERP, business intelligence, financial management information systems, CRM, virtualisation, wireless connectivity, mobility, cloud computing and business continuity/disaster recovery. After a successful VoIP rollout to enable toll bypass capability and desk-to-desk dialling two years ago, APN will continue to invest this year in further VoIP-enabled functionality.

ICT will be used to support key business objectives through new product development and increased marketing focus, in spite of the challenge of a softening market and resource limitations, notably the sourcing and retaining of skilled staff. “ICT helps meet these challenges by providing competitive advantage in delivering robust and flexible technology solutions that meet business expectations. There is also an ongoing expectation that ICT will be more creative in order to meet business challenges,” explains Turner. “Having achieved a stable operation environment, we are focused on hardware refreshes, system upgrades, standardisations and application centralisation.”

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